If you know you’re going to be arrested, what do you do? If you already are arrested, what do you do? What does the process of getting bail involve? And how can you be sure law enforcement isn’t trampling on your rights, as guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States? These are just a few of the questions a good criminal attorney can answer, and help you with. Criminal attorneys are there for one reason: to make sure you get the fairest shake possible, and that overzealous prosecutors and law officers don’t overstep their bounds. You need the best help you can get!
Criminal law includes both federal and state laws that make certain behavior illegal and punishable by imprisonment and/or fines. The legal system is made up of two different types of cases: civil and criminal. Civil cases involve disputes between individuals regarding the legal duties and responsibilities they owe each other. Criminal cases, meanwhile, are charges pursued by prosecutors for violations of criminal statutes. For criminal law, you’ll need an attorney who specializes in this type of legal action. You’ll need a qualified criminal defense attorney if you’ve been charged or arrested for a crime. Such an attorney is very familiar with local criminal procedures, laws, and the personnel involved in the process (judges, prosecutors, law enforcement). Many criminal law attorneys may even have worked as prosecutors. Most defense lawyers are able to handle any misdemeanor or low-level crime. But for more serious crimes/charges you would do well to get an attorney whose practice is weighted in those areas (rape, murder, etc.).
So whether you were arrested for a crime against an individual(s) (like assault and battery, rape, or murder), a crime against property (shoplifting, burglary, or arson), or a drug crime (marijuana possession or cocaine dealing), you need a qualified criminal law attorney to handle your case.
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