Defenses to Criminal Charges

Posted by Chris Morales on Wed, Oct 22, 2014 @ 09:30 AM

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Here are some common defenses that criminal defendants raise.

To convict a criminal defendant, the prosecutor must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Of course, the defendant gets an opportunity to present a defense. There are many defenses, from "I didn't do it" to "I did it, but it was self-defense” and beyond. Read more about some common defenses below.

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Can Violating a Work Rule Make You a Criminal? Part II

Posted by Chris Morales on Mon, Dec 09, 2013 @ 12:58 PM

Skilling Precludes Criminalization of Work Rules

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Tags: defendant, Criminal Charges, defraud, fraud, charged, due process

Can Violating a Work Rule Make You a Criminal? Part I

Posted by Chris Morales on Fri, Dec 06, 2013 @ 01:58 PM

Every workplace has its own rules regulating employee behavior. Some have formal progressive discipline policies calling for increasingly serious punishment for repeated instances of unacceptable behavior. While deviations from employment policies routinely result in discipline or even discharge, it is universally understood that violating a work rule does not make an employee a criminal. Prosecutors, however, continue to rely on alleged violations of workplace rules as the premise of bringing criminal charges against employees in both the public and private sectors. The theory is that workplace rules establish expected standards of conduct and, when those standards are breached, the employer is defrauded or suffers a theft.

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Tags: Criminal Charges, punishment, prosecutors, criminalize employee, criminal

Criminal & Civil Cases

Posted by Chris Morales on Mon, Feb 11, 2013 @ 05:38 PM

   

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Tags: Criminal Charges, San Francisco, arrest, Criminal Law, punished, criminal case, misdemeanor, criminal, theft, crime, state legislature, civil case

California Warrants

Posted by Chris Morales on Fri, Feb 08, 2013 @ 06:03 PM

 With a warrant an officer can search your car, home and other locations they suspect. Before allowing any authorities to search your home or car one must make sure it is a valid search warrant.

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Tags: Criminal Charges, police officers, probable cause, warrants

The Self-Defense Argument Against Murder, Manslaughter & Assault

Posted by Chris Morales on Mon, Feb 04, 2013 @ 05:32 PM

A person accused of a violent crime can legitimately claim that the violence was necessary for self-defense. A legitimate self-defense claim legally justifies an acquittal.

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Tags: Criminal Charges, Criminal Defense, Assault and Battery, self-defense, murder, Criminal Law, criminal assault, manslaughter

How Lawyers Defend a Guilty Client in a Criminal Case

Posted by Chris Morales on Fri, Feb 01, 2013 @ 04:03 PM

Can my lawyer represent me if he knows I'm guilty?

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Tags: Criminal Procedure, Criminal Charges, Criminal Defense, criminal justice system, Criminal Law, criminal, crime, criminal attorney

Q&A: The Insanity Defense to Criminal Charges

Posted by Chris Morales on Wed, Jan 30, 2013 @ 03:54 PM

Why do we allow a guilty defendant to be found not guilty by reason of insanity?

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Tags: Criminal Procedure, Criminal Charges, Criminal Defense, Mental Illness, Insanity Plea, Criminal Law, Insanity

Former Death Row Murder Convict Arrested for Allegedly Killing Mother

Posted by Chris Morales on Fri, Jan 11, 2013 @ 03:04 PM

Dennis Stanworth, 70, of Vallejo, CA, was arrested Thursday, January 10, 2013 on suspicion of the murder of his mother. This is not Stanworth's first arrest, however. Stanworth was sentenced to death in 1966 for kidnapping and shooting to death two teenage girls. His death sentence was eventually changed to life in prison, which then left Stanworth released on parole in 1990.

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Tags: Criminal Charges, murder, rape, assault, sexual assault, Sex Crimes, death row, death penalty

3 Top White Collar Crime Scandal Reports

Posted by Chris Morales on Wed, Jan 09, 2013 @ 03:45 PM

New York, NY

Melissa King, former administrator of the Sandhogs' Union employee benefit funds, was sentenced to six years in prison for embezzling approximately $40 million from the employee benefits funds she administered.

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Tags: Criminal Charges, fraud, white collar crime, money laundering, San Francisco White Collar Criminal Defense, Criminal Law, misuse of authority, credit card fraud, Embezzlement, theft, crime