CRIMINAL LAW

Criminal law is the body of law that relates to crime. It regulates social conduct and proscribes threatening, harming, or otherwise endangering the health, safety, and moral welfare of people. It includes the punishment of people who violate these laws. Criminal law differs from civil law, whose emphasis is more on dispute resolution and victim compensation than on punishment.

Criminal lawyers represent defendants facing criminal charges in state, federal and appellate courts. Their scope of practice includes bail bond hearings, plea bargains, trial, revocation hearings (parole or probation), appeals and post-conviction remedies. As part of the lawyer’s job functions, a criminal lawyer will:

  • Investigate the case and interview witnesses
  • Research case law, statutes, crimes codes and procedural law
  • Build a defense and develop a case strategy
  • Negotiate with the prosecution to plea bargain to lesser charges
  • Draft, file and argue motions such as motions to dismiss and motions to suppress
  • Advocate for the defendant at trial
  • Draft, file and argue appeals
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