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Crimes Against Justice

Many people are unaware that it is a crime to offend "justice" itself. "Justice" can include the courts, governing bodies, and public officials (such as lawmakers and police officers). Typically, crimes against the justice system involve some sort of disorderly or disrespectful conduct that questions the authority or intelligence of the legal system, including perjury, contempt of court, or fleeing from justice. Crimes that fall into this category carry similar consequences and penalties as other crimes, including fines and jail time. Below you will find information on crimes involving the justice system.

Failure to Report a Crime

In many jurisdictions, you can be charged with failing to report a crime if you witness the commission of a felony, and the circumstances are such that a reasonable person would have believed that an offense had been committed that would result in serious bodily harm or death, and you fail to report the offense. Most state statutes requires that you immediately report the offense to a peace officer or law enforcement agency. While in the majority of states failure to report isn't illegal, a small minority of states have enacted laws punishing individuals who fail to report certain types of crimes to the authorities.

How Probation Can be Violated

Probation is what is issued after leaving county jail or at times when no jail time is required. There are many ways in which a person can violate their probation including failing to report a change of address or get approval to move from the probation officer, failing to follow the terms of current probation, committing another crime while still on probation, failing to pass or submit a drug analysis, failing to pay for restitution, failing to report to the probation officer and altering or breaking electronic monitoring devices.

What is a Probation Violation Hearing?

A violation of probation hearing is similar to a non-jury trial. There is no entitlement to a jury for a violation of probation, rather the case is decided by a judge. If you have a hearing the judge will listen to the legal arguments from both sides and make a decision on your case based on them and the preponderance of the evidence. In order to be found guilty the court must find that the violation was willful and substantial by a preponderance of the evidence. It means that the judge just has to decide that it is a little more likely than not that you committed the violation.

Why You Need a Criminal Defense Attorney

Any person who is facing a crime against justice charge, no matter how minor, will benefit from consulting a local criminal defense lawyer. Even if the lawyer is not retained to provide representation in court, a consultation will help a criminal defendant understand the nature of the charges filed, available defenses, what plea bargains are likely to be offered, and what is likely to happen in the event of conviction. A skilled criminal defense lawyer should be able to identify important pretrial issues, and to bring appropriate motions which might significantly improve a defendant's situation, or even result in the dismissal of charges.

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What is Obstruction of Justice? In American Criminal law, Obstruction of Justice is defined as lying to a judge, police officer, or witness. It is a criminal offense that often leads to being charged with perjury. Even though lying is considered a serious crime in this field, most attorneys who work in criminal law consider […]

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Malfeasance in office

Malfeasance in office Criminal Defense Often times, it can be seen that the person who is serving as the President of the United States is not required to have any form of malfeasance in office because it has never been proven. Then, why does the public need to know that their President may have actually […]

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Miscarriage of justice

Miscarriage of justice Defending The Wrongfully Accused A miscarriage of justice refers to the violation of legal procedures. The purpose of the legal system is to provide justice to the citizens. Each procedure should be followed and carried out according to the law. In other words, a miscarriage of justice happens when a procedure or […]

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What Is Misprision of a Felony? Misprision of a felony is the lack of criminal intent to commit a crime. If the defendant intentionally fails to report the crime to authorities, he or she could be charged with misprision of a felony. It's not a form of guilt but a way to explain the criminal […]

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Perverting the course of justice
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