Please describe what happens after a criminal complaint is filed?

The defendant receives a copy of the complaint from the court after a criminal complaint is filed. The defendant is required to be present at a first after the prosecutor receives a copy of the complaint. At the first appearance, an attorney is appointed if the defendant cannot afford an attorney. A trail date is set within six months. 


For a felony crime, a preliminary hearing date is set after the first appearance. The victim and cert6ain other witnesses may be required to appear at the preliminary hearing. The State needs to only establish probable cause at the preliminary hearing, and if done, the magistrate judge sends the case to the highest court (District Court) for a trial within six months.


Any more questions should be directed to the Prosecuting Attorney at 208-446-1800.

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