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Dropped charges are sometimes possible, but don't count on it

Some people who are facing criminal charges choose to sit back and hope that the case will be dropped. While that is possible in a small number of cases, it isn't really a smart strategy to ignore the charges you are facing. In case you are wondering about why prosecutors would drop criminal charges, here are five of the reasons why that might occur.

Drunk drivers are still a problem

With all the warnings about drinking and driving that appear on television, radio programs and billboards, and the frequent news items about traffic accidents resulting in personal injury or death, you would think that drunk driving might be on the wane. Many people are not aware how little alcohol it takes to exceed the legal standard BAC of.08 percent, and being stopped for a DWI can be an extremely stressful experience. If you are pulled over, however, there are a few things you can do to make the best of the situation.

Don't delay when working on a sex crime defense

Prosecutors who work on sex-related cases might opt to take a hard stance in those cases. This can make the work of the defense even more difficult than what it might have been if the case was of a different variety. If you are facing criminal charges for any sex-related crime, you shouldn't delay getting your defense moving forward.

Falsified evidence leads to wrongful convictions

In 2012, a technician working in a drug-testing lab on Massachusetts admitted to faking the results of tests for over eight and half years. Up to 20,000 people were convicted in part due to results that were used in evidence that had been tampered with to report a false positive.

Knowing your rights is crucial in all criminal cases

For most people, knowing all of the laws in the country is impossible. This is one reason why people count on lawyers when they get into trouble and end up facing criminal charges. If you are in that position, you should know that you have a right to have a lawyer with you at certain steps in the criminal justice system. This right is given to you by the Sixth Amendment of the United States Constitution.

All evidence has to be carefully considered in your defense

We recently discussed how biological evidence can have an important role in a criminal case. While that is only one aspect of a criminal case, it is one that can easily make or break a case. If your criminal case includes fingerprint, DNA, or other similar evidence, it is important that you take the time to learn about how you might be able to answer up for those types of evidence in your defense.

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