You might think of criminal law as something that will never be relevant to you. Think again. Going to court in response to a speeding ticket or DUI involves the very same rules and procedures as does a murder trial. “Criminal” (as opposed to “civil”) refers to the applicable body of law – not the character of the person. If you are charged with the violation of a state law or local ordinance that governs your actions – no matter how trivial – it will likely be dealt with in criminal court.
Defendants in criminal proceedings are Constitutionally entitled to certain protections that are not available to defendants in regular civil lawsuits – including the right to an attorney, the right to a jury trial, and the right to not testify. If you are facing a criminal charge, it is imperative that you have experienced counsel well-versed in making certain that your rights are protected.
SWB protects the Constitutional rights of defendants in criminal matters, including: