According to the Crime in California report, there were about 857,599 and 183,546 total arrests statewide in 2021 for property and violence crimes, respectively. After an arrest, an alleged defendant must go through the criminal trial process to determine whether they’re guilty or innocent. Defendants found guilty at trial will be sentenced immediately or during a sentencing hearing.
According to the 2021 Court Statistics Report, there were 4,054,484 total criminal filings in California Superior Courts in the Fiscal Year 2020. When a person is arrested and charged with a crime, a trial may be required to establish whether or not the defendant is guilty of the allegations.
If you have been charged with a crime in California, you are likely feeling overwhelmed and uncertain about the future. One of the first steps on your journey through the criminal justice system is your arraignment.
Whenever you’re facing criminal charges, there are a number of defense options you and your attorney may consider using. Of these, one of the less frequently used and understood is a defense of intoxication, which can apply to both drugs and alcohol.
It’s hard enough knowing that a loved one is in jail or prison. Feelings of loss, sadness, and hurt are common emotions. However, if you believe there’s been a violation of prisoners’ rights (such as being assaulted in jail), that can intensify the feelings involved. But that’s not all – you want the injustice to stop.
In 2021, the Giffords Law Center ranked California #1 in the country for gun safety. While this is undoubtedly good news, it’s still true that children are committing crimes using guns that they’ve taken from their parents.
The concept of bail in California has been contentious for quite some time because of how it disproportionately affects lower-income individuals. In fact, a state Supreme Court ruling in March of 2021 declared that imposing bail on those who couldn’t afford it was unconstitutional.
DNA used as evidence has become more popular than ever. That is why understanding how DNA collected at the crime scene plays a critical role in proving a crime, and also the times that DNA proof can be denied.
Being charged with a crime can be a confusing experience. With so much going on, it may be difficult to make sense of everything. Charged individuals often consider a plea bargain as a potential solution to criminal charges, and a criminal defense attorney can help you choose the best decision for you. At McCready Law Group, our attorneys proudly serve those in Long Beach, Cypress Hill, and Lakewood, California, so reach out for detailed guidance in considering a plea bargain.