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The distinction between different degrees of murder is one that exists in many systems of law throughout the world as a way to distinguish between particularly heinous forms of murder and more typical cases. In the United States, the first attempt at making such a distinction was passed in the state of Pennsylvania in 1794,...
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What is counterfeiting? Counterfeiting is a crime that occurs when a person manufactures or tries to pass off an item as being authentic when it’s not.  The most common types of counterfeiting occur when trademarks are applied to imitation goods for sale, and fake currency is printed that looks and feels real.  But, it goes...
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As the world changes and technology advances, the practice of law must also evolve to keep up with it.  Some of the most dynamic areas in criminal law right now involve new legislation regarding the use of technology. At Premier Federal Criminal Defenders we are experienced in all areas of criminal law and always stay...
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The charge of drug trafficking is a serious one, and typically carries with it harsh penalties for conviction, often including mandatory minimums.  Although the penalties for drug trafficking vary from one jurisdiction to another, it’s almost always considered a felony, and has penalties that range from three years in prison up to a life sentence,...
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The DREAM Act (Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors) envisages a phased process of granting of permanent residency to illegal immigrants who were minors when they first entered the United States. The bill was introduced in the Senate in 2001 and though it has been reintroduced several times, it has failed to pass. Those...
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What Is Forgery and How Is This Charge Defended? Forgery is one of those criminal charges you’ve probably heard in movies and TV shows that refers to signing another person’s signature for some type of monetary gain, but most people don’t really know the real meaning of forgery in all its incarnations. So to set...
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The Impact of Bail Reform on the Justice System A new bipartisan bill introduced by Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif, and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, is a huge step toward bail reform, and would change how bail amounts are determined. The bill would provide $10 million per year for three years to grants for states that...
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Role of Automation Today, computerized systems and artificial intelligence are an integral part of nearly every stage of the criminal justice process, from arrest to police investigations, evidence, sentencing and parole. Audio sensors can generate immediate alerts, probabilistic software is used to assess fingerprints, DNA and faces, risk-assessment algorithms can decide who is to be...
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A prevailing narrative that Orange County prosecutors and sheriff’s deputies ran an illegal, secret program that used informants to get confessions from criminal defendants seems to have been laid to rest. A grand jury on June 13, 2017 dismissed the whole theory as a “myth” and released the findings of a months-long investigation into the...
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Eyewitness identification/misidentification has played a huge and tragic role in the miscarriage of justice. More than 70% of nationwide convictions have been overturned by DNA testing. Inaccurate/ambiguous conclusions reached by eyewitnesses has shown that such testimony is often unreliable. Unreliability of Eyewitness Identification The eyewitness is someone who has personally been present at the scene...
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According to current estimates, the federal prison population is expected to grow next year by 4171 to a total of 191,493. The primary reason is the Trump administration’s ramping-up of the prosecution of illegal immigrants and drug-offenders. This was one of the promises that President Trump based his campaign on. Although no clear information has...
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