Criminal Law

Criminal law involves a system of legal rules designed to keep the public safe and deter wrongful conduct. Those who violate the law face incarceration, fines, and other penalties. The American criminal justice system is both complex, and adversarial in nature. With the exception of minor traffic violations, accused individuals will require the assistance of an attorney.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Do I Have a Criminal Case? How to Determine if My Situation Is a Case for a Lawyer
      by HG.org

    While many criminal defendants decide to plead guilty early in the process in order to save time or to get a deal with the prosecutor, there are many times when it is reasonable to consult with a criminal defense lawyer. If one of the following applies to you, consider speaking with a criminal defense lawyer.

  • What Happens After a Felony Conviction
      by HG.org

    A felony charge is pursued by a prosecutor when a serious crime is committed. A federal felony is category of crime that involves breaking a law at the national rather than local level. Both types of felonies carry similar punishment.

  • 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.

  • Civil Consequences of a DWI

    A few weeks ago, we discussed the criminal consequences of a driving while intoxicated (DWI) charge in Texas. This article covers some of the civil (i.e. non-criminal) consequences that you might face as a result of a DWI charge.

  • 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.

  • Domestic Violence Offenses in the Tampa Bay Area

    In Florida, domestic violence is defined as any assault, battery, sexual assault, sexual battery, stalking, kidnapping, false imprisonment, or any criminal offense resulting in injury or death of one family or household member by another family or household member.


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