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Don't give up if your criminal trial doesn't go as planned

Most of our readers probably know that the vast majority of criminal cases are resolved with a plea bargain. This occurs when an evaluation of the criminal defense options leads the defendant to believe that the chances of success in a criminal trial simply are not very good, based on the evidence. However, many cases do go to trial, either in front of a judge as the fact-finder, or in front of a jury.

Why would a defendant begin plea negotiations?

Anyone who is familiar with previous posts on this blog knows that a common theme that is reinforced regularly is the notion of "innocent until proven guilty." This common phrase is supposed to be one of the bedrocks of our country's criminal justice system, although it has been degraded over time due to the constant news cycle that can essentially convicts a person in the public eye immediately upon arrest. However, people should know it is a constitutional right to be treated as innocent until proven guilty.

Simple mistake leads to felony case for Fresno resident

Sometimes the simplest behavior can lead to a serious criminal case. Most of our Fresno readers have probably seen news reports about routine traffic stops - usually for something like speeding or a broken taillight - turning into a case involving the seizure of guns or drugs. When this happens, the case goes from a traffic citation to a serious criminal case involving felonies. According to a recent report, the simple act of riding a bicycle against the flow of traffic turned into a nightmare scenario for one Fresno resident on July 4.

The degrees of burglary in California

The legal terms burglary and robbery are often confused by people who don't work within the criminal justice system every day. There is a difference between the two terms. Robbery is a person-to-person crime, involving the use of force or the threat of force by one person to remove property from another person. Burglary is a crime by which the perpetrator enters a structure with the intent to commit a crime, usually theft. Both burglary and robbery are felonies.

Craft an aggressive defense to federal crimes

Most of our Fresno readers probably know that there are criminal justice systems in place at both the state and federal levels. A person can be charged with a crime in state court or federal court, and sometimes both. However, when a person is prosecuted in federal court, the case usually involves felony level allegations, and the potential sentence in the event of a criminal conviction can be much more severe.

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