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The High Cost Of Victimless Crimes

The High Cost Of Victimless Crimes

Does the punishment fit the crime if the crime is victimless? Just ask Michael Edwards who is serving an 80 year sentence for selling $850 worth of cocaine or any one of the millions of people doing time for victimless crimes. A victimless crime is a crime that has no victim; with the possible exception of the person who committed the “crime.” Some of the most obvious examples of victimless crimes are illegal drugs and sex crimes like prostitution. There are also “public order” offenses including immigration, weapons charges, public drunkenness, indecent exposure, etc. Over 80% of the U.S. prison population is incarcerated for victimless crimes – approximately 750,000 individuals, as well as 3 million other people on parole or probation. About 4 million people are arrested each year for… […]

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Finding A Criminal Attorney To Represent You

Criminal attorneys help protect the rights of people accused of crimes. Constitutional provisions protecting the rights of the accused to due process of law aim to ensure that people are not persecuted for crimes they didn’t commit. The job of a criminal attorney is to ensure that the accused is not deprived of these constitutional rights. The criminal attorney will talk to the prosecutor and try to arrange the best deal possible for his client. If the defendant does not want to plead guilty, the criminal attorney represents him in a criminal trial. During a criminal trial, a criminal attorney’s main aim is to introduce reasonable doubt. A person can only be found guilty of a crime if the prosecutor convinces the jury or judge that she is guilty beyond… […]

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Jury Selection in Criminal Cases

Jury Selection in Criminal Cases

Our criminal justice system can be overwhelming and frightening. The incarceration rate in the United States is much higher than that of other industrialized countries. Prison sentences are getting longer and more frequent. If you face the possibility of being accused of a crime, contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer as early in the process as possible, preferably even before questioning or investigation by the police. A skilled attorney can fight for your legal and constitutional rights. Due Process Our criminal justice system is complex, both conceptually and procedurally. To ensure the fairness of the proceedings, each court system has its own rules of criminal procedure that govern the actions of all players: police, defense lawyers, prosecutors, judges and juries. The US Constitution requires that criminal defendants be accorded due… […]

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Florida DUI Checkpoints and Your Rights

Florida DUI Checkpoints and Your Rights

New Year’s Eve is here. Celebrating with your friends and family is a good thing. Drinking and driving is not. Many people on the road today do not understand their rights pertaining to DUI checkpoints. These rights become increasingly important if you’ve had a few drinks, and aren’t sure if it will register on a breathalyzer. To avoid incriminating yourself, listed below is some information you find useful about sobriety checkpoints before you find yourself being stopped at a temporary roadblock set up to catch drunk drivers. DUI and sobriety checkpoints are temporary roadblocks erected by law enforcement to catch drunk drivers in the act. Officer at checkpoints may stop every vehicle driving past, or they may perform patterned or random checks. The legality of checkpoints has been the point… […]

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Being Proactive In Criminal Cases: Contact A Criminal Defense Attorney For A Consultation

Being Proactive In Criminal Cases: Contact A Criminal Defense Attorney For A Consultation

In many cases you may be able to solve your problem without an attorney’s help but sometimes a lawyer’s advice can be well worth the money. A lawyer can help ensure that proper steps are taken not to hurt your case later. If you’ve been accused of a crime or find yourself the defendant in a legal suit, contact a lawyer immediately. Here are a few of the reasons to consult with an attorney (source) Get the facts. Talk to a currently licensed attorney in your state that practices in the area of the law where you have questions. Get current knowledge. What was the law 20 years ago, might not be the law today. It reduces stress and is empowering. Most people are scared and don’t know what to… […]

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The Best Solution To Your Legal Issue Is An Experienced Criminal Attorney

The Best Solution To Your Legal Issue Is An Experienced Criminal Attorney

Although some defendants think that they can “beat the system” on their own, having an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side is the best way to prevent becoming another statistic. 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. Take charge in hiring a good lawyer to defend your case. An experienced and knowledgeable defense attorney will work hard to find you the best solution to your legal issue. If you were accused of a crime, DUI, or other violation you should consider talking with several lawyers before choosing one. Many… […]

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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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How Bail Is Set In Criminal Cases

How Bail Is Set In Criminal Cases

Posting Bond In most cases, you are entitled to a reasonable bond set by the court. Generally, this requires that you post a bond with the court. A bond is a binding agreement to pay money to the court in the event that you do not appear for your scheduled court dates. A bond is intended to ensure your appearance in the case. Your bond may either be a cash bond in smaller cases, or a surety bond in larger cases. To post a surety bond, you will need the assistance of a bondsman who will file a bond with the court on your behalf, guaranteeing your appearance at all scheduled court dates. The bond is a conditional release, therefore, if you are arrested for subsequent offenses while you are… […]

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Federal Conviction, Criminal Records and Expungement

Federal Conviction, Criminal Records and Expungement

Depending on a state, a job applicant may not have to reveal any or some types of potentially damaging information, such as arrests not resulting in convictions or convictions for minor matters. Some states have procedures to judicially “erase” a criminal record. A criminal defense attorney can help determine whether you may be eligible to get a conviction sealed, expunged or otherwise legally minimized. Criminal records are technically public records, which means that anyone can access them. Public records are those records which are available for public inspection. These records are often offered for free to the public for review at the location where they are stored. In other cases, they may be available for a small fee. Public records are often named according to where they are kept, or… […]

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Refusing A Breathalyzer Test During DUI Stop

Refusing A Breathalyzer Test During DUI Stop

In every state, refusing to take a breathalyzer is allowed, but it’s also grounds for punishment. That’s because of “implied consent” laws (source). All states have adopted this law in some form and with varying penalties. In essence, the law forces drivers to consent to all field sobriety and chemical tests as a condition to being given a driver’s license. There’s no way to get around it. If you want to be a licensed driver, you have to consent. The penalties for refusing differ across the country. Typically though, drivers can be fined around $500 and/or even jailed. In most states, refusal results in an automatic license suspension for generally about six months. But the fun doesn’t end there. As with most crimes, the punishment tends to create a ripple… […]

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