How Courts Evaluate Eyewitness Testimony
Posted in Lawsuits on June 26, 2017
In the justice system, eyewitness testimony plays an important role in the determination of guilt. Jurors trust the firsthand accounts of people who experienced the event, and lawyers love to use that trust. Unfortunately, human memory is imperfect and eyewitness testimony does not always provide the unquestionable proof people expect. Why Juries Trust Eyewitness Testimony…
Comparing Juvenile and Adult Proceedings in Georgia
Posted in Crime, Lawsuits on June 23, 2017
Georgia’s juvenile justice system dates back to the early 1900s. Instead of trying children as adults, the system recognizes that children and teenagers think and act differently than fully developed adults. It is largely rehabilitative in nature rather than punitive and offers many protections and alternatives adult proceedings do not. Age and Juvenile Justice In…
The Benefits of Criminal Rehabilitation
Posted in Crime on June 21, 2017
The current justice system focuses more on punishment than rehabilitation. As a result, the United States has one of the largest criminal populations in the world. First time offenders who don’t receive mental health services, educational opportunities, and other forms of support often reenter the system. It becomes a way of life, which hurts both…
An Overview of Criminal Sentencing
Posted in Crime, Lawsuits on June 20, 2017
After a conviction, a defendant will receive a sentence – the consequences for the crime. Most criminal laws offer a range of sentencing options the court must apply accordingly. This approach allows the justice system to match individual crimes with fitting consequences. Understanding how sentencing works prepares defendants, friends, and relatives for the process. Types…
What Is Jury Nullification?
Posted in Lawsuits on June 19, 2017
Jury nullification is a little known and somewhat controversial alternative to a traditional guilty/not-guilty verdict. It exists as a valid decision, yet most professionals in the legal space hesitate to discuss it. This is everything you need to know about one of the most impactful justice tools in the legal system. What Is Jury Nullification?…
What Is a Writ of Habeas Corpus?
Posted in Civil Rights, Lawsuits on May 29, 2017
The legal world uses various Latin phrases for conducting legal proceedings, and many of the legal concepts in the United States use their original Latin names. “Habeas corpus” literally translates to “produce the body,” and a writ of habeas corpus is a challenge that a superior court issues to a lower court or authority that…
What Is Hearsay?
Posted in Crime on May 26, 2017
The American justice system prevents juries and judges from making serious determinations about defendants’ guilt or innocence based on secondhand information. Courts generally exclude any evidence deemed hearsay from trials in both civil and criminal cases. If a witness offers a statement made by another person while testifying in court, the statement is hearsay only…
Understanding Different Types of Warrants
Posted in Civil Rights, Crime on May 24, 2017
Most Americans understand warrants as documents that authorize the arrest of an individual. However, there are many types of warrants, and it’s important to understand the differences among them – especially should you ever find yourself accused of a crime or the subject of a warrant. You have various constitutional protections, so safeguard your rights…
What Is Forgery?
Posted in Crime on May 22, 2017
The modern world depends on countless forms of documentation, and the accuracy and legitimacy of many documents is essential. Forgery describes any act that falsifies the information contained on an existing document, creates a facsimile of the original document intended to deceive, or signing a document without the appropriate authorization. In some cases, this can…
How Non-Physical Abuse is Proven in Court
Posted in Crime, Domestic Violence on May 19, 2017
Abuse takes many forms, but most Americans correlate the term “abuse” with physical violence. Emotional abuse pertains to any act of humiliation, degradation, intimidation, isolation, verbal assault, confinement, or ridicule that diminishes the victim’s identity, dignity, and/or sense of self-worth. Victims of emotional abuse endure prolonged psychological distress that can sometimes result in various long-term…