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Is Self-Representation in a Criminal Case Ever a Good Idea?

As a general rule, the less severe the charged crime, the more sensible self-representation may be. Defendants charged with minor traffic offenses sho...

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Working with a Criminal Lawyer While Representing Yourself

Defendants considering self-representation might seek out an attorney willing to serve as a legal coach. The idea of a legal coach is to combine an at...

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Your Right to Represent Yourself in a Criminal Case

Defendants cannot represent themselves unless a judge determines that they are competent to do so. The community as a whole has an interest in achievi...

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Paying a Private Criminal Defense Attorney

One of the first questions you're likely to ask an attorney whom you're considering hiring is, "What will this cost?" Here's the low-down on how crimi...

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Finding a Private Criminal Defense Attorney

Many defendants facing criminal charges are not in custody at the time they seek to hire an attorney. Either the police issue them a citation and a co...

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What to Look for in a Private Criminal Defense Attorney

The attorney you're looking for will probably not be the same person who handled your will, or helped you buy a house, or whom you aunt used when she ...

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Court-Appointed "Panel" Attorneys

A "panel attorney" is a lawyer who signs-up with the court to handle indigent cases when the public defender's office cannot represent the client. In ...

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The Public Defender in a Criminal Case

Most criminal defendants are legally indigent and can’t afford to pay for an attorney. On the other hand, the state can’t legally prosecute indige...

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Lie Detector and Polygraph Tests: Are They Reliable?

The theory underlying a lie detector test -- or a polygraph test, in more scientific terms -- is that lying is stressful, and that this stress can be ...

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Fingerprint Evidence in Criminal Cases

Fingerprint evidence, although sometimes not as high-profile as other high-tech crime-solving methods like DNA typing, is still v

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What is entrapment?

Entrapment acts as a defense to criminal charges. A typical entrapment scenario arises when police officers use coercion and other overbearing tactics...

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Does Self-Representation in a Criminal Case Ever Make Sense?

There are many reasons why defendants may wish to represent themselves in a criminal trial. Although it is usually wise to get a lawyer, sometimes i...

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DNA Evidence in Criminal Cases

DNA technology is rapidly becoming the method of choice when it comes to linking individuals with crime scenes and criminal assaults.

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Defenses to Criminal Charges

To convict a criminal defendant, the prosecutor must prove the defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. As part of this process, the defendant is g...

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What is an alibi?

An alibi is simply evidence showing that a defendant was somewhere other than the scene of a charged crime at the time that the crime occurred. Film a...

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