What is Criminal Law?
The primary purpose of criminal laws are to maintain order and to protect individuals and property. Designed to regulate social conduct and prevent threats, harm, and any other form of danger to the property, health or safety of the people. Criminal laws are enforced by police, prosecutors, and the judicial process.
Do all crimes fall under the category of criminal law?
Yes. Criminal law violations are the failure to abide by criminal laws. However, not every law violation is criminal. For instance, most traffic tickets are violations of non-criminal statutes. Criminal laws are typically contained within State statutes and vary among the different States.
How do I know if I have actually committed a crime?
Usually, you know because you have been arrested or are under investigation by a law enforcement agency. Generally speaking, a “crime” require an act and the intent that the act be done. However, ignorance of the law is not a defense to any crime. For example, because you didn’t know it was illegal to carry a firearm concealed under your driver seat, does not mean you won’t be arrested.
What is the difference between a criminal defense lawyer and a criminal defense attorney?
None. Attorney is a general synonym of “Lawyer”.
How to choose a criminal defense attorney/lawyer?
While every crime is composed of elements, Criminal law is distinct in that incarceration (jail/prison) is part of the possible consequence. Because your freedom is on the line, it is in your best interest to hire an attorney that both has criminal law experience and specializes in criminal law.
How do I know if I have hired the right person?
Choosing the right criminal defense attorney is too important to feel like a used car sale. If an attorney is constantly harassing you, or pressuring you with used car salesman high pressure tactics, you should probably think long and hard about why that attorney is engaging in such behavior. It is also important when interviewing criminal law attorneys to make sure that the person you are speaking with is has handled a case like yours. Research your attorney online. Check their reviews. Ask around.