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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  • Defenses to Possession of Child Pornography
      by HG.org

    Possession of child pornography is a serious crime with potential harsh punishments based on state and federal charges. It is common for such charges to involve a federal investigation that turns up multiple forms of prohibited conduct.

  • How a Defendantís Grand Jury Testimony Can Be Used at Trial
      by HG.org

    Anything that a defendant says has the potential to be used against him or her in a criminal trial. This includes the testimony that he or she provides during grand jury testimony. The criminal defense lawyer representing the defendant should remain cognizant of this possibility and take proactive steps to protect the defendantís legal rights.

  • DUI Offenses Explained Further
      by HG.org

    In states where a breathalyzer test or blood test is used as evidence, it is possible to be penalized with harsher punishments when conviction of a DUI occurs. A driver may fail both tests showing an assumption of guilt. In some states, the refusal of taking tests in the field is enough to arrest him or her.

  • Explanation of Field Sobriety Tests
      by HG.org

    When making an arrest based on a DUI charge, the officer making the arrest must decide through his or her own surveillance whether or not the suspect is illegally inebriated. Field sobriety tests are some of the ways officers may decide if impairment is at issue.

  • DUI Considered a Second Offense
      by HG.org

    In most states, a specific amount of time is allotted to when a second DUI is committed and only considered a first offense. However, other states have more strict traffic laws that determine a longer amount of time must pass. It is important to know the laws of the state the person is driving through or residing in to avoid charges of DUI offenses.

  • DUI Laws - Questions Answered
      by HG.org

    Driving under the influence arrests and charges are confusing and lengthy and may end in a license suspension or prison time with potential additional fines. In some states, the laws do not require a suspect to take the field sobriety tests officers often ask in making a DUI arrest.

  • Retrograde Extrapolation Explained
      by HG.org

    Retrograde extrapolation is the technical term and method for determining whether someone was intoxicated at the time of arrest even when testing is completed at a later time. Often in driving under the influence cases, suspects are not tested for their blood alcohol level at the time of accident or arrest. Retrograde extrapolation helps decide if the suspect was actually illegally drunk behind the wheel, though the test results may show a lower blood alcohol level once in police custody.

  • DUI Felony Charges
      by HG.org

    Driving while under the influence (DUI) is a broad spectrum of charges and until recently was only considered a misdemeanor in many states, including the state of Colorado. However, now certain classes of this charge can be considered a felony, which has its own set of sanctions to follow. A felony DUI can occur in most states when a suspect has a record of at least three driving under the influence charges over a lifetime.

  • DUI Felony Bill Details
      by HG.org

    Before new laws, all DUI cases were charged as misdemeanors in some states, unless someone was killed in a DUI accident. However, now individuals in many states who have prior conviction records may be charged with a felony DUI that issues two to six years in prison instead of the usual one year.

  • DUI Explained in Detail
      by HG.org

    DUI stands for driving under the influence, of drugs or alcohol, and covers an extensive range of charges and situations. Driving under the influence is strictly prohibited in any method of transportation. The officer who stops the driver usually has the discretion to make this arrest.


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