Court cases don't always go smoothly, as there are a number of factors that can affect the outcome - some of these can cause a mistrial. A mistrial is a trial that isn't successfully completed due to some sort of error or problem that occurs during the trial itself. The judge overseeing the case is the only one who can declare a mistrial. When a mistrial is declared the case must stop and neither the judge nor jury will return with a verdict.
The holidays are here, making it that time of year where celebrations, parties, and events are happening regularly. This means more drinking and unfortunately with that comes a higher rate of DUIs. The U.S. Department of Transportation reports that 300 Americans die each year in the handful of days surrounding the Christmas and New Year's holidays. Thankfully ride-sharing apps like Uber and Lyft have easier to avoid drunk driving and DUIs, helping to lessen that statistics around holiday drunk driving.
Did you know that the National Registry of Exonerations currently has 2,519 counts of cases where someone has been wrongly convicted and later freed? Of that number, 83 of them are from Florida-based cases, with 11 of those taking place in Broward, 9 in Miami-Dade, and 8 in Palm Beach. These numbers are shocking enough that Broward County has decided to do something about it.
While the holidays should be the most merry time of year, it's unfortunately also the time of year where crime is at its highest. During the last couple months of the year, as the holidays are peppered through the weeks, crime rates tend to skyrocket.
When you find yourself in an undesirable legal situation, having an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side can dramatically help lower your worries. During the legal process, your attorney is able to provide guidance, advice, and even comfort. Knowing that your case will be handled in a professionally with your best interest in mind is the most ideal way to enter into the legal proceedings.