For many people, a clean criminal record is important for finding or maintaining employment. Finding a job is hard enough without a blemished record, which is why something like a drunk driving charge can leave many people feeling worried about their futures. Fortunately, being charged with a crime is not the same as being convicted, and everyone has the right to challenge charges that have been leveled against them.
An interesting criminal defense story recently emerged, where a mistrial was declared after a juror was given a ride home by a man whose son was injured by the suspect being charged in the juror's case. It's a complicated circle of logic, but one that makes perfect sense when you look through the lens of "jury tampering."
In depictions of criminal trials on television and in the movies, the most suspenseful moments often involve an eyewitness testifying against the accused. Sometimes a jury may wholeheartedly believe a witness’ testimony, and the damage to the defense might seem permanent. In other cases, a criminal defense attorney might be able to expose inconsistencies in that testimony during the cross-examination.
Can criminal motive or intent really be discerned from social media posts? Sites like Facebook and Twitter can be accessed by smartphone apps -- a medium format that hardly encourages lengthy prose and strict grammar. Yet one 26-year-old man is now facing potential felony charges for a five-word Twitter message, or Tweet, about President Obama that he characterizes as a stupid joke.
A California schoolteacher was recently arrested for carrying a loaded firearm to his workplace, which, not surprisingly, was filled with high school students.
California readers of this criminal defense blog likely understand some of the importance attached to DNA evidence. The uniqueness of each person’s DNA is generally believed to make DNA evidence more reliable than fingerprints or other identification methods.