Are we all likely targets for crime? You would be correct, to some extent, if you answered this question in the affirmative. There is no one person that is immune from crime, but there are segments of our society who stand a greater chance of a run in with a criminal or criminal act. These segments would benefit most by being familiar with ways to avoid being crime’s targets. Recommended is that this group [as should all] become familiar with crime through crime reports and the recommendations contained therein. Obtaining some self-defense devices and learning how to use this technology is likewise, recommended. Well, who are the people that make up this segment of our population and why are they more vulnerable? They are more likely to be a victim of crime for various reasons including there age, their occupation, the time of day they work and the area in which they live. This list is not inclusive and there are plenty of combinations of scenarios that would also make a person more vulnerable. Here is a short list of examples of groups of people and their occupations that would benefit from modern personal self-defense technology: • Senior citizens • Night Shift Workers • Taxi drivers • Disabled persons • Delivery drivers • Babysitters • Postal employees • Bar maids • Joggers • Tourist • Retail clerks • Students • Health workers The above list is far from exhaustive and the groups named in the list should be obvious to anyone giving it some thought. We would hope that our communities would get the word out to this segment of the population, but we know that is not always going to be the case. In actuality, we must depend less on these agencies [including the police] to give us continuing and proper protection because their plates are full and they can only do so much. Sometimes we will have to take the matter and precautions into our own hands. Now is the time to give people the necessary tools and information they need to protect themselves and their loved ones. Published at: https://www.isnare.com/?aid=83295&ca=Legal
Corporate crime? I’m not sure that there is such a thing. If we want to reduce the crimes that are given that lable, we need to quit handing out large punitive fines to corporations. The idea isn’t as radical as it sounds. First of all, when I say that there isn’t such a thing as corporate crime, I simply mean that it is always individual people who commit crimes. With that in mind, you can imagine what my better way to reduce this crime is: Go after the criminals! Who Pays For Corporate Crime? Exactly who pays when a large corporation is fined for breaking the law? To begin with, the stockholders pay. Many of these are innocent retirees who have money invested with the company and had no idea they were breaking the law. Then the employees pay with the loss of jobs, if the financial situation of the company is damaged by the fines. Who doesn’t pay? Just the criminals – the individuals who chose to break the law. All crimes are committed by PEOPLE, not companies. When a company dumps poisons into the environment, a PERSON made the decision to do that (or several people). When a company steals from a pension fund or violates workers rights, INDIVIDUALS made those decisions. People commit corporate crime, not corporations! If you want to stop corporate crime, start putting the individuals who are involved in the crime in PRISON. Our current system often has company officers making cost/benefit calculations as to whether the profits from certain crimes are greater than what the occasional fines add up to. Even though laws are broken, they stand little chance of being held personally responsible. Why not hold them responsible? To fine companies for the actual costs imposed on others by a crime is appropriate. We have to clean up toxic messes, and in other cases compensate those who suffer damages. This also means that shareholders have a reason to be careful in who they elect to the board of directors. However, “punitive” fines are ridiculous unless they are levied against the individual criminals. Make the person who committed the crime pay the fine. Is this such a radical idea? I don’t think so! By the way, which do you think is more likely to deter a corporate officer from committing a crime, a fine that is paid by the company, and doesn’t even affect his salary, or ten years in jail? The answer to that gives us the answer to corporate crime. Published at: https://www.isnare.com/?aid=29382&ca=Legal
