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July 2015 Archives

Protect your rights throughout the criminal justice process

In many of our posts, we have discussed various aspects of the criminal justice system. The one point that remains constant throughout these posts is that all defendants have the right to present a defense against the charges they are facing. In all these cases, the prosecution has to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant committed the crime. We know that facing the criminal justice system isn't what anyone would classify as easy.

Officials push to clear backlogged rape kits in Tennessee

According to reports, as of September 2014, Tennessee had over 9,000 untested rape kits on the books. The kits were spread out over many areas, with hundreds of untested kits in metro areas. Reports are that law enforcement and other agencies are pushing to get all the kits tested and that they believe the tests might lead to opening old cases.

Addressing criminal charges from any direction

The manner at which you approach a criminal defense case depends on a number of factors. You have to ask yourself what your priorities are with the case: Obviously, everyone would like to walk away completely cleared of charges, but realism is an essential skill in any defense. If an innocent verdict is not highly likely, then priorities may be to reduce sentencing as much as possible.

How are insanity defenses tested in court?

In television and movies, the insanity defense is quite popular. The ability to write drama -- particularly in a court setting -- around the insanity defense makes it a favorite of film and show creators. In real life, however, there is less drama and more procedure involved in proving an insanity defense.

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