Can’t make bail—stay in jail. Or so it sometimes seems. However, there are constitutional and other limits on how much bail a court can impose on a defendant, which can support the defendant’s request for bail reduction. This article discusses bail reduction hearings and related issues under federal law.
If you are charged with a crime or issued a traffic ticket, you may be ordered to appear in court. Depending on the charges, you may be required to appear several times during a criminal case – for an arraignment, pre-trial conference, hearing, trial, sentencing, or other proceeding. A summons or notice to appear is a court order.
If you discover that a bench warrant or arrest warrant has been issued against you or that you have missed a court hearing that you were ordered to attend, the most important thing to do is take action immediately. If you missed court, the judge may have issued a bench warrant for your arrest.
There are several important differences between civil and criminal court. In general, civil courts are designed to resolve differences when private individuals or businesses can no longer reach an agreement on their own. Criminal courts are designed to determine whether a person has violated a criminal
If you have been convicted of a crime before, and become a repeat offender, you will be subject to more harsh penalties and prison time that varies state to state. Of course, you cannot be convicted of the same crime twice because that would violate....
If you are convicted at trial or plead guilty to a crime for which the judge can sentence you to jail or prison, the judge can suspend all or part of the sentence and place you on probation (supervised or unsupervised). A suspended sentence can be an excellent alternative to serving a lengthy jail or prison sentence.
The overwhelming number of prosecutions for violations of federal, state, and local laws are brought by agents of the federal or state government -- state prosecutors, district attorneys, and U.S. Attorneys. But suppose a prosecutor declines to file charges, despite the urging of a complaining victim?
A group of solemn people sit in rows of chairs on one side of a courtroom silently watching as the lawyers question witnesses and the judge rules on objections. A familiar sight but unless you have been a juror, the process of how that group got there may be a mystery. This article discusses how lawyers choose juries for trial.
Malicious prosecution refers to a criminal or civil case that is filed without any basis and for an improper purpose, such as harassing the defendant, ruining another person’s reputation, or to knowingly place blame on someone other than the actual wrongdoer.