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Welp, I Guess We're All Guilty Until Proven Innocent Now.

Posted by Alex K. Kriksciun | Oct 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

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Recently, there's been a lot of talk in the media about being persons (particularly men) being “guilty until proven innocent.”  People said and wrote we were applying that standard to Brett Kavanaugh.  The president has even suggested that this is “a very scary time for young men in America.”  Speaking to reporters at the White House, Trump said, “My whole life I've heard you're innocent until proven guilty, but now you're guilty until proven innocent -- that is a very difficult standard.”

This earth-shattering concept may be new to these guys, but anybody who works in the criminal justice system will tell you that it's true for essentially any crime.  Think about this for a second - when the state files charges against a person, they don't like to dismiss those charges.  There may be various reasons for this.  The state might have a very pushy victim that doesn't want to dismiss the charges despite overwhelming evidence that they should.  They may not agree with the version of events as portrayed by the defense lawyer. 

My own personal belief is that the state most often does not dismiss charges when it should because it's embarrassing – akin to admitting defeat.  Whatever it is, the reluctance is a symptom of the disease – a disease that I call the “criminal justice industry.”  The system, this criminal justice industrial complex, is in place to adjudicate people guilty.  This is why the phrase “guilty until proven innocent” means nothing to most criminal defense lawyers.  We see it in our lives every day, in the young adult accused of touching a child inappropriately, in the man with a record a mile long, and in the poor soul locked in solitary because he has not been receiving his medication while incarcerated.  We see it in  ALL our clients.

It also demonstrates the need for a good lawyer.  You need a lawyer to be a big damn speed bump in the road.  You don't need a lawyer to be a potted plant.  If you need a lawyer to fight the criminal justice industrial complex, if you need a lawyer to PROVE THAT YOU ARE  INNOCENT, give the Law Office of Alex Kriksciun a call today!

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Alex K. Kriksciun

Attorney at Law/Notary Public Alex K. Kriksciun has devoted most of his legal career to defending the rights of people accused of crimes and the rights of people harmed by the negligence of others.  Whether the case involves a municipal citation, a life imprisonment without parole case, a wrongf...

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