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Criminal Defense Law Basic Overview

Learn Your Legal Rights When Facing Criminal Charges

American justice - Learn the criminal rights you have under the Constitution

If you have been charged for a criminal offense, it is a good idea to do your research about the law. Total Criminal Defense can be a valuable resource for learning about the basics of criminal law, including classification of crimes, tips on how to handle your arrest, types of evidence and the language typically used and what it means, but only an attorney can explain how these may affect your charges.

  • Language of the Law: What is the difference between parole and probation? What is an infraction? Find out what terminology is used and what it means when discussing criminal law.
  • Castle Doctrine: What is the castle doctrine? Under what circumstances can you shoot at an attacker? Research what states have laws approving the doctrine.
  • Criminal Law Myths: Explore popular myths about criminal law and why they are not true.
  • Three Strikes and You’re Out: What are the Three Strikes Laws? What states have these laws? Learn the history of the laws.
  • How to Handle Your Arrest: Discover critical mistakes people make during arrests and tips to avoid hurting your defense.
  • Classification of Criminal Offenses: Find out the difference between a felony, misdemeanor and infraction. How are crimes classified? What are the penalties?
  • Types of Evidence: How is evidence presented in court? Read about what the rules of evidence include and the types of evidence that can be presented.
  • Polygraph Testing: What is a polygraph? What happens in polygraph testing? How do you pass or fail a test? Find out about the controversy over polygraph testing and other methods of lie detection.

Learn More About Criminal Law from a Defense Attorney

If you have been arrested for a criminal offense, speak with a local criminal lawyer who is familiar with the law and can explain your charges. Total Criminal Defense can connect you with an attorney today. Fill out our free case evaluation form or call 877-445-1059 to schedule a free, no obligation case evaluation.


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