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The Role of the Criminal Lawyers

  1. Criminal lawyers defend a person charged with a misdemeanor or a felony—a crime. Not all criminal cases require a trial. The law classifies a crime as either a felony or a misdemeanor, with a felony being the more serious of the two. Generally, a felony is punishable by a prison sentence of more than one year, while a misdemeanor carries a jail term of less than one year.

There are two important things to know about Miranda rights:

* The police can arrest you without reading your rights, but they cannot interrogate you until after reading your rights. If the police question you without detaining you, they do not have to read you your rights, but if you volunteer information as a witness (without being detained), that information can be used against you in a court of law.
* If the police question you without detaining you, your silence can be used against you. You can say that your lawyer has advised you never to submit to questioning without seeking counsel first. The officer will read you your rights, and your silence cannot be used against you, because Miranda protects you.

 

Miranda rights encompass four main points :

+You have the right to remain silent.
+ Anything you say can be used against you.
+ You have the right to have an attorney present during questioning (present and future questioning—any questioning).
+ If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed free of charge.


Criminal Lawyer

A criminal defense lawyer is one of the most recognizable types of lawyers out there. TV shows often romanticize them, and people certainly associate the term "lawyer" with the criminal defense field, but few recognize how important the criminal defense lawyer is. A criminal defense lawyer has the difficult job of representing people who are accused of a crime, and making sure they get a fair and just trial.
 

The Difficulties of a Criminal Defense Lawyer

The criminal defense lawyer is the lawyer who must have the most experience in theatrics as well, putting on a competent, credible show to the jury on behalf of his client. While it may look the most interesting and fun, the criminal defense lawyer puts a tremendous amount of work into every case, knowing that he or she is often times the last hope a defendant has.

Your Miranda Rights
If the police detain you, you have a number of rights, called Miranda rights. The officer must read Miranda rights after taking you into custody and before interrogating you. The law does not state the exact words which must be read to you, and each jurisdiction can create its own version of the rights. Regardless of the wording, Miranda rights encompass four main points: