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The legal system, of which the criminal lawyers are a crucial part, affects nearly every aspect of our society, and hence our lives. Otherwise known as attorneys, they act as both advocates and counselors. They have a moral duty to hold on to a code of principles, as they possess positions of great power and responsibility. Whatever their role may be, all attorneys apply the law to the circumstances faced by their client, and try to make the best of it.

There are certain areas, such as bankruptcy, domestic relations, real estate, probate etc in which lawyers may specialise. Most criminal lawyers prefer private practice. Where criminal law is concerned, the lawyers represent those who have been charged with felonies and argue their cases in courts of law, after researching their cases.

  • Our practice includes services in:
  • Homicide
  • Battery/Assault
  • Drug Trafficking

Criminal defense attorneys are involved in more than just interrogation in the court room. They see to it that the defendant is protected in the future. They are also key figures in the decision as to whether the defendant should plea with the judges, based on the information provided by them on the current situation and also in which way they think the case will turn.

The attorneys know many of the things that also come to be known with practice, such as what may convince certain prosecutors, and at the same time are well-versed in significant laws. An attorney spends adequate time pondering over your case and also knows how to take care of witnesses who might try to change their stories over the course of the proceedings of the case.

Homicide:

Homicide is the killing of a human being due to the act or failure to act of another. Criminal homicides include murder and manslaughter. Non-criminal homicides include killing in self-defense, a misadventure like a hunting accident or automobile wreck without a violation of law like reckless driving, or legal (government) execution. Suicide is a homicide, but is rarely prosecuted. Assisting or attempting suicide can be a crime.

Homicides can be classified as follows:

Justifiable Homicides -- these are "no fault" homicides. They ordinarily involve the death of someone under circumstances of necessity or duty (commanded or authorized by law). Examples would be self-defense, capital punishment, and police shootings.

  1. Excusable Homicides -- these are misadventures, accidents, or acts of insanity. They ordinarily involve acts of civil fault, error, or omission. 

  2. 1st Degree Criminal Homicide (Murder) -- These are acts involving the death of someone in "cold-blood" or by "lying in wait". Also, the crime of felony murder (someone dies during commission of a felony) is automatically 1st degree homicide.

  3. 2nd Degree Criminal Homicide (Murder) -- These are acts involving the death of someone in the "heat of passion".  Heat of passion murder doesn't require provocation, but it still requires proof of intent.
  4. Voluntary Manslaughter -- Manslaughter, in general, involves acts involving the death of someone without premeditation, but acting in "sudden passion". 

  5. Involuntary Manslaughter -- This is the crime of Criminal Negligence, sometimes called misdemeanor manslaughter. It typically involves the careless use of firearms, explosives, animals, medicine, trains, planes, ships, and automobiles.  Many states have created out a separate category called Vehicular Manslaughter for cases involving automobiles.

Battery/Assault:

An assault is any unlawful attempt or offer with force or violence to do bodily harm to another, whether from ill will or extreme carelessness; for example, by striking at or holding up the fist at a person in a threatening or insulting manner, or with other circumstances that evidence an intention, coupled with a present ability, of actual violence against the person, such as by pointing a weapon at him when he is within reach of it. When the injury is actually inflicted, it amounts to a battery.

A battery is any willful and unlawful use of force or violence upon the person of another; or Actual, intentional and unlawful touching or striking of another person against the will of the other; or Unlawfully and intentionally causing bodily harm to an individual. Violent offenses are overwhelmingly committed by males. There are a number of factors that are analyzed in studying offender characteristics and different studies use different characteristics as the basis of the study. Such characteristics include, among others, age, race, gender, location, parental involvement, education, past criminal history, drug/alcohol use, and mental illness.

Drug Trafficking:

Drug trafficking generally refers to the sale and distribution of illegal drugs. Penalties for federal drug trafficking convictions vary according to the quantity of the controlled substance involved in the transaction. A drug trafficking conviction may also lead to denial of federal benefits and forfeiture of personal property and real estate.

Under the federal sentencing guidelines, a "drug trafficking offense" as "an offense under federal, state, or local law that prohibits the manufacture, import, export, distribution, or dispensing of a controlled substance (or a counterfeit substance) or the possession of a controlled substance (or a counterfeit substance) with intent to manufacture, import, export, distribute, or dispense.


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