Criminal Defense

Criminal Charges, Investigations and Your Legal Rights

A well-established criminal justice system will play a key role in any civilization. Clearly defining certain conduct as illegal and putting specific procedures in place to arrest, try and convict those accused of committing crimes can serve to protect all members of society. As Americans, we are offered further protection by the U.S. Constitution and key court decisions, which afford us specific rights and freedoms. For example, a person who has been accused of committing a crime has the right to an attorney. He has the right to a fair trial by a jury of his peers. He has the right to be protected from unreasonable searches and seizures. This is but a glimpse of the many rights that Americans have. Though these rights exist, they need to be actively protected.

This is where criminal defense lawyers come in the picture. A criminal defense lawyer is a legal professional who represents criminal suspects, arrestees and defendants in criminal proceedings. A criminal attorney may provide an aggressive defense against virtually any type of criminal offense, from shoplifting all the way to murder. A criminal defense attorney may also offer legal counsel at virtually any stage of a case. An attorney can become involved before formal charges are filed and can provide legal representation at every stage of a case, through an investigation, trial, sentencing, appeal and expungement.

Consequences of a Criminal Conviction

A person convicted of a crime may face time in jail or prison, heavy fines and court fees, probation, community service and various other criminal penalties. Depending on the type of crime, a defendant may also face specialized penalties, such as lifetime sex offender registration if convicted of a sex offense.

There are many different types of crimes that a person may be accused of committing, and a defendant may face legal proceedings in state, federal or juvenile court. Because the circumstances surrounding a criminal case may vary so drastically, it is important to seek representation from an attorney who is experienced in handling the particular type of case you may be dealing with.

When your freedom and future are on the line, you cannot afford to take a chance by hiring an inexperienced or incompetent lawyer. Click here to find a Christian attorney using our nationwide directory.

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