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Hiring A Competent Criminal Defense Attorney

Hiring A Competent Criminal Defense Attorney

Many professional attorneys offer a free initial consultation for potential clients. For the attorney, this meeting is reserved to evaluate the merits of the case and any possible out-of-court settlements. For you as a client, this meeting is used to decide how competent your lawyer is and whether you have the right legal representation for a best chance to win the case. An experienced criminal attorney will have the background and knowledge necessary for properly defending a wide range of crimes. These crimes can include drug crimes, violent offenses, DWIs or DUIs, theft, juvenile crimes and more. If you or someone you know has been arrested or charged with a crime, a skilled criminal defense attorney and seasoned legal experts can give your case the attention and fierce representation it… […]

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Criminal Defense Attorney In Palm Beach County

Criminal Defense Attorney In Palm Beach County

A criminal defense lawyer is hired to defend both individuals and corporations, called defendants in legal settings, who have been arrested as suspects for unlawful activities. This type of lawyer may also be known as a defense attorney or simply as a criminal lawyer. In the United States, they are responsible for representing those who have been accused of criminal activities in court, where a judge and jury will then decide if the defendant is either guilty or innocent. Criminal defense lawyers have a deep knowledge about the law and how the court system works. They have attended law school, and usually have several years of experience. A criminal defense lawyer can either be hired by a defendant or appointed by the court if the defendant cannot afford an attorney… […]

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How Petty Theft can Turn into Grand Theft

How Petty Theft can Turn into Grand Theft

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What To Do After Being Arrested in West Palm Beach

Have you been arrested in West Palm Beach? When you were arrested, you hopefully heard the arresting officer recite the Miranda rights. Take what he or she said seriously. Anything you say can and will be used against you in court. According to the fifth amendment in the Constitution, you have the right to remain silent. You do not and should not need to make any statements about the case while you are being arrested. After you have been arrested in West Palm Beach, do not agree to speak with investigators until you have called and received advice from an experienced criminal defense lawyer. Hold Your Ground After being arrested, many people fail to hold back what they want to say in order to defend themselves. The truth is, arresting… […]

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What is Entrapment?

What is Entrapment?

Many times, a legal defense for the prosecution of a crime includes the definition of entrapment. However, entrapment can be a very difficult defense to use as law enforcement officers are continuously growing more cautious and prepared when planning to catch criminal activity. The only way to be able to use entrapment as a criminal defense is if you have a complete understanding of what it entails and what it means for you. Entrapment in Federal Court The legal definition of entrapment is when a person is induced or persuaded by law enforcement officers or their agents to commit a crime that he had no previous intent to commit; and the law as a matter of policy forbids conviction in such a case. If a person is willing and able… […]

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What Is A Plea Bargain

What Is A Plea Bargain

The process whereby a criminal defendant and prosecutor reach a mutually satisfactory disposition of a criminal case, subject to court approval. Plea bargaining can conclude a criminal case without a trial. When it is successful, plea bargaining results in a plea agreement between the prosecutor and defendant. In this agreement, the defendant agrees to plead guilty without a trial, and, in return, the prosecutor agrees to dismiss certain charges or make favorable sentence recommendations to the court. Plea bargaining is expressly authorized in statutes and in court rules. In federal court, for example, plea bargaining is authorized by subsection (e) of rule 11 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure. Under rule 11(e), a prosecutor and defendant may enter into an agreement whereby the defendant pleads guilty and the prosecutor… […]

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Getting The Right Criminal Defense Attorney

Getting The Right Criminal Defense Attorney

When you or someone you know are charged with a crime, selecting the right lawyer for the case can be the hardest part of the whole ordeal. Issues of ability, price, and experience are all important. Criminal defense attorneys fight for what they believe in. If your defense attorney believes in your innocence, he or she will do the research and put forth the effort to ensure your vindication. Defense attorneys fight for the preservation and continuation of everyone’s constitutional rights. A common stereotype of criminal defense lawyers is that their only role in court is to question witnesses with a prepared set of questions. However, this stereotype is misleading because a defense attorney’s role in court involves much more than that. For example, they have the opportunity to negotiate… […]

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What is Stand Your Ground Law?

What is Stand Your Ground Law?

In basic terms, Stand Your Ground Law allows anyone immunity from prosecution if he or she used force in self-defense of person or property. After claiming immunity under Florida Stand Your Ground Law, a Motion to Dismiss should be filed by the defendant’s criminal defense lawyer. A Motion to Dismiss requests an evidentiary hearing that provides evidence to a judge showing whether or not the defendant should be immune from prosecution. Florida Stand Your Ground Law Florida Statute 776.032 states: “A person who uses force is justified in using such force and is immune from criminal prosecution and civil action for the use of such force, unless the person against whom force was used is a law enforcement officer who was acting in the performance of his or her official… […]

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First Appearance and Bail Posting Process After Arrest

First Appearance and Bail Posting Process After Arrest

If you are arrested, you will be handcuffed, and except in unusual circumstances, you will first be taken to the precinct in which the arrest occurred for initial processing. At the precinct, a police officer will interview you and ask for “pedigree” information, including your name, address, date of birth, Social Security number, etc. Once you have been fingerprinted you will be taken to Central Booking and processed for arraignment, which is an appearance before a judge. First Appearance From The Law Office of Andrew D. Stine In Florida, an arrestee, one who has been arrested must be taken before a judge or judicial officer within 24 hours of his or her arrest. Andrew D. Stine has been called at all hours of the day and night, by family members… […]

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Can a Judge Overturn a Jury Verdict?

Can a Judge Overturn a Jury Verdict?

Have you ever wondered if a judge can overturn a guilty verdict, or even a not guilty verdict? The results of former West Palm Beach Firefighter Capt. Rick Curtis’s trial may leave people wondering – is a jury verdict the final word? DUI Conviction Overturned According to the Palm Beach Post, Rick Curtis is fighting to get his job back as a firefighter for West Palm Beach now that his DUI conviction has been overturned. The conviction was overturned after Curtis alleged that the judge had an “intimate relationship” with one of Curtis’ adversarial colleagues. Curtis claims he didn’t learn of the relationship until after the trial. City officials are refusing to let Curtis return to the department and are claiming that the conviction wasn’t the sole reason he was fired.… […]

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