Unlike Tort Action (also known as Personal Injury actions), in which a private Plaintiff seeks compensation for wrongdoing, Criminal law involves instances where the government is prosecuting the wrongdoer in order to keep the public safe and deter wrongful conduct.

Given the adversarial and complex nature of the American criminal justice system, individuals who violated the law and face incarceration or fines usually require the assistance of an attorney. Transmith T&I knows very well that language barriers cannot hinder accurate communication during a criminal law proceeding. For example, pertinent legal terms such as “misdemeanor”, “bench warrant”, “plea bargain” and “arraignment” have very specific equivalencies in Spanish or French that only a trained and seasoned linguist can interpret comfortably.

If you’re an attorney representing a client in a criminal law proceeding, it is a relief to have a seasoned linguist that can adequately bridge the linguistic gap between you and your client… it may help prevent him/her from doing or saying things that will increase the likelihood of conviction.

Here are some examples of criminal law cases where Transmith T&I’s linguistic approach can assist:

  • Conspiracy and fraud
  • Homicide
  • Fraud and theft (White collar)
  • Burglary
  • Homicide, manslaughter, vehicular homicide
  • Aggravated sexual assault
  • Possession of drugs