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2 common misconceptions about Miranda rights

If you are facing a criminal charge in California and the law enforcement officer who arrested you failed to read you your Miranda rights, you may have begun celebrating, thinking this means you will not receive a conviction relating to your charge. Regrettably, however, real-life court proceedings do not always happen the way they do on TV, and many people do not fully understand what Miranda rights mean and how they work.

The importance of hiring an attorney who gives you credibility

There are many reasons to hire an attorney rather than representing yourself or going with a public defender. With regard to public defenders, they juggle a high volume of cases and may not have the time to give your case the attention it deserves. They might also not be as knowledgeable as you would like about your specific charge. As for representing yourself, the average defendant lacks legal skills and the knowledge of deadlines. Even if you have legal savvy, you might be too close to the case to determine fruitful approaches.

Why you should consider a bench trial instead of a jury trial

When facing charges for a criminal offense in the Van Nuys area, you might not realize the importance of the decisions you have to make. One decision involves having a jury trial or a bench trial. Though the law entitles you to a fair trial by a jury of your peers, it might be in your best interest to say no and ask for a bench trial. 

3 downsides of going to trial with your case

Many people facing criminal charges mistakenly assume that a prosecutor will not have any interest in taking the case to trial. Unfortunately, this is often not the case, and even small cases are often brought to trial rather than dismissed or offered plea bargains. If you want to get your life back on track, it is sometimes advantageous to avoid a trial, and consulting with a legal representative may be the best way to do so.

Understanding the difference between detention and an arrest

If you are facing criminal charges, the situation likely began with an interaction with law enforcement. Perhaps they started with a few questions or perhaps you immediately found yourself in handcuffs. If there was any ambiguity, it might be unclear whether you were arrested or simply in detention. It is worth noting that while the former may remain on public record, the latter is an informal interaction.

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