When a person is facing criminal charges, he/she has an opportunity to plea in court. The defendant can plead guilty, not guilty, or no contest against the criminal charges he/she is facing. Before you enter your plea in court, one should speak with a criminal defense attorney. That’s because in many situations, a small gesture from one person to another can lead into an escalating argument and perhaps some people interpret a gesture as meaning one thing when really it means something else. Speaking with a criminal lawyer will help avoid that from happening. For example, sticking your thumb out means good job in one culture while in others, it has the complete opposite meaning. I am writing about this because of what I recently read in the news. Police officers say a road rage occurred between two people when a man made an obscene gesture to his neighbor. After the road rage, a fight broke out between the two neighbors. One of the neighbor’s father came out with a sword to protect his son. Authorities say 52 year old Joseph Lisco Sr. came out of his house with a sword to intervene! How far would you go to protect your son if you see him getting hurt? Sometimes people have the need to feel that they must do whatever it takes to protect their kids. Joseph should speak with criminal attorney to fight for the best outcome possible in his case. Joseph feared his son was seriously getting injured so he decided to act out to save his life. He managed to rescue his son from the fight but had to use his sword in order to do so. Now Joseph is being held on $50,000 bail. When police asked him why he did it, the 52 year old mentioned that he was defending his son. That indeed he was! But with a sword? Was that too much? Going too far? His criminal defense lawyers will need show that it was not, under the circumstances. We shall see how this one turns out…
Posted at August 25th, 2011 in DUI
Now here is something you hear often. In Idaho, a woman was arrested for drunk driving. Imagine her driving down the road and swerving between lanes. The 28 year old woman made it clear to the officer that she appeared to be driving under the influence of alcohol. So as a normal procedure, the police officer turned on the red and blue lights of his vehicle and pulled her over. The officer knew right away that she was drunk. His instincts were right and the woman’s blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit, so she was taken to jail. Now here is something you don’t hear every day. Authorities say a mother and a daughter were arrested for drunk driving within an hour of each other. The mother was arrested when she went to pick up her daughters dog because she was driving under the influence of alcohol. If the mother was indeed drunk, don’t you think she would have sent someone else to go pick up her daughters dog? That’s a question for her criminal attorney to answer. Going straight to the police while you are drunk just doesn’t make sense. The mother needs a criminal defense attorney so she will have strong partners who will defend her and try to attain the best outcome given the circumstances. It wasn’t even an hour later until the mother came to pick up the dog. The officer claims that when she came to pick up the dog, he smelled alcohol on her. He then gave her a test that showed her blood alcohol level as twice the legal limit, just like her daughter. She was then arrested as well. Poor dog.
Usually, children do not have a choice when deciding what home they are brought up in. Their parents have multiple years to teach them right from wrong. Their parents have plenty of time to teach their child what they believe in. Imagine being raised in a house that has been imbedded with Nazi signs and propaganda from the time you were a baby until you were 14 years old. How do you think you would turn out? People would like to believe that human beings know right from wrong naturally, and outside forces do not impact our capability to know the difference. That can be true for some cases but be false in others. Every situation is different. Criminal cases are very fact specific and it is up to a strong willed criminal defense attorney to not only show, but prove that in some cases, people can be severely influenced by outside forces to believe in something, even though it is known to others as being completely wrong. In southern California, a teen driven by white supremacist beliefs murdered one of his classmates at his high school because he was gay. The teen murdered his gay classmate by firing two gunshots to the back of his head. The district attorney says the teen defendant took action because of his white supremacist ideology that homosexuality is wrong. The criminal defense lawyer for the defendant argues that the defendant reached an emotional breaking point over constantly unwanted sexual advances by the victim and should be convicted for voluntary manslaughter. The defendant, who was 14 years old at the time of the shooting, is charged with murder, hate crime, lying in wait, and is being tried as an adult. A tough case for any criminal lawyer. Witnesses say the defendant brought a hand gun to school and sat behind the victim while he was sitting at a computer station. The defendant shot the victim once, then shot him again, inches away from his head. The criminal defense attorney says the victim would constantly sexually harass boys starting from when he was in fifth grade. The victim was suspended in fifth grade for this behavior. Hate crime cases are extremely tough for even the best criminal defense attorneys. These types of cases can carry a punishment up to life in prison or the death penalty depending on a few things. The criminal defense lawyer and the prosecution will both have a lot on their plates considering the high level of emotion involved with age of the victim and the age of the defendant.
