No matter what, being arrested for a crime can be a traumatic experience and one that should be handled by an expert, regardless of how serious your charges are. Fortunately, the arrest rates for both felonies and misdemeanors have decreased from 2020 to 2021, according to the California Department of Justice. However, the conviction rate for those arrested for a felony is 62%, which makes it incredibly important to work with a criminal defense attorney who will fight tirelessly for your rights.
According to the Public Policy Institute of California, violent crimes have increased across the state from 2020 to 2021. This means more people are being filtered through our state’s court system and will need qualified legal representation so their rights are protected.
According to a crime study by the American Psychological Association, about 18% of 429 analyzed crimes were directly or mostly related to the defendant’s mental illness symptoms. In a California criminal trial, the prosecutor must prove action and intent in order to convict a defendant.
According to the Crime in California report, there were 541,368 total larceny-theft arrests statewide in 2021. In the state of California, it is an offense to enter an open business and steal an item. A defendant convicted of shoplifting could be facing possible fines, imprisonment, a criminal record, and other severe ramifications.
Driving under the influence (DUI) is a crime charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony. In the United States, those investigated or arrested for crimes, no matter what they are, have certain rights. It is a good idea to know what those rights are, particularly with more ubiquitous crimes such as DUI.
The strength of a criminal case rests heavily on the amount of evidence presented by the prosecution. There are different categories of evidence that may be used against you to convict you of a crime, including but not limited to physical evidence and witness statements.
Eyewitness testimony is one of the most critical pieces of evidence used in criminal cases. In some cases, testimony presented by eyewitnesses may be the only piece of evidence that the prosecution has against the defendant.