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Before a defendant can face prosecution in a criminal case, they must be in their “right” mind in order to understand the charges being brought against them. Known as “competence”, when a defendant’s mental state restricts them from comprehending the charges in their case, the court will deem them as incompetent to stand trial. When...
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Ban the Box was established to remove the stigma of a job candidate’s conviction or arrest record so that employers can firstly consider their job qualifications. Fostered by All of Us or None, BNB eliminates the conviction history question from job applications and postpones background checks until later in the hiring process. Currently, 33 states...
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With another year coming to a close, it’s time to take a look at a few remarkable criminal justice victories throughout Northern America.   Restoration Rights District of Columbia B22-0452, the Clemency Board Establishment Act of 2017, was introduced on September 19. This creates a Clemency Board to advance local control over the Clemency process...
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A criminal conviction can impact your entire life. Not only does a conviction include penalties such as incarceration and significant fines, but there’s also the fact that you’ll have a criminal record that can potentially follow you around for the rest of your life. The unfortunate truth is that a criminal record can set you...
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As experienced criminal defense lawyers, we pride ourselves in our up-to-date knowledge of federal crimes and criminal law standards. These standards are determined by cases that move through our court system, each making a lasting imprint on the way our legal system functions. Over the past month, we’ve kept the following stories on our radar:...
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Resist an Arrest
An arrest occurs when an officer of the law takes a person into custody with the intent to interrogate or prosecute them regarding a crime. The Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution authorizes arrest only in cases where an officer has probable cause to believe that a crime has been committed and that the...
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As criminal defense lawyers, it’s our job to stay on top of the most recent news stories and developments in criminal law cases. The world of criminal law and federal crimes is expansive, and every day there’s at least one news story that catches our attention. While some of these are major news stories that...
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In a criminal case, the preliminary hearing is an important step in the justice process. It is known as a pre-trial hearing because it includes major interactions between the defense and prosecution that can affect whether the case will proceed to trial and whether a crime was committed. What happens at a preliminary hearing can...
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Federal sentencing guidelines provide United States federal criminal judges in federal courts with a set of criteria that can help determine prison time for federal offenses. The guidelines were implemented to make federal sentencing more equitable for anyone tried as a federal criminal and convicted of federal crimes. The federal sentencing guidelines manual factors in...
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Criminal lawyers are always trying to stay on top of the latest news in criminal law because it could affect the way they defend a client. Whether it means changes in how criminal offenses are charged or changes in sentencing for drug crimes, there’s always something new in United States federal criminal law, criminal procedure,...
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In California, the term “sex crime” is used to define many different offenses, and the laws that pertain to them. Sex crimes can be misdemeanor or felony offenses, depending on the circumstances. When most people think of a sex crime, the first offense that comes to mind is usually rape. While California has one of...
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Gun rights and gun control are topics that are currently trending in the news. The gun debate is going strong in our country, and this has lead to some misconceptions about gun control laws on both sides of the issue. In California, the confusion has been further compounded by Proposition 63 gun laws which went...
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03If you watch the news regularly, you know there’s always something going on in the world of criminal law. From what’s happening in the streets of your own neighborhood to worldwide news that affects all of us, there’s always something happening. Here are the top criminal law stories in the news right now. Prosecutors Seeking...
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Criminal law. It’s been an integral part of our society for about 2,000 years, and it’s undergone an amazing evolution during that time. From early forms of justice that now seem barbaric, to our current focus on providing every person with representation and a fair trial, a transformation has taken place. This is a great...
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There are as many as 31 US States that have the death penalty, with the state of California being one of them. In recent years, attempts have been made to repeal the capital punishment in California completely. However, the Supreme Court of California held up the constitutionality of Proposition 66, which expedites appeals and executions,...
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Whether it fascinates or worries you, there’s always something new happening in the world of criminal law. The start of 2018 has seen some epic cases unfold. From murder, to child sexual assault and aggressive moves by ICE, there’s plenty in the criminal news world to keep your eye on right now. Here’s a quick...
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Whether you need a federal criminal lawyer to defend you against federal crimes charges, or you need a criminal lawyer to handle a state case, figuring out whom to represent you may be the biggest decision in the entire process. So the question is this: Do you know how to hire a criminal lawyer who...
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Marijuana legalization in California has been a hot topic for years, and this progressive state finally passed its own laws regarding weed. Let’s take a look at how the new law in California will work and what it means for people who are seeking recreational use of marijuana without legal consequences. What Does the New...
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09Changes, amendments and alterations to criminal law are always happening in the U.S., and defense attorneys must stay abreast of these changes in state and federal regulations that can impact defendants. Let’s take a look at some significant new laws that went into effect at the beginning of 2018. California Is Now a Sanctuary State...
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Criminal law is always changing, and defense attorneys who don’t keep up with these changes can’t provide the best representation for people whose lives are on the line. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the top news in criminal law in January to see how they could affect people accused...
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