Criminal charges have serious implications in the life of a person. Depending on the nature of the charges, conviction may lead to imprisonment, fine, probation, dismissal from employment, suspension of driving license, etc. In most U.S. states, after conviction of certain criminal offenses, your name, fingerprints and other details will be entered in to the criminal records databases. The meaning and effect of this is that you may not quality for some jobs, places or other offers that require having no past criminal record.
Because of the serious implications of the criminal charges, you must learn how to protect yourself when you are presented with a warrant of arrest. The arrest warrant is a legal writ that authorizes the arrest and confinement of a person. If a police officer presents warrant of arrest, he/she has the right, power and authority to arrest you. In that instance, do not try to put up defense or resist the arrest. The resistance of arrest is an offense that is punishable by the law.
After the arresting officer has explained the criminal charges preferred against you and that he/she intends to arrest you, you should comply and request to contact your attorney, next of kin, friend or other person whom you feel that you information is important. The arresting officer has no power of denying you the right to inform your attorney, family or any other person of the arrest unless there are very clear and reasonable grounds and reasons of doing so.
Criminal charges such as assault, theft, violent crimes and Driving under Influence may attract serious long sentences in jail upon conviction. If you are charged of these crimes or any other, you must ensure that you build up the proper defense.
Building up a criminal defense is not easy. The prosecution will try its best to convince the presiding jury or magistrate to hand to you the severest and maximum sentence ‘as a way of deterring the commission of that crime by setting example to others’…this is serious!
Building strong defense to criminal charges begins with the hiring of a qualified and experienced criminal lawyer. The criminal lawyer will go through the charges and facts to support the same. He/she will also go through the witness statements and find out, based on his/her experience and training of handling criminal casers, how to defend your case.
The gold standard of the trial and conviction of all the criminal charges is that the prosecution must prove beyond reasonable doubts that you committed the alleged offense or crime. Once you have hired the criminal lawyer, you need give him/her all the material facts that are important in discrediting the prosecution case and building your defense.
The communication between a person charged of a crime and his/her lawyer is considered privileged in the United States. This means that your lawyer cannot be compelled to disclose communications between you and him/her. The criminal lawyer is not supposed to lie to the court or coach your witnesses. He/she will call in witnesses and give in those facts that tend to defend you against the criminal charges that you are facing and discrediting the prosecution’s case.