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"MY FAMILY HAS HAD A LOT OF ATTORNEYS, BUT NONE HAVE EVER FOUGHT HARDER OR BEEN SUCH FIERCE ADVOCATES IN THE COURTROOM AS THESE TWO." D.A.
"THEY KNOW THE LAW, AND THEY AREN'T AFRAID OF HEARINGS OR TRIAL. THEY GOT ME A VERY GOOD OFFER, BUT I TURNED IT DOWN AND SAID I WANTED TO GO TO TRIAL. THEY DIDN'T ARGUE WITH ME LIKE MY LAST ATTORNEY. CIERA AND BRIAN SIMPLY EXPLAINED THE RISKS AND WHEN I TOLD THEM I WAS SURE ABOUT GOING TO TRIAL, THEY WENT AHEAD AND FOUGHT HARDER THAN ANY ATTORNEYS I HAVE EVER SEEN. THE END RESULT WAS A NOT GUILTY!" D.T.Time is of the Essence
First and foremost, call us right away at 918-884-7791. Whenever you get arrested on such a serious charge, time is of the essence. Anyone arrested has certain constitutional rights that attach at the time of arrest that need to be asserted right away to protect you, your friend or family member. The police and the DA will be doing everything in their power to gather incriminating evidence. Just like the police, you should have a team gathering evidence and statements from Day 1.
Don’t talk and don’t give a statement.
If you are under the influence of Drugs or alcohol, tell them before they start asking you questions.
Don’t talk to peopel in Jail, or to family over the phone about your case.
Every minute you go without an experienced attorney puts you at risk.
Don’t hire just any attorney. make sure they are a successful Trial Attorney.
Common Legal Terms to Know
Acquittal - A jury verdict that a criminal defendant is not guilty, or the finding of a judge that the evidence is insufficient to support a conviction.
Admissible - A term used to describe evidence that is allowed to be heard and may be used by the a jury or judge in civil and criminal cases when determining the outcome of a hearing or trial.
Affidavit - A written or printed statement made under oath.
Affirmed - The court of appeals has concluded that the lower court decision is correct and will stand as rendered by the lower court.
Alternate juror - A juror selected in the same manner as a regular juror who hears all the evidence, but does not go back and deliberate on the decision, unless called on to replace a regular juror.
Answer - The written statement by a defendant/respondent in a civil case that acts as the formal response to a complaint or petition.
Appeal - A request made after a trial by a party that has lost on one or more issues that a higher court review the decision to determine if it was correct. The person who appeals is called the "appellant;" the other party is the "appellee."
Arraignment - A proceeding in which a criminal defendant is brought into court, told of the charges in an indictment or information, and asked to plead guilty or not guilty.
Bail - The release, prior to trial, of a person accused of a crime, under specified conditions designed to assure that person's appearance in court when required. Also can refer to the amount of bond money posted as a financial condition of pretrial release.
Bench trial - A trial without a jury, in which the judge serves as both the fact-finder and rules on law.
Brief - A written statement submitted in a trial or appellate proceeding that explains one side's legal and factual arguments.
Burden of proof - The duty to prove disputed facts. In civil cases, a plaintiff generally has the burden of proving his or her case by a preponderance of the evidence. In criminal cases, the government has the burden of proving the defendant's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt
Capital offense - A crime punishable by death.
Case law - The law as established in previous court decisions. A synonym for legal precedent.
Caseload - The number of cases handled by a judge or a court.
Cause of action - A legal claim.
Chambers - The offices of a judge and his or her staff.
Chief Judge - The judge who has primary responsibility for the administration of a court; chief judges are usually determined by seniority
Class action - A lawsuit in which one or more members of a large group, or class, of individuals or other entities sue on behalf of the entire class. The district court must find that the claims of the class members contain questions of law or fact in common before the lawsuit can proceed as a class action.
Court Clerk - The court officer who oversees administrative functions, especially managing the flow of cases through the court.
Collateral - Property that is promised as security for the satisfaction of a debt.
Common law - The legal system that originated in England and is now in use in the United States, which relies on the articulation of legal principles in a historical succession of judicial decisions. Common law principles can be changed by legislation.
Community service - A special condition the court imposes that requires an individual to work – without pay – for a civic or nonprofit organization.
Complaint - Also know as a Petition is a written statement that begins a civil lawsuit, in which the plaintiff details the claims against the defendant.
Concurrent sentence - When two or more offenses to be served at the same time, rather than one after the other. Example: Two five-year sentences and one three-year sentence, if served concurrently, result in a maximum of five years behind bars.
Conviction - A judgment of guilt against a criminal defendant.
Counsel - Legal advice; a term also used to refer to the lawyers in a case.
Count or Charges - An allegation in an indictment or information, charging a defendant with a crime. An indictment or information may contain allegations that the defendant committed more than one crime. Each allegation is referred to as a count.
Court - Government entity authorized to resolve legal disputes. Judges sometimes use "court" to refer to themselves in the third person, as in "the court has read the briefs."
Court Reporter - A person who makes a word-for-word record of what is said in court, generally by using a stenographic machine, shorthand or audio recording, and then produces a transcript of the proceedings upon request.
You need an attorney who not only knows the law, but also knows how to cross-examine alleged victims and witnesses that have a motive to lie. Let Boeheim Freeman Law’s expertise in cross examination and forensics make the difference in your case.