Criminal law refers to federal and state laws that make certain behavior illegal.
Our legal system is basically comprised of two different types of cases: civil and criminal. Civil cases are disputes between people regarding legal duties and responsibilities. Typically, a remedy in these kinds of cases involves monetary awards. Criminal law cases involve violations of criminal statutes. Fines and/or imprisonment are the penalties for these kinds of offenses.
Criminal law cases are generally classified as felonies or misdemeanors, based on their nature and potential period of incarceration. A felony involves more serious misconduct and obviously has more serious consequences. Less serious offenses are called misdemeanors. Typically the punishment for a misdemeanor does not exceed a one-year period of imprisonment. These offenses may include DWI and other minor violations of criminal statutes.
An experienced and qualified criminal defense attorney can be a crucial advocate for anyone charged with a crime. He or she should be familiar with state criminal procedures and laws, as well as the Courts and the District Attorney’s Office. In addition, it is critical that the attorney be readily available to the client throughout the pendency of the case and able to adequately address his or her questions and concerns.
A case can be resolved in a number of ways.
First, it can be dismissed if it is determined there is not enough evidence to go forward or there are legal issues with the case. A criminal defense attorney is essential, under these circumstances, to conduct a thorough investigation into the law and facts of the case. Secondly, a case can proceed to trial. In this instance, a criminal defense attorney with extensive trial experience is necessary. Finally, a case can be resolved by way of a plea. Many skills must be used to assure that the case is handled appropriately and the focus is on meeting the client’s goals and best interests.
Most all criminal cases demand the attention of an experienced and committed criminal defense attorney. Kari Brandenburg has practiced many years in the criminal arena, both as a defense attorney and as a prosecutor, trying numerous high profile cases. There isn’t a criminal offense she hasn’t defended or prosecuted.
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