Although DUI laws typically come with predetermined punishments for the crime, judges generally have some leeway when it comes to sentencing defendants. Depending on the circumstances of your case, it may be possible to influence how the judge perceives you, which may result in a lighter or reduced sentencing. Here are two things you and your attorney should work on after you're convicted.
Improve Your Presentencing Profile
Judges are too busy to personally investigate every defendant that comes into their courtrooms.
Domestic violence is a serious problem in our country, and the police and the court system take it very seriously. If you are arrested and charged with a domestic violence offense, it is important to react appropriately to help ensure that the charge does not lead to a conviction that will bring long-term consequences. Take the following steps if you're charged with a domestic violence offense:
When the police arrive, you are not required to provide details or attempt to verbally defend yourself.
When you get your very first traffic ticket, you may be eager to appear in court in order to dispute it and avoid paying the fees involved. This can be a wise decision, particularly if you're facing points on your license. However, if you do want to go to court and make a case for yourself, it's important to be prepared. That means that you need to have some idea of what the court will ask you to prove before the judge dismisses your case.
If you were recently arrested and accused of robbing a local store, and you were nowhere near this location at the time a theft had occurred, it will be necessary to plead your case in front of a judge and jury to prove your innocence. Your attorney will work hard in your behalf to show you were not the person who had not committed this crime. There are however, some steps you can take to assist them with this endeavor.
How accurate were the tests done in your drug case? More and more defendants—both past and present—are questioning what goes on in police drug labs around the country. If you have a pending drug case, this is something you should know.
New Jersey Changes Its Standards
New Jersey's crime labs have made a change in the way drug testing is done in the wake of a scandal in which lab tech fabricated a positive result in a marijuana case—casting doubt on as many as 14,800 other convictions in which that lab tech was involved.