A criminal act is conduct which violates the law of the Tribe with evidence that the offense has occurred. The offense may result in an arrest or further investigation by law enforcement. If there is not sufficient probable cause, then a case may be dismissed or an investigation stopped.
Felonies are more serious crimes and include crimes involving weapons, causing serious injury to victims, sex offenses, and some drug offenses. These crimes have the possibility of more detention time and even after release may affect the defendant’s rights and ability to be employed. Due to the seriousness of these crimes, these cases may take longer to investigate and to prepare for trial.
Misdemeanors are less serious offenses, although they are still against the law. They include liquor violations, littering, some traffic offenses, less serious assaults, and disorderly conduct. Only in more serious misdemeanor cases will the prosecutor seek jail time, and even in those cases. When no jail time is being sought, the judge may not appoint an attorney.