Criminal Law and You
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"A criminal justice system is a set of legal and social institutions for enforcing the law in accordance with a defined set of procedural rules and limitations. In the United States, there are separate federal, state, and military justice systems, and each state has separate systems for adults and juveniles.
It includes several major subsystems, composed of one or more public institutions and their staff: police and other law enforcement agencies; trial and appellate courts; prosecution and public defender offices; probation and
parole agencies; custodial institutions (jails, prisons, reformatories, half-way houses, etc.); and departments of corrections (responsible for some or all probation, parole, and custodial functions). Some jurisdictions also have a sentencing guidelines commission.
Other important public and private actors in the system include: defendants; private defense attorneys; bail bondsmen; other private agencies providing assistance, supervision or treatment of offenders; and victims and groups or officials representing or assisting them (e.g., crime victim compensation boards). In addition, there are numerous administrative agencies whose work includes law enforcement (e.g., driver and vehicle licensing bureaus; agencies dealing with natural resources and taxation).
Legislators and other elected officials, although generally lacking any direct role in individual cases, have a major impact on the formulation of laws and justice policy. Such policy is also strongly influenced by the news media and by businesses and public-employee labor organizations, which have a major stake in justice issues."
By Richard S. Frase and Robert R. Weidner. Encyclopedia of crime & justice / Joshua Dressler, editor in chief, 2nd Ed., 2002
Overview of Federal Law
If you don't understand the laws, the rules and the procedures, federal law can be extremely frightening and intimidating – especially if this is your first time navigating through it. We will introduce to you the guidelines that define the process and show you how to navigate it.
The United States Sentencing Guidelines and the sentencing process is arguably the most important part of the federal criminal court. It is imperative that attorneys know the finer points of the Sentencing Guidelines and the applicable case law. At Pruett and Cook, we have extensive experience with the federal sentencing process.
If you or your loved one has been charged with a state or federal crime it can be a frightening experience - especially for someone who has never been in trouble with the law before. When it happens to you, you must mount the best defense against federal charges, and you need the best criminal defense lawyers by your side.
At Pruett and Cook Law Firm, we understand that many good and honest people find themselves in difficult situations and need the best legal representation with the experience to obtain the best outcome. Our firm serves clients throughout South Carolina and has over 50 years of combined experience that you need by your side after being charged with a crime. We’re committed to protecting your rights and your liberty. Call our defense team, today or contact our office to schedule a free consultation.
What we can do for you
As your chosen criminal defense lawyer our goal is to always obtain the best possible conclusion for your situation, whether that’s negotiating a minimum sentence, negotiating a dismissal of charges or obtaining an acquittal. Sometimes we’ve been able to avoid formal charges being filed, if and only if, the accused gets us involved as early as possible in an investigation. Other times we’ve had success in securing the discharge of the charges after arguing for the suppression of evidence that may have been gained through any abuse of your rights.
Our many successes stem from thorough preparation of cases and extreme attention to every detail; we’re unyielding advocates for each of our clients. We understand that your future is on the line and that makes it priority one. Because of our 50 years' combined experience, we’re able to anticipate the prosecution's case thereby preparing a forceful and effective defense for our clients.
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If you're facing any type of DUI/DWI, drug abuse, substance abuse or gun charge, you need to engage the best criminal defense attorney near me, such as the attorneys at Pruett and Cook Law Firm. Any DUI/DWI, Controlled Substance or gun charges often involve extremely important issues on whether law enforcement acted properly when handling your case. The experienced attorneys at Pruett and Cook can advise you on your rights, the likely penalties of the charges being made against you and how they can help you navigate the federal justice system.
Even if, in the case that the potential consequences for your particular DUI/DWI, Controlled Substance or gun case were not extensive, you must remember that an arrested criminal record will stick with you and can have negative effects on your ability to get a job or even housing in the future.
It is a system of federal and state agencies with the goals of rehabilitation of the offenders, working to prevent future crimes, and support for the victims.
The police or law enforcement, the courts, and corrections are the 3 major segments of the federal justice system. The major tasks of law enforcement include implementing the law, defending the public, arresting suspects, and stopping future crimes. The overall purpose of the three is to decrease crime.
Discovery is the process where defendants find out what evidence exists in the prosecutor’s case. For instance, through normal discovery actions, the defendant and their attorney can obtain copies of arresting officer reports, any statements made by witnesses, and potentially inspect evidence that the prosecutor plans to present at trial.
A defendant has the opportunity to enter a plea after the grand jury returns an indictment. Following a grand jury indictment, if the defendants were not previously arrested, they can be at that time. For defendants already arrested and in jail, they would most likely remain incarcerated after an indictment unless they are able to be bailed out.