can’t get too excited about victimless crimes, that is to say crimes in which the only victim is the person committing it. Those who want to self-destruct – provided the consequences are not shouldered by others – have the right to do it. Everyone has the moral responsibility for their own person. Crimes against others is another matter. Nobody has the right to inflict physical harm on another. Nor does anyone have the right to harm us emotionally or economically. There are degrees of damage, obviously. Defamation does not bring the harm that torture, rape or murder does. In a just world, the punishment must fit the crime. Perfect justice must begin with absolute proof of guilt. Such is often not the case as evidenced by the numerous prisoners exonerated by DNA testing. Punishment meted out unfairly is one of the cruelest forms of torture. The desire to give innocence every chance to emerge is perhaps in large measure the reason our criminal justice system often bogs down with technicalities and loopholes. If a person is guilty of violent crime what do we do then? The first step in a rational approach is to decide whether we want violent criminals to be free to roam our streets. We could be “kind and understanding” and let them go after a little counseling. But the evidence does not demonstrate that works. To be safe we’d all have to arm ourselves as increasing numbers of violent criminals roamed the streets. If we are to protect ourselves from such criminals, there are two logical choices: 1. We lock them away in a box six feet under ground after executing them. The most just way to do the killing is exactly the way they did it to their victim. That is a permanent solution, sure and just but it makes me uneasy since there is almost always the question of true guilt. 2. We lock them away in some type of secure institution. Since I am trying to come up with a logical solution, that institution would not be our present prison system. The second option leaves room for the possibility of exoneration with new exculpatory evidence. But if not prison, what? Criminals should be put on secure restitution work farms instead. There they will toil producing useful labor or goods for society commensurate with the damage they have done. The victim’s medical bills, lost work and incapacities must be paid for by the offender. Moreover, all the costs to society for investigations, trials and room and board while incarcerated must be paid. (A great motivation for those guilty to admit it and reduce the legal costs.) The time it takes for economic restitution would by and large dictate the length of the term. For example, if you attack another, incapacitating them, then you get to spend whatever time is necessary earning the money to take care of them. Those who take another’s life must substitute their own life with a lifetime of productive work to repay society and the victim’s family. Isn’t this an obvious solution? Mere imprisonment with society picking up the tab for the police and legal work and the maintenance of the criminal is nuts. Why should the victim and society pay for the evils of the wrongdoer? How do you force someone in prison to work off his or her debt? Give them a choice. Either do it or go without food and shelter. That is the law that works throughout nature so why not apply it to humans? How do you maintain discipline on the farm? Well, a hard day’s work will leave little energy for much more than rest. As it is now, prisoners sitting in cells all day have nothing other to do with their energy than scheme more wrongdoing. With my idea those who are a problem get penalized with an extension of their stay and longer work shifts. This is a fair and just way to deter crime and offset the damage created by it. It does not have the potential of unjustly taking the life of another since time would be provided for proof of innocence. And I’m not talking chain gang here, but rather passable work and living conditions with the product of labor going where it should, to the victims and society. U.S. companies are always looking for a cheaper labor force. Well here it is, right on our own shores numbering in the tens of thousands. There is nothing better to sober someone up and drain them of the energy to think up nefarious deeds than a hard day’s work. For minor offenders who have a stint in these restitution farms and are then released, they will know what work is, actually improve their resume, spread the word on the street that crime means hard work and be motivated not to return. If they repeat offend, then society will not be the one to suffer. Criminals should be self-maintaining, even a profit center rather than an economic sinkhole. Our present penal system does not work. It is a huge and unjust cost to society. To many it neither serves as punishment nor deterrent. About three quarters of all U.S. prison space has been built in the last decade. Just in California the chances that a person either lives or works in a prison is 1 in 200. It’s a crazy state of affairs. I wish I could be warden of the world tomorrow and fix it all. Published at: https://www.isnare.com/?aid=6315&ca=Society
Discovering that someone you love is embroiled in crime is devastating. When actress Anne Hathaway found out in 2008 that her former boyfriend, Raffaello Follieri, had been arrested in connection with a multimillion-dollar property scam two weeks after they’d broken up, she admitted it felt as though ‘a rug had been pulled out from under me’. She spent months avoiding the media’s incessant questions about the man she’d been romantically involved with for four years – a man who’d bought her extravagant jewellery, which the police confiscated to be used as evidence in Follieri’s trial. She wasn’t there to support him in court when he was sentenced to five years in jail and is only now starting to talk about her traumatic ordeal. What do you do if someone you love is involved in crime? Should you support them through the inevitable fallout? Drug Mania Jane, 29, a journalist, lost her friend Anya to heroin five years ago. ‘Anya and I clicked immediately when we met at a club in my second year at varsity, and became inseparable. We experimented with drugs but I decided I didn’t like what they did to me so I stopped. Within a year, Anya was doing drugs such as cocaine and crystal meth every day. I found excuses not to visit her on weekends, because she also started dealing. I always felt unsafe around her – I worried we’d get arrested or get into a bad situation with one of her dealer contacts. I begged her to get out of the scene but she wouldn’t listen. I then went overseas for six months. We stayed in contact and I fooled myself into thinking she’d kicked her addiction.’ But Jane was wrong, as she discovered when she visited Anya shortly after returning home. ‘She looked awful but she was happy to see me – and to celebrate she smoked what I thought was crystal meth. Then she told me it was heroin and offered me some. I felt sick to my stomach – it was the ultimate betrayal of our friendship. She then told me she was dealing heroin and that I’d meet all her connections later that night. I made an excuse to get out of there as quickly as possible. I ignored her phone calls from that day and eventually she stopped calling. A year later she called me begging for help: she was in Prison for drug possession. I felt guilty but I refused to help her – she’d gone too far. I called her family instead. Another year later she called me out of the blue again and promised she was clean. She wanted to visit me, so I said she could. Two days after that her brother phoned to tell me she’d overdosed on heroin. I feel guilty to this day – maybe I could have done something to save her….’ Tough Love Taking drugs is never acceptable, even if it’s experimental or for recreational use. It’s illegal and involves the user in the drug subculture, exposing him or her to drug dealers and crime. When you discover a loved one is doing drugs you should confront them immediately – for your safety and theirs. Inform the family and friends, and organize a group intervention. Before the intervention get together with the other participants to prepare what you’re going to say. When you confront the person be prepared for denial, and plot how you will deal with this. Although tough love is a difficult road with tough choices, it’s the only way to deal with an addict. You can’t trust drug addicts – they spend years covering up lies and crimes, and they’re inherently manipulative. Tough love makes an addict take full responsibility for his or her behavior and its negative consequences. You’ll need to set disciplinary guidelines – for instance, the need to go to rehab. Other rules should include not allowing him or her to hang out with druggie ‘friends’. You need to make the addict’s life difficult so he or she sees the consequences of bad behavior. One of your tough-love agreements could be that the addict undergoes drug tests once a month. While in rehab he or she will also be tested randomly. If he or she chooses recovery, remember this is not a quick-fix solution – recovery is a lifelong process. Join a support group for family and friends of addicts, or talk to a counselor to help you through this time. It’s also important to realize the person needs to go through this process alone. You can’t want to save the addict and become overly emotionally involved in his or her battle. You must establish distance between you. It’s normal to feel guilty and blame yourself for the addict’s troubles – he or she may even play the blame game with you. But it was the addict’s choice, not yours. He or she needs to regain your trust, not the other way around. If the person refuses to get help, doesn’t stick to the rehab program, continues to use drugs or transgresses any of the rules you’ve agreed on, let go – even if this means he or she is going to die. If he or she is dealing drugs or committing crimes to fuel the habit it’s also time to let go. Report it to the police and lay a charge if he or she steals from you. Let him or her sit in jail – this is the only way to emphasize the negative consequences of such behavior. If the addict doesn’t learn, he or she will sink even further. Always remember to keep yourself safe emotionally, physically and psychologically. Criminal Secrets Charmaine, 26, an administrative clerk, was devastated when she found out her husband, Craig, an alarm technician, was involved in fraud and theft. ‘I knew something was wrong when he started spending a lot of time with a new group of friends more than three years ago. I didn’t like them at all – they seemed very dodgy. I found out later that they had persuaded him to bypass alarm systems he’d installed in offices so they could steal computers. The first time I found out about his life of crime was when the police showed up at my office. They told me what Craig was involved in and asked whether I knew where he was. I was completely shocked: I knew he was in with a bad group of friends but I didn’t think he was capable of committing a crime. He’d always been very good at his job so I couldn’t believe that he’d jeopardize it. I told them I didn’t know where he was – at the time Craig and I weren’t living together