Monthly Archives: January 2014

Affordable Legal Help at Your Fingertips

Affordable Legal HelpAs a reputable and established legal consulting firm, National Legal Professional Associates (NLPA) is able to offer in-depth analysis and support without the compounding fees.

Although the NLPA helps people of all income levels, NLPA offers payment plans and affordable legal help to make their services available to everyone. For individuals with limited incomes who still want to assist their loved ones but do not have the finances to do so, we also offer our Criminal Defense Subscription Plan services. By subscribing to the NLPA Information Subscription Service you can obtain information about all types of topics that can be provided to you in order to obtain information in an affordable way that will help you deal with issues being faced by your loved one. 

NLPA’s nationwide services utilize extensive years of experience to offer services, bringing balance to the adversarial process; a necessity under our constitutional guarantees. By utilizing our years of experience we fulfill the needs and goals of our clients by offering proficiency with drafting skills, database research, white-collar crimes, Federal Sentencing Guidelines, as well as State and Federal drug offenses.

Whether working within a large law firm, maintaining a solo practice or are just short-staffed at the moment, NLPA can assist in relieving an attorneys workload by assisting with legal research, pressing deadlines, or a case review. This is all accessible while complimenting our client’s own expertise and input. As professionals in the areas of administrative remedies, deportation matters, civil litigation and prison transfers National Legal Professional Associates will offer each client qualified support in a timely manner at minimal expense.

For more information about the affordable legal help offered by NLPA, contact us today.

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Pretrial Services – Need for Proper Jury Selection

not_guiltyAfter a One Hour Deliberation – Not Guilty Verdict: The Need for Proper Selection of Jury – Pretrial Services

Any defendant, defense lawyer or a family member who has been involved in the criminal system understands how important it is to have an impartial and objective jury selected for the trial. The recent case of Torrence Hatch aka rapper, Lil’ Boosie who was charged with first degree murder in the State of Louisiana, East Baton Rouge Parish (Case No. 06-10-0603, 06-10-0605, 06-10-0607, 07-11-0383), is a perfect example of how important this aspect of criminal defense is. The acquittals of O.J. Simpson and Michael Jackson are perfect illustration of how critical it is for a defendant to have an impartial jury of his peers.

NLPA was hired by Mr. Hatch’s mother to assist his attorney, Martin E. Regan, Jr., Esq., with pretrial services. In addition to reviewing ten DVD’s of witnesses’ statements, NLPA also provided a jury questionnaire and voir dire questions to be used by counsel in selecting the best possible jurors from the jury pool to ensure that Lil’ Boosie would receive a fair trial. This strategy was successful in helping Lil’ Boosie have a jury of his peers who were impartial and willing to give him a fair hearing. As a result, the jury was able to see through the government’s efforts to incriminate Mr. Hatch with their unfounded allegations and on Friday, May 11, 2012 after six days of testimony and one hour of deliberations, Torrence Hatch aka Lil’ Boosie was found not guilty!

If you or a client are in need of help with jury selection and/or criminal pretrial services, and want to receive a fair trial contact NLPA!

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Criminal Appeals Information

court_front_medNLPA Provides Criminal Appeals Assistance to Counsel in Both State and Federal Cases

When a defendant is convicted and sentenced, unless having waived his right to appeal, he or she normally then would proceed to the court of appeals for filing an appeal. Similarly, if a litigant is not happy with a decision made by an agency such as the ICE Department of Homeland Security in deportation cases, usually they may file a petition for review by the Board of Immigration Appeals to appeal the decision.

In criminal cases, a defendant may appeal the verdict if he or she is convicted at trial. Incidently, the government may not appeal if the defendant is found not guilty. However, either side in a criminal case may appeal with respect to the sentence imposed upon the defendant. Regardless of the nature of the case or the issues involved, when filing an appeal it is important to have a legal team in place that can thoroughly research the case to prepare the strongest appeal possible.

When filing an appeal it is important to keep in mind that only issues which can be addressed on an appeal must have been raised in the lower court previously and that new issues cannot be raised in an appeal if the lower court did not have a chance to hear them. If you feel you have issues that were not presented in the trial court record that may be able to help you, NLPA provides various legal services and can assist your counsel in the preparation of a post-conviction motion to raise those arguments.

A good appeal will start with a properly argued case at trial and sentencing. Filing an appeal is a critical stage of a case that can assist in withdrawing pleas (if appropriate), overturning convictions, and reducing sentences. When filing an appeal it is important that counsel reviews the issues closely to ensure that the proper strategy is requested to avoid any outcomes that may create a worse situation than the defendant is already in. After all, you do not want to risk appealing your case only to then be exposed to more time than you were sentenced to!

The federal courts in the United States are divided into 13 judicial circuits. In addition, each state has various appeal courts for their divisions. If you have a state case and are not sure which jurisdiction the appeal needs to be filed in, this information can be verified by visiting the court’s website for where the trial or sentencing was held in your case or by calling that Clerk of Court’s Office.

NLPA has the experience in all jurisdictions to assist counsel in a properly researched and written appeal brief so that when you are filing an appeal you can rest assured you have left no stone unturned.  Contact NLPA today for more information about criminal appeals and how we can help!

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