What happens in a trial?
A trial is the court proceeding where the prosecutor will present evidence and try to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you are guilty of a crime. This is the hearing when witnesses testify. Through you lawyer, you will be able to question the witnesses against you and present witnesses on your own behalf. Most trials are decided by a jury, but some are decided by a judge alone. You have a right to a jury trial.

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1. Are public defenders “real lawyers”?
2. Since you’re paid by the government the same as prosecutors, aren’t you just working together?
3. Can I call or drop by the Whatcom County Public Defender Office for some quick legal advice?
4. What is an arraignment?
5. What is a status or omnibus hearing?
6. What happens in a trial?
7. What happens in a sentencing hearing?
8. What is a bench warrant, and what can I do if I have one?
9. Why hasn’t my public defender gotten my case dropped?
10. If I have a problem with my court-appointed lawyer, how do I complain?
11. What can I do to help out my case?
12. How do I get my record vacated/sealed?