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
    • Handgun Use Banned for Misdemeanor Domestic Violence Conviction
      Convicted felons cannot legally own handguns, but four out of five criminal convictions in the United States are for misdemeanors and a misdemeanor conviction, until recently, had no impact on the right to own or use a handgun. Today anyone who has ...

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    • Perjury in Our Family Courts: Family Lawyers BEWARE!
      It is no surprise that emotions run high in the family law arena, and litigants’ perceptions of incidents vary wildly. What happens, however, when a witness swears to “tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth” and then lies ...

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    • Summary of the Rules of Evidence

      We can only cover both the federal and California law of evidence in a brief essay like this by a ruthless process of selection and compression. What we will cover can best be thought of as that essential kernel of the law of evidence that the ...

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    • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

      The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) was enacted in 1977 and substantially revised in 1988. The provisions of the FCPA prohibit the bribery of foreign government ...

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    • Domestic Violence And The Law

      Domestic violence may be physical or emotional: slapping, punching, beating, kicking, threats of harm and verbal abuse are all forms of domestic violence. Violent behavior toward others is wrong no ...

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    • Bills Passed by the 1999 Hawaii Legislature

      No matter what your political stripe, you should be aware of the following bills which were passed. The following is not a complete list of all bills, but a brief summary of those bills which were either (1) interesting or (2) may impact you ...

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    • Criminal Controversies: Sentencing Guidelines Update
      1. ADJUSTMENTS a. Acceptance of Responsibility - 3E1.1 i. District Court's Untimely Decision of a Motion to Suppress Is a Defendant's Bad Luck for the Third Point Reduction. United States v. Gilbert, 138 F.3d 1371 (11th Cir. 1998). 3E1.1(b) allows a ...

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    • Virginia Public Safety Legislation
      Adds to the offenses for which registration of sex offenders is required: marital sexual assault; aggravated sexual battery where the victim is 13 or 14 years old, serious bodily or mental injury results or a dangerous weapon is used or threatened ...

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    • Drug and Alcohol Testing Rules: An Overview
      A This pamphlet provides a general overview of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) drug and alcohol testing rules for persons required to obtain a commercial driver's license (CDL). The rules published by the FHWA and the U.S. Department of ...

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    • When a Civil Action Becomes Criminal: Practical Considerations in Concurrent Proceedings
      One of the more challenging circumstances of civil practice is the development of a parallel criminal proceeding connected in some fashion to an ongoing civil matter. The complexity of the civil matter, and the strategic choices necessary for its ...

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