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Difference Between Being Charged and Being Convicted in New Jersey

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Due to the constant pairing of the word charged and convicted; people colloquially believe the two to be the same. When one is charged for a crime he’s believed to be guilty. But this is not the case; being charged indicates the individual has been formally accused of a crime by the government. Being convicted on the other hand implies the person charged has been proven to be guilty of the crime.  When charged with a crime in New Jersey know that it is not the end of the road, you can face no major complications unless proven guilty. 

Charge 

A charge is simply an allegation and not a fact. It is also called Indictment. Only a proper evaluation and fair trial decide if a person is guilty. A person with charge is called an “Alleged offender”. A charge comes prior to a conviction and can be disputed in court by an attorney. 

In criminal cases, the prosecution is undertaken by the government and not by the person harmed. There might be a civil trial too. This generally is intended to verify liability/non-liability. Guilt can only be proved by a criminal trial.

Conviction 

Conviction is the aftermath of the charge. If proven guilty in the trials, the person undergoes conviction. The sentence varies according to the conviction. It could result in going to prison, paying monetary penalties, or indulging in social good. 

There are two courses of action for conviction to take place –

A] When Alleged pleads guilty voluntarily at the beginning of the trial, denying further trials and asking for proceeding to the sentence, it leads to a conviction. 

B] The defense and the state present evidence, for or against the charges in a trial. The jury then contemplates the evidence and decides at the end if the defender is guilty or innocent. 

Conclusion

Being convicted of a crime isn’t the final step. If one feels they’ve been wronged and not treated justly they can appeal to re-examine the case. Here the case doesn’t start from scratch but proceeds with details of the first trial. 

Appeals are made to the higher courts after alleging that a legal error was made at the lower courts. Higher courts only scrutinize if laws were followed. 

Being charged doesn’t really affect the life of a person. But being convicted can affect the job, social life, monetary aspects, and living as a whole. 

A multi-lingual talent head, Jimmy is fluent in languages such as Spanish, Russian, Italian, and many more. He has a special curiosity for the events and stories revolving in and around US and caters an uncompromising form of journalistic standard for the audiences.

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Rural America needs help with Affordable Housing

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America has been facing the issue of affordable housing in major cities and fast-growing urban areas for so many years now, that we almost take it for granted. But what we did not see coming, as a nation, was the same problem sprouting in rural America. This is what is going on, right now, as people from all financial spectrums struggle to find a house that they can afford. Here is why and which solutions should be looked at.

Not enough Jobs, Education and Health Care Availability

What explains housing difficulties is the same as in all other economic sectors: The offer is not sufficient for the demand. And why is that, in rural America? The answer is simple: There are not enough jobs to be handed out in these parts. Also, the children lack sufficient education, and the people are not provided with good health care facilities. Therefore, you don’t find contractors that want to build more homes to invest in the future, in these regions, even though there are more people living there, every year.

Also, most of the houses that exist need to be renovated. They require new facade systems, in order to become more energy efficient. The people that live in these parts, barely make enough to make ends meet, and they have to pay higher energy bills, simply because they can’t afford new aluminium windows and doors, that would greatly reduce their costs. New sustainable materials need to be added outside their walls, to protect their home from high or low temperatures outside. But instead, they are simply fighting each other to find a house that they can live in, at an inflated price, and that won’t even provide them sufficient protection in the warmest and coolest months of the year.

Public Investment is required to start the Process

Money is at the core of the problem. To built more houses, or to renovate the ones that already exist in rural America, a large investment will need to be made. Since it is clear that private owners are scared to enter into this rebuilding of the land by themselves, the different levels of governments need to envision new help plans that will make all this possible. But it isn’t the only investment they must make.

Today, wages are not growing as fast as they were before. We find ourselves in uncertain times, thanks to the COVID-19 crisis and the current war going on in Ukraine. Having a larger part of the population to buy a house, is simply impossible in view of these issues. And yet, this is exactly what rural America needs. Therefore, young adults need to be helped, in some ways, in order to create a larger group of potential home buyers. This will help kick-start the market of housing in rural America, which hopefully will create a dynamic that will continue on, with wealthier individuals investing in construction, in these areas.

Affordable housing has become a necessity in rural America. Otherwise, small towns will continue to disappear. This is not a long-term solution for a growing America, that wants to lead by example.

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