The court system is a complicated and when it comes to having your case heard there are several different ways to validate the choices that may have lead to committing a crime. When it comes to criminal defenses, there's a gamut of options that can be used to explain one's case. From self-defense to insanity plea, juries and judges have heard them all, but that doesn't stop defense attorneys from coming up with whatever defense it takes to protect their client.
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.
A professor at the University of Miami was charged this week after he allegedly put his expert knowledge about the ins and outs of crime in America to use as he was brought up on charges for laundering over 3 million dollars and keeping roughly $300,000 for himself from crime groups in Latin America.
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.
When a person is arrested and being charged for a crime, they have the right to a trial by a jury of their peers. This right is thanks to the Seventh Amendment in the United States Constitution. The jury is made up of citizens, who are expected to review the case, listen to evidence and testimonies, and make an educated decision about the fate of the trial. Many people are familiar with the jury selection process, but could not showing up be considered a crime? One young adult in Florida recently found out what can happen if you are selected to a jury and don't show up.
Did you know that if your legal counsel provides ineffective assistance during your case and that is deemed the reason you lost your case, it may be grounds for an appeal and could even be ordered to a retrial by a judge? Cornell Law cites a case from 1984 (Strickland v. Washington) where it was decided that "to prove ineffective assistance, a defendant must show (1) that their trial lawyer's performance fell below an "objective standard of reasonableness" and (2) "a reasonable probability that, but for counsel's unprofessional errors, the result of the proceeding would have been different."