Chances are that unless you have a job in the penal system, you haven't had to think much about criminal procedures. But if you or a loved one is charged with a crime, understanding a general idea of the way criminal procedures work could be very critical.
Criminal procedures are the processes whereby a criminal law case is taken from the claim stage to the resolution phase. (Think about the last time you watched a crime show such as television's popular Law and Order series; they tend to walk you through the entire criminal procedures, from investigation to filing charges to trial.)
Unless someone is charged on-the-spot with a crime, as in the case of a driving under the influence (DUI) case, criminal procedures usually start with some sort of investigative actions. From there, a claim is developed; this claim leads to an indictment. The person accused of the crime then issues a plea (guilty or not guilty are the two most familiar to the public; there are nuances among them, though, such as a "no contest" pleading.)
From this point, the person charged with the crime needs to defend his or her position. Likewise, the prosecuting party has the "burden of proof"; in other words, he or she must provide evidence supporting his or her claims against the defending party. In the United States the defendant is considered innocent until proven guilty as a matter of course throughout the criminal procedures.
As you can see, the process of criminal procedures is basically easy to understand; however, there are "tricks of the trade" that experiened criminal attorneys know that can assist you in winning a case more efficiently and effectively. That's why it's crucial that you hire a defense team who understands the smallest nuances of criminal procedures.
At our firm, we pride ourselves in understanding criminal procedures backwards and forwards. All of our legal staff members have years of experience in criminal procedures, and we have assisted many individuals and businesses with their criminal defenses in and out of court. (In fact, sometimes our job is to actually keep clients out of the courtroom rather than in one.)
If you have been charged with a crime, please contact our team of professionals today. We offer excellent representation; we take our spotless reputation very seriously. Call or email us now and we'll set up a no-obligation consultation to discuss your case. Remember - we know criminal procedures and aren't afraid to roll up our sleeves and work hard for you.