March 11, 2021 When Good People Get Caught Up in Legal Problems It is not as difficult as one might imagine, to get involved in legal or even criminal matters. The Prison Policy Initiative (PPI), a non-profit group, estimated that at the end of 2016, over 2.2 million Americans were behind bars, let alone being charged or potentially being charged with a crime. What’s more, PPI estimates indicate that out of 631,000 people being held in local jails, like those here in Seattle, 470,000 haven’t even been convicted yet. U.S. Surpasses Other Countries Prison Rate The BBC states that the prison rate in the United States is higher than in any other country in the world, with about 724 people out of 100,000. In Russia, the rate is 581. In England, there are just 145 people imprisoned per every 100,000 in population. While the reasons for this disparity are complicated and up for debate, make no mistake, the prison and legal system is big business in the U.S. and that makes it very possible for good people to get caught up in it. In our own city, we’ve seen peaceful protesters charged, parents of children getting in custody battles over Covid-19, and of course, seemingly innocuous drug charges turning into major criminal offenses, especially if other charges like resisting arrest or resisting arrest without violence are added on. You Deserve Our Experience The reality of the matter is that those in the prison and justice system, as well as those in law enforcement, know the “system”. They know how to pull people into that system especially if they are “non-compliant” in the least. Should you face legal or criminal charges, you deserve to have the same type of experience on your side. You deserve legal representation from an experienced criminal defense team like the Nahajski Firm. We are Seattle’s criminal defense firm specializing in criminal law in wide-ranging areas. Our areas of specialty include: Misdemeanors to felonies Alcohol and drug charges Property and crime Violent crimes Lennard Nahajski and his team have over forty years of combined criminal defense experience. We recognize that good people occasionally face difficult allegations. They, however, may not be properly prepared for the potential consequences. Years of building a reputation and a career can be placed in jeopardy in an instant of anger, poor judgment, frustration, or even in error. Contact Us Criminal charges, founded or unfounded, can have a significant impact on your family, reputation, finances, and careers. Make no mistake, its impacts can be long-term and far-reaching. If you are facing legal or criminal issues, get experience on your side. Contact Lennard Nahajski at the Nahajski Firm. The criminal defense you deserve.