Criminal Law

There is a conflict between federal and some state laws regarding the use of marijuana. While 18 states legalize the limited use of marijuana, federal law is completely against it.

When is homicide a crime and what is the difference between homicide and murder

What does it mean for a person to be incompetent to stand trial, and how is it different from the insanity defense.

What is meant by the insanity defense, and how does it work in a criminal case.

What is meant by a defendant's having the right to a speedy trial.

What is a pardon, and how do you seek executive clemency following a criminal conviction, whether in the form of pardon or executive clemency.

Explaining felony criminal offenses, the consequences of conviction, and how felonies differ from misdemeanor offenses.

Defining misdemeanor criminal charges and their consequences, and what is meant by a misdemeanor class or level.

What is shoplifting, and what are the consequences of getting caught shoplifting.

Explaining the crimes of petty larceny (petty theft) and grand larceny (grand theft) and what to do if you're charged.

The process of posting bail or a bond after an arrest.

What to do if you find out that a bench warrant has been issued for your arrest.

Laws that reduce or eliminate statutory rape penalties for young people who are close in age.

What must store employees observe before they can stop a patron for suspected shoplifting.

Protections against warrantless and unreasonable search and seizure under the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

What is a writ of habeas corpus, and how to petition a court for habeas corpus relief.

How to get a information about somebody criminal history or a copy of their criminal record -- or your own.

Information about child protection alert systems and how they work.

Information about pardons, expungements and sealing, and how they affect a criminal record.

Information about community notification laws for convicted sex offenders.

Tips to help you find and hire a good criminal defense attorney.

When are the police permitted to stop and temporarily detain you, and what are your legal rights when stopped.

How charge and sentence bargaining work in criminal prosecutions, and their role in the criminal justice system.

How a criminal prosecution begins and what happens during later court proceedings.

Nonviolent financial crimes committed by business professionals and government employees.

How criminal charges are determined and the classification of crimes.

When do the police have to read you your Miranda rights, and what happens if they don't.

How are criminal charges filed and what happens during a criminal prosecution?

What happens during the trial of a criminal case.

Following a defendant's conviction, what happens at the sentencing hearing for less serious criminal charges.