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Understanding a preliminary hearing

When you're accused of a crime, one of the first things you have to do is have a hearing. While an initial hearing might not do much, it can be an important time in your case. If you potentially have to go to trial, one of the first court appearances you'll go to is a preliminary hearing. This hearing is similar to an arraignment in that the judge hears the defendant's plea. Additionally, the judge can decide at this point if there is enough evidence to move forward with the case. If there is not, then the case may be dismissed at this point. If there is enough evidence, then the next step is a standard trial.

Imprisoned for life as a teen: Inmates fight for second chance

Imagine some of the things you did as a teen. Perhaps some of the things you did were illegal or dangerous. While some people don't get caught, others do. They might end up in prison for crimes others got away with. Now, years later, they're still doing time for a crime they committed when they were young and less informed than today.

Several types of defenses exist when you're accused of a crime

If you are accused of a crime, it's of the utmost importance that you have a chance to defend yourself. It's not possible to be convicted of a crime unless the prosecution can show beyond a reasonable doubt that you committed it. Since the burden of proof falls to the prosecution, you may be able to win your case and defend yourself successfully simply by placing doubt in the minds of the judge or jury.

Sending a sext message is a risk no matter your age

Sexting on its own is not a criminal offense, but sexting the wrong person ca be. At its core, sexting is just the transmission of nude or suggestive material through text messages. For two consenting adults, there is no problem with sexting. In fact, it's fairly common in many adult relationships.

Malware strikes the Virginia State Police, locks up systems

There are many ways that you can defend yourself if you're accused of a crime. Sometimes, the most unusual ways come up when events outside your control take place. One of those events happened recently when a malware attack ended up costing the police around seven year's worth of evidence.

Domestic violence and same-sex couples

When it comes to domestic violence, one issue that doesn't often come up is the risk of violence among same-sex couples. When you think of domestic violence cases, it's often believed that the man is the abusive partner who is violent toward a female partner. The fact is that anyone can be the victim or the offender in a domestic violence case.

Criminal defenses can have different purposes

We recently discussed some of the options that you have for a defense against theft charges. If you recall, the circumstances of your case can impact what options you have for the defense. That post brings up an important point -- it is imperative that you don't try to use a cookie-cutter defense against any criminal charges.

Marijuana charges: Less chance of arrest in Virginia?

If you've been caught with marijuana in your possession in Virginia, you might think that you won't be penalized heavily, but the truth is that the manner in which people are arrested and prosecuted can vary in the state. The last thing you want to have to deal with is a case where you're being used as an example, which could happen if it's found that the police are being too easy on those caught with the drug. In any situation where you're in trouble with the law, working with your attorney can be helpful for protecting your reputation while you await a trial.

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