Many St. Louis residents believe in the general principle that everyone who is accused of a crime deserves a fair trial before a jury of his or her peers. This right is enshrined in the Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. For better or worse, some defendants give up this right in order to secure a plea deal or settlement and avoid harsh penalties in the event of a conviction. This is often the case for those white-collar crimes. One reason for this is that the sentences for white-collar crimes can often be quite severe.
No St. Louis resident likes to be accused of wrongdoing. Most times, when a person is accused of doing something improper, the situation can be corrected relatively quickly and easily. In other cases, however, the situation can escalate into something much more serious.
When many St. Louis residents imagine serious criminal charges, they envision the types of crimes that are often depicted on CSI, Law and Order and other television shows and movies. These crimes typically involve direct harm and injury to other persons.
Computers, cell phones and other related technologies are a vital part of everyday life for St. Louis residents. This is especially the case when it comes to younger individuals, who have grown up using computers and could not imagine life without them.
When many St. Louis residents hear of criminal charges being brought against a person, they may not focus on where those charges are brought. As discussed previously in this blog, however, the difference between charges involving state crimes or federal crimes can make a big difference in the case. Not only do federal and state cases differ slightly in procedure, they also often carry vastly different penalties if a person is convicted of the charges.