Criminal trials are usually public — but there are exceptions to the rule. Below are some of the reasons your trial might be private. Safety Concerns Courts frequently opt for private criminal proceedings in cases where a public trial would create safety and security concerns. Such a decision is highly likely if a public trial would harm innocent parties, such as witnesses or crime victims. Consider a case where a local gang routinely retaliates against witnesses who testify against its members. [Read More]
Restitution Eligibility And Factors Considered
If you are facing criminal charges, you should be aware of the possibility of restitution demands from you. Criminal restitution involves a criminal offender paying the victims of your crimes for the harm your criminal actions caused them. Below are the eligibility factors for restitution, and factors that determine the restitution amount. Eligibility Not everyone can claim restitution for a crime. The circumstances of the case determine whether you are entitled to restitution. [Read More]
3 Benefits Of Hiring A DUI Attorney
In this day and age, you can DIY just about anything after you watch a movie on YouTube, but that doesn't mean that you should. If you were just arrested on a DUI charge, you may think that you can get away with representing yourself, but you may want to reconsider. Because you may have jail time, fines, and the threat of losing your license on your hands, it may be in your best interest to hire a DUI attorney to represent you. [Read More]
Can You File A Personal Injury Lawsuit If You're A Crime Victim?
If you've been injured as a result of someone committing a crime, you have the right to receive compensation for your injuries. It's somewhat similar to getting compensation for an accident, but there are a few things that are different. Here's what you should know. Don't Criminal Cases Have Restitution? Judges often do order restitution as part of a criminal case. However, there are a few things that may cause you to think twice about relying on it. [Read More]