Although the United States has less than five percent of the world’s population, it has almost a quarter of the world’s prisoners1. Not only does the United States lead the industrialized world in conviction rates, but our criminal justice system also incarcerates more people than any other country.
In this context, one must realize that the collateral consequences stemming from criminal convictions can potentially be severe, including but not limited to, loss of future employment opportunities, adverse social consequences, disqualification from federal welfare benefits, as well as various forms of civic exclusions.
The ancient Roman tyrant Caligula wrote his laws in small print and posted them on high pillars in order to prevent ordinary Romans from knowing the law, thereby making it easier to ensnare them. Today, there is a vast corpus of state and federal laws penalizing a range of different behaviors, and an overwhelming majority of criminal trials result in guilty verdicts.
Furthermore, law enforcement officers in the United States are trained in effective interrogation techniques, and there is no law prohibiting them from using deception to trick you into incriminating yourself. Frazier v. Cupp, 394 U.S. 731 (1969). Thus, when faced with the overwhelming power of the state’s law enforcement apparatus, you must be armed with the knowledge of how to best protect yourself.
Our talented team of attorneys at Boone Beale, which includes former prosecutors, firmly believes in the core assumption of our legal tradition that an individual, regardless of social or economic status, is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Since 1980, our law firm has been at the forefront of representing individuals accused of criminal acts ranging from simple assaults to capital murders. We have the necessary experience, resources and talent to effectively fight your case.
Please browse our website or call us for additional information at 703-690-1222 in Northern Virginia, 804-780-1111 in Richmond or Central Virginia, and 757-351-0808 in the Tidewater Region.