The average American likely hears about mistrials via courtroom dramas (both real and fictitious) on television, but do they fully understand the situation and what can cause it? Here's a look at the mistrial process and how it can affect a court case.
Public opinion of criminal defense attorneys continues to fall. Celebrity trials, sex scandals, and the never-ending bad news cycle has casted the profession in its darkest light ever. The decline is unfortunate.
I am not techincally a criminal defense attorney. The term "criminal" is a conclusion. It implies guilt. True, many are eventually found guilty. But categorizing the profession as "criminal defense" puts the cart before the horse a bit. To be more specific, I am a constitutional defense attorney, and proud of it.