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Criminal Case Flow Chart

Posted by Tony Swartz | Feb 12, 2020 | 0 Comments

Clients typically ask how court works. I created this flow chart to show you how I expect a typical criminal charge will make its way through the court system, be it in Kittitas County or Yakima County. This is based on my experience working on an approximated 10,000 criminal cases within our Washington State court system. Every case is different, so this is just a model. Your case might be able to skip certain steps, or we might build extra steps all depends on your case.

It is also important to note that DUI cases contain multiple extra steps regarding your Department of Licensing hearing process. That process is called an "administrative" process, so it is not done directly through the criminal court. It is instead handled in its own arena (and therefore, I did not include it here).


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Tony Swartz

Tony Swartz is an experienced lawyer in Washington State. He has handled, most from start to finish, over 10,000 criminal cases. He has dealt with various types of civil cases, including administrative law hearings, Superior Court cases, District Court cases, and more.


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Law Office of Tony Swartz

Tony Swartz is a lawyer who practices criminal defense in Kittitas County and Yakima County. He also represents clients with speeding tickets and other infractions. Call today for a free consultation.

Tony has lived in Ellensburg since 2005, other than a brief break for law school. He attended CWU and Willamette University College of Law.

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