Our ongoing examination of the different roles and specialties that defense lawyers play in the criminal justice system, as detailed in the LegalMatch Law Library' 945 articles in Criminal law and Police category.
- Stalking Lawyers
The popular use of the word stalking has caused a variety of misconceptions about what the crime of stalking actually is. While in many cases it does involve following someone, there are many more instances where the crime of stalking can occur. While there is no federal law that makes stalking a crime, every state has outlawed stalking in one way or another.
- Statutory Rape Lawyer
Statutory rape occurs when someone over the age of consent has sex with someone below the age of consent. The age of consent and the ability of parents to consent for their children are issues that have been decided differently in many jurisdictions.
- Animal Cruelty Lawyer
Animal cruelty is typically associated with the inhumane treatment of pets or livestock. Traditionally, cruelty against animals has been treated purely on an economic basis, with penalties typically only covering the cost of the animal in question. Recently, however, the trend in U.S. courts has been to implement criminal as well as civil penalties, so watch out dog kickers!