Criminal Law

Whether you've been stopped in the streets or taken into police custody, get a better understanding of your rights under Criminal Law.

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Can I use a claim of self-defense if I was defending someone else?

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What is the statute of limitations, and how does it work?

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Is involuntary intoxication a defense?

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Can a defendant be convicted based only on a confession?

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What are the elements of a crime?

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What is strict liability?

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What is malice?

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What is premeditated conduct?

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What is criminal negligence?

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Can I be prosecuted for the same crime in two different states?

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Can I be convicted if I misunderstood the situation?

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Can I be convicted if I did not know that I was committing a crime?

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Does the prosecution need to prove a motive?

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What do I do if I am sure that I am innocent of the charges?

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Can a no-contest plea come back to haunt me?

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Will I get a harsher sentence if I lose at trial after declining a plea offer?

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How many criminal cases go to trial?

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How long does a criminal case take?

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Can I postpone a civil case while resolving my criminal case?

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How can someone be found not be guilty in a criminal case but still liable in a civil lawsuit?

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What is the difference between an acquittal and a not guilty verdict?

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What is a detention hearing?

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What is a bail hearing?

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What is a bench warrant?

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Can an officer make an arrest for a misdemeanor without witnessing the crime?

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How probable is probable cause?

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Can I be charged with a crime without being arrested?

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What is a motion to suppress?

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What is the exclusionary rule?

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Are the police allowed to search a car that has been towed?

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Will the police always be required to have a warrant to search my property?

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What is the purpose of a search warrant?

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When are search and seizure rules triggered?

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Can evidence be admitted to my case, if it is discovered to be in violation of Miranda rights?

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Can the police provide the Miranda warnings midway through an interrogation?

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If the police do not read my rights, can I still be arrested?

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Do the police need to read the Miranda warnings before talking to a suspect?

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What is a pre-trial conference?

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What happens after the preliminary hearing?

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What is a preliminary hearing?

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What happens at an arraignment?

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What are my rights after I have first been arrested?

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When do the police have the authority to arrest me?

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Am I required to talk to the police when I am questioned without an arrest?

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