Criminal Defense Attorneys

The US Criminal Code is the set of laws defining the punishment for crimes committed in the United States.

After a crime has been committed and an accusation is filed, if there is probable cause then a formal charge or indictment may be filed in court. A grand jury will review the case to determine if it should be brought to trial. If the case is brought to trial and the defendant is found guilty, the case will move to the punishment or sentencing phase of the criminal trial.

There are several goals of a criminal prosecution including: punishing the criminal, deterring the criminal from committing additional crimes, compensating the victim, and keeping other individuals from committing crimes. There are a wide variety of crimes committed in the United States each year.

For each criminal case there are a wide variety of criminal defenses the defendant may claim in order to have the case dismissed, be found innocent (acquitted) of the charges, or to have the sentence reduced.

Criminal Law Term of the Day


Larceny is a nonviolent crime which can be considered a misdemeanor or a felony. It is illegal in every state, but state laws will define the monetary levels of property involved to make it either a misdemeanor or felony charge.

Category: Criminal Law

Question of the Day

How long can a defendant be held in jail without an indictment?

There is a limit to the amount of time a suspect can be held in jail without being charged with a crime.

Category: Criminal Law

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