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Criminal Law, as opposed to Civil Law, are charges brought by a government entity to an individual based on that person breaking a law classified as a criminal case. Innocent or not, you have the right to fight for your civil rights and ask for a jury trial if you feel you have been wrongfully charged. The justice system allows you to challenge your charges even if you know you are unsure about your guilt under federal and local laws. The fundamental design of the justice system will allow you to stand up for your rights and fight for the entire truth behind your case and situation.
Although each state has its own specific classifications, the general types of charges are:
A criminal conviction can drastically affect the rest of ones life. You may face the possibility of jail time, fines and other penalties, and your reputation may be damaged. Additionally, a conviction may prevent you from finding work or housing. An attorney can work to enforce your rights and expose any misconduct or negligence that may have led to your arrest. In many cases, a good lawyer can get your charges or penalties reduced, minimizing the negative impact on your life.
If you have been arrested, or if someone you know was taken into police custody, then you should find a lawyer as quickly as possible. No matter what kinds of charges you face, from a misdemeanor to a felony, finding an attorney you trust is essential.
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