Criminal law is an extremely broad term that involves any kind of police arrest and investigation, based on the assumption of criminal activity. Criminal Law can cover indictments, accusations, plea deals, and trials. Crimes under this category can typically be categorized into four sections: crimes against a person, white-collar crimes, non-violent crimes, and crimes against property. These cases are often brought to court and presented in front of a jury. If found guilty, the penalties range from fines to jail time.
There are two possible criminal defense cases: a criminal case and a civil case. In a criminal case, the state files criminal charges against the defendant. A state-appointed prosecutor presents the case to the judge, and the defendant and their lawyer must either enter a guilty plea or go to trial to resolve the case. In a civil case, two opposing private citizens or businesses appear in court as the defendant, or the person accused of the crime, and the plaintiff, or the person against whom the crime was committed.
It is important to understand the difference between civil and criminal cases because the laws and possible outcomes of each type of case can vary immensely. Some examples of criminal defense cases include drug crimes, domestic violence, disorderly conduct, and assault crimes. If you are unsure about whether your case falls into the criminal case category, consider who is pressing charges; if a government body (the city or state in which the crime occurred) is listed as the plaintiff, you are most likely facing a criminal case. When the plaintiff is an individual or private business, then you are most likely facing a civil case.
When you are accused of a crime under criminal law, it is essential to know your rights. The sixth amendment guarantees the rights of criminal defendants, including the right to a free public trial without unnecessary delay, the right to a lawyer, the right to an impartial jury, the right to know who accused you of the crime, the nature of the charges, and the evidence against you.
Regardless of the magnitude of the charges, hiring a lawyer to help you with your criminal defense case is of utmost importance. The law offices of Lungin Law are unmatched in the field of criminal law, with experience representing the Los Angeles area since 1996. We evaluate every aspect of the case and determine the best course of action to achieve a favorable outcome. Get the defense you deserve – call Lungin Law today.