The most well known area of the legal profession is unique because of its potentially serious consequences. Criminal Law Services includes dealing with motoring violations, white collar crimes like fraud and corruption, to violence and murder.

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If you are suspected of an offense, whether you’re innocent or guilty, a criminal law expert will help you understand the charges, the possible consequences, and will construct a case in your best interest.

When the police have accused you, you can be represented to make sure your legal rights are protected. Your attorney will also present your case in court to ensure you have a fair hearing.

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Our criminal law services records show that defendants with a DUI conviction who are represented by a lawyer are more likely to be found not guilty or have their charges dismissed (70%).

Types of Criminal Law Services

This explains some of the rules and procedures that apply when the arrest occurs.

The Criminal Justice system has a dual focus, because it includes the punishment and rehabilitation of those who violate the laws. First, it tries to control the actions of its citizens, and also to help people understand the repercussions of their actions.

Legislation forbids behavior which is immoral and poses a threat to the welfare of the public and its property. This includes everything from murder, theft and arson to motor crime, money laundering and terrorism.

Drug charges and offenses

In the United States, drug charges can vary based on federal and state laws, and they can also vary between states. Some may be prosecuted at both the state and federal levels. The severity of penalties can also depend on factors such as the type and quantity of drugs involved, prior criminal history, and whether the offense occurred in a drug-free zone.

If someone is facing drug charges, it is crucial for them to consult with an attorney who specializes in criminal defense to understand the specific charges, potential consequences, and available legal strategy.

Some of the main drug charges that individuals may face include:

Possession:

Simple Possession:

Being found with a small amount of a controlled substance for personal use.

Possession with Intent to Distribute:

Having a larger quantity of drugs with the intention to sell or distribute them.

Trafficking:

This involves the illegal possession or ownership of a large quantity of controlled substances. Penalties for trafficking are often severe and vary based on the type and quantity of drugs involved.

Manufacturing:

Charges can be brought against individuals involved in the production or cultivation of illegal drugs. This includes the cultivation of marijuana or the synthesis of drugs like methamphetamine.

Distribution:

These charges are related to the sale or delivery of controlled substances.

Conspiracy:

Charges may be applied when individuals are accused of planning or conspiring with others to commit drug-related offenses, even if the actual crime did not occur.

Drug Paraphernalia:

Possession, sale, or distribution of items used for the consumption or production of drugs can lead to drug paraphernalia charges.

Prescription Drug Fraud:

Illegally obtaining or distributing prescription medications without a valid prescription can result in charges.

Drug-related DUI:

Driving under the influence of drugs, including prescription medications, can lead to DUI charges.

Gun charges

Defense solutions in the United States can involve a combination of legal strategies, and the specific approach will depend on the circumstances of the case. Individuals facing gun charges should consult with a qualified criminal defense attorney to assess their specific situation and develop an appropriate strategy.

Here are some common defense strategies for gun related allegations:

Fourth Amendment Violations:

If law enforcement violated the defendant’s Fourth Amendment rights regarding unreasonable searches and seizures, any evidence obtained as a result of the violation may be suppressed.  This can weaken or invalidate the prosecution’s case.

Lack of Possession:

Prosecutors must prove that the defendant knowingly and intentionally possessed the firearm. If it can be shown that the defendant did not have actual possession or knowledge of the weapon, it can weaken or invalidate the case.

Illegal Search and Seizure:

If the police conducted an illegal search and seizure, any evidence found during that process may be deemed inadmissible in court. This can significantly impact the prosecution’s case.

Unreliable Witnesses or Evidence:

You may challenge the credibility of witnesses or the reliability of evidence presented by the prosecution. This can include questioning the accuracy of eyewitness testimony or challenging the forensic evidence.

Self-Defense or Defense of Others:

When a defendant has been charged with a crime, it may be argued that the actions were justified under the circumstances as self defense.

Mistaken Identity:

If there is doubt about the identity of the person who possessed the firearm, it could be argued that the prosecution has the wrong person.

Improper Police Conduct:

If law enforcement officers engaged in misconduct, such as coercive tactics or fabrication of evidence, this may be used to challenge the credibility of the prosecution’s case.

Mental Health Defenses:

In some cases, it may be argued that the defendant had a mental health condition that affected their ability to form intent or understand the consequences of their actions.

It’s important to note that the effectiveness of these strategies can vary depending on the specific details of the case and the applicable state and federal laws. If you have been accused of a gun crime you should contact a qualified attorney.

