Criminal Law

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Criminal Law consists of rules and regulations created by state and federal government, that define the responsibilities each member of the public has to society. It is commonly referred to as the “Penal Code.” Criminal Procedure refers to the process of carrying out criminal charges. It covers search and seizure matters, arraignment, pleas, discovery, trials and appeals.

Criminal Law is generally divided into two categories – misdemeanors and felonies. A misdemeanor is a lesser crime typically punishable by a fine and potentially up to one year in a local jail. A felony is a serious crime punishable by one year or more in prison or death. Felonies also trigger the right to a public defender if the defendant cannot afford a criminal attorney. The burden of proof to convict a criminal defendant is “proof beyond a reasonable doubt” – a higher standard than a plaintiff’s burden in Civil Court. Other matters covered under criminal law include parole, probation, record sealing and expungement.

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  1. Shoplifting, Larceny, Theft Civil Demand Letters, Retail Theft and Recovery

    An explanation of civil demand letters you may receive for shoplifting and retail theft. Should you pay them? Can you also face criminal prosecution?
  2. Shoplifting, Larceny, Theft Shoplifting, Petty Theft and Return Fraud Charges

    What to expect if you've been charged with shoplifting and your chances of avoiding a criminal record and conviction. Expungement options discussed if convicted of shoplifting.
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