because our marriage was falling apart. But I called him later to tell him the police were after him and to find out whether it was true. I told him he had a choice either to continue to live a life of crime or stop. He begged me not to tell the police where he was, and I didn’t, but they arrested him shortly afterwards. I was so angry with him but I decided to try to support him even though he’d betrayed me and his children, because I wanted the kids to know their father. His court case was very difficult for me – he was eventually sentenced to nine years in Prison. I think this was the best thing that could have happened to him – he’s accepting responsibility for what he’s done. He’s turned his life around and is earning money teaching other prisoners how to read and write. He has apologized to me but I won’t ever trust him again. I’ll always wonder what he’s hiding.’ Moral Code When faced with the reality of a loved one’s criminal activities it’s important never to compromise yourself or your moral code for his or her sake, as you may eventually harbor feelings of self-blame, guilt and resentment towards the person. If you feel severely violated because of the crime, acknowledge your feelings to yourself first. You need to decide where you stand. For example, if you want to keep quiet about the crime, is it something you can live with for the rest of your life? Has the person hurt others – and can you live with that responsibility? And if you report him or her to the police, can you live with the consequences? Speak to someone you trust – perhaps they can help you with your decision and to get perspective. When you confront the criminal, do it calmly, but expect him or her to react with disbelief and defensiveness. Let him or her know you want to be supportive but only if he or she is open and honest. Offer emotional support and tangible ways to tackle the situation honestly, ethically and constructively. If he or she becomes abusive, leave and get to safety. If the offender has never been involved in crime before, he or she may have tangible reasons that ‘pushed’ him or her into the criminal activities. But whatever the excuses for engaging in these activities, you knowing about the crime involves you in it too. You can encourage the person to report the crime. If he or she shows willingness to mend his or her ways and you decide not to inform the police, it’s important for both you and the criminal to seek therapy individually and together. Just remember that nothing is going to change magically. If, however, the person refuses to stop, and if his or her lifestyle is in direct conflict with your value system, it’s time to cut that person out of your life. He or she will eventually bring you down with his or her activities and could put you in harm’s way as a result of being involved with other criminals. Report the person to the police when he or she is a danger to him – or herself and to you or others. Never jeopardize or compromise yourself in any way. Published at: https://www.isnare.com/?aid=407212&ca=Wellness%2C+Fitness+and+Diet
Crime Scene Investigation or CSI as you may know it, because of the television show has become one of the most popular programs on network TV in the last few years. The original show also spawned the programs CSI: Miami and CSI: NY. Those shows are created and produced by Anthony E. Zuiker. This article isn’t about how to create a television show, but I wanted to point out the popularity of a career based on the general public’s knowledge about it from television. When the movie Top Gun was released in 1986, it helped the Navy and Air Force boost their recruitment. CSI has no doubt sparked interest in crime scene investigating and forensic science. Everybody wants to be in a field that is demanding, not just because of the allure but because a career that is being sought after has many benefits. What does it take to become a crime scene investigator? A college degree is not required but it can help to move you towards the list of people that will be considered for such a career. If you have a formal education, you’ll also need to add other skills to your resume. Photography, computer skills and drafting are all essential in crime scene investigation. Just like the television show CSI, the people involved in gathering evidence also are able to process it and that includes a general knowledge of forensic science. Some on the job training will be provided by the employer and if you want to extend your knowledge of crime scene investigation, it wouldn’t hurt to visit a body shop to see how a car door is removed. This way you gain a better understanding of what goes into collecting evidence. Some applicants will even ride with police officers or emergency medical technicians (EMT) to get a first hand look at crime and science. Those who spend time in a morgue will no doubt become familiar with what may become a regular scene of the human body. Why become a crime scene investigator? Good question! Do you like science, or do you like gathering evidence to help solve crimes? Does medical curiosity draw you in? All of those aspects go into crime scene investigation. So you need to ask yourself are you willing to investigate it further. You will be able