Most states have three types of murder charges, first degree, second degree and third degree, but regardless of which type of murder you are arrested for, it is a serious charge that can result in decades of prison time if you are convicted. That’s why it’s so important to know the five ways to get off on murder charges.
Regardless of the jurisdiction, being charged with a hate crime is serious; however, in the state of Florida, there has been new legislation passed to crack down on hate crimes. This new legislation has enhanced the penalties and broadened the definition of what constitutes a hate crime in the state.
If you are arrested for a crime, it is just that, an arrest. This doesn’t mean you have been convicted of a crime.
If you are facing criminal charges, you may be confused and even scared about what comes next. The criminal justice system can be intimidating and, depending on your knowledge of the law, it can seem like an impenetrable maze of rules and bad consequences. In 2011 alone there were over 12 million arrests made in the U.S. While not all of those arrests lead to formal charges being brought, a great many do. If you have been charged with a crime, where do you go from here?
When you have a criminal record, it can have an impact on the rest of your life – even long after you have served your sentence. A criminal sentence can result in time away from loved ones and even change your relationship with those you love most. In some cases, a criminal record can also hamper your ability to obtain employment in the future.
There is no question that peer pressure can cause a person to deface or vandalize property. In fact, the pressure and influence may even make a person believe that this is a good idea.
You don’t ever plan on being detained by a police officer during your life, but it may happen. When it does, you must have a clear understanding of your rights as a citizen, and more importantly, the proper way to conduct yourself during this type of encounter.
Watch enough crime and legal dramas on television and in the movie theater, and you could easily conclude that the insanity defense is a common defense in criminal cases. In reality, however, a defendant pleading not guilty due to mental illness is a relatively rare event.
If you have recently been accused of any crime in Jacksonville or across Florida, you are likely feeling the social stigma of being accused of a crime even if you did not commit it.
Getting charged with any type of criminal offense can be life changing. As experienced criminal defense attorneys, we know individuals facing prosecution have a lot of questions, which is why we have updated our FAQs to help you with the information you need to feel confident about the next steps in your criminal process.