Criminal Law lawyers work with people facing charges that can include but are not limited to: Weapons Charges, Criminal Defense, Child Abuse, Child Neglect, Criminal Fraud, Domestic Violence, Capital Offenses, Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, DUI/DWI, Assault and Battery, Felonies, Homicide, Juvenile Law, Misdemeanors, Murder, Sex Crimes, Sexual Assault, Traffic Violations, and Federal Criminal Law.
Criminal law is a serious matter and if convicted of a crime it can lead to serious trouble including mandatory community service, substantial fines, license suspension, probation, years or a lifetime of imprisonment, or even the death penalty if it is a capital offense in a state where the death penalty is a method of punishment. After serving your time or paying your fines you may still see effects on your ability to find a job. Just being accused of a crime can quickly disrupt your career and your family. Criminal lawyers can help you fight the charges against you.
Criminal elements compose every crime. In the United States, there are some states that can impose capital punishment for the most serious crimes. In other parts of the world physical punishment such as whipping or caning can be imposed. Jail time is typically the favored punishment in the U.S. but serious fines are also common. Confinement can range from a day to the rest of one’s life. Sometimes the punishment will be house arrest, parole or probation.
Through out the world five main objectives are accepted to enforce criminal law by punishment:
- Retribution – Seeing that criminals should suffer, this is the most widely seen goal. To “balance the scales” of justice criminals are put at some disadvantage for taking improper advantage or inflicting pain upon others. “An eye for an eye.”
- Incapacitation – Prisons serve to meet this objective. By keeping a criminal behind bars or cutting off their hands, it becomes difficult for them to inflict further damage to society.
- Deterrence – In general deterrence aims at society at large. Imposing a penalty on one who commits an offense, otherss are discouraged from committing the same offenses.
- Rehabilitation – In order to prevent an offender from further offenses rehabilitation seeks to turn a criminal into a valuable member of society by convincing them that their conduct is wrong. If convicted of a DUI an offender will usually be required to attend alcohol and substance abuse classes
- Restitution – A victim-oriented punishment with the goal is to repair any hurt on the victim. As an example: One who commits fraud to obtain a financial gain may be required to repay the amount. Sometimes there will be additional monies owed in addition to what was taken.
Finding a criminal lawyer familiar with the crimes for which you are accused can help protect you and your rights. You would not want a criminal lawyer who deals mostly with minor traffic offenses for a murder trial. If you are charged with minor traffic offenses the costs associated with the best murder defense lawyer is probably unreasonable. Follow this link Find a Lawyer: In the search box be specific with the type of offense you are charged, the city and state, followed by the word lawyer.