to learn about other jobs while you are a crime scene investigator. You will work with local law enforcement, hospitals, medical labs and even law offices to present evidence. Each area listed above uses crime scene investigators. You’ll primarily learn to gather evidence and process the crime scene. You will also be working with a team. If you’re the type of person who likes working alone, this might not be the best career choice. Crime scene investigation can really be an exciting career for those that love the type of work described above. If you are interested, I urge you to investigate it further. You can do this by visiting websites that cover CSI in more detail. Note: You are free to reprint or republish this article. The only condition is that the Resource Box should be included and the links are live links. Published at: https://www.isnare.com/?aid=296197&ca=Career
In the twentieth century, the U.S. Supreme Court greatly developed criminal constitutional rights favoring the accused. A backlash ensued, and the campaign for victims’ rights followed. Advocates for crime victims supported increased incarceration by encouraging three-strikes habitual offender and mandatory sentence legislation. This was a good attempt to refocus upon people other than the offenders. Some believe victims’ rights went too far by putting too many people in prison. In actuality, victims’ rights did not go far enough. Prison labor to pay restitution is rarely allowed, required or encouraged by the laws, special interest groups and systems in place. The way to serve a determinate sentence (i.e. one for a set term of years) in prison is to wait. While prisoners kill time, prisons deprive most prisoners of a major part of life, namely work, while prisons also deprive victims and the state of the benefit of the prisoner’s labor. Convicts often walk out of prison with heavy debts for child support, court costs, legal representation and restitution, most of which they cannot discharge in bankruptcy. After release, restitution collection prospects turn dim. Most convicts never fully pay their debts to society, their victims or their own families.
The shallow statement we hear that ex-convicts have “paid their debt to society” is completely false and very misleading. All they’ve done is wait, age, sleep, eat, shower, obey, suffer, receive benefits and cost money. The words “paid their debt to society” are lip service to our failed correctional regimes. Prisoners have not worked for, honored or paid law-abiding folks. The “payment” they supposedly make does not help anyone, and in fact, it harms society. While in prison, prisoners are on expensive and comprehensive welfare that pays for everything they consume or need. Prisoners unfortunately believe they have “paid up” when their sentence is concluded. Prisoners deserve their punishment, but law-abiding citizens do not deserve the expense, collateral social costs, recidivism and weak deterrence value of prison. It’s time for law-abiding people to be paid in cash, not empty phrases. Part of a new movement should be the right of victims to receive the benefit of their guilty perpetrators’ labor.
To produce economically and generate a cash flow for their victims, prisoners must be allowed to work in private prison industries, operating freely in prison. Prisons made money in the 1800’s and sent their profits to the state legislatures. Over 100 years ago, free labor and businesses were afraid prisoners would put them out of work and business, so prison industries were suppressed with various laws. Under current laws, most prisoners can only make things for the state and there are not enough prison jobs to go around.
Today, most consumer goods are made overseas. Manufactured goods can now be made in the U.S.A. without harming, and actually helping, free American labor and businesses. If American laws were changed to permit vibrant prison industries, prisoners could earn money to compensate their victims and society. Then prisoners can truly pay their debts to society and to the victims of their crimes. Under equitable laws, crime victims should receive the benefit of their guilty perpetrators’ labor.
For ways criminals can repay their debts, please look inside “Prison and Slavery – A Surprising Comparison,” http://www.amazon.com/dp/1432753835. John Dewar Gleissner, Esq. graduated from Auburn University (B.A. with Honor, 1973) and Vanderbilt University School of Law (1977).
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Reporting crime can pay! Law enforcement services often offer rewards for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of criminals.
Crime Stoppers, an organization that assists in apprehending criminals within the U.S. is a respected resource for information pertaining to wanted fugitives and related reward funds.
For example, there is a $1,000 reward available at this time for information about three robbery suspects in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The three broke into and burglarized a residence on January 7, 2010. The home owners were out of the house and the crime took place between the hours of approximately 9:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., according to police investigators.
