Facing criminal charges can be one of the scariest times in our lives. Being charged with any type of crime, whether it's a DUI, shoplifting, burglary, possession of drugs or another criminal charge means there are serious consequences for a guilty verdict. It can be jail time, heavy fines, community service or loss of drivers license. It's important to be aware of your rights after a criminal arrest, and having a criminal defense lawyer on your side may just keep you out of jail.

Guide to Criminal Defense

If Arrested

Being arrested is one of the scariest experiences anyone will ever go through. Equally dramatic is the effect on loved ones of the person charged with a crime. Knowing your rights when arrested is important to ensure a good defense of the charge.

Criminal Defense Case

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What is the difference between state and federal courts?

State and federal courts are organized under different laws and constitutional provisions.

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Whatever You Say Can And Will Be Used Against You In A Court Of Law

You’re involved in an accident.  From the moment you step out of your vehicle until the jury foreperson delivers your 

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Plea agreements

The plea bargaining and plea agreement

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Government Expands Forfeiture Program

When the government suspects that any property was used in furtherance of a crime or is the proceeds of criminal activity, such property is subject to...

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Winning a Criminal Case In Court – A Defense Attorney’s Strategy

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What Happens in Court: Criminal Case Procedures

Here's a basic introduction to the criminal court process following an arrest.

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Criminal Appeals and Other Post-Trial Relief in South Carolina

Learn about the defense options available after a criminal conviction in South Carolina.

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Criminal Conviction Discrimination

By Jeffrey T. Rosenberg, Esq.  

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Evidence in Criminal Cases: Searches and Seizures

In addition to general evidence rules, criminal defendants benefit from the protection of the exclusionary rule, which makes all evidence obtained thr...

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Sixth Amendment Rights: Fair Trial and Criminal Defense in Florida

When you’ve been arrested and indicted with a criminal charge, you have 2 very important opportunities given to you through your Sixth Amendment rig...

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Plea Bargains

The court system inundated with an overload of cases, jails are overcrowded past legal capacity, lengthy trials prove costly, and public defender re...

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Rights at Arrest

Although often used as a collective term, being placed “under arrest” is a specific legal situation where an individual is no longer legally abl...

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Preliminary Hearings

Shortly after an arrest, the prosecutor’s charges may face judicial review during the preliminary hearing.  Each state has its own rules regardi...

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Voir Dire and Jury Selection

The legal justifications for voir dire are to determine whether grounds exist for challenges for cause, and to obtain information for the exercise o...

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Eyewitness Testimony

Eyewitness identification, which is by no means consistently reliable, has been used as one of main means of prosecuting evidence against the accuse...

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Now that You're a Defendant

If you are arrested for a crime, this information will be forward to a prosecutor’s office in the jurisdiction where the crime occurred. Once arr...

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Criminal Arraignments

Criminal arraignments are a short hearing before a judge shortly following arrest.  The criminal arraignment formally begins the courtroom proceedi...

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Criminal Defense Case Strategies

A defense strategy in a criminal case is by and large the most important aspect of the case. If a defendant’s defense strategy isn’t strong enou...

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Appealing a Criminal Conviction

A defendant can request an appeal at the conclusion of their trial in the event a guilty verdict is returned.  In essence, an appeal is a request ...

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Sentencing Once Found Guilty

Following a guilty or no contest plea, or a guilty verdict at trial, defendants will be sentenced, or receive their punishment, for their crimes.  ...

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Booking and Bail

Following arrest, suspects are taking to the police station in the jurisdiction of their arrest.  Here, suspects will undergo the booking process,...

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Evidence at Trial

During criminal trials, evidence rules restrict both the content of evidence presented and the manner that evidence can be presented during a trial....

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Motions and Procedure at Trial

During judicial proceedings, both sides may make requests of the judge, known as “motions”.  Motions may be made verbally or in written form, ...

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Defense Rights at Trial

During every criminal trial, defendants enjoy a number of legal rights and protections, which have been in place since the ratification of the Cons...

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Discovery in a Criminal Case

Discovery is the general process of a defendant obtaining information possessed by a prosecutor regarding the defendant’s case.  In addition, pr...

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Investigating a Charge Before Trial

Every competent legal defense is grounded in hard evidence, whether witness testimony, forensics, or even expert testimony.  For a defendant and t...

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Criminal Trial Process

Criminal trial procedures vary from courthouse to courthouse, and even more varied are the legal tactics employed during each phase of a criminal tr...

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Attorney Client Privilege

Sometimes, such as capital cases, a good relationship between an attorney and client is a matter of life and death.  In many other instances, the co...

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Choosing a Criminal Defense Attorney

Do some research when choosing a criminal defense lawyer. A criminal legal battle can be a long, arduous road and a lawyer’s ability to defend you...

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Domestic Violence: Falsely Accused

Each year, millions of women are physically abused by their partners. This is an epidemic that must be stopped. It is also true that while...

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Drawn Out Cases

One of the most frustrating things about being a criminal defendant in New York, especially in New York City, is the amount...

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Police Cooperation

It is my belief that when the Police Officer says cooperate and we will help your case in the long run...you need to wait...

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Ethics in Criminal Defense

The ethical standards regarding conflicts of interest with respect to current clients are contained in Supreme Court Rule 4-1.7, which provides...

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Consulting with a Criminal Defense Attorney

When a person is charged with a felony or a misdemeanor, these individuals might be eligible to obtain a criminal defense attorney through the publi...

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Bond and Bail Hearings

In criminal cases, bond and bail hearings are held in pre-trial proceedings to determine if the accused is at risk of fleeing a jurisdiction and ens...

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Arrest Warrants

An arrest warrant must be signed by a judge or magistrate and must detail the offense charged. The accused must be named and described so they can b...

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