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What Causes Sentencing Disparities?

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A lot of us have heard stories about how a friend or a friend of a friend who was charged with the exact same crime that you might be charged with, but THEIR case got dismissed, or got a better plea, or some sort of less serious consequence than you’re looking at. So, what causes […]

What is Constructive Possession?

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It’s not uncommon for a person in a car or home where drugs or guns are found to get arrested and charged with possession of those items, even if they weren’t physically on his person. This is because of a legal theory known as “constructive possession”, which believes that anyone found in the area of […]

What are Affirmative Defenses?

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Affirmative defenses are arguments that you make as a defendant that would provide a legal justification for your actions. In other words, when you plead an affirmative defense you aren’t saying that you didn’t commit the act that you’re accused of, but you are saying that you had a legal justification for doing it. Affirmative […]

What are Public Defenders?

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By law, if a court finds that you can’t hire your own attorney, they will appoint an attorney to represent you at little or no cost. Attorneys appointed to represent clients in this way are referred to as “Public Defenders.” There are two types of public defenders in the court system: full time and part […]

What is Probation?

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When a person is convicted of a crime, the two most common things that happens to them is that they’re either incarcerated or they’re put on probation. Probation is considered to be an alternative to being incarcerated, and that’s why you’ll hear a sentence described as “365 days, all suspended, with 365 days to be […]

Do undercover police officers need to identify themselves?

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We’ve all seen movies and TV programs where a police officer is working some sort of deep cover in a gang, and when things start to go bad for the gang the leader realizes that there’s a cop in their midst. One by one, the gang leader goes to each individual member and asks them […]

Can I Afford to Hire an Attorney?

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One of the first things that a person will consider after they’ve been charged with a crime is whether they want a private attorney to represent them in their case. I’m pretty sure that everyone starts with the idea of hiring their own attorney, but as time goes on a lot of them decide that […]

What’s Involved in a Plea Agreement?

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Sometimes, no matter how much work an attorney puts into a case, it’s simply not possible to put forward a successful trial defense. Sometimes the evidence that the State has is too strong to argue about the existence of reasonable doubt, and sometimes the consequences of losing at trial would expose a defendant to a […]

What is Bail?

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Bail or Bond Bail or Bond, which are terms used interchangeably by most people in the court system, refers to the conditions that need to be met in order to have a person released from jail after they’ve been arrested for a criminal offense. Most arrests are eligible to be released on bail, but there […]

What Are Miranda Warnings?

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Thanks to movies and television, most of us are familiar with the concept of your Miranda rights, which are based on the 1966 Supreme Court case Miranda vs. Arizona. In a nutshell, the Miranda case requires the police to advise a suspect that they have the right to remain silent, that anything they say can […]