Criminal Defense

Tips for an Effective Character Letter for a Judge

Character letters can be effective in some criminal cases. A family member, friend, employer, or other party writes a letter to the judge to help mitigate sentencing. In cases in which character witnesses are not allowed or limited, character letters could be the only way for a judge to learn more about a defendant’s character… read more

What Are Crimes Involving Moral Turpitude?

We hear the term but may not know what it means. There is a good reason for that. “Crimes involving moral turpitude” (CIMT) is a term for a group of crimes very loosely defined as either depraved or immoral acts, violations of the basic duties owed to others, or as reprehensible acts with either a… read more

Am I Being Detained? Six Questions to Ask During Interactions With Police

Being stopped by police for questioning can be a very stressful, anxiety-inducing situation. But it doesn’t have to be. To be sure, when a crime is committed, police have a job to do investigating, solving, and then arresting those responsible for it. However, every individual, even those who have committed a crime, have rights that… read more