Posted at July 14th, 2011 in Uncategorized
When you own a home, you would think it would be acceptable to grow vegetables in your front or back yard. Well, think again. Surprisingly, in Michigan, it is against the law to have a vegetable garden in your front yard. That’s right, you may be facing criminal charges and find yourself contacting a criminal lawyer if you’re growing them veggies! A Michigan resident is being charged with a misdemeanor for her vegetable garden outside of her house. These charges seem pretty out of the ordinary. Her criminal defense lawyers will definitely have to come together to form a creative defense because these charges are unique to say the least. The city claims that the garden violates a law that clearly states front yards must have suitable live plant material. Why shouldn’t people be able to grow vegetable in the front yard of their own house? The defendant is trying to figure out the answer to that question herself. She says her vegetable garden is very pretty and well maintained. She has a point, not only is it her own house, but she’s only growing vegetables. The defendant is facing up to 93 days in jail for her vegetable garden but with a good criminal defense attorney by her side to defend her throughout the entire process she may be able to avoid any jail time. Wishing the best of luck to her criminal attorneys!
Posted at July 14th, 2011 in Assault
Simple assault? There are many types of assault in the criminal justice system. Violent charges such as assaults can range anywhere from cruel action such as assault using a deadly weapon and something simple like giving a man a kiss on the cheek! It may be hard to believe but giving a man a kiss on the cheek when it’s not wanted can give you a simple assault charge, resulting in you needing the guidance of a criminal lawyer! In North Carolina, a bible preacher was protesting against homosexuals and bisexuals at an event that was proclaimed “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride day”. He was there to distribute and preach what he believed in, and as you already may know, in this country one has all the right to do so. Kissing someone is a sign of love not hate. When someone is yelling words like “sodomites” and “you’re going to hell” a person would normally respond by saying something cruel back. What’s better than showing a person that disapproves of you, love? Nothing! The preacher was waiving his hands with his bible in one hand while he was yelling at the top of his lungs his message of hate. While this was happening, a 74 year old woman, who is a gay rights supporter, kissed the preacher on the cheek at the event…and you guessed it….she is now facing a simple assault charge. A criminal defense attorney is aware that these accusations can be taken out of context without explanation. The preacher says the kiss “was just one of many attempts to silence the preaching to those in need of salvation who practice a death style that they call a lifestyle.” In this case, the kiss was just a kiss. It seems like the 74 year old woman was just trying to show her love even towards a person who doesn’t accept her for who she is. A strong criminal defense attorney will present this to the court in the right way and put together a solid defense for his elderly client…sounds like fun…
Imagine getting into an argument with your mother one moment, then being in a gun battle with police officers the next. That’s the case for a man from Pittsburgh who murdered three officers in April of 2009, right after he got into an argument with his mother over his puppies urinating on the floor. Richard fatally shot three police officers and injured two others. He is described as a man who is enthusiastic, easy going, and a fun loving guy. How is it that someone who is described as these characteristics is being accused of such violent crimes? That’s a question for his criminal defense attorney to determine. No decision regarding a legal matter should be made without careful consideration and consultation with private counsel. If he hires a criminal defense lawyer right away, he will have strong partners who will defend him and try to attain him the best outcome given the circumstances. Unfortunately Richard Poplawski was represented by a public defender and was been convicted by the jury of three counts of first degree murder. The jury has imposed the death penalty on Robert Poplawsi. His first mistake was that he stuck to a public defender. Although they are great attorneys and very good at what they do, most of the time, public defenders are just too busy. Any criminal defense lawyer taking on this case would have a hell of a time putting together a strong defense but sticking with a public defender when so much is at stake might not have been the best idea in the world.
