A Brief Overview of Hate Crimes

A hate crime is defined as a criminal offense that is carried out due to an underlying prejudice or hostility towards a particular person or group of people. If the motivation for the crime was because of disability, religion, sexual orientation, or race, this could be classified as a hate crime. If a judge rules that a criminal act is a hate crime, they can impose a more severe sentence on the defendant under the Read More

Understanding the Difference Between Theft, Larceny, Robbery, and Burglary

It is easy to get theft, larceny, robbery and burglary confused, and often these terms are used interchangeably. While they all do involve taking someone else’s property without their permission, there are, however, essential differences between them. Let’s take a look at each one individually. Theft/Larceny The terms Theft and Larceny are both used to refer to the act of a person taking another person’s Read More

3 Dangers of Representing Yourself in Your Criminal Case

There are a few reasons why a defendant might want to represent themselves in court. Some think they cannot afford a lawyer; others have a misplaced sense of mistrust in the system, which makes them feel they can represent their own interests better. They may wish to plead guilty and therefore think that hiring a lawyer is pointless or they may believe that if they don’t hire a lawyer, they won’t have to play by the Read More

Probable Cause Explained

Probable cause is a significant part of the arrest process. It is a term that law enforcement officers rely upon to support their reasons for arresting a suspected criminal or obtaining evidence pertaining to a suspected crime. The term can be defined as having an objective belief that a crime has been committed and that a particular person is responsible for that crime. Having probable cause is what motivates a Read More

You Have the Right to Remain Silent: Understanding the Miranda Warning

It was the Supreme Court ruling in Miranda v. Arizona in 1966 that forever changed the way that police officers read suspects their rights before taking them into custody for questioning. It’s something you have likely heard on television crime dramas, but do you fully understand what it means? Read on to find out. The standard Miranda warning is as follows: "You have the right to remain silent. Anything you Read More

A Step-by-Step Guide to Getting Your Record Cleared

Expunging your criminal record is not necessarily something that happens automatically, even if cleared of the crime. That’s why it is important to hire a professional criminal defense attorney who will ensure this happens after successfully defending their client. Making sure a person's record is cleared after an arrest is extremely important. If this isn’t done (even if the person was found not guilty, or Read More

Why should I hire a lawyer before I am charged with a crime?

We are often contacted by individuals who have had the police stop by their house or call them requesting information. The reason for this police contact may be that these individuals are suspected of criminal activity, or that the police believe they may know something about some criminal activity they are investigating. Regardless of why the police wish to speak to someone, it is important to know that every Read More

Search and Seizure: When Can the Government Invade Your Privacy?

Imagine this scenario: You’re sitting at home when you hear a knock at your door. You open it to find a couple of local police officers in front of you, asking if they can take a look around your house. Understanding whether you are legally obliged to allow them to conduct a search of your home, or if you are within your rights to refuse them, is critical. Many people believe that they are obligated to permit Read More

Understanding the Criminal Appeals Process

If you are found guilty of a crime, but feel that the law wasn’t applied correctly or adequately in your case, you have the right to appeal. Whether the conviction takes place at the federal or state level, you can still try to appeal it by arguing that there was a mistake made during the trial that could have influenced the jury against you, and ultimately affected the outcome. The handling of appeals cases is Read More

What Is The Difference Between Financial Transaction Card Fraud, Financial Transaction Card Theft, and Breach of Trust with Fraudulent Intent?

Fraud charges are serious business. A person or business may face charges of financial transaction card theft, financial transaction card fraud, or breach of trust with fraudulent intent depending on the circumstances of the alleged crime and the facts around what happened. We explain the main differences as well as the penalties if convicted. Financial Transaction Card Theft A charge of financial transaction Read More