The second stop in the journey through the court system is Central Court, where the accused is entitled to a Preliminary Hearing.
Initial Charges via Police Criminal Complaint
If you are accused of a crime, you will most likely receive a Police Criminal Complaint in the mail. These are typically sent via both first class and certified USPS mail. Included in the envelope will be a copy of the Police Criminal Complaint, a Summons to appear for a Preliminary Hearing in Central Court, and a Fingerprint Order.
Today I'm sharing the first entry in a new web series. Taking my inspiration not so much from the classic Benjamin Britten orchestral work and more from the one I actually heard first, Garrison Keilor's parody, I offer: The Young Person's Guide to Centre County Criminal Court. Each entry will explain the rules, procedures, and quirks of a typical criminal case in the Centre County Court of Common Pleas from the initial charge through trial, appeal, and post-conviction relief.