Many people confuse an arraignment on a misdemeanor or a felony with a traffic court case, where the court may make a ruling an impose punishment on the very first court appearance. Other clients expect an arraignment to proceed like what they may have seen on Judge Judy or People’s Court on television. Click on the attached article to clarify what an arraignment is, its purpose and how to approach this hearing: http://www.greghillassociates.com/lawyer-attorney-1852433.html
In some cases, such as murder, there is no statute of limitations due to the severity of the conduct and the societal interest in punishing the perpetrators. The reasoning is that while a suspect has a right to a speedy trial, this right is outweighed by the need for justice to the victim’s family. In certain sex offenses, especially involving minor victims, a similar approach is taken by our legislature, as the following case describes -
When Ecstasy was first being used on a wide basis, perhaps in 1990, its allure was not only its effects, but that it was not illegal. The Health and Safety Code was seen several revisions since ecstasy came out, including several that seem to make it illegal. However, some prosecutors have had trouble obtaining convictions, as the following article explains – http://www.greghillassociates.com/lawyer-attorney-1813290.html.
Public defenders are often called public pretenders. Some of our clients do not believe public defenders are attorneys. These perceptions are undeserved for the most part. Some of the best attorneys are public defenders. However, hiring private counsel instead of using the public defender has distinct advantages. Click on the attached article to read about why hiring private counsel can be the smartest decision one makes in dealing with a criminal case – http://www.greghillassociates.com/lawyer-attorney-2227742.html.
Our office is often asked by clients if their arrest is legal when police come to a house or business, looking for one person, but then arrest our client. The client suggests in their question that police are limited to who they are allowed to arrest by who they seek? Obviously, police would be able to stop a robbery or murder in progress if this crime presented itself, right? Click on the following article to learn more about this frequent situation – http://www.greghillassociates.com/lawyer-attorney-1804399.html.
There is a natural impulse to label every wrong sustained a crime. However, some wrongs, such as being rear-ended in a traffic accident, or slipping at a super market on a wet floor, are civil claims and not crimes. A breach of contract would seem to be civil in nature, right? Read the article that follows to see that the answer is “not always” – http://www.greghillassociates.com/lawyer-attorney-1813283.html.
George Orwell’s book, 1984, made us all recognize the enormous power a government can misuse if armed with certain information. The genetic code of an individual, shown in one’s DNA, is unique and shows those strengths and weaknesses a person has. The information can also show which people are predisposed to certain diseases. It is uniquely private and personal information. Can a government collect this DNA, under the guise of law enforcement, without one’s approval or consent? Read the attached link to find out. http://www.greghillassociates.com/lawyer-attorney-1813288.html