When you get a traffic ticket, you typically have the option to either pay the fine for the ticket before your court date or go to court to fight the ticket. If you intend to fight a traffic ticket, you need a solid strategy for pleading your case if you want to win. After all, most judges won't drop a traffic ticket because you didn't understand the law or you felt like the officer was picking on you. [Read More]
Two Ways You Can Lose The Attorney-Client Privilege
One inalienable right defendants have is the ability to speak freely to their attorneys. Called attorney-client privilege, anything a defendant says to his or her lawyer while the person is acting as the defendant's criminal defense attorney is considered privileged information, and the substance of the conversation between the two cannot be revealed to outside parties. However, there are certain circumstances when the attorney-client privilege can be voided. Here are two times when this privilege is invalidated. [Read More]
Prior Bad Acts And Criminal Cases: Can Your Past Haunt You In Court?
One of the biggest legal cases in the news right now is the trial of comedian Bill Cosby for aggravated indecent assault. A multitude of women have stepped forward alleging that they were also victims of his sexual attacks -- each telling fairly similar stories. The question is, will any of their stories be able to be used in court? The answer to that question hinges on a very contested area in criminal law, involving the admissibility of " [Read More]
Marital Privilege: When Can You Assert The Right Not To Testify Against Your Spouse?
Many people believe that one spouse can never testify against another in a criminal trial, due to something known as "marital privilege." However, that's not quite true. If you're the spouse of someone who has been accused of a crime, this is what you should know about marital immunity laws. Marital Privilege Is Not Absolute. The idea behind marital privilege is that spouses have a special relationship under the law as a unified entity. [Read More]