Nobody wants to think about having to face felony charges over the holidays. This is one reason why many people try their best to stay on the right side of the law toward the end of the year. Still, there are some circumstances that are out of your control. If you are one of the people who finds yourself fighting for your freedom right now, you need to know that you do have someone on your side. We are here to help you find out what options you have to present a defense.
A criminal case requires you to spend a lot of time preparing for a trial. Many defendants automatically assume that they will be able to work out a plea deal if they do acknowledge that they did the crime. While this is a possibility, there is another facet of criminal justice that you need to think about.
The investigative process is very important in the criminal justice system. Anyone who is accused of committing a crime and has charges levied against him or her will likely have been the subject of some type of investigation. The type of investigation depends on the circumstances of the criminal act.
One of the rights of some criminal defendants is having a trial before a jury of their peers. Many people think that this Sixth Amendment right is present in all criminal cases, but this isn't the case. Defendants who aren't facing at least six months in prison aren't automatically afforded the right to a jury trial.
Facing felony charges is something that frightens many people, especially if you think about the horrible consequences that can occur. It is imperative that you take the time to learn about the defense options that you have. You might be surprised at some of the options that you have.
We recently discussed how sentencing factors must be considered when you are planning your defense. These factors have a big impact on what you are going to face if you are convicted of the charges placed against you. We know that you might not want to think about that possibility, but there aren't any guarantees when you are facing a criminal charge.
Many people think that a criminal defense stops when a person is either found guilty or not guilty. This isn't the case. Your defense continues beyond this point because of the sentencing phase.
We recently discussed how there are some criminal charges that are resolved without the defendant going to prison or jail. Alternative sentences can often help to achieve this. While there isn't any guarantee that one of these sentences will be imposed during sentencing, we can work on this as a goal of your defense.
Whether you plead guilty to a criminal charge or are found guilty of a criminal charge, you will have to be sentenced. Not all sentences result in time in jail or prison. In fact, many sentences are considered alternative sentences because they don't result in any time in jail.
A crime's classification is a huge consideration in criminal cases. Many people know that there are implications of being convicted of a felony that don't involve the criminal court system. These implications of a felony are known as collateral consequences. These include a host of things that can affect you for the rest of your life, including the time after the court-imposed penalties have been completed.