General Trials Unit
The General Trials Unit handles felony offenses related to Arson, Forgery, Robbery, Assaults, Home Invasions, Drug Violations, Homicides,
Theft Offenses, Embezzlement, Retail Fraud and Weapon Offenses.
Arson - Intentionally, deliberately and maliciously setting fire to buildings, homes, vehicles, real estate or other property with the intent to cause damage.
Assault - Threatening or attempting to inflict immediate offensive contact or bodily harm that one has the present ability to inflict and puts the victim in fear of such harm or contact. These crimes involve assaults with the intent to murder or commit great bodily harm, These assaults may be committed with a weapon, such as a gun or a knife.
Controlled Substances - The manufacture, possession or distribution of narcotics such as heroin or cocaine OR the manufacture, possession or distribution of legal drugs without a license or prescription.
Home Invasion - The illegal and usually forceful entry into an occupied, private dewlling with the intent to commit a larceny or assault therein.
Homicide - The death of one human being at the hands of another. These crimes may involve shootings, stabbings and deaths caused by a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance.
Larceny - The unlawful taking of property of another with the intent to permanently deprive the rightful owner of it.
Robbery - Taking money or property belonging to another from his person, or in his immediate presence, by force. The type of force used may involve the use of a weapon, such as a gun or a knife.
The General Trials Division is responsible for Circuit Court felony adjudications in 20 courtrooms and four arraignment courtrooms. All felonies that are not handled by a special unit are handled by the General Trials Unit. The daily dockets of these courtrooms handle all pretrial conferences and motions, trials by bench and jury, pleas, sentences, appeals and other miscellaneous matters.
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