Criminal Litigation

This is FindLaw's collection of Criminal Litigation articles, part of the Litigation and Disputes section of the Corporate Counsel Center. Criminal litigation refers to a trial in criminal court. Criminal litigation is distinct from civil litigation in most countries. Civil litigation is a private lawsuit between two parties, while criminal litigation is litigation brought by the state against an individual. Criminal trials require the highest standard of proof, which means the prosecutor must prove all elements of the crime beyond a reasonable doubt. Law articles in this archive are predominantly written by lawyers for a professional audience seeking business solutions to legal issues. Start your free research with FindLaw.

Criminal Litigation Articles
    • New Ignition Interlock Law in Illinois

      A conviction for driving under the influence (DUI) in Illinois can result in serious consequences. Now, however, individuals who are just arrested for DUI in Illinois for their first offense face serious penalties. A new Illinois DUI law, one of the toughest in the United States, took effect on January 1, 2009.

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    • Neutral Evaluation: An ADR Technique Whose Time Has Come

      Mediation and arbitration get all the ink in the ADR press, but more and more "neutral evaluation" is becoming the ADR technique of choice. For certain types of cases, or at certain points in the life of a case, neutral evaluation can often be a better choice than mediation or arbitration.

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    • Terms of Criminal Law
      - In a criminal case, the State has the burden of proving "beyond a reasonable doubt" that a defendant committed a crime. A reasonable doubt is an honest and reasonable uncertainty about the guilt of the defendant. In comparison, in a civil case ...

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    • Surviving a DUI Arrest
      The criminal charge of DUI actually consists of two separate criminal proceedings: The DMV proceeding involves your right to maintain your drivers' license and legally drive your vehicle after a charge of DUI. When you are arrested for DUI, your ...

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    • Con: It's Not Our Job

      Lawyers have traditionally been able to provide their clients with dispassionate legal advice based on a full understanding of the relevant facts. Because of the evidentiary privilege that attaches to attorney-client communications, and the strict ...

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    • Questions Frequently Asked by Individuals Who Are Confronted by Law Enforcement Personnel
      Many targets of government investigations are unaware of their basic rights when dealing with government agents. As a consequence, individuals and businesses often fail to recognize that they are in an adversarial situation with the government, and ...

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    • Federal Grand Jury Crash Course

      Solomon L. Wisenberg is a partner and co-chair of the white collar criminal defense practice group of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP. Federal grand juries have enormous power within our criminal justice system. Responding incorrectly to ...

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    • Uncovering the Hidden Signs of Workplace Substance Abuse
      Tom Warner couldn't quite put his finger on it, but he knew something in his company was not right. In fact, he recognized that something was very "weird" about the way his employees were performing. Warner, president of the Warner Corporation, a ...

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    • Dealing With Conflicts In Joint Representation Of Defendants In Mass Tort Litigation
      I. Introduction As litigation continues to become increasingly complex with plaintiffs attempting to unite in class action lawsuits while naming as many defendants as possible, the legal costs associated with defending such lawsuits present a great ...

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    • White-Collar Crime: The Crash Course
      Solomon L. Wisenberg is a partner and co-chair of the white collar criminal defense practice group of Barnes & Thornburg LLP . At the heart of most federal white-collar crime investigations is an Assistant United States Attorney with a bevy of ...

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