The legal system in the United States is a complicated system of laws and procedures that govern our behavior. We must obey the law or face severe consequences. It is essential that we be honest with ourselves when we commit a crime, it is not good enough to just say “I didn’t do it”. If we are caught doing something illegal we will most likely go to jail. This is where our case will come into the legal system, and how we will be punished.

Adjectives are frequently used to describe events or people. It can be used as a verb and describes an act. In our example above, “You knew what you were doing, you broke the law”. The action must have been done knowingly, the violation of law must have been willful, and the illegal activity must have been done in pursuit of some unlawful objective. “You knew what you were doing, you broke the law”.

A crime is a departure from the accepted rules of society. The most common definition of a crime is an illegal action in pursuit of some unlawful goal. The law tends to apply punishments to those who have broken the rules and not to those who only intended to do the right thing. Criminal law seeks to protect the innocent as well as punishing the guilty. There are three levels of criminal liability. Punishment is for each degree of crime.

Each crime has its own punishment after conviction. These include time served in prison, fines, loss of license, restitution, and incarceration. In addition, a person may be forced to register as a sex offender.

The first step to take after being charged with a crime is to hire a criminal defense lawyer. This type of lawyer represents the accused. This person researches all the facts of the case and conducts interviews with witnesses, investigate the crime, and drafts a defense strategy. If the lawyer is unsuccessful in defending the client, he can seek representation from another lawyer who is fully aware of the criminal laws of the state where the crime took place.

Discovery is the process by which the accused obtains information about or leads to the discovery of admissible evidence against him that will be used in court. It is also the stage at which the criminal defense attorney presents his case against the prosecution. In criminal cases, the prosecution calls its witness and the defense lawyer calls the prosecutor’s witness. The defendant and the legal representative of his or her defense then take part in what is called plea bargaining.

By Arlene Huff

Arlene Huff is the founding member of Golden State Online. Before that She was a general assignment reporter. A native Californian, she graduated from the University of California with a degree in medical anthropology and global health. She currently lives in Los Angeles.

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