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ACCUSATORY STAGE

accusatory stage.Criminal procedure. The point in a criminal proceeding  when the suspect’s

right  to  counsel  attaches.  •  This  occurs  usu.  after  arrest  and  once  interrogation  begins.  Cf.

CRITICAL STAGE. [Cases: Criminal Law    641.3. C.J.S. Criminal Law § 282.] [Blacks Law 8th]