Criminal law covers “public wrongs”, or offenses against the public and order. The federal, state, and local governments all define these laws and prosecute people who commit these crimes. Public wrongs range from traffic violations to the most serious offenses such as rape or murder. Those charged with a crime are all called “defendants”. They are represented by defense attorneys, while the government that charges the defendant is represented by an attorney called a “prosecutor”. If you are charged with a crime, you will need representation by an attorney with experience in criminal defense in order to protect your legal rights.
The Constitution of the United States requires the government to follow the due process of law before depriving a person of their life, liberty, or property. Criminal statutes must therefore clearly define all crimes and criminal conduct, and cannot be vague or prevent understanding of conduct prohibited by law. Criminal statutes must define a guilty state of mind (called mens rea) as well as an illegal action (called actus reus). For example, it is not a crime to bump someone on a crowded train, because there was no criminal intent. It is also not a crime to think about harming someone without acting. This requirement also applies to attempted crimes. Conviction requires the defendant to take action to attempt a crime. An experienced criminal defense attorney can explain these terms and concepts, and help you to understand the specifics of your situation.
When you are charged with a crime, facing jail time, or looking at being branded a criminal, you need someone who understands the legal system. At Island Law Office, PC, LLO, we have years of experience helping clients accused of a crime. At Island Law Office, PC, LLO, we help clients navigate the system and are prepared to defend our client's innocence at trial. When you need help with a criminal charge, call Island Law Office, PC, LLO at (308) 633-4040.
Bell Island is a graduate of the University of Nebraska College of Law and has lived in Scotts Bluff County since 1994. Bell started in the Scotts Bluff County Public Defender's office and opened his own practice in 1999. Bell continues to represent clients in the areas of Criminal Law, DUI, Divorce and Family law, and Probate, matters. Read More
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