What Does Criminal Law Include?
Criminal law is the area of law that deals with public offenses. A prosecutor or a district attorney or U.S attorney will handle cases against individuals within the criminal justice system. A guilty verdict in the criminal justice system can mean jail time and fines. This is in stark contrast with a civil lawsuit, where there is no risk of jail. At Huerta Law Firm, we are an experienced criminal law firm who defends clients being accused of criminal behavior. We will assist you in navigating the criminal justice system in El Paso and surrounding areas.
State and Federal Criminal Law
According to the U.S. government, there is a detailed list of offenses deemed illegal at the federal and state level. If you break these laws, you can be tried in federal court and go to federal prison. Federal criminal law covers things like drug trafficking across state lines and Internet child pornography, among other offenses. Most defendants who are facing criminal charges are instead prosecuted under their state’s penal or criminal code. Most crimes are thus state crimes, including serious offenses like murder. If your criminal acts were illegal under both federal and state law, you don’t get to choose which law you are prosecuted under. Huerta Law can help those in El Paso facing any criminal charges.
Criminal law Protects Victims… and Defendants
Criminal laws protects victims by punishing people who break the law. However, there are many provisions in U.S. criminal law that also protect defendants. For example, defendants have the right to a lawyer and the right to remain silent. The El Paso criminal law firm of Huerta Law can help those facing criminal charges to protect their rights. Contact us!