Write a 1,050- to 1,750-word paper in which you describe the per-trial process for a fictional character named Daniel May fruit. May fruit has been arrested for the crime of homicide in your home state.
Include the following components in your paper:
- Discuss steps that must take place in the criminal justice process between Mayfruit’s arrest and the actual trial in his case. Cover any rights that May fruit has during this per-trial period.
- Include a discussion of the rules governing discovery in criminal cases in your home state, and why discovery can be important for May fruit and the prosecution.
- Assume that Mayfruit’s criminal charge of homicide was based on evidence obtained from inside an automobile that May fruit was driving at the time he was pulled over by police and a question arises as to the validity of the traffic stop. What types of per-trial motions and evidentiary issues might Mayfruit’s defense attorney present to the court for consideration prior to the commencement of the trial?
- Depending on the outcome of the per-trial motions, May fruit and his attorney may wish to consider attempting to negotiate a plea bargain with the prosecutor. Discuss how the process of plea bargaining works and what types of plea bargains are available.
- Discuss the various pleas that May fruit could enter in this case and the ramifications of each.