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Defense For Your Criminal Case

To help protect your good name and reputation consulting a criminal defense lawyer is a must. There are over 6,000 lawyers in Palm Beach County and less than 1,000 of them specialize in criminal law. Your criminal defense attorney’s job is to protect your rights and ensure you get a fair trial. The criminal defense attorney will thoroughly examine the circumstances of your case and weigh the strength of the evidence against you. Criminal lawyers defend individuals or organizations charged with a crime. The primary role of a criminal lawyer is to represent their defendant in the criminal court system. The criminal process encompasses arraignments, pre-trial hearings, settlement conferences, trials and sentence hearings. An experienced criminal defense attorney will dedicate most of the time to evaluate charging documents, gather evidence,… […]

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What Happens After Arrest

What Happens After Arrest

Each and every county in Florida; Palm Beach, Broward, Martin, St. Lucie, Okeechobee, Dade, has a chief prosecutor titled State Attorney. Each State Attorney has many Assistants working under him. The State Attorney Offices are in charge of prosecuting all criminal offenses that occur within their prospective counties. The State Attorney is within the Executive Branch of Government. The State Attorney may charge a criminal defendant with an accusation of a crime in one of two ways: (i) filing and information or (ii) impaneling a grand jury to return a true bill. It is important to remember that Law Enforcement Officials cannot charge someone with a crime; they only have the ability to arrest. Only the State Attorney or his Assistants may charge someone with a criminal case. In Florida,… […]

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Consultation With Your Criminal Defense Attorney

Consultation With Your Criminal Defense Attorney

Being charged with a crime can be a frightening experience. It can be especially frightening if it is your first time ever being arrested and you have no knowledge of the legal system. Anytime you are arrested, it is important that you seek legal representation from an experienced defense attorney. If you are a first time offender, your attorney may be able to present evidence of your good character that could lead to your charges being dropped or reduced. An attorney consultation is the first step in hiring an attorney to deal with a legal matter. For people who do not have a regular attorney, or who need an attorney who specializes in an area outside of the area of practice their attorney handles, it is a good idea to… […]

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Criminal Cases With Overturned Conviction

Criminal Cases With Overturned Conviction

A Texas appellate court has overturned the conviction of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) for allegedly scheming to influence Texas state elections with corporate money. A three-judge panel voted 2-1 to overturn the conviction, calling the evidence “legally insufficient,” according to court papers released Thursday. The decision formally acquits DeLay of all charges, but it could still be appealed by the government. Just hours after the ruling was announced, DeLay visited Capitol Hill for a long-scheduled lunch meeting with members of the Texas Republican congressional delegation. Before the meeting, DeLay told reporters that he was at the “C Street House,” or National Prayer Center, Thursday morning when he heard the news. “We were all basically on our knees praying and my lawyer calls and says, ‘you’re a free man,’”… […]

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Lesser Sentences For Less Serious Offenders

Lesser Sentences For Less Serious Offenders

Crimes are usually categorized as felonies or misdemeanors based on their nature and the maximum punishment that can be imposed. A felony involves serious misconduct that is punishable by death or by imprisonment for more than one year. Most state criminal laws subdivide felonies into different classes with varying degrees of punishment. Crimes that do not amount to felonies are misdemeanors or violations. A misdemeanor is misconduct for which the law prescribes punishment of no more than one year in prison. Lesser offenses, such as traffic and parking infractions, are often called violations and are considered a part of criminal law. Laws passed by Congress or a state must define crimes with certainty. A citizen and the courts must have a clear understanding of a criminal law’s requirements and prohibitions.… […]

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DUI Offenses, Arrests and Penalties. Do You Have A DUI Lawyer To Represent You?

DUI Offenses, Arrests and Penalties. Do You Have A DUI Lawyer To Represent You?

Florida First Offense DUI Laws Under Florida law, DUI is one offense, proved by impairment of normal faculties or unlawful blood alcohol or breath alcohol level of .08 or above. The penalties upon conviction are the same, regardless of the manner in which the offense is proven. Fine Schedule s. 316.193(2)(a)-(b), F.S. First Conviction: Not less than $500, or more than $1,000. With Blood/Breath Alcohol Level (BAL) of .15 or higher or minor in the vehicle: Not less than $1,000, or more than $2,000. Second Conviction: Not less than $1,000, or more than $2,000. With BAL of .15 or higher or minor in the vehicle: Not less than $2,000, or more than $4,000. Third Conviction More than 10 years from second: Not less than $2,000, or more than $5,000. With… […]

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Your Consultation with a Criminal Defense Attorney

Your Consultation with a Criminal Defense Attorney

If you are accused of a crime, your freedom, your family, your reputation, your immigration status, and your job may be at stake. The outcome you receive in the criminal justice system depends upon the experience and knowledge of the defense attorney you choose to represent you. Before you can hire a criminal defense attorney to represent your case, you must interview them to decide whether they’re right for you. In this blog, we will cover some important questions and suggestions to help you find and hire a criminal lawyer in your area. Finding a Criminal Defense Attorney With Experience With hundreds of criminal statutes in local, state, and federal or regional law, choosing the best criminal defense lawyer may be a matter of finding an attorney with considerable experience… […]

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Collateral Crime Evidence in Florida Criminal Cases

Collateral Crime Evidence in Florida Criminal Cases

Florida Rules of Criminal Procedure, like the Federal Rules, allow for the introduction of collateral crime evidence against the defendant at trial; “when it is relevant to prove a material fact at issue, including but not limited to prove motive, intent, preparation, plan, knowledge, identity or absence mistake or accident, but it is inadmissible when the evidence is relevant solely to prove bad character or propensity.” Fla. Stat. 90.404(2) (a). The criminal cases that practicing criminal trial lawyers find this issue of collateral crimes most often popping up is in child sex crimes and violent crimes. The general rule of collateral crimes has been modified in Florida, when the defendant is charged with a crime involving child molestation. In criminal cases of child molestation, “prosecutor may set forth evidence of… […]

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Understanding The Criminal Process

Understanding The Criminal Process

Law Enforcement makes an arrest based upon the witnesses’ information. After an arrest most assailants are entitled to bond. As a victim you are a witness. When you hear that someone is “out on bail or bond” it means he has paid a certain amount of money or agreed to certain conditions for his release. These conditions or money are to make sure he will show up for Court. Part of the conditions may be that the defendant is not to have any contact with the victim except through the Attorneys. If you would like to have input or be notified about the accursed bond hearing, let the Assistant State Attorney or Victim Assistance Program know. FIRST APPEARANCE If an arrest is made, within 24 hours the Court holds a… […]

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How You Choose a Lawyer To Represent You

How You Choose a Lawyer To Represent You

Sooner or later, everyone will need a law firm for something. If you are accused of a crime, your freedom, your family, your reputation, your immigration status, and your job may be at stake. The outcome you receive in the criminal justice system depends upon the experience and knowledge of the defense attorney you choose to represent you. Outlined below you will find a few simple rules that will help you make an informed decision in selecting the right lawyer to represent you, provided by (LegalHelp) Finding the Right Lawyer The first thing you need to realize here is that you aren’t looking for a best friend, you’re looking for a lawyer. The qualities you’d want in a friend, are certainly not those you need in your lawyer. You need… […]

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