Key Differences Between Federal and State Court

The United States judicial system can be incredibly complex and sometimes difficult to follow. Many citizens are not aware of the differences between the federal and state courts, or how the criminal justice process will apply to them if they are charged with a crime. One aspect of the US judicial system that can be especially confusing is the fact that there is more than one court system. The US government is Read More

The Difference Between Assault and Battery

If you’ve ever watched a crime show on TV you’ve probably heard the term “assault and battery.” While it is true that these two charges are related and often come together, did you know that they can actually be two separate crimes depending on the jurisdiction in which the case occurs and will be tried? There is a misconception that assault and battery are always the same thing, but there are some key differences Read More

Understanding the Federal Jury Selection Process

In the United States, most people know that, if you have been charged with a crime, you are entitled to a trial before a jury of your peers. But what exactly does a “jury of your peers mean?” And how is that jury selected? If you are a defendant in a criminal case, selecting a jury can be the most important part of your case, because it is those 12 people who will decide if you are not guilty or Read More

Understanding the Difference Between a Trial Jury and a Grand Jury

There is a lot of confusion and misunderstanding out there about the difference between a grand jury and a trial jury, and their roles in a criminal case. It’s important to understand how each one works and how they differ from one another. Let’s examine some of the main differences between a grand jury and a trial jury. Purpose A grand jury is a body of individuals summoned from the community to determine Read More

A Guide to Understanding the Various Types of Fraud

Fraud charges are serious, and in this blog entry we examine various types of fraud charges that exist. There are numerous definitions out there describing fraud in general, but they all have one central theme: deliberately tricking or deceiving someone, as well as being dishonest for the purpose of one’s own gain. Fraud is a criminal offense and is typically considered a felony throughout the US. Depending on the Read More

Why You Need a Lawyer If You’re Appearing Before a Grand Jury… Even as a Witness

A grand jury is a group of citizens who are empaneled to investigate whether criminal activity is taking place or not and whether charges should be brought. If they determine that a crime has been committed, then they issue an indictment, which is the formal document which charges an individual or corporation with a crime. Unlike a trial jury, the work a grand jury performs is not done in a public courtroom. Rather, Read More

The Stakes Are High: How a Criminal Conviction Impacts Your Life Even After You’ve Served Your Time

In the movies, nothing stops the hero, not even jail time. In real life, being convicted of a felony or misdemeanor can unfortunately can have long-lasting consequences. You may think that serving your time is punishment enough, but society often has other ideas. The primary consequence of a felony conviction is the loss of your civil rights. These include the right to vote, the right to hold public office, the Read More

How to Hire a Criminal Defense Attorney

When you or a loved one need a criminal defense attorney, you can’t afford to take your time evaluating options, because every hour lost is very significant when you’ve been charged with a crime. But it IS critically important that you hire the right attorney. Your lawyer can make a difference in the outcome of your case, and the outcome of your case will have a big effect on your life. So how do you make a good Read More

What to Expect When You’re Facing White Collar Charges

One big difference between white-collar criminal charges and other criminal charges is that if you’re going to be charged with a white collar crime, you’ll probably know about it ahead of time. You might have been contacted by the Securities and Exchange Commission or the FBI. You might have been subpoenaed to appear before the grand jury and testify or produce business records. You might have received a target Read More

I Was Arrested and Charged with a Crime. What Happens Next?

There are two important rules you must remember if you are arrested. Don’t say anything - invoke your right to an attorney Call an experienced criminal defense lawyer. After you are arrested, you will be transported to a jail to go through initial processing. This means you’re fingerprinted and photographed, a jail number is assigned to you and you’ll be placed in a holding cell. A background check for prior Read More