In the U.S, the federal government defines a felony charge as a crime that can be punishable by death or a prison sentence of up to a year. If the crime committed is punishable by a year or less this charge is considered a misdemeanor. Misdemeanor charges are considered to be less serious charges than felonies. These charges are considered to be less serious because they usually involve less jail time and lesser fine amounts. State by state the individual differences between misdemeanor charges andfelonies often differ. The charge applied is usually decided based on the context and specific details of the particular case.
For every individual under probation the experience will be different. Some people find it very difficult to endure the process while others have little to no trouble while underprobation. Different factors contribute to your experience. The details of your offense, your officer, and behavior all determine the type of experience you will encounter. Of these three, your behavior during your probation period will have the most influence. Your officer will take notice of and record good behavior and cooperation. He or she will then relay the message to the judge assigned to your case. It is quite simple, good behavior helps and bad behavior harms. During the period of your probation it is possible that you may have your probation revoked. This does not mean you immediately get sent to jail. The judge could simply extend your probation period, administer fines, or require you to receive counseling. A probation revocation can be caused by a number of different things.
People often confuse theft, burglary, and robbery to mean the same thing. The three terms are not synonymous and differ in definition. Not only do each of the three crimes differ in definition they also differ in punishment.
People are not wrong to assume that misdemeanor crimes carry less weight than felonies. Misdemeanor crimes are met with less severe punishments, while felonies usually involve longer jail time and larger fines. Punishment for misdemeanor crimes include limited jail time, smaller fines, hours of community service, and a criminal record. Misdemeanors usually fall under three categories.
The thought of filing and processing a lawsuit can be daunting-after all, it requires both sides to have prepared arguments to present in front of the judge and jury. For those who wish to try to settle the dispute out of court in a private and more casual manner, mediation may be the perfect option. In most mediations, a third-party outsider will work to help both parties come to a mutual agreement. The parties are not obligated to come up with a solution, and can rely on the mediator to add in clauses that make an agreement. This can also save on lawyer fees, as most of the time the individual parties represent themselves.
If you have watched a courtroom drama, you have probably heard of the prosecution or defense calling an “expert witness”. But in a day and age when everyone claims to be an expert in something, how can these specialized witnesses actually be trusted to help jurors understand complicated, technical concepts. What types of expert testimony may be permitted, and who qualifies as an expert?
Most people think of insurance fraud and picture those who misrepresent themselves to swindle money out of insurance companies, but sometimes it is the individual who is the victim of fraud. Insurance companies can engage in fraudulent activities by refusing coverage to an individual for conditions that should be covered, denying insurance claims, refusing to investigate claims made, and underpaying claims. Sometimes insurers are not prohibited to engage in these fraudulent activities, leaving the law open for you to fight the system to get what you deserve.
40 years ago today, President Gerald Ford used what is formally called a “pardon” to clear former President Richard Nixon for any crimes he may have committed during his time in office. A pardon is often sought from the higher levels of government for crimes and is spoken about on television and in movies. But what really is a pardon? And how could it have cleared Nixon from his crimes that seem obvious?