Criminal Defense | Blogs by Steven Titus & Associates, P.C. - Part 2
After being arrested in Wyoming, you have to sit down and take a hard look at all of your options. Wyoming courts can issue severe penalties for seemingly minor offenses, and prosecutors like to aggressively pursue the harshest punishments. To avoid a long prison sentence and hefty court fines, you need to pick the right attorney to handle your case. But how do you pick a criminal defense lawyer?
After being arrested, one of the first things a defendant has to deal with is a bail bond. A bail bond is an agreement the defendant makes with the court that he will go to all court appearances on time. In order to be released from jail before your trail, you need to pay a “bond” to the court, either in cash or through a bail bond agent. If you attend all court appearances and follow the court’s rules for your release, you will get the money back. If you miss an appearance or break a rule, then you lose the money.
Wyoming has strict sexual assault laws, and violating them can lead to years in state prison, hefty fines, and even having to register as a sex offender. One such charge is statutory rape, which many defendants face because they do not know Wyoming’s age-of-consent laws or did not know the age of their partner before doing the deed.
Wyoming courts have complex and harsh laws for violent crimes. We are one of the few states to have a specific charge for strangulation, which has a unique legal definition. This charge can result in years of jail time, court fees, and a ruined reputation. However, depending on the circumstances, defendants can face more serious charges.
In the recent 2020 election, Wyoming’s neighbor states of South Dakota and Montana voted to legalize marijuana possession for both medicinal and recreational use. While South Dakota’s governor has contested the new law, residents and visitors to Montana cannot be charged with possession if caught with small amounts of marijuana as of January 1, 2021. However, while many residents of Wyoming may be tempted to travel out-of-state to take advantage of this law, there are several other important laws you should be aware of.
Being pulled over is a scary experience. You may have no idea what you did wrong or if you even committed a crime. You should always remember that you have rights under Wyoming state law. These include the right to remain silent, the right to an attorney if you are charged with a crime, and the right to refuse a search. But these rights do come with some exceptions, and there are scenarios where you may have to allow an officer to search your vehicle.
The internet has made it extremely easy to look someone up online. Anyone can pull out a phone and search for someone they used to know on social media with just a few clicks.
While some people may only look up classmates they lost touch with or keep in contact with distant family, others may take it too far.
You should be extremely careful about how you act online, as you may end up being charged with cyberstalking.
The amount of information and content on Google is massive, and it is growing every day. You can find every recipe imaginable or track down long lost movies you watched late at night years ago. In addition, there are all sorts of rabbit holes you can end up on the worldwide web. While some may seem innocent enough, others can be more questionable and can lead to a darker side of the internet. However, very few of us expect these search results to be used against us in a criminal trial.
Within the state of Wyoming, theft crimes can range from shoplifting to grand theft auto, but very few residents understand the exact ramifications of each crime. These cases can become rather complex, with the difference in charges being based on the value of the stolen property to whether or not a firearm was involved. Altogether, theft crimes can be classified as misdemeanors or felonies, but what exactly is the difference and how can it affect you?
Alternative sentencings have steadily expanded across the United States for the past few decades in order to rehabilitate criminal behavior and lower prison populations more effectively. The state of Wyoming is no different and has several programs in place to allow criminal offenders to avoid prison time while also ensuring the needs of their community are met. This includes everything from probation to substance abuse programs to community service. In addition to programs helping adult offenders move on from a conviction, minors are also eligible for similar programs that can help them avoid developing a criminal record.
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