If you have been charged with a criminal offense, your first step should be to find a good attorney to take your case. This should be done as soon as possible so negotiations on your case can begin at the earliest possible time. Your attorney can start looking not only for any cracks in your case, but also for any bargaining points that can be used to convince the prosecutor that you are worth a plea negotiation. Plea bargaining can be done at almost any point in a criminal case -- at the beginning, in hearings or even between hearings.
When a juvenile is charged with a crime, many parents sit back and believe that everything will work out soon enough. This often means taking on representation from a public defender. Unfortunately, this is not always the best approach.
When someone is charged with serious criminal offenses, the U.S. Constitution guarantees individuals the right to a jury trial. Therefore, careful consideration by attorneys when choosing a jury can be crucial to the outcome of the case.
When a crime is committed, many times there is a statute of limitations that applies. This means that the prosecution has a specific amount of time to charge someone with the crime. If the prosecution is unable to do so, then there will never be anyone convicted of the crime -- unless someone were to waive the statute of limitations. That doesn't happen very often, but it might occur in cases involving a plea bargain.
Regardless of where you live, police continue to crack down on drug distribution and trafficking. Furthermore, the legal system is doing the same.
Bicycle theft is a more common crime than many people might realize. One place where this crime happens quite frequently is on college campuses. Students depend on their bicycles to get to and from class, work and just to have fun. In Colorado Springs, Colorado, a new police initiative is at work, and officers hope it will cut down on the number of bikes stolen -- and to find the people who are stealing them.
In many cases, the police are going to tell you why you're being arrested. They could show up with a warrant, or the arrest may be pretty obvious -- such as when you're picked up for drunk driving after blowing a .10 on a breath test.
When a college student commits a crime, he or she is faced with a variety of potential consequences. In addition to dealing with the legal system, it could lead to punishment from the college or university.
There are many reasons why a person may decide to steal something. There are also times when a person is accused of stealing something but is actually innocent.
In a controversial ruling by a Colorado appeals court, those charged with a crime may be allowed to search the homes of the victims. Five other states have had similar rulings, deciding that the right to a fair trial may outweigh the interests of privacy.