How the Criminal Process Works

February 4, 2013

The American justice system is based on the criminal process. “Criminal process” is a term that means “how criminals are caught and punished.” There are certain steps taken by law enforcement in order to catch and punish criminals. They take a long time and involve numerous steps in order to prevent one person in law […]

Defendants With Mental Disorders

January 31, 2013

If a defendant in a criminal case appears to be afflicted with a mental illness during a trial, the court may order him to be tested for competency. The request for testing can be made by a judge, a prosecutor or even the defense. If the defendant cannot communicate with his legal counsel or comprehend […]

How to Appeal a Criminal Conviction

January 29, 2013

An individual may choose to file for an appeal at the conclusion of his criminal trial. An appeal asks a court of a higher jurisdiction to look at the presented issues and decide if the lower court made a mistake. An appeal is not a new trial nor is it a way for the defendant to […]

Marital Rape

January 24, 2013

In the U.S., every state has created its own laws regarding marital rape. At its most basic level, marital rape is unwanted sexual behavior between wedded partners. The Texas Penal Code classifies marital rape as a type of sexual assault. Sexual assault occurs when a person intimately or erotically touches another without consent. An individual’s […]

When Can Police Conduct a Search?

January 22, 2013

The Fourth Amendment to the Constitution prohibits the government from performing unreasonable searches and seizures of people and their property. Ultimately, this means that the government must have a valid explanation in order to inspect a citizen’s belongings. If police officers have consent, they can legally conduct a search. A person may give authorities the […]