A criminal case is one initiated by the state or federal government with the goal of punishing a crime, provide an incentive to prevent future crime, satisfy the public sense of retribution and provide an opportunity to reform the criminal when possible. A criminal case is filed by a government entity and involves misdemeanors or felonies. The purpose of the criminal justice system is to provide society with stability and security based on laws created by our state and federal government.
In a criminal case, the state must prove the defendant’s guilty beyond a reasonable doubt by convincing a jury of Motive, Intent & Malice. Only the defendant may appeal the jury’s decision and is considered innocent until proven guilty.
The work of a criminal defense attorney is very similar to the roles we see on popular television shows. As an advocate for the accused, the criminal defense attorney protects their client's interests and makes sure the law is working as it should. A criminal defense attorney needs to do the following for their clients:
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