A strong criminal defense is important to develop and to understand. In many respects, it is based on the situation, alleged facts of the situation, circumstances of the accused individual and how authorities and prosecutors are approaching the charges the accused individual is facing.
Unfortunately, drug charges are common and can also commonly lead to long prison sentences which can result in the loss of freedom and future for accused individuals. Because of the serious impact of drug charges, it is important for accused individuals to be familiar with how to exercise their criminal defense rights.
Knowing criminal defense basics is important for every accused individual because criminal defense rights may be all that stands between the accused individual and a potential loss of their freedom. Developing a strong criminal defense strategy to combat the charges the accused individual is facing is an essential component of protecting the accused individual's freedom and future.
There are many people in Florida who may, rather suddenly, find themselves in need of a defense to criminal charges. Such is the case for a man who was taken into custody in Hamilton County recently, and the charges he might be facing are some of the worst anyone could face.
Being arrested and charged with a crime can be a traumatic experience for most people. After all, not many people have contact with law enforcement and the judicial system on a regular basis, so when these types of encounters do occur people may be nervous, anxious and generally unprepared for how to act. But, as long as arrestees can keep their wits about them during their interaction with law enforcement, they may be able to reach a positive resolution.
When Florida residents are arrested and face criminal charges, their immediate thoughts will go to how the arrest will impact their lives. For some, family relationships will be strained. For others, they could lose their job. An arrest - even without a conviction - can have a significant impact on a person's life. However, in processing the arrest and the consequences, Florida residents will need to begin planning a criminal defense strategy.
It is an unfortunate reality that thousands of Florida residents will be arrested each year. An arrest can have a significant impact on a person's life, potentially causing them to lose their job or even affecting child custody arrangements, among other potential consequences. But, the good news is that an arrest is not a conviction - every Florida resident has the constitutional right to present a criminal defense.
Most Floridians have probably heard about the opioid epidemic that many claim is spreading throughout the country. While many are concerned about the health effects of this ever-growing problem, others see it as a looming legal problem. After all, in an attempt to curb the problem, law enforcement officials are aggressively pursuing those they believe to be furthering the spread of drugs in the community. This work is admirable, but it can also lead to the trampling of accused individuals' legal rights. Criminal defendants may need to rely on these violations in order to put forth a strong defense and, hopefully, suppress otherwise compromising evidence.
Putting forth a strong criminal defense requires dedication, legal know-how and skill. One element of this defense, as we discussed previously on the blog, is knowing the rules of evidence, which includes hearsay. Without raising proper objections to hearsay and responding appropriately to such objections, as well as failing to find exceptions to hearsay, one's criminal defense can be significantly diminished. This means that lacking the knowledge and skill to address this one seemingly minor issue can leave one susceptible to conviction and the penalties that accompany it.
If you've been charged with a criminal offense, then you are probably considering your criminal defense options. Researching these options and making important decisions can be challenging, though, especially if you have very little or no legal experience of your own. If that is the case, then you may not know what to look for when choosing an attorney to represent you, which can place you at a significant disadvantage. This week we want to discuss one important legal concept that is crucial for your defense attorney to know and understand: hearsay.