Criminal Law

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What is a crime?

It is any act or omission that is forbidden by law and punishable by the government.  Crimes have elements that the prosecution must prove.  All crimes have the general elements of an Actus Reus and a Mens Rea.  The Actus Reus is the “act” or “failure to act” when the law requires one to act.  The Mens Rea is more commonly known as criminal intent.  That is the person’s state of mind when they commit the Actus Reus.  The Mens Rea can differ from crime to crime and is usually the most difficult element for a prosecutor to prove.


In addition to Actus Reus and Mens Rea, many crimes also have additional elements that are specific for that particular crime.  The burden is always on the prosecutor to prove every element of the crime beyond a reasonable doubt. Therefore, if a crime has 5 elements to it, and the prosecution is only successful in proving 4 of the elements beyond a reasonable doubt, then the prosecution has failed to prove the crime.  That is why it is important to have an experienced criminal defense attorney like Attorney Peter Calo defending you and your case.

Being charged with a criminal offense is a serious matter and can have serious life-long consequences.  These consequences can affect your employment.  That is why it is important to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney like Attorney Peter Calo.  


What makes Attorney Peter Calo Unique

What makes Attorney Peter Calo unique is that he was a police officer for thirty years.  He knows better than anyone the requirements and technicalities of a crime.  His experience allows him to view an arrest report very differently than most defense attorneys. This will be a huge advantage for you when Attorney Peter Calo is your attorney. Contact him today for a free consultation.