Deciding on Public Defense vs. Private Lawyers

“You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided for you. Do you understand the rights I have just read to you? With...

The Difference Between National, State and Local Law

Between local laws, state laws, federal laws, and the courts that dictate them, the U.S. judicial system can be a complicated one. The sheer number of laws that help run our country can be overwhelming, especially if you find yourself facing prosecution for violating...

Felonies, Misdemeanors and Infractions – The Criminal Difference

A crime is a crime is a crime, right? Wrong. There are varying levels of crimes that can impact everything from the punishment received to the amount the crime will impact an offender’s criminal record. There are three main types of crimes in the United States:...

When Domestic Abuse Turns to Violence

Almost 20 people are physically abused by an intimate partner on average every minute in the United States. This amounts to over 10 million abused people annually in this country. Domestic violence – also called intimate partner violence, or IPV – and domestic abuse...

Are You Dealing with Criminal or Civil Law?

Civil law or criminal law? The court system in the United States differentiates between the two in a number of ways, from process to punishment. Here we have outlined the major differences between criminal law and civil law. Criminal Law The goal of criminal law is to...