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Georgia teen facing adult felony charges stemming from party

Scapegoating is part of human nature. In our desire to make sense of the often chaotic world around us, we tend to look for causal factors wherever we can find them, and are quite willing to connect dots that may have a tenuous relationship to each other while pursuing that goal. Police and prosecutors in Georgia are human beings, and sometimes they come up with connections that may or may not be warranted.

What are the phases of a criminal trial?

A criminal trial can be an overwhelming process and can be a significant concern for any accused individual facing criminal charges. Criminal trials are based on guilt or innocence and the prosecution must prove the accused individual's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. A criminal trial also provides the opportunities for criminal defense. There are six primary phases of a criminal trial and anyone facing criminal charges may wonder more about them.

Understanding the steps in the plea negotiation process

One way that criminal cases can be resolved is through an agreement achieved through the plea negotiation process. Most criminal cases are resolved outside of court and without a trial using the plea negotiation process. Resolving criminal cases through the plea negotiation process can be beneficial for several reasons, keeping in mind it is helpful to have informed guidance about the process and criminal defense options when determining how to respond to criminal charges.

What are the basics about plea bargains?

Many instances of accusations related to criminal charges result in plea bargains as part of the criminal justice system. As part of a plea bargain, the accused individual agrees to plead guilty to some or all of the charges they are facing in exchange for concessions from the prosecutor in charge of the case, such as a reduced sentence. Plea bargains are primarily viewed as an expedient method of handling cases for the criminal justice system and are very common.

What are plea bargains used for in Georgia?

Many instances of accusations related to criminal charges in Georgia result in plea bargains inside the criminal justice system. As part of a plea bargain, the accused individual agrees to plead guilty to some or all of the charges he or she is facing in exchange for concessions from the prosecutor, such as a reduced sentence or other considerations. Plea bargains are primarily viewed as an expedient method of handling cases for the criminal justice system and are somewhat common.

How to challenge evidence used against an accused individual

Individuals who have been accused of, and charged with, a crime may have concerns about the evidence being used against them. In such circumstances, it is important to be familiar with criminal defense rights to determine if alleged evidence against the accused party was collected illegally or in violation of those rights and is then inadmissible against the accused individual.

Understanding when an arrest may be unlawful

This blog recently discussed the criminal justice process. It is essential to also keep in mind that during the criminal justice process individuals accused of a crime have important criminal defense rights. Some of those rights relate to arrests and the requirement that an arrest must be lawful to be valid. An arrest is important because it usually initiates the criminal justice process against an accused individual.

What are the stages of the criminal justice process?

Just because you have been charged with a crime does not mean you are without criminal defense rights. Criminal defense rights are an important part of the criminal justice system and anyone facing criminal charges should be familiar with them. They should also be familiar with the criminal justice process. Criminal defense rights are the right of any individual charged with a crime, regardless of the crime they are accused of committing.

The consequences of pleading guilty to assault

Most people who are charged with assault are embarrassed about the situation they find themselves in. They may have had too much to drink, and an argument escalated into a fight. They may consider pleading guilty to the charges simply because they want to move on.

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