Thank you for that information and the question. Typically this is how an investigation
and disposition of charges will go:
1. Law enforcement receives a complaint
and begins investigation
2. Usually an effort to question the suspect after speaking to the alleged victim and any witnesses. (the suspect should decline and invoke their right to remain silent and speak to a criminal defense attorney. This isn't something they should try to "talk" their way out of. It just doesn't work that way.)
3. Law enforcement will then review all the evidence and make a charging recommendation to the local District Attorney.
4. DA will make a decision about filing charges and the issuance of an arrest warrant.
5. If the suspect is arrested they will be booked and have a bond/bail hearing and be released if they can make bail.
6. Arraignment on charges is scheduled sometime later. Plea is entered at that time and then discovery, motions,etc, occurs prior to trial
on the merits of the case.
7. Trial or guilty plea.
8. Sentencing if found guilty.