When you are facing criminal charges, you might be tempted to let your emotions rule. While it is easy to see why that would happen, it is necessary to keep a good head on your shoulders. You have to think clearly so that you can make decisions at every turn of the case.
Being charged with a criminal act isn't the only time that your life might be impacted by the criminal justice system. You might also find that your life takes a negative turn if you are named as a person of interest in a criminal matter.
A criminal trial begins with an investigation and arrest and is resolved by either an acquittal or conviction at trial, a plea bargain or by the prosecutor dismissing the charges.
We recently discussed how having a parent in prison is something that impacts children in many ways. For some children, overcoming the stigmas attached with having a parent in prison is difficult, but they overcome it.
We recently discussed how pranks can lead to criminal charges. The issue with pranks is that they can do harm to people. Charges resulting from pranks are only one type of charge you might face. As you are being questioned about the prank, you must provide honest answers or simply invoke your right to remain silent.
When you are trying to play pranks on people, you have to think carefully about what you are going to do. You might want the prank to be memorable; however, you should make sure that the reason it is remembered is because it is an awesome, funny prank and not an illegal prank. If you are thinking about doing one of the following pranks, think again because all of these can lead to criminal charges.
We recently discussed the concept of self-defense. This is one of those defense strategies that isn't always appropriate. If you are facing charges of any sort, you should explore every defense possibility that is available. This can be a challenge, but it can help you out greatly because you have a good idea of what you might be able to do.
When you are charged with a violent crime, you might end up considering self-defense as a defense strategy. Understanding the points that are specific to this defense is imperative before you opt to use this option.
Criminal defendants have the right to a trial by jury. For the defendants that opt to exercise this right, it is crucial that they understand exactly what this means. One of the concepts that is often spoken of is the right to have a jury of peers, but this concept isn't based on the Constitution. Instead, it is a long held standard.
Those facing criminal charges aren't required to say anything that could incriminate them. This right is one that is provided by the United States Constitution. You might hear people on crime shows saying that they "plead the Fifth" during testimony.