View Full Version : Illegal Definition Please

05-14-2006, 09:44 PM
Simple question folks...if the fedreral law books state that something is illegal under the current laws, tell me, "What does that mean to you?" sid~~~loaded question and meant to be, and yet it's very down to earth

05-15-2006, 03:51 AM
If there is a federal law on the books, and you violate that law, it is illegal. Pretty simple. However, it gets more complicated when you consider our justice system. First, someone in authority must have reason to believe you violated a law. Then they need to gather evidence to support that belief. Then they need to determine if there is enough evidence to actually charge you with a crime. (In a federal case, I believe this would require a Grand Jury). Only after all that, can you be brought to trial, where two lawyers will argue their points and try to convince a jury that you actually committed the crime. The prosecuter must convince the entire jury of your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, while the defense need only to convince one person on the jury that just maybe you are not guilty. Catching criminals is the easy part...convicting them is a whole different story.
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05-15-2006, 09:31 AM
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