Experienced Criminal Attorney in Columbus, Nebraska and Surrounding Areas
William Neiman is a reputable criminal attorney in Columbus, Nebraska and Surrounding Areas. With his experience, you can be sure that you will be guided properly through these difficult times.
A criminal case usually begins with an investigation by law enforcement authorities. The reports of the law enforcement agency are then forwarded to the local prosecutor (county attorney), who reviews the reports and conducts a further investigation. If the local prosecutor files a charge, a complaint is filed with the county court alleging some violation of the law.
After the complaint has been filed, a person must appear in Court for an arraignment or first appearance, a court proceeding before a judge who explains what you have been charged with, the possible penalties, and your legal rights.
Depending upon the type of crime charged, the specific procedures followed in a given case vary greatly from case to case after the first court appearance. In a criminal case, you are entitled to the presumption of innocence. That presumption continues until the prosecutor has proven your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt or until you plead guilty or no contest.
One of the more complicated aspects of a criminal case is that the prosecutor must prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt by using evidence that was constitutionally and legally obtained and which is admissible in court. Courts will usually allow evidence to be presented unless a proper objection is made to using the evidence. Most laypersons do not have the legal expertise to understand whether the evidence was constitutionally and legally obtained and is legally admissible in a court proceeding.