Including misdemeanor, felony defense, and death penalty/capital cases

Whether a speeding ticket, a simple misdemeanor, a felony charge, or a death penalty case, I can help you.

Criminal law includes both the substantive law - the charges alleged - and the procedural law - Due Process rights - required to determine the veracity of the charges alleged.

A criminal charge has three parts: the mens rea, or culpable mental state; the actus reus, or the "evil act"; and the attendant circumstances. For example, if you were charged with stealing from an elderly person, the charge can be dissected as follows: Your purpose was to permanently deprive an elderly person of some thing. The mens rea is that you had purpose. It was your intention. The actus reus is to permanently deprive. That is, you were going to make it yours at the expense of the other. And the attendant circumstance is that the alleged victim is elderly. It is a circumstance of the offense alleged. 


The procedure that relates to a criminal case is different from civil cases. You've likely seen a Miranda warning on television: the law enforcement officer wearing the mirrored aviators says, "You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law, . . ." Of course, there are many, many, many more rights.  You should know these rights.