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Difference between grand and trial juries

Those facing criminal charges might have their future decided by a jury made up of average citizens. It is important to understand the role of juries in a criminal trial. Getting the jury on your side is important during your trial because they are the ones who decide whether or not you are guilty. Juries are often divided into two different types; grand juries and trial juries.

Plea agreements and negotiations

There are some cases that come to an end before they even begin. Sometimes the prosecution comes up with a plea bargain agreement. The agreement results in a lenient sentence for the defendant in exchange for the defendant accepting the charges. The law gives defendants the right to refuse plea bargains and go straight to trial. Prosecutions often prefer plea bargains over court cases because it saves their energy for other cases as well.

The defendant's Sixth Amendment rights

The Sixth Amendment of the United States Constitution gives defendants the right to a speedy trial in front of an impartial jury. To be convicted of a crime, the jury must believe beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant is guilty. It is important that the jury is impartial and there is no bias among any of the jurors.

Domestic violence and abuse

Domestic violence is a crime that is heavily frowned upon by the society. A domestic violence defendant can witness their job security and personal relationships crumble at a moment's notice. If you have been charged with domestic violence, it is important to remain calm and contact an attorney who can help devise an appropriate defense strategy for you.

Statistics of Florida's incarcerated

There are many ways to find yourself in trouble with the law. Sometimes you may be doing something you didn't realize was illegal, or you didn't think was as bad as the courts make it out to be. Other times you may fully know something is legally wrong but feel compelled out of a lack of alternatives given your situation. And still other times, you may not have done anything wrong at all and you are falsely accused. Regardless of the why or the what, it seems the justice system is naturally bent toward a sentence involving incarceration for most illegal activities, unless other options are pushed for.

How to deal with being on the wrong side of the law

You probably never expected to find yourself standing on the wrong side of the law, or never to the degree you are now. To varying degrees, many people commit some sort of illegal action every day. From parking in the wrong spot, to an illegal lane change, to speeding or simply littering, our society is governed by so many rules it is almost hard to get through a day without any illegal occurrence. However, certain situations can yield more serious consequences and will not be treated in the same manner as a simple misstep.

When serious consequences are the real crime

It is no secret that the criminal justice system is flawed. How can it be perfect? In cases when there was no witness to a crime, when trained men and women are left to interpret results but start off with a pressure to pinpoint a perpetrator and an objective to then prove not only that the person is guilty but that they are correct, there simply are too many factors working against a person once they become a suspect.

Investigators consider charging parents for child's Disney death

There is no question that the recent and terrible death of a child published in the news is tragic and a hard hit for a city still reeling from mass shooting and a celebrity assassination. And now, in a place where dreams come true, a parent's worst nightmare played out.

Murder by degrees

When you are facing murder charges, the inarguable fact should be that a death has occurred. This should be indisputable. If this is not the case, there should never be a conviction. This is because, in order to place an accusation of guilt against someone to the level that they are sentenced and convicted, there must not be even an iota of doubt. So, assuming a death has occurred and a person is charged with murder, the degree in which the murder is classified can make a monumental difference when it comes to the sentencing phase.


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