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Changing laws, finances and circumstances in criminal cases

When you are facing criminal charges, you have to understand the facts of the case. You also need to understand the laws that apply to your case. In some cases, this can be challenging because of changing laws that might apply to cases that involve certain circumstances.

There are some instances in which your finances can impact the outcome of a case. Think about how many people are shoehorned through the criminal justice system simply because they don't have the financial means to stand up and fight against charges in the way they should.

The evolution of criminal laws is another point that is crucially important. Recently, the Supreme Court in Arizona changed a law that took one criteria of child molestation charges out of the picture. The language that the court signed didn't include the fact that actions like touching, fondling or manipulating the genitals, female breasts and certain other areas of the body must be done for sexual arousal in order to be considered child molestation.

While that is an extreme example of how big of an impact changes to the law can have on cases, it is an important example. The way it reads now, changing a baby's diaper or bathing a child could lead to felony charges. That's a horrible thought for parents and caregivers who need to care for babies and children.

For those who are facing any type of criminal charge, the letter of the law is important. Being able to fight back against charges can only be done once the laws themselves are understood and the evidence is scrutinized.

Source: Indian Country, "Bogus Charges and Rent on the Courtroom," Steve Russell, Oct. 09, 2016

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