Criminal Defense Law

Criminal defense law consists of the legal protections afforded to people who have been accused of committing a crime. Law enforcement agencies and government prosecutors have extensive resources at their disposal. Without adequate protections for the accused, the balance of power within the justice system would become skewed in favor of the government. As it is, fair treatment for criminal defendants often depends as much upon the skill of their defense attorney as it does the substantive protections contained in the law.

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  • Reasonable Suspicion in DWI Cases

    Law enforcement officers are adamant about cracking down on drunk drivers. But what is considered reasonable suspicion when making those stops? Reasonable suspicion can be complicated in DWI cases, but officers must believe some form of criminal activity has taken place before a stop can be made.

  • Evidence Needed for a Family Violence Protective Order

    Seeking a protective order after an instance of family violence can be complex. A protective order can be used to help a victim of family violence feel safer by restricting his or her interactions with the alleged abuser. However, there are several elements that must be proven to ensure a court would approve a protective order.

  • Is Texting While Driving Worse Than DUI?

    In todayís world Driving Under the Influence or Driving While Impaired is the poster child of the campaign against bad actors behind the wheel, and with good reason.

  • Do DUI Checkpoints Violate the Fourth Amendment?

    For many people who are stopped and arrested for driving under the influence after going through a DUI checkpoint, a very common question is whether or not these checkpoints comply with the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures. The U.S. Supreme Court has previously held that an officer must have probable cause that the driver is engaged in some sort of illegal activity before he or she can legally pull that vehicle over.

  • Should I Just Plead Guilty and Avoid a Trial?
      by HG.org

    When a criminal defendant is confronting a criminal case and is slated to go to trial, it is the criminal defendantís decision whether to proceed to trial or to plead guilty in order to avoid it. While his or her lawyer can provide information about the pros and cons of going to trial, the lawyer cannot generally make this decision for the client. However, before a criminal defendant decides to plead guilty, he or she should be aware of the consequences of this action and any alternatives.

  • 10 Key Defenses to Michigan Drunk Driving Charges

    Hundreds of people plead "guilty" to drunk driving charges everyday. Unbeknownst to them, their lives will be dramatically changed for years to come. So, before saying "guilty", take the time to evaluate defenses to the drunk driving charge.

  • 5 Actions Your Criminal Defense Lawyer Should Take

    In every criminal case, whether a misdemeanor or felony, there are 5 key actions that the best criminal defense lawyers take. These actions ensure you get fair bond conditions (pretrial release) and a chance to examine the evidence against you. Once the evidence is examined, your attorney will identify your best defense, and file the appropriate motions to advance your defense.

  • Criminal Defense Attorney: Choosing the Best Professional

    Are you looking for the best criminal defense attorney? Hereís an overview of the most essential aspects to consider when looking for the best attorney.

  • Pretrial Dispositions of Criminal Cases

    The vast majority of criminal cases never go to trial. These cases are either disposed of by a plea bargain or dismissed outright. This article explains two common ways by which criminal cases are disposed of in a plea bargain that may also result in a dismissal upon completion.

  • Non-Disclosure of Criminal Records

    Like expunctions, orders of non-disclosure can prevent the disclosure, from the general public, of the existence of a criminal record.


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