If there’s one aspect of criminal procedure that most Americans are familiar with, it’s the following famous phrase: “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to speak to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed to you. Do you understand these rights as they have been read to you?” But what happens when a defendant is never read his or her rights? In Miranda v. Arizona, the Supreme Court of the United States case held that police must give a MirandaRead More →

Yes! For a number of reasons: 1. Keeping your Record Clean Through A Diversion If you meet certain requirements (no prior Class A misdemeanors, no prior diversion or expungement of records), you are eligible for a diversion. Diversions come in two forms: 1) Pre-trial diversion, and 2) Judicial diversion. With a pre-trial diversion, you never have to enter a plea in the courtroom. Instead, the prosecutor might allow you to hold off your case for a length of time to determine whether you can keep from getting additional charges. At the conclusion of that time, your original charge may be dismissed at the discretion ofRead More →