A criminal defense lawyer is an important asset when it comes to defending yourself against criminal charges. Although some defendants choose to represent themselves without a lawyer, they may want to consider how an experienced attorney can help them get organized, protect their civil rights and present legal arguments in a skilled and strategic fashion.
Every criminal defendant needs to solidify the story that he or she will present regarding his or her side of the case. In fact, defendants might want to write their defense stories down to ensure that it's clear in their minds and that they don't inadvertently present an inconsistency that the prosecution could attack.
Under the federal Controlled Substances Act, the United States federal government has organized every illegal substance into a special category. There are five categories in total, with Schedule I being the most serious and Schedule II being the second-most serious. Individuals who are convicted of possessing, selling or smuggling these drugs could face serious criminal punishments; therefore, it's worthwhile for everyone to understand which substances fall under these categories.