Many criminal defendants have the right to have a trial in front of a jury comprised of their peers. Many people misunderstand what this Sixth Amended right means and when it applies. The right to a jury trial only applies if the person is facing at least six months in jail or prison. Charges associated with lesser sentences than this would qualify for a bench trial in front of a judge, but they wouldn't qualify for a jury trial.
It is imperative that anyone who is given a court order to follow does so perfectly. Failing to follow a court order can lead to criminal charges. Joe Arpaio, former sheriff in a Arizona, learned this the hard way.
A felony conviction is one that many people don't ever want to have to deal with. This one incident can have you forever branded as a felon. As you probably know, this branding comes with some big changes in your life. The thought of these changes is something that leads some people to work hard on their defense against the charges they are facing.
One of the most important things you can do when you are facing a felony charge is work on your defense. This is your key to being able to fight back against the charges. Typically, it is a good idea to work on a defense even if you are trying to get a plea deal worked out. By doing this, you won't have to worry that you are going to have to come up with a defense at the last minute if your plea negotiations aren't successful.
When defendants are facing time in prison, they often think about the effects the incarceration will have on them. What many don't stop to think about is how incarceration will impact the children who are losing their parent.
Felony convictions in Arizona are subject to certain sentencing guidelines. Some of these are fairly easy to understand, but others are a bit more complex. If you are facing criminal charges and need to find out about what sentence you are facing, consulting the sentencing chart or finding out the answers to your questions from someone who understands the charts can help.
Being branded as a felon is something that can haunt you for the rest of your life. Even if the felony wasn't a violent one, you will still be branded. In fact, the felon label can make it hard for you to find a job or get housing. You might not be able to own a gun if you are a felon. Holding a public office might not be possible. All of this is true even years or decades after the conviction.
In our previous blog post, we discussed how important it is to understand what a jury trial entails so you can determine if that is the direction that you want to go with your criminal case. If you opt to go through with a jury trial, you need have a defense strategy that makes the jurors think twice about the claims of the prosecution. We can help you to understand what options you have for doing this.
If you are facing criminal charges, you will likely be reminded of your right to have a jury trial to determine the outcome of your case. The right to a jury trial is provided in the Bill of Rights. Of course, this right doesn't apply to all cases. Typically, you will be given the option of a jury trial if you are facing an imprisonment sentence of six months or more. That means that for petty misdemeanors, you probably won't have the right to a jury trial.
The Internet has opened up a world of possibilities to most people. You can access websites on a computer or any web-enabled device. For most people, checking Facebook and other social media and playing games take up the majority of their time online. For others, there are much darker activities that they engage in while online. All of these activities can lead to criminal charges, so make sure you avoid them while surfing the Web.