The home on Ely Road had its back door pried open and several items, including DVDs, jewelry, cash (all in a small beige colored safe) as well as apparel, were taken. Fortunately, the victim had installed a video surveillance camera and there is footage of the incident. This fact should make the crooks a little easier to track down!
All three burglars were men. They were black; one appeared old and taller than the other two. At the time of the incident one was wearing a dark hooded jacket and ball cap. His dark jeans had a design on the back pockets. The second suspect had short hair and was wearing a dark down jacket, dark shoes and khaki pants. The older, taller suspect had facial hair when the burglary took place.
Memphis is another Tennessee locale that experiences a high degree of crime. Those who report usable information about incidents in the area are often eligible for reward money.
A few Memphis crimes that are under investigation include a shooting that took place at the Warren Apartments near Clementine and Warren. One man received a chest wound in the incident. A stolen Police squad car, taken in South Memphis, has been recovered. The vehicle was taken while an officer chased two suspects on foot. Nothing was stolen from the vehicle. The officers do have information on a suspect, however; no one is in custody at this time.
A reward of up to $7,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a man who robbed a Midtown credit union. The racing fan wore a No. 88 NASCAR hat while he held up the First South Credit Union at 1941 Madison at gun point.
After the robbery the man ran out and fled on foot, running southbound on Tucker Street. He was a white man, likely in his mid to late 30’s with light brown hair. At the time of the incident he had a goatee and wore a light color t-shirt. He was armed with a black semi-automatic pistol.
If you do have any information about these suspects please contact the local authorities immediately. You may also talk with Crime Stoppers to disclose the suspects’ identity and whereabouts. Keeping criminals off the streets is one very effective way to help enhance everyone’s home security.
S.L. Robertson writes about crime statistics, monitored home security, and crime prevention. Robertson has long been regarded as an expert in the field of personal safety and ADT monitored home security systems.
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These days, many people are learning that they can game the system and bring their dogs where they’re not supposed to. So many places don’t allow dogs, and yet too many people feel that their pet should be the exception to the rule. In order to get around the problem of pets not being allowed in places, they simply dress them up as a service animal.
This is a thing that’s incredibly easy to do. There are many places online that will “register” your dog as a service dog. They’ll give you a badge and a vest, and that’s all you need to make sure people think your dog is something it is not.
Rest assured, this is a crime. It may seem like a cute thing to do, in order to bring your pet with you every where you go. But unfortunately, by doing that, you’re doing a disservice to the needs of the truly disabled. These dogs should have a certain kind of training in order to help disabled people.
The problem with pretending your dog is a service dog when they are not is that it tends to cast aspersions on actual service animals. When people discover that your dog is not properly trained to be a service dog, they may begin to think that many dogs are not trained when they become service dogs. They may attempt to disallow them all together, or lobby to get the law about service animals changed so that they can disallow dogs.
This would do a severe disservice to people who truly need a service dog in order to get by. People who are blind, or who need their dog to help them in case of seizures, could have a problem in locations and businesses with their actual service animals.
Ultimately, if you want to pretend your dog is a service dog, it’s easy to do and it’s difficult to prove otherwise. But it’s important to know that if you do get caught, it is a crime, and you will suffer consequences. Plus, it’s not a good thing to do to your community, or the people around you. Don’t be one of those people who think their precious pet is more important than the law that helps people with real disabilities. Don’t pretend your dog is a service dog if they’re not trained to be one.
Wayne Booth is owner of Canine Behavior Specialists, http://www.CanineBehaviorSpecialists.com in Nashville, TN where he helps people train their dogs and solve behavior problems. Wayne has been teaching people how to become Professional Dog Trainers since 1990 and he is the Training Director of the Canine Behavior Specialists Network, http://www.K9-University.com.
