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Criminal law classification of charges and penalties

Anytime a Memphis resident turns on the news, a crime of some nature is mentioned. So what do all of those criminal charges mean? In the following paragraphs we will break down the three general types of criminal charges that a person may face.

If you've been arrested for identity theft

If you've been arrested for a crime such as identity theft you may feel like everyone is against you. With the rising instances of identity theft around Memphis, these crimes can carry long-term consequences. It can help to have a strong criminal defense to advocate on your behalf and make sure you are able to tell your side of the story.

Two separate shootings in Memphis injure multiple people

Mother's Day is a holiday where most Americans celebrate their mother and all that she has done for them. Unfortunately this past Sunday, Mother's Day turned violent in Memphis with at least ten people shot. Those who are charged with serious crimes such as assault need to have a strong criminal defense to defend themselves in court.

Memphis boy has gun in school; two adults facing criminal charges

If there is anything that gets the public more worked up, it is guns in schools. When a person is caught bringing a gun into school they are immediately believed to be guilty, regardless of whatever reason they have for carrying it. The Memphis public has zero tolerance with violence against kids in school, and a person who has been accused of a school gun crime has an uphill legal battle in their criminal defense.

Alleged Memphis robbery led to police chase

When someone is accused of doing something wrong, it is not uncommon for that person to try to get away, regardless of whether or not the person is guilty. The threat of being arrested can trigger a person's "fight-or-flight" survival instinct, which can make the person believe that running away is good idea. Unfortunately for two men in Memphis accused of robbery, their "flight" only led to more trouble.

Memphis defendant may still be entitled to legal insanity defense

When someone allegedly commits a crime, sometimes that person's state of mind at the time will determine whether or not the person will be punished for the crime and the severity of the punishment. A person's state of mind is often a crucial aspect of a criminal defense in murder trials. This appears to be true in an ongoing trial in Tennessee where the defendant, an East Memphis man, was charged with killing his mother last year.

Plea negotiation results in probation for rental property owner

Memphis readers may be surprised to find out that a person doesn't have to commit an unlawful act in order to be charged with an offense. Criminal charges can also result when a person allegedly fails to do something, so long as that person had a duty to do so. Under these circumstances, a strong criminal defense is necessary.

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