New York City Criminal Attorneys Who Will Provide an Aggressive Defense at your Trial
TRIALS are used to settle disputes between two parties. In the criminal context those two parties are the individual who has alleged committed a crime, aka “the defendant” and the “the people”, represented by state or federal prosecutors acting in representation of “the people” and society. During a trial evidence is presented on both sides to an individual (judge, magistrate, jury) who has been appointed with the authority to weigh the facts and adjudicate the dispute.
There are two types of trials that are common to the US legal process: bench trials (whereupon a judge decides the verdict and sentence) or jury trials (where members of a community hear the dispute and adjudicate the offense). Trials can be “adversarial” (typical) wherein prosecutors and defense teams make arguments against evidence, and “inquisitorial” trials that puts the onus upon the judge or magistrate to “hear” the case and review the evidence in order to make a decision.
During the course of any trial the presiding judge may cancel the trial prior to the verdict being returned. There are many reasons for this:
- Misconduct on the part of the prosecution, jury, or court officials
- Issues of jurisdiction
- Evidence was improperly collected or submitted
- Jury disqualification
Trial cancellations are called “mistrials” and often will result in a case being retried. Exceptions to this are when the Constitution protects the individual from being retried (“double jeopardy” rule).
The New York City defense attorneys at Bukh Law Firm, P.C. will be your fierce advocates throughout the criminal process.
Our goal is deliver excellent legal advice to help you achieve a reduced sentence, or if possible, dismissal of charges. Call us today at (800) 601-0207.