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Learn how to evaluate the case against you

There is no such thing as a minor violent crime. If you are facing violent crime charges of any sort, you are facing serious penalties, including incarceration, fines and collateral consequences. All of these can have a big impact on your life. We know that you are ready to get moving on a defense against these charges. We are here to help.

Hate crimes are very serious and prosecuted harshly

Hate crimes can often involve violence. These crimes are especially troubling because the alleged victim is often chosen based on factors he or she can't control. These include race, gender, disabilities, sexual orientation or religious beliefs. If you are charged with a crime that is labeled as a hate crime, there is a chance that you could face very serious time in prison.

Every detail matters in violent crime charge defense cases

Violent crimes are some that are difficult for the prosecution and the defense. The prosecution might feel pressure from the public to punish someone for the crime. The defense might feel as though they are walking on eggshells trying not to touch on sensitive subjects in the defense. We know that defendants often feel frustrated at the way the case is played out.

Civil Commitment: Incarceration based solely on what might happen

Being convicted of a sexually-related offense carries a lifelong stigma and the consequences usually continue long after a period of incarceration is over. However, did you realize that it is possible to be held in involuntary confinement even after your prison term has been completed?

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.

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.

Biological evidence must be carefully considered

We recently discussed some common factors that appear in appeals of criminal cases. The tie that binds criminal conviction appeals together is that the defendant is working hard to show that he or she didn't commit the crime. In some cases, DNA evidence might be used to prove this.

Know your rights and responsibilities when talking to police

Encounters with the police can be simple or they can be more complex. It is important that you understand your rights in any encounter that you have with police officers so that you understand what you can do, what you should do and what you should avoid. Knowing this before you encounter the police might help you to be more cautious.

Domestic violence charges can include he-said-she-said elements

When you and your loved one get into an argument, it is easy to let things get out of control. Emotions often well up and make it hard to think clearly or control your actions. If the argument continues to heat up to the point that things turn physical, you might find yourself facing charges for domestic violence.

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