Whenever research indicates an uptick in certain types of crime, it is a safe bet that lawmakers, police and prosecutors will be taking a harsh stance against these crimes.
Every criminal prosecution is built on evidence and testimony. It is the job of the defense attorney to break these down and find weaknesses and inaccuracies to establish a reasonable doubt.
When someone who is suspected of committing a crime enters a plea of guilty, it usually appears as though the gears of the justice system are turning easily; part of a much larger, well oiled machine. In the majority of situations like this, by entering a guilty plea, the person ceases to be a suspect and becomes a convicted criminal, It might seem at this stage that justice is served and the case is closed.