Criminal Law

STEP BY STEP GUIDE: Can I Get Criminal Charges Against Me Dismissed?

Criminal charges will stay on your record. Getting these charges dismissed is the best way to beat a charge and finally be able to move on with your life. While the obvious choice is to hire a criminal defense attorney to help you beat your charges, there are some vital steps that will need to be taken when a case goes to dismissal. 1. Understand Grounds for Dismissal Dismissal may come from the following: Lack of probable cause Lack of evidence Illegal stop and search Improper filing Lack of key witness Normally, dismissals will only occur before an appeal, but there is a chance that if an appeal is won, all charges will be dismissed. 2. View Your Options As you now understand, there..

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STEP BY STEP GUIDE: How to Behave If You’re Being Arrested

If you’re under arrest, your first instinct may be to resist – especially if you’re innocent. But the way you behave and conduct yourself will have a major impact on the outcome of your case. Knowing how to behave will be the key to a favorable outcome. 1. Stay Calm The first, and most important thing, is to stay calm. Stay in control of your emotions, words and body language. Yelling, using inappropriate language or resisting the officers will only make matters worse for you. Be polite and be respectful. 2. Do Not Try to Run It should go without saying, but you should never try to run or even walk away. Always keep your hands where the officers can see them. Do not put..

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Misdemeanors– Finding the Representation You Need

Misdemeanors are not to be taken lightly. Charges of this kind can result in incarceration and serious fines. With the representation of a criminal defense lawyer, you may be able to reduce incarceration time and/or fines, or if you are not guilty, have the charges against you dropped altogether. Understanding the law and the charges against you are the first steps to ensuring that you find the right lawyer for your case. What is a Misdemeanor A misdemeanor, as classified under the law, is a crime in which the sentence is up to 90 days in jail. Misdemeanors are often something small like theft or DUI/DWI. Types of Misdemeanors There are two types of misdemeanors that every person should know:

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Felonies – Finding a Lawyer for a Serious Crime

Felonies carry a very serious penalty. When a crime is committed, the crime will be classified as a felony or a misdemeanor. In essence, these are two different levels of crimes where the classification determines the penalties a crime warrants. What is a Felony? A felony is a crime which warrants a jail sentence that exceeds 12 months. The type of felony that a person commits will have a much greater impact on the time of incarceration that a person is given. Types of Felonies Felonies and misdemeanors often occur for the same type of crime. This, for instance, would be the circumstances and extent of a crime. Even similar crimes, such as assault or theft, can be a felony if the circumstances meet specific requirements.

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Is It Ever Best to Choose a Jury Trial?

If you are deciding to bring a case to trial, it can be difficult to make the choice between a judge or jury trial. There are many reasons why one may be better than the other, but in some cases, a jury trial may be the best option for you to get the outcome you want. What is a Jury Trial? A jury trial is a trial that is brought before a jury of “the peers of the accused” in a criminal case, who have no prior knowledge of the case or anyone involved in the case. The jury makes the decision on whether the defendant is guilty or not guilty and the judge is only in charge of making sure the law is..

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