Domestic violence

It’s important to note that domestic violence is serious, and legal consequences can be severe. If you believe you are a victim of domestic violence, or if you have been accused of this offense, you should contact an attorney right away.

Each case is unique, and so the accusation, and the appropriateness of a defense strategy depends on the specific facts and circumstances surrounding the alleged incident.

The defenses available may depend on the nature of the charges, the evidence presented, and the applicable state laws. So being prepared is crucial, whether you are the victim or the accused.

Here are some common domestic violence charges and potential defenses:

False Accusations:

One of the most common defenses is to argue that the accused is falsely accused. This may involve presenting evidence that contradicts the alleged victim’s statements or demonstrating a motive for making false accusations.

Self-Defense:

The accused may argue that they acted in self-defense. This could be based on the claim that the alleged victim was the aggressor, and the accused used force to protect themselves.

Defense of Others:

Similar to self-defense, this is a claim that the accused was protecting someone else, such as a child or another family member, from harm.

Lack of Evidence:

If there is insufficient evidence to prove the charges beyond a reasonable doubt, it could be argued that the prosecution has failed to meet its burden of proof.

Police Misconduct or Procedural Errors:

The defense may challenge the conduct of law enforcement officers or procedural errors during the arrest or investigation process.

Mental Health Issues:

If the accused has mental health issues, it could be argued that these issues affected their behavior and should be taken into consideration when determining guilt.

Recantation:

In some cases, the alleged victim may later recant their accusations. This could be used as evidence that the initial accusations were false.

It’s important to consult with a qualified attorney to determine the most appropriate defense strategy based on the specific details of the case. Additionally, laws and procedures related to domestic violence can vary by state, so it’s crucial to be aware of the relevant legal framework in the jurisdiction where the case is being prosecuted.

If you or someone you know is a victim, or you are facing charges, seeking legal advice from an experienced attorney is highly recommended.

White-collar crimes

These are usually nonviolent, and involve deceit or concealment to obtain or avoid losing money or property, often to gain a personal or business advantage. Securities fraud, embezzlement, corporate fraud, and money laundering are white-collar crimes.

New ones are appearing daily facilitated by the internet, and include scams, in which fraudulent emails request help in forwarding a substantial amount of money to a criminal ring. Other common ones include insurance fraud and identity theft.

Large-scale corporate fraud perpetrated by many throughout a corporate or government institution, has been among the highest enforcement priorities for the FBI, because it incurs a significant financial loss to investors and can damage the U.S. economy and investor confidence.

Money laundering

In United States law, this is the process of deliberately concealing the origin of money gained from illegal activity. Money obtained from drug trafficking, corruption, embezzlement or gambling, are converted to look like a legitimate source. Often this is a core activity of organized crime.

Cashed based businesses like restaurants can be owned by gangs or organizations and could be used as a tool to launder illegal money to look like legitimate earnings.

In the past, the term “money laundering” was only applied to the financial activity of organized crime. Today its definition is often expanded to mean “any financial transaction which generates an asset or a value as the result of an illegal act,” which may involve tax evasion or false accounting.

As this area has become more complex and financial intelligence more important to combating international crime and terrorism, money laundering has become a prominent political, economic, and legal debate.

What is Criminal Defense Law?

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From minor offenses to first degree murder, an experienced criminal defense attorney can advise clients in various legal matters.

This defines criminal offenses and the rules and procedures that apply when the offenses are committed.

 

The Criminal Justice system has a dual focus, because it includes the punishment and rehabilitation of those who violate the laws. First, it tries to control the actions of its citizens, and also to help people understand the repercussions of their actions.

 

Legislation forbids immoral behavior includes everything from murder, theft and arson to motor crime, money laundering and terrorism.

Some examples of these crimes are (not limited to):

Misdemeanors:

  • Petty theft
  • Public intoxication
  • Disorderly conduct
  • Trespass
  • (certain types of) Assault
  • Vandalism
  • Reckless driving
  • (certain types of) Drug possession

Felonies

  • Murder
  • Rape
  • Kidnapping
  • Treason
  • Aggravated assault and/or battery
  • Arson
  • Robbery/Burglary
  • Various forms of fraud
  • Intent to distribute of certain types and/or quantities of illegal drugs
  • Possession of certain types of illegal drugs
  • Grand larceny or grand theft

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