How long a criminal case takes will vary based upon the nature of the charges, the number of people charged, where you are charged, the complexity of the case and the amount of discovery involved. For a breakdown of your criminal case and an overview of the criminal process, please see the Criminal Defense Timeline.
If you have been arrested, critical proceedings and time frames begin immediately
You will appear before a judge who will determine if you will be incarcerated, released on bail or supervision, or released without conditions
If you are charged with a felony in a town, village or city court, the prosecuting agency will have six months from the date of your arrest to determine whether to present your case to a grand jury to seek an indictment or return your case to a lower court to be handled as a misdemeanor