Trial Phase

The defendant has the option whether to have a bench trial (without a jury), or a jury trial. During the trial, both sides will have the opportunity to call and cross-examine witnesses. If, following the trial, the defendant is found guilty of a felony offense, the judge will order a Pre-Sentence Report to be prepared by the Probation Department and schedule a sentencing. A Pre-Sentence Report details the specifics of the crime and provides a detailed history of the defendant.