The experts at ICFECI have seen a lot of cases over the years. Although the crimes, victims and evidence are ever changing, there are some concerning elements that reappear time and time again. One such factor is the type of people being tried, convicted and sentenced in criminal court on a regular basis – not just for allegedly disobeying the law, but because of who they are.
Unfortunately it is often the case that the poorer members of society are prosecuted far more than their wealthier counterparts.
This is usually because legal representation is a huge financial burden. With the number of hours involved in a case and the level of expertise required, sadly it is often necessary for defendants to seek pro bono counsel or even represent themselves.
Being your own lawyer is risky not just due to a lack of legal knowledge and background, but also the possibility of incriminating yourself in the process.
If indigent suspects can afford legal representation, their lawyers may be offering lower rates due to inexperience or a limited record of success.
Wealthier people often have more education, power and resources at their disposal to ensure that arrests and convictions rarely occur.
In a similar way, the lack of ability the uneducated have makes them more susceptible to prosecution.
Anyone with limited legal experience cannot be expected to know how a criminal investigation works. This means that miscarriages of justice may go unnoticed and any protocols that were not followed can be swept under the carpet. If defendants knew about this ahead of time, trials could be avoided and sentences quashed.
It’s no secret that minorities are disproportionately arrested and prosecuted. Black people are more than three times as likely to be killed by police than white people, and are also fives time more likely to be arrested compared to a white person. These rates are similar for Latino individuals and indigenous groups.
What emerges from these shocking statistics is a clear picture of discrimination, bias and injustice. Minority groups are unduly targeted and research has shown that these people often receive harsher sentences too.
Dan James and ICFECI are committed to providing fair representation to all. No matter your race, gender, background, education or class, we will work tirelessly to ensure you get the justice you deserve.
If you suspect your case has been dealt with unfairly, we will do all we can to right that wrong and prove your innocence. Get in touch today to see how we can help your case.