How is a criminal case created?

Most often a criminal case begins with the arrest of an individual, or, in rare cases, when an individual is given a notice to appear in court. The Clerk of Courts assigns a unique alpha numerical identification marker to each arrest. The marker is commonly referred to as a “case number.”

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1. How is a criminal case created?
2. Who are the parties in a criminal case?
3. What is a plea bargain?
4. How long will it take for a criminal case to be resolved?
5. What is a subpoena?
6. I’ve been subpoenaed for a criminal case. What should I do?