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February 2017 Archives

Federal guidelines limit judges sentencing options

Facing federal charges is always a serious problem. Prosecutors representing the United States government are not going to use their resources to try a case without having a sense of certainty that there will be a conviction.  This means that if you are charged with a federal crime, you will have an uphill struggle when trying to defend yourself.

How can I show the government coerced me into committing a crime?

Anyone can make an error in judgment. And in some circumstances, an error can lead to very serious legal issues. And it's one thing for you to make a mistake on your own, which leads to your arrest, but it's quite another if you are coerced by someone who is acting as an agent of the government.

How quickly will my case go to trial?

After you have been charged with a crime, there are two primary paths you can take in regard to your defense. In many circumstances, you may want to enter a plea, which often involves negotiating with the prosecutor to secure the best terms possible. By entering a plea, you will be able to quickly receive your sentence, which can save you both time and money. But agreeing to a plea bargain is not always in your best interests.

Do drug possession charges have you overwhelmed?

You may have recently found yourself in a difficult position that involves criminal charges. Many individuals consider fully understanding the aspects of an arrest and criminal case one of the most important steps in such a situation. Therefore, you may want to find out more on what specific details contributed to your arrest and what legal options may exist for addressing your predicament.

Racketeering charges can go beyond organized crime

The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act was enacted by Congress in 1978. The intent of this Act was to battle organized crime. Prior to the establishment of RICO, prosecutors faced much greater challenges when trying to convict the heads of organized crime rings.

What to do if your child is accused of committing a serious crime

We know that children are extremely impressionable. And for this reason, they can be easily led astray and make mistakes. Typically, these mistakes have manageable outcomes. While a broken window or a shoplifted  candy bar is not something any parent is happy about, discipline will mostly be handled within the household. But if a child gets involved in a serious criminal act, his or her future could be negatively impacted.

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