Deferred prosecution is a catch-all term for a variety of criminal intervention programs throughout the United States. These programs are designed to help first-time offenders avoid having a criminal conviction on their record. Deferred prosecution places a defendant's criminal case on hold while he or she participates in a program designed to punish, educate, and rehabilitate. These programs vary from state to state and according to the alleged criminal offense, but they often include fines, classes, and community service as primary components. If a defendant completes the program, the prosecutor's office will then drop the criminal case. If, however, a defendant fails to complete the program, the criminal case will resume.
People who represent themselves at criminal trials seldom have a good outcome. While they may study the laws related to their case and think they are ready to defend against criminal charges, their lack of experience tends to backfire on them in ways they never anticipated. If you're facing criminal charges, it's important to consider the potential consequences if the prosecution can prove its case against you. With so much on the line, hiring an experienced defense attorney is the only logical thing to do.
We have a new infographic up courtesy of the Arizona Criminal Law Team. No offense to public defenders, but a lawyer provided by the court isn’t exactly your best chance of beating a criminal charge. View our infographic now.
The federal criminal trial process can be a confusing and scary one, especially for those unfamiliar with legal proceedings in general. Luckily, Houston is home to some of the best federal criminal attorneys and trial lawyers in the country--which can (and often does) mean the difference between a win and a loss.
Whether you are guilty or innocent, being charged with a crime is a scary experience. Getting ready for the first hearing, called arraignment, can be particularly nerve racking. Fortunately, you can ease your anxiety about your first court date by learning exactly what to expect.
Finding a good lawyer is an important part of dealing with any sort of legal problem. Whether you need a trust drawn up or a will created, the right attorney will help you get the job done as quickly and painlessly as possible. Unfortunately, many people aren't quite sure how to find a trustworthy lawyer. If you've never had to meet with someone for legal advice or counseling, chances are that you are unsure of where to start searching. No matter what type of lawyer you need, there are several ways you can be sure to get the best help possible for your personal situation.
This is not an article about the recent Trump orders concerning travel bans. This is a discussion on the orders signed by President Trump and the memorandums issued on February 21, 2017 by Homeland Security Secretary John Kelley that set out a new direction on agency policies intended to beef up immigration enforcement, deport more people, and prevent asylum seekers. The issues do concern immigration law (which is not discussed here) but the policies also greatly impact criminal case procedure. Many of my clients are undocumented and they currently live in great fear over the new policies and so now is a good time to lay it all out so that you or someone you know is informed about what it all means.
The topic of Fresno courthouses is not a particularly exciting one, we know. However, the information below will help you understand the various courthouses found within the county, their purposes, and other helpful information. Bookmark this page so you have the information handy!
A new year is an opportunity to let go of bad habits or to start some new healthy ones. Many resolve to start exercising, quit smoking or lose weight, while others decide to take control of their finances or practice daily gratitude. Even though they may start strong, the majority of these resolutions don't last. It's unfortunate but not inevitable. The tips below can help you stick to your New Year's resolutions indefinitely.
There are dozens of situations that can arise throughout our lives that require the expertise of a lawyer. When that time comes, where do you start your search and what should you ask potential attorneys? Here are a handful of tips to help streamline the process of locating the right legal professional for your circumstances.