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Alexandria Cazares-Perez > Legal Advice (Page 3)

Types of Defenses Criminal Defense Lawyers Can Use

This lawyer defends their client in court who has been charged with a criminal activity that can range from a misdemeanor to a felony. If convicted their client could pay a fine, do community service, serve years in prison, or even receive the death penalty. It is the job of the criminal defense lawyer to either get their client acquitted or get them the lightest sentence possible. To accomplish this, criminal defense lawyers can use several defenses.Affirmative criminal defenseSome criminal defense lawyers will attempt to minimize the prosecution's evidence by showing it is not true. In this defense the lawyer,...

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Can I Expunge More Than One Arrest on My Criminal Record?

Every state has their own separate set of laws surrounding the requirements and limitations of criminal record expungement. It is important to understand the basics surrounding the laws of record expungement in your particular state and county first, and then discuss your eligibility and petition options with a licensed criminal defense attorney. You can only file for expungement once in your lifetime, so it is vital to apply correctly. A simple clerical error or missed deadline can get your petition denied. A criminal defense attorney can prevent that from happening to you. ...

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How To Help Your Criminal Lawyer Make A Sound Defense

Being charged in court with a criminal offense can indeed be a scary experience. The court proceeding can be too stressful and emotionally laden, aside from the fact that it would take too much of your precious time, effort, and money. Fortunately, the legal system recognizes the principle that any person accused of a crime is not guilty unless otherwise proven beyond reasonable doubt. So whether you are accused of kidnapping, robbery, human trafficking, money laundering, serious fraud and assaults, murder (manslaughter), organized crime, corruption, blackmail, or bribery; it simply is no reason to lose hope. In any legal system,...

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Is a Failure to Appear a Crime?

Criminal court dates are mandatory. When a person is facing criminal charges, or is involved in a criminal proceeding, they are legally obligated to show up for all court hearings. Missing a court date is referred to as a "failure to appear" or "FTA", and it is a crime punishable by law. Forgetting or neglecting to appear for court is not like missing a doctor's appointment. A person will face serious criminal charges in addition to the ones they were already charged with prior to missing their court date.Without the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney, those charged with...

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What To Look For When You Hire A Criminal Defense Attorney

There are many crucial aspects that a person should consider when they are looking to hire a criminal defense attorney. This article will focus on some of the most important aspects a person should always consider before they make a crucial decision that will have a huge impact on their future. This article will give you things to consider and help you understand what to look for when you hire a criminal defense attorney.Does the attorney only practice criminal defense?There is a common saying, "Jack of all trades master of none." This wise saying applies to attorneys. When a person...

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Starting Out As a Criminal Defense Lawyer: Some Advice

It's a time marked both by excitement and apprehension. I clearly remember the day I graduated and even though I was only 24, I have seen a common reaction in law graduates no matter what age. The greatest single benefit I had after graduation was my one-year articling term. Criminal lawyers are usually lone-wolves. Unlike civil litigators who practice in groups and firms, a criminal lawyer is typically a sole practitioner either practicing alone or in a cost-sharing arrangement with other criminal lawyers who are also sole practitioners. This has its advantages...

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The "Truths" Top Criminal Law Attorneys Wish More People Were Aware Of

1.) Do not retain a criminal law attorney or DUI defense lawyer based upon the attorney's office location. For many hardworking people, it is simply easier to go to a local criminal law attorney blocks away to make legal decisions that could land you or a loved one in jail and/or affect one's livelihood forever. While a general practice attorney is often acceptable for non specialty areas such as the drafting of wills, contacts, etc., criminal and drunk driving defense has become a specialized field requiring unique training and attention. For example, most police departments have officers who are trained...

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Can I Face Criminal Charges for Writing a Bad Check?

When a person writes a check and presents it to a bank or merchant, and does so knowing that their bank account cannot cover it, they are committing a crime called check fraud. Passing a bad check can be defended in court by claiming "you did not know" if the state cannot prove intent. This is because passing a bad check is sometimes unintentional, and rather, a result of poor or irresponsible banking practice. On the other hand, there are countless cases of intentional check fraud, ranging from petty to white collar. What happens...

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Key Factors That Make a Successful Criminal Defense Lawyer

Many people believe that a good criminal lawyer is one who is aggressive and, perhaps, even pushy with the prosecutor or the judge. This belief may even include the idea that a successful criminal lawyer uses theatrics and deception to win in court. This cannot be further from the truth. No doubt, this perception is influenced, at least partly, by the many prime-time American television programs featuring tricky lawyers pulling the wool over the eyes of judges and juries, or aggressively pressuring the prosecutor to "cut a deal". However, in real life practice...

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Criminal Law: A Critical Evaluation of Murder

Introduction Murder is not provided for in any statute in England or Wales, with its definition emanating from case law. The definition of murder can be broken down into two elements, mens rea and actus reus . This brief article will focus on these two elements of murder. Firstly, a brief insight into the two concepts will be needed. This will equip the reader with the relevant understanding for the more critical part of this article, that being the evolution of these two concepts. Lastly, this article will focus on the...

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