Blog Posts in November, 2013

  • The Process of a Criminal Case: The Appeal Process

    || 25-Nov-2013

    A lot of effort is put into the trial and when a guilty verdict is given, the defendant may feel as though they have run out of options. A guilty verdict does not have to be the end of the road and many people are able to find an alternative outcome through the appeal process. There are various reasons why a verdict may be appealed but this can be a difficult thing to do. Finding the right ...
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  • The Process of a Criminal Case: The Verdict

    || 22-Nov-2013

    Trial can be a long process as the defense and the prosecution attempt to persuade the jury of their side of the case. Following the lawyers' arguments and the presentation of the evidence at trial, the verdict will be given. The jury may deliberate for the time they need before coming back with a verdict of guilty or not guilty. If they do find the defendant guilty then they will need to all ...
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  • The Process of a Criminal Case: The Trial

    || 20-Nov-2013

    After an arraignment will be the trial. In a criminal case, defendants have a right for their case to be tried by a jury of their peers. Prior to the trial, the defendant will need to choose if they want a jury or court trial. It is more common that a defendant will request a trial by jury, but in some cases, the Pasadena criminal attorney may suggest that the alternative is used. In the United ...
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  • The Process of a Criminal Case: The Arraignment

    || 18-Nov-2013

    After an arrest will be the arraignment. It is here that the judge will state the charges against the defendant, ask how they plead, present what their rights are and ask if they need a lawyer to be provided. Depending on how the defendant pleads, the remainder of the case can go several ways. A plea may be not guilty, guilty or no contest. A judge may then decide the following: To release the ...
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  • The Process of a Criminal Case: The Arrest

    || 15-Nov-2013

    The first thing that will take place in a case is the arrest. In order to make an arrest the officer will need to have probably cause. This can be through a warrant that has been issued by a judge or they can make a judgment call that they will need to justify later. Upon taking a person into custody, their Miranda Rights will need to be read to them. These include the following: The right to ...
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  • Plea Bargains in California

    || 11-Nov-2013

    For those who are charged for a crime, weighing your options is important. You want to consider if your case is worth taking all the way to court, or if you want to seek a reduced sentence through negotiations. A plea bargain may be sought and this will essentially be an agreement that is made between you and the prosecutor in your case. You are agreeing that you will plead or no contest guilty to ...
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  • New Law May Help Workers with Criminal Backgrounds Get a Job

    || 6-Nov-2013

    The large amount of workers in the state of California means that there is a greater chance for employees with a criminal past. Many of these employers provide hard work and their past record is never an issue. That doesn't mean that individuals with a criminal record won't face a bias when seeking a job or even be prevented from getting hired in the first place. To help provide more of a ...
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