A criminal case is a very serious matter because of the effects that it can have on your life. You might find that your social life suffers if you are facing criminal charges. This could be because of the stigma of the charges, but it can be because of the financial hit that you take because of the charges. You might also find it hard to spend time with your friends because of the limitations placed on you by the court, such as if you are placed on house arrest pending your trial.
When you are arrested for a crime, the charge you face will be classified as either a misdemeanor or a felony. This classification might not seem like a big deal at first glance; however, the way that it is classified can have an impact on how the case moves through the criminal justice system, as well as the effects of the case that can follow you through life.
In our previous blog post, we discussed how some people might be at risk of being falsely accused of domestic violence. That post might have hit home with some people; however, you should understand that domestic violence isn't the only criminal act that a person can be wrongfully accused of.
It's every parent's nightmare, but all too often kids wind up in juvenile court. These courts have different sets of rules than adult courts, and consequently, parents don't have any idea of what to expect. Below is some important information about the juvenile justice system that parents may find helpful.
Here in the United States, we are protected from unreasonable searches and seizures by the Fourth Amendment to our Constitution. It limits the reach of law enforcement to invade our homes, cars and personal space when conducting searches for contraband.
If you are facing criminal charges, at some point it is likely that you will be offered a plea bargain by the prosecution. While plea bargains are vital components of the criminal justice system, they are not right for all cases. Over 90 percent of criminal convictions stem from negotiated pleas, meaning that fewer than ten percent of defendants face an actual trial. Read on to learn if this is a good option for your case.
Are you a Tennessee resident who has lost out on job offers and other benefits due to a prior arrest record? If so, there is good news coming down the pipeline.
A 22-year old man who left multiple college football teams following his arrests for alcohol and drug-related crimes once again finds himself in trouble with the law. The young man was taken into custody by officers with the Calloway County Sheriff's Department following a traffic stop.
There's been increasing attention on sexual assault in the military in recent years. The Department of Defense has taken steps to increase enforcement of the Uniform Code of Military Justice's Article 120, which deals with sexual assault and to make it easier for people to report sexual assault crimes.
Most people are familiar with the legal concept of "double jeopardy." Protections against it are rooted in the Fifth Amendment, which says in part, "No person shall ... be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb."