The Sanders Firm, P.C.: New York Criminal Lawyer
In this section of our website, The Sanders Firm, P.C., which represents defendants in criminal cases, offers information regarding criminal law. As opposed to civil law, criminal law involves actions related to crimes, including those that threaten, endanger, or impair the health, safety, and morale welfare of others. Criminal law regulates social conduct and involves punishing those who have committed offenses.
Understanding Criminal Law
At The Sanders Firm, P.C., we believe it is important for those who may be involved in criminal proceedings to understand criminal law, including possible defenses, offenses that are considered criminal, and the manner in which the system works.
In the United States, each of us are protected by the United States Constitution from unfair practices by the government and its officers that in some way put us in jeopardy with the law. We are protected by numerous amendments, including the Fourth, Fifth, and Eighth Amendments as well as other provisions, sections, and clauses.
In essence, each citizen of the United States is afforded the right to due process and equal protection of the laws. In order to conduct searches, law enforcement must have probable cause. If one is found guilty, they are also protected from excessive fines and cruel and unusual punishment.
Every person is considered to be innocent before proven guilty and have the right to a fair trial. The burden of proof in a criminal case is on the state, and before someone can be indicted, evidence must be offered before a grand jury, which then decides if there is enough evidence for person to be indicted for a felony. If the grand jury votes to indict or return, what is called a “True Bill” then the person will be indicted and arraigned on felony charges. If the grand jury votes to not indict or return, what is called a “No Bill” then the person will not be indicted and if there are no other charges pending, the person will no longer have to deal with the criminal justice system. In some cases, depending upon the nature of the offense, evidence is presented before a grand jury even if the offense is not a felony. However, that does not mean that as a criminal defendant that you do not need to mount a solid defense. In fact, it is your right to offer a defense. The state must prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt and in doing so; a jury must return a verdict on which they agree 100%.
Protecting Your Rights
Despite all of the safeguards outlined in the United States Constitution, the fact is a criminal trial is very complicated. Along with that fact, despite the rights we are given in criminal cases, those in the legal system do not always respect those rights. Procedural deficiencies, violations of basic rights, and inadequate observation of legal standards can and do occur. It is near to impossible for a defendant to protect themselves from abuses and negligent behavior that they may encounter. For this reason, and for many others, it is important that someone charged with a crime secure legal representation.
Have You Been Charged?
If you have been charged with a crime, it is essential to have legal representation. The Sanders Firm, P.C. in New York City is experienced and knowledgeable in criminal law. We are passionate about ensuring that you get a fair trial, that your rights are protected, and that you have every opportunity to mount a strong defense. For criminal cases, call us. The Sanders Firm, P.C. is your voice for justice.