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Criminal Cases

Criminal law governs crimes, including felonies and misdemeanors. Crimes are generally referred to as offenses against the state. The standard of proof for crimes is "beyond a reasonable doubt." For information on particular crimes or issues surrounding the criminal law,

Search Warrant

In the simplest terms, a search warrant is a warrant authorizing law enforcement officials to search for objects or people involved in the commission of a crime and to produce them in court; the warrant describes the locations where the officials may search. For law enforcement officers to procure an arrest warrant, they must provide probable cause of a crime or evidence of a crime to a magistrate.

What is an accessory after the fact?

A common charge in criminal procedure television shows, like “Law and Order,” is accessory after the fact. In short, an accessory after the fact is someone who, knowing that a felon has already committed a crime, helps the felon avoid arrest or trial. For example, if your friend knocked off a 7/11 and you hid him in the basement to help him avoid the police, you’d be an accessory after the fact. To be guilty as an accessory after the fact, however, the criminal actor must have committed a felony; you cannot be an accessory after the fact to a misdemeanor offense.