illegal search and seizure

What is “Reasonable Suspicion” and How Might it Help Your Criminal Defense or Appeal?

Generally, persons are protected by the Fourth Amendment of the US Constitution against “unreasonable searches and seizures.” This means that, before law enforcement officials can conduct a search or seize potential evidence or arrest an alleged criminal (seize the body of the person), law enforcement officials must obtain permission — approval — from a judge…. Read More

Judicial building building where criminal appeals are held.

Reasons to Appeal a Criminal Case

Receiving a criminal conviction is not always the end of the road. While it might seem like it is, a criminal conviction often begins the process of deciding how to create a successful appeal, which involves questioning a court’s legal basis for making a decision. There are a number of ways in which an appeal can… Read More

Attorney and client during pretrial hearing

How to Prepare for Your Pretrial Hearing

A pretrial hearing refers to a meeting between parties in a case that occurs before a trial. In criminal cases, these parties are often the prosecution, the person being charged with the criminal offense, that individual’s lawyer, and a judge.  During a criminal trial, a pretrial hearing helps to resolve a number of obstacles including… Read More

Successful Death Penalty Appeals

According to a study of every person who received a death sentence since 1973, the most likely outcome for individuals facing this sentence is avoiding execution, often by having the death sentence overturned. More specifically, from 1973 to 2013, 8,466 death sentences were made by the United States Courts. Only 1,359 individuals were executed. 3,194… Read More

Federal court building (US Supreme Court)

How Cases Get to a Federal Court

There are two types of court systems — federal and state. Each of these court systems is tasked with hearing different types of cases. While state courts are primarily responsible for interpreting state law, federal courts have the responsibility of hearing a number of different types of cases. Because many people have questions about how… Read More