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Jury selection in a personal injury case

The right to a trial involving a jury is one of the most important protections that individuals enjoy in America, but in reality, only a very small percentage of cases ever get to trial. Rather, the vast majority of cases resolve outside of court, especially civil cases that do not involve criminal charges. However, some personal injury cases or other civil disputes do go all the way to a trial by jury, requiring the judge assigned to the case, and usually the other parties, to go through the jury selection process before the matter can resolve fairly.

Can a prosecutor choose to drop charges against a tourist?

There are numerous ways to protect your rights and fight for fair treatment when you're facing criminal charges as a tourist. Many tourists understand that the laws of each state are different, and that it is important to obtain state-specific legal counsel. However, they do not always understand how much flexibility a prosecutor has when it comes to reducing charges or dropping them altogether.

A criminal record may change your career path

Many people mistakenly believe that receiving some sort of charge on their criminal record is not really capable of hurting them in the long run. Unfortunately, even small criminal convictions often carry consequences far outside what the general public expects, sometimes making it very difficult to find work or housing.

Plea bargain or trial?

Depending on the nature of your criminal charges, you may face a number of different judgment scenarios, if you cannot compel the court to drop the charges. In very broad strokes, you may resolve your charges in four basic ways — through trial by jury, trial by judge, plea bargain or by defeating the charges altogether.

Former coach sees charges dropped

From time to time, many of us let our emotions get out of hand and act out in a way that does not properly represent who we are or an organization we work within. However, irresponsible behavior does not always justify criminal charges. Recently, prosecutors chose to drop charges against a former defensive line coach for East Tennessee State. The coach faced charges surrounding an incident that took place in a hotel lobby in Chattanooga.

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