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Don't try to ignore criminal charges

Criminal charges can't be ignored because they aren't going to go away. If you do choose to ignore them, there is a good chance that you are going to end up before the court without a viable plan. This isn't good, as you can't just "wing" your defense and assume that you will fare well. We know that you don't want to have to deal with this type of disastrous outcome. We are here to help you determine what defense options you might have.

Jury trials provide a third-party decision on criminal matters

Some criminal defendants opt for a jury to try to prove that they aren't guilty of a trial. This process is a lengthy one, but the end result is that a group of that person's peers listens to the facts of the case as they are presented by the prosecution and the defense during the trial.

Plea deals can help defendants who admit they're guilty

While the entertainment industry tends to show the drama of criminal law jury trials, this isn't the way things usually happen in the real world. Most criminal cases are resolved when the prosecution and defense come to an agreement about what is going to happen. This is known as a plea deal.

Sweeping criminal justice reform signed by President Trump

The need for criminal justice reform in this country has been present for a long time. Finally, steps are being taken to address this. President Donald Trump recently signed the First Step Act, which is a sweeping federal criminal justice reform bill. Anyone facing criminal charges should check out this bill and learn what it means for them.

Combating criminal charges using the truth

Criminal charges can sometimes stem from questionable circumstances. Police officers have to make decisions about what they are going to do about certain things based solely on how they appear and what likely happened. In these cases, they do need to have probable cause to conduct an arrest, but this doesn't mean that they have all the evidence necessary to prove to a jury that you did commit a crime.

You must participate in your defense planning

All criminal charges must be based on proof that a person violated specific points of the criminal laws in the applicable jurisdiction. When you begin to plan your defense, you need to look at each specific point that must be present for the charges you are facing. Starting here might provide you with some aspects of a defense to focus on.

Your actions prior to arrest might impact your defense options

Many people don't realize that their defense options are impacted by every aspect of their case. Even before they are formally charged, people need to be aware of their rights and how their actions might affect what happens in the future. We know that this isn't always an easy realization but thinking carefully about what you are doing can be beneficial.

Many factors impact criminal sentencing

Defendants who have been convicted of a crime and those who plead guilty will have to go through the sentencing phase of the criminal justice system. For many, the unknown surrounding this component of the process is troubling. They don't know what they are going to have to deal with and they might be very worried about it.

Your defense strategy must be customized to your case

The criminal justice system is one place that most adults hope they will never have to deal with as a defendant. When charges are levied against you, your first reaction might be disbelief. You need to make sure that you take the time to consider what kinds of strategies you might use to answer the charges. We are here to help you learn about these and make plans for the direction of your case.

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