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You’ve seen them on TV in their black coats; the formidable forces of law, the strong and intense breed of professionals called criminal defense attorneys. Of course, going by the drama that plays itself out on TV, you would be forgiven if you thought that defense attorneys are always saving people involved in some bloodcurdling crime or the other. In real life however, that is not entirely true. In fact, a criminal defense attorney is a lawyer who represents any person accused by the law. Crimes may vary from kidnapping, murder and weapons trafficking to the more complex misdeeds like wire fraud, investment or bank frauds, counterfeiting and money laundering.
A good criminal defense attorney is one who has full knowledge of the law pertaining to the state he represents and has enough experience working with the federal criminal system. To begin with, the attorney sets out on a fact finding mission. Their first job is to collect as much information as possible, from the client and through various investigative agencies, if necessary. The client and his attorney form a team and for this team to work efficiently, the client has to repose complete faith in their attorney.
Many people who need the services of a criminal defense attorney make mistakes while hiring somebody for the job. Which is not surprising, considering that the need is urgent and there is little time to go through an elaborate selection procedure. However, there are certain ways in which you can ensure that you enlist the right criminal defense attorney:
Contact an attorney you have already worked with and ask them for recommendations or references.
Do not rush to hire someone you have worked with in the past. Before you hire an attorney you have worked with in the past, find out whether they are criminal lawyers. A lawyer who may have handled your divorce need not make a good criminal attorney.
Before hiring, make sure that the lawyer can handle the type of case you are involved in. Generally, not all criminal defense lawyers handle all kinds of criminal cases. In this context, it is better to approach a firm of lawyers, since they are more likely to have team members with the necessary expertise.
Many states have their own laws. Enlist the services of a lawyer who is an expert in your state.
If you are not hard pressed for time, visit at least a couple of lawyers before choosing. Stay away from lawyers who push you into a particular course of action. Hire a person whose approach is similar to yours.
Don’t be taken in by previous records of the lawyer you have chosen. A couple of wins in the past does not mean that he or she can win your case for you.
Choosing a criminal defense attorney wisely takes some time and research. However, when you consider the fact that your life or your life’s savings hang in the balance, the caution, research and footwork you do is definitely worth it.
New York Criminal Defense Attorneys – The firm and its criminal attorneys defend clients against all criminal charges both at federal and state level.
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Criminal law involves different rules that can cause the prosecution of a person for acts identified as crimes by the government. People found guilty of committing a criminal act would be incarcerated, fined, or both. Committing a crime means violating public laws which are established by the federal government, the state or the local government. These include felonies such as murder and rape as well as misdemeanors such as petty theft or jaywalking. Most felonies are punishable by one to two years imprisonment while misdemeanors are punishable by less than a year inside the slammer or other lighter punishments such as community services depending on the weight and kind of crime committed.
Ancient civilizations such as the Sumerians were the first to write codes of laws but did not distinguish civil and criminal laws. Most violations of the written laws were punished accordingly by physical punishment such as whipping or caning, incarceration which may vary from a day to life, house arrest, paying damages, or execution. As the written laws developed and distinguished civil laws from criminal laws, criminal sanctions are enforced according to five objectives:
Retribution – the aspect of making criminals pay for the crime they committed by placing them at some unpleasant disadvantage
Deterrence – this aims to sufficiently penalize offender to discourage him and other offenders from committing the crime and other criminal behavior
Incapacitation – criminals are taken away from the society so that the public can be safe from them. Prison sentences as well as death penalties serve this purpose.
Rehabilitation – involves transforming an offender into a better citizen
Restitution – this aims to repair any hurt inflicted to the victim by the offender such as paying for damaged properties or embezzled money.
The different crimes that fall under the criminal law statutes include:
White Collar Crime
Child abuse crime
In the United States, prosecutions for criminal law offenses are initiated by complaints issued by a judge or an indictment issued by a grand jury. However, felonies in Federal courts require indictment or a formal accusation based on the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution. Furthermore, the Sixth Amendment provides the criminal defendant with a right to a speedy and public trial by an impartial jury of the State in both state and Federal courts, to be informed of the nature and cause of accusations, to be confronted with the witnesses against him, to obtain witnesses in his favor, and to be given a right to a Counsel for his defense but can defend himself and act as his own lawyer.
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