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What Do I Do Now
     

What Do I Do Now

by Craig Cahoon
 

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Supporting a loved one who is fighting a criminal charge can be one of the most stressful and frustrating times in your life, especially if you have no experience with the criminal court process yourself. It is hard to get basic advice about what to expect if you do not even know where to start. I have been practicing law for fourteen years, almost exclusively in the

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Supporting a loved one who is fighting a criminal charge can be one of the most stressful and frustrating times in your life, especially if you have no experience with the criminal court process yourself. It is hard to get basic advice about what to expect if you do not even know where to start. I have been practicing law for fourteen years, almost exclusively in the area of criminal defense. In that time, I have handled more than two thousand cases-over one hundred of which went all the way through trial-held countless motion hearings, and had more meetings with clients and their families than I can count. My experience and knowledge will guide you and hopefully help you avoid much of the worry that comes along with not knowing what will happen or how you can help. I will walk you through the entire criminal court process, from the 2:00 AM phone call alerting you that "something" just happened, to resolving the underlying criminal charge. By the end, you will be able to answer questions like: 1. When shouldn't I bail someone out of jail? 2. Should my loved one plead guilty at Arraignment 3. What should I look for in an attorney? At various points, I will refer to examples using Washington State law. The laws in your state may be different. These examples both illustrate the points I'm making and will give you an idea of some possibilities for handling a criminal case. They will also serve as a starting point for your discussions with local attorneys. I have included a short glossary at the back of the book for some of the legal jargon you will run across in the legal system. By learning some of the more important terms now, you will avoid some of the confusion that comes with an unfamiliar system, like Court. It's tempting to think that nothing good can come out of facing a criminal charge. However, this may be the wake up call you and your loved one needed, especially if you did not realize that a problem existed. After all, you can't fix a problem until you know one exists.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940012152541
Publisher:
Fiction Publishing, Inc.
Publication date:
04/22/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
145
File size:
244 KB

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