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Know what probable cause and reasonable suspicion mean

In order to arrest you, police officers either have to have a loopwarrant in hand or they need probable cause that you committed a crime. The standard of probable cause is one that is set by the Fourth Amendment. It means that a reasonable person would believe that based on the circumstances and information present that you committed the crime in question.

Felony charges have harsh sentences possible

A person who is facing a felony charge can spend considerable time in prison. This type of charge comes with a minimum of at least one year of incarceration. This doesn't mean that a conviction will automatically send you to prison because some people will receive probation as a sentence instead of being put behind bars.

Securing a release from jail during your criminal case

People who are arrested on felony charges often wonder how they are going to be released from jail. For most of them, the answer to this is that they will have to pay bail to secure their release. This is a financial surety that they will attend the court hearings they have coming up. When you first learn of your bail amount, you might wonder how you will cover it.

Learn all you can about your criminal case

Facing a felony charge is a serious event. You have to be sure that you understand the implications of this so that you can determine what type of defense strategy you are going to employ. When you find out that you are the subject of a criminal case, you must get to work immediately.

Indictments are only required in some cases

There are many steps that occur in a criminal case. Some of these only happen in some cases and not others. One of these is the grand jury process. When the grand jury reviews a case, they are trying to determine whether there is enough evidence to warrant a criminal trial. If they find that there is, they will issue an indictment. The prosecutor can choose to abide by that indictment and bring charges or they can decline to follow the indictment and not press charges.

Know how and when to invoke your Miranda rights

When you are being detained and police want to question you, they must read you your Miranda rights before they get started with the questions. These are fundamental rights that you have according to the Fifth Amendment of the Constitution. The need for police officers to inform you of these rights was firmly established in Miranda v. Arizona. The U.S. Supreme Court issued the ruling in 1966 and it has been upheld since. Some defense strategies include claims of rights violations.

Think about what goal you have for your defense

When you are facing a felony charge, you have a lot to think about. The way that you are going to handle your case has a direct impact on the outcome, so you should think carefully about the defense strategy you will employ. There are several options that might be available. You need to think about the circumstances of your case in order to decide what might be appropriate. We are here to help you review the available options so you can decide.

Consider your options for a robbery defense

Taking things that don't belong to you, or even attempting to do so, can lead to criminal charges. Sometimes, these charges are theft or larceny; however, when there is a victim who is threatened with harm or suffers harm, it might be considered a burglary. This is a very serious felony that requires you to consider your defense strategy very carefully. There are several options to think about.

Holidays in prison are rough on inmates and families

Having to face a criminal charge when you think you will be found guilty of it is difficult. You likely go through the trial trying to figure out what is going to happen or the sentence you might face. Unfortunately, a conviction sometimes means time in jail or prison. If you are facing a prison sentence, try to find out what to expect ahead of time so you can prepare.

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