Monthly Archives: July 2014

Seek Legal Help Before Writing a Letter to Appeal Charges

nlpa blog 5 7-10-14When I was in college, a friend was brought up on charges of drug possession with the intent to sell. The court found him guilty and he was sentenced to a lengthy jail term. In the initial case, my friend had been given a court appointed attorney that he felt had not defended him well in the case. He wanted to take his case back to court with another attorney.

Before getting a letter to appeal charges for his case, my friend decided that he would consult a company that provided legal research so that he could show why his case should be taken back to court. He was able to show several problems with the initial case in the letter so that he could quickly get his case moved into an appellate court where he could obtain a second chance.

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Hiring a Legal Research Service to Help Strengthen Your Case

nlpa blog 4 7-10-14When you go into court, you are likely to feel quite stressed about the situation. Even if you feel like you have hired the best possible attorney, you might still be concerned about the case. Your freedom is on the line, so it is reasonable to feel nervous and worried in this situation. Being convicted with a crime can change your life entirely. No one wants that.

To make sure that you’re going into court with the best possible defense, it is a good idea to find a legal research service that can help with your case. These services can provide your lawyer with information about past cases that can be valuable in your case. Going into court with a strong defense is your best chance of coming out with the best possible verdict.

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Getting the Most Legal Assistance That You Can

nlpa blog 3 7-10-14When you are being charged with a crime the result of the case can change your entire life. You might start to see negative affects right away such as being suspended from your job or even fired. Even though you are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty, people might start to view you differently. Life will change even more if you’re actually convicted since you could face large fines and jail time.

No case is too small or too straightforward to be taken seriously. No matter what you are being charged with, you should make sure that you have legal assistance before appearing in court. Hiring a lawyer and a team that can do research for your case can be steps toward ensuring that you can prove your innocence. Your freedom is too important to take lightly.

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Seeking Quality Legal Advice to Better Understand Your Rights

nlpa blog 2 7-10-14Most people who have not been through law school don’t know exactly what their legal rights are when they are going through the legal system. If you are being charged with a crime or have already been convicted, you probably don’t know the exact process that the law will take you through. It is important to have an understanding of the process so that you can make sure your rights are not violated.

Before choosing a lawyer, you might want to seek out legal advice so that you better understand the legal process and learn more about the type of lawyer you should hire. Once you already have a lawyer, you can always get a second opinion on anything that your lawyer says to you. Staying constantly informed will ensure that you always use every legal avenue available to you.

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Consult a Specialist to Learn How to Get a Sentence Reduction

nlpa blog 1 7-10-14If you have been convicted of a crime and sentenced to jail, this is not the end of your legal rights. Even after you have been convicted, you have the right to ask for an appeal. You can either appeal the verdict of the entire judgment if you believe that you’re not guilty or you can appeal the sentence itself and try to prove why the sentence was too harsh for the crime.

If you’re trying to reduce your sentence it is important that you get legal help and learn how to get a sentence reduction. There are many lawyers and businesses that know about the legal system that can speak to you about your different options in perusing a sentence reduction. Employing a lawyer and understanding how the reduction process works can give you a better chance in court.

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Seeking Federal Sentence Reduction Isn’t As Hard As It Sounds

NLPA blog 11 6-23-14When a person is sentenced to a certain number of years in prison, this number is not set in stone. There are many different ways that inmates can secure an early release from prison. Some people may have their sentence reduced as a part of reducing jail overcrowding or because they become old and difficult to care for inside a prison environment.

Even after serving part of a conviction an inmate may seek a federal sentence reduction by taking his case to a federal appeals court. A defendant can bring up new evidence that can prove their innocence. After a certain point, many people become eligible for parole, which will also reduce the sentence. Once you are already serving a prison sentence there is still legal help available to reduce the time you’ll serve.

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Understanding Federal Sentencing Guidelines and How They’re Used

NLPA blog 12In 1984 Congress passed an act that made it so there were specific guidelines for how a person could be sentenced for a crime. Prior to this point in time, there was a lot of concern that judges in different parts of the country were being too lenient or too strict when it came to sentencing. Congress decided to make a set manual that could be used when sentencing people.

Federal sentencing guidelines suggest a sentence based on the type of offense, the history of a defendant, and how the crime was committed. These are still only guidelines of course. Judges may still decide to give a more lenient sentence based on factors that are presented to them. This decision must be seen as reasonable in response to the individual factors of a case.

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NLPA, a Memeber of NACDL, Helps With Every Stage of the Legal Process

nlpa blog 6 7-10-14When you need legal help, you are likely to find an attorney and trust this person to provide you with the protection that you need in the courtroom. It is right for you to trust your lawyer, but it is also important to understand that a single lawyer cannot always stand up to the power of the government forces that are working to prove you guilty. Some cases require more help.

This is where NLPA comes into play. Our company can help provide your attorney with the research that they need to help build a solid case.   No matter where you are in the legal process you can consult our research services to get help and advice on where to go to continue your defense. Your case isn’t over until you say that it is over. As part of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), we are committed to continue fighting for you.

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Making Your Way Through the Federal Appeals System

NLPA blog 9 6-23-14After a loved one has been convicted of a crime, you might be facing many difficulties in your life. Having a loved one serving time in prison can be very challenging. It is important to know that conviction is not the end of the road. There are many systems in place to ensure that justice is served. These systems may enable your loved one to overturn the guilty ruling they receive.

All defendants convicted of a crime have the right to appeal the decision made by a court. This means taking the case through the local or federal appeals system. The purpose of the appellate court is to try to prevent wrongful conviction and give all defendants the best chance of proving their innocence. It is important to understand the appeals system and prepare for your loved ones appeal.

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Expunging Convictions Can Give You a Real Chance After Completion of Your Sentence

NLPA blog 8 6-23-14In many cases, after a person is released from jail they have difficulty getting back into the real world. Despite any experiences that they may have had in prison, it can be very difficult to get a job or even rent an apartment when you already have a criminal record. Most jobs will ask if you have a criminal record and avoid hiring those who have been convicted of a crime.

One way to make sure that you get a real chance when you complete your sentence is to motion for expunging convictions. This will erase your convictions from your record completely. In most states, once convictions have been expunged, you are allowed to tell employers and renters that you have never been convicted of a crime. This means that you’ll get a real chance of getting back to your life.

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