If you are arrested for a crime in Illinois, you will probably want to familiarize yourself with the steps involved in a criminal trial.
In general, the purpose of a trial is for the jury to examine the evidence and determine whether, "beyond a reasonable doubt," you committed the crime. As you may know, you are innocent until proven guilty, and the burden is on the government to prove that you committed the crime.
A complete criminal trial usually consists of six main phases. Here is a look at each one: