Imagine you were spending time at a friend's house and the police come banging on the door. Unbeknownst to you, your friend has been engaged in drug dealing. Alternately, imagine that you're traveling in a friend's car and a routine traffic stop turns into a drug bust because the police find drugs in the car. Both you and your friend get arrested. Now, even though you've never had anything to do with an illegal substance, you're facing serious criminal charges.
You always have the right to defend yourself against criminal charges pro se, which means that you can defend yourself without representation from an attorney. However, you also have the right to representation. Even if you can't afford a lawyer on your own, the state will furnish one to defend you in court.
If you are accused of a criminal offense, you are probably very scared and unsure of what to expect. You can be especially frightened if the prosecutors or police tell you that they have an eyewitness prepared to testify against you.
"You have the right to remain silent," according to our Miranda rights, and the right to an attorney. Many adults are generally familiar with these phrases. Even without hearing them in person, we often hear them recited in countless movies and TV shows.
College students across Pennsylvania are on spring break now or their break is just around the corner. This weeklong vacation gives students the opportunity to relax and regroup before the final push of the academic year.
Drunk driving offenses are unfortunately common despite the laws prohibiting drunk driving and the massive awareness campaigns urging people to refrain from driving after drinking.
Law enforcement agencies have massive, sophisticated resources at their disposal. This is particularly true for federal agencies.
If you are facing criminal allegations, your options are not limited to conviction or acquittal in court. In fact, many criminal cases are resolved long before they go to trial.
If you have been arrested and charged with a crime, one of the first questions you might have is what type of sentence you are facing. Unfortunately, this is not an easy question to answer in most cases.