In the United States, if you've been charged with a crime, you have the right to a defense attorney. If you can't afford one, a public defender (an attorney paid for by the government), will be appointed to represent you. What happens, however, if you feel like the public defender isn't doing a good job? You can't change public defenders easily. If you have a private defense attorney, you can usually fire him or her and hire a new one without much trouble.
4 December 2015
When you are brought in as a potential suspect related to an ongoing criminal investigation, you may be asked to be part of a criminal lineup. You should avoid being a part of one when possible due to the potential things that can go wrong. Here is what you should know about being involved in a criminal lineup. External Factors Can Cause Inaccurate Identification Anybody that has watched a crime movie or television show is well aware of what a criminal lineup is.
19 October 2015
If you have recently found yourself facing drug charges, it is imperative that you begin to think about your next step. While you do have the option to represent yourself, you might have the best chances of success, both legally and personally, if you hire a drug defense attorney. To help understand how this could be, you will want to take a few minutes to review the following points. Can Help Negotiate A More Productive Deal
15 October 2015
Bankruptcy can be an incredibly scary proposition. However, it is important that you educate yourself about the different types of bankruptcy so that you can figure out which option is best for you. If you are filing for personal bankruptcy, then your two main options are known as Chapter 7 and Chapter 13. What is Chapter 7 Bankruptcy? If you don't make enough money to pay back your debts over the course of several years, yet have some personal assets, then your best bet might be Chapter 7 Bankruptcy.
13 October 2015
Most prosecuting attorneys work within the bounds of the law to prosecute defendants in criminal cases. Unfortunately, a small percentage of them pursue cases with little to no grounds for prosecution as a means of harassing individuals or convicting people of crimes they didn't commit just to get wins on their records. This type of behavior is called malicious prosecution, and victims of this abuse can recover money for damages or losses they sustain as a result.
12 October 2015
So, you've recently been pulled over and charged with driving under the influence (DUI). While this is obviously never a favorable situation to be in, it's important to realize that not all hope is lost yet. Believe it or not, with the help of an experienced and dedicated DUI defense lawyer, you may be able to have your punishment lowered or even your charges dropped. The key, however, is choosing the right lawyer, which can be made much easier by taking the time to ask some basic questions.
12 October 2015
Anytime you're arrested, you need to take it seriously. However, many people don't realize exactly how serious it is when they are charged with a misdemeanor. Yes, a felony conviction is worse than a misdemeanor charge, but both can have long-term effects on your life. Learn more about misdemeanors, and how a misdemeanor charge can affect your future. What are Misdemeanors? Misdemeanor convictions are convictions that fall between a felony and an infraction.
29 September 2015
If you have been put on probation, the intention of the justice system is to both punish and observe you. The ultimate goal of the punishment is to ensure that you will be able to act as a contributing member of society, even when you are no longer under supervision of a probation officer. Understanding the basic components of probation will help to ensure that you are able to re-enter mainstream society smoothly.
29 September 2015
When you are found guilty of committing a crime, the next step will be to determine what kind of sentence you will receive. If you are not working with an attorney, you may be stressing out about the unknown, since you have no idea what you can expect. There is not a specific punishment related to a specific crime, as the judge has some leeway to decide on your sentence. Here are 4 factors that will play into what your sentence will be.
24 September 2015