September 4th, 2014
If you have been injured in a car accident, you probably already know that you should not speak with the insurance company until you have also spoken with your attorney. However, there are benefits to working with an accident attorney that are not always obvious. Therefore, read on for more about this topic to protect yourself and know what to [...]
August 1st, 2014
If you suffer an acute injury at work, like a broken leg, it’s easy to know it was work related. However, if you sustain an injury over time, like carpal tunnel, you may not realize it is because of your job. Suffering from a work related injury may mean that you are entitled to workers compensation. If your doctor has [...]
July 25th, 2014
A drug charge on your record may do more than stigmatize you; it can affect your life in other serious ways. It can prevent you from renting an apartment or house, and from getting a decent job. There are some effective ways to prevent getting a drug charge put in your record, or to get the record sealed or expunged.
Completing a [...]
July 18th, 2014
Most drivers try hard to stay safe and prevent injuries to others while on the road. Unfortunately, though, one bad decision to drive while you are drunk or high on drugs could change your life and even end your life and the lives of others. If you are trying to deal with the aftermath of getting behind the wheel while [...]
Criminal Law Explained
What is Criminal Law?
Criminal law is a system of law that deals with those who commit crimes. It regulates social conduct and keeps law-abiding citizens safe from people who could endanger their health, safety, or moral welfare. Most criminal lawyers work in cases concerning crimes committed against the public; civil law regards crimes committed by one person against another. (Murder is a criminal offense, while violating a contract is a civil offense.) There are three types of criminal law violations: treason, misdemeanors, and felonies. Treason threatens national security, misdemeanors are fairly minor crimes, and felonies are serious crimes with more severe sentences.
Do I Want to Be a Lawyer?
Here are a few questions you should ask yourself before pursuing a law degree.
Can I be empathetic with a client, yet objectively analyze their issues?
Am I good at explaining complex legal terms in a simple way for clients to understand?
Will I be able to interpret an issue and analyze it?
Do I spending my time reading and studying?
Am I detail-oriented?
Will I be able to argue both sides of a situation?
Can I be an advocate and argue my client's case factually but with passion?
Criminal Law Reform
The Criminal Law Reform Project's goal is to revolutionize the unnecessarily harsh crime policies in America. Its advocates work to lower the amount of people sentenced to jail and prison time by changing drug policies, and bringing to light police and prosecutor misconduct. Advocates believe that the drug policies that lead to mass incarceration are too stringent; that targeting small amounts of marijuana possession is a waste of resources; and that police practices could be improved. They state that 25 to 50 years in prison is too severe for the crime at hand.