Recent Posts in Criminal Defense Category

  • 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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  • Officers Receive App to Access Criminal Records on Smart Phones

    || 17-Sep-2013

    New technology allows officers to get the information on a suspect's background quicker than before. Previously, an officer would have to call back to the station in order to get access to the statewide criminal record. This could cause for delays, and made officers dependent on the station when they were out in the field. Now, they have a new app on their phone called JusticeMobile and it ...
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  • What to Look for When Hiring a Criminal Defense Lawyer

    || 2-Sep-2013

    Hiring a criminal defense lawyer is a very personal matter. As each case is different, a criminal defense lawyer who works well for one person may not necessarily work well for another. It could not be more important that you have a criminal defense lawyer is an advocate who you feel comfortable opening up to, and who has a certain level of compassion and understanding of what you are going ...
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  • Do I Need a Lawyer for a DUI?

    || 5-Aug-2013

    Have you been recently arrested for a DUI offense? If so, the decisions you make in the few days following your arrest may be a game changer when it comes to fighting for your future and challenging the charges that have been placed against you. Many people may feel as though they don’t need a DUI defense attorney on their side to prove their innocence, though it is important to realize that ...
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  • Consequences of Drunk Driving in California

    || 1-Aug-2013

    Annually, there are a number of Californians who are arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. While some are more fortunate to be arrested after making a simple traffic violation or being caught at a DUI checkpoint, there are others who are arrested under much more devastating circumstances. Every day people are injured and killed as a result of drunk driving accidents, and because of ...
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  • The 15 Minute Observation Period

    || 23-May-2013

    How does an officer know if someone is intoxicated? If they are assessing them based on outward signs how long does it take before they can come to an accurate conclusion? In the state of California that question is answered with 15 minutes and this is the minimum time that an officer should be inspecting a suspect before they are able to more accurately determine if they are in fact under the ...
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  • What You Should Know if You are Arrested

    || 16-Apr-2013

    After an arrest, what can you expect to happen? There are a number of questions you may have and there are key items that you should be aware of. The first thing you can expect upon being taken into custody is that you should be read your Miranda Rights. Officers are obligated to inform you of these so you understand what your rights are and these are protected under the Constitution. This will ...
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