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What is a Federal Indictment?

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Federal indictments are situations whereby individuals are charged with criminal offenses by prosecutors who represent the interest of the United States government. A number of federal law enforcement agencies can investigate situations and make arrests in cases that may lead to accusations involving criminal violations of the U.S. Code. Some of these agencies include the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI),...

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Preparing for Court: What You Need to Know

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Getting ready for any court trial can be stressful no matter what the reason for your appearance is. Even so, some advance preparation can make your time in front of the judge a little less stressful, not to mention the fact that it could also improve your outcome dramatically. Scheduling Always arrive on time for court hearings, as your case could be...

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Miranda Rights: You Have the Right…

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“You have the right to remain silent” is a phrase that has become synonymous with the arrest of an individual in the United States. This phrase is actually part of a landmark Supreme Court ruling from 1966 that called attention to the due process rights of criminal defendants. The television and film entertainment industries have been instrumental in propagation of...

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How to Be a Good Legal Client

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Anytime you are preparing for court, the process can be stressful. This stress can cause you to become upset with your lawyer, the judge or even the entire legal process. This is true whether you are involved in a major criminal case or facing civil action such as a small claims suit. However, being a good legal client will ensure you...

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Federal Grand Jury Investigations

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Federal grand juries are very important features of the United States judicial system, and yet not too many people seem to be familiar with what they do or how they are convened and dismissed. Federal grand juries are legal bodies with seemingly boundless judicial powers, and yet some legal scholars are critical of their scope. Grand Jury Framework The basic structure of...

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Drinking and Driving: Know Your Rights

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While it’s true that laws concerning drinking and driving have become stricter over the years, it’s a misnomer that defendants in DUI cases have no rights. If you are pulled over by the police, here are some things you should know about your rights in order to exercise them effectively. Actions When Pulled Over When you are pulled over by the police,...

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Aiding and Abetting: How Helping a Criminal Can Put You in Jail

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Criminal law procedure in the United States is filled with complexities, nuances and intricacies with regard to assigning responsibility or liability for a crime. It is certainly easier for law enforcement and prosecutors when a single perpetrator can be clearly identified; for example, a suspect who robs a store and is shown by recorded surveillance video to have acted alone....

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Bail or ROR: Options for Getting out of Jail

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When individuals are arrested and taken into custody in the United States, they can generally expect that their adverse situation will not be resolved immediately. Some criminal cases may take months, even years, before they go to trial and close. Depending on the severity of the charges and the life situation of each defendant, the opportunity to be released from...

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Difference Between State Crimes vs. Federal Crimes

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Is the United States becoming an over-criminalized nation? In late 2013, members of the United States House Judiciary Committee’s Task Force on Over-Criminalization were busy deliberating this topic before in Congress. The growing, combined body of criminal laws in the federal and state systems is a major concern among lawmakers who believe that the U.S. could one day become a...

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I’m Innocent! Why Should I Hire a Lawyer?

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In the United States judicial system, everyone should enjoy the presumption of innocence implied by the 5th, 6th and 14th amendments to the Constitution. In the eyes of the law enforcement and prosecutorial community. However, reasonable suspicion and probable cause are more significant legal standards than presumption of innocence. For this reason, defendants facing criminal charges should always retain an...

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