Posted at June 28th, 2011 in Uncategorized
Students often look at their teachers as mentors and role models. You take a seat in class open your notebook and begin to listen to your teachers lecture, nothing out of the ordinary. Imagine attending class and learning that your professor has been arrested and accused of operating a prostitution website. Would you believe it? Teachers are highly respected in a community because they pass their knowledge to others. In New Mexico, a 68 year old professor who teaches physics was arrested and charged with 40 counts of promoting prostitution. 40 counts of promoting prostitution?! Those charges definitely seem to be blown out of context. A criminal defense attorney is aware that these accusations can be taken out of context without explanation. The professor has been operating the site called Southwest Companion for almost 3 years. He pleads that he did it as a hobby and had no interest obtaining profit off the website at all. He needs a great criminal defense attorney by his side to defend him throughout the entire process. No decision regarding a legal matter should be made without careful consideration and consultation. A strong criminal lawyer will present a solid defense before his elderly client is sentenced to prison. If the defense is indeed going to show that the professor is not guilty, they will have to prove more that the highly respected professor was just having a little innocent fun.
Hate crimes are one of the harshest crimes a human can be charged with. A hate crime is a crime motivated by bias towards sexual orientation, ethnicity, and race. Cases that involve hate can carry a punishment up to life in prison or the death penalty depending on how cruel the nature of the crime is. Six teenagers in New York City have been charged with murder and the reason behind their actions is hate. The teenagers decided to assault and murder a man because he appeared to be homosexual. Authorities indicted these teenagers with 21 counts including second degree murder as a hate crime. According to witnesses, the teenagers beat and stomped the 18 year old until he was dead. It will be tough for criminal defense attorneys to defend this case. Hate crimes are taken very seriously because it is a crime that clearly shows the intent behind the action. The criminal defense lawyers needs to prove to the court that the murder did not happen because the individuals have hate towards homosexuals. Any criminal defense lawyer taking on this case would have a hell of a time putting together a strong defense. The criminal lawyer that represents these defendants should be prepared for an uphill battle.
Being accused of soliciting sex to a minor is one of the most serious charges you can face in your life. In Connersville Indiana, the authorities arrested a man who thought was meeting a 12 year old girl to have sex. Police say this man showed up in a horse and buggy. An unknown number text messaged a girl. When the girl didn’t know who the number was, she gave the phone to her mother. Police say 26 year old Willard Yoder was using his cell phone to ask a 12 year old for sex and naked pictures of her. He is being charged with four counts of child solicitation. This seems like a hard case to defend because Yoder is accused of sending over 600 texts to this 12 year old girl. These texts include nude videos and pictures. Yoder even sent naked pictures of himself. Skillful criminal defense attorneys have to come together and diligently pursue the best outcome for Willard. There is a lot of evidence that proves he committed the crime. Perhaps a plea deal would bring the best outcome for Willard. If he hires a criminal defense lawyer right away, he will have strong partners who will defend and fight for him and possibly attain him a favorable plea bargain. Whatever Willard decides to do, it is clear his criminal defense lawyers will have a lot on their hands! Tough one.
Many parents have different strategies on how to raise their child at a young age. The numbers of strategies that can be thought of are endless. What type of strategy would you execute when you are trying to toughen up a child of yours? A man in Pennsylvania decided to beat his fiancés 2 year old daughter to toughen her up a little. He believed that her upbringing was too lenient. Brandon Bishop, 24 years old, is facing attempted homicide charges for kicking, punching, and choking the girl. If Bishop hires a criminal defense lawyer right away, he will have strong partners who will defend and fight for him and possibly attain him a favorable plea bargain. Criminal defense lawyers will be an efficient partner for Bishop. The mother of the 2 year old girl is also facing charges of endangering the welfare of a child. A criminal defense attorney is aware that these accusations can be taken out of context without explanation. That is why a criminal defense lawyer is needed.