Monthly Archives: August 2014

Lawyer Assistance Can Take Some of the Pressure Off

nlpa blog 6 8-12-14When people hire a lawyer, they are typically expecting this lawyer to be fully focused on their case and willing to put in hours of work researching and making plans to help their defense. In reality, lawyers are people too. They have lives outside of their work and they often have multiple cases at one time, which means that they can’t be fully focused on any given case.

It is actually better to spread the responsibility of research for the case and working on documents for it to a team of individuals. This is why many people seek lawyer assistance services where some of the research and document preparation is taken off of the lawyer’s hands. Having a team working on a case rather than one person can help make the case stronger.

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Deportation and Immigration Assistance for Those Who Want to Stay or Go

nlpa blog 5 8-12-14In America, there is a paradox of holding foreign criminals for crimes committed here while many who want to stay in America are facing deportation when they want to stay. Under the International Treaty Transfer Program, foreign citizens serving time for crimes committed in America may be deported home to their own countries before the sentence is completed.

For those who are being deported because they are not citizens of the United States, there are many legal avenues that can help prevent deportation. Immigration assistance is available to help those who are not citizens understand the options that they have when they’re being deported back to their home country. This assistance can help make navigating the application to stay a lot easier.

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Brief Writing Services Can Change the Outcome of a Case

nlpa blog 1 8-21-14When a person appears before an appellate court, their goal is to persuade the judge to reverse a decision that was made by a previous court. In the United States, anyone convicted of a crime is guaranteed at least one appeal. If you ask for an appeal, a court has to look at the case that you are making to see if the previous decision made should be upheld or overturned.

It is important that in an appeal you have a solid appellate brief to help the judge understand new details of the case. In a recent case where the NLPA was employed for brief writing, the brief presented was key in convincing the judge to make decisions on the side of the client. Having a good brief created an opportunity for this client to seek justice in their case.

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Behind Any Good Defense is Case Study Research

nlpa blog 3 8-12-14In the legal system, one of the big pieces of evidence brought before the court can be older decisions either by the same court, same level of court, or a higher court. Past rulings on similar crimes are usually taken as precedent for what courts should decide in the future. Of course, with thousands of cases to look through, lawyers can’t always come up with this information for the defense.

If you want to build the best defense possible either for yourself or a loved one, hiring a team to conduct case study research can be a good way to find valuable evidence that can be brought before the court. While case study data is not always relevant, it can sometimes be the deciding factor in a case. It is definitely an avenue that everyone should look into.

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Getting a Better Understanding Your Rights and the California Three Strikes Law

nlpa blog 2 8-12-14When the Three Strikes law was put into place, people were responding to brutal crimes that should have been prevented since it wasn’t the first time the person committing the crimes had acted violently. The law made it so that any third crime after two violent crimes would result in a life sentence. This proved to be too strict a law because it imprisoned people for life for very minor crimes.

When the California Three Strikes law was reformed in 2012 the reform removed life sentences for non-violent crimes and even made it so those already serving time under the old law could seek a sentence reduction. Those who believe that they should not have a life sentence for their third non-violent crime can appeal the sentence. To win a reduced sentence, the prisoner must be shown as a non-threat to society.

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Getting Affordable Legal Help for Your Case Quickly

nlpa blog 1 8-12-14When you or a loved one is arrested for a crime, part of the immediate consequence of being arrested is the financial ramifications. If you have to pay bail money, it can often be an expense that has to come from a bail bond agent because the cost is high. That isn’t the end of the expenses that will be incurred if charges are pressed against you and you have to go to court.

Most people will do better if they hire there own lawyer and don’t just go with a court appointed one. It isn’t always easy to find affordable legal help and the cheapest lawyer isn’t always the best one. Finding a way to pay for legal help in installments is a good way to make sure that you aren’t overwhelmed by the bills that come in as a result of charges brought against you.

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How Do Wrongful Convictions Occur in the United States Legal System?

nlpa blog 12 7-10-14Even with all of the steps put in place in the United States legal system to ensure the guilty are punished and the innocent are set free, there are sometimes cases where the wrong person ends up going to prison. Of course, no system can be completely without its flaws, but it is still shocking to discover that the wrong person sometimes is punished. There are several ways this happens.

Sometimes wrongful convictions occur because eyewitnesses misidentify the suspect as the person that they saw at the scene of a crime. It is possible for people to look similar and be wrongly convicted as a result. In other cases, lawyers do not provide the defense needed to their clients and these people end up convicted as a result. Attorneys may be overburdened with cases and fail to represent clients well.

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Obtaining US Pretrial Services to Prepare for Your Trial

nlpa blog 11 7-10-14After an arrest, there are many legal events that happen prior to you ever appearing in court to plead guilty or not guilty. There are several initial hearings including a hearing to set bail so that you can return to your life during court proceedings. There are even more legal steps that happen early on that will affect how the trial eventually goes and how prosecution will proceed.

Early in the process, it is probably a good idea to seek out US pretrial services so that you can obtain the best defense even in these early stages. Your attorney will be able to use this extra information to help attempt to get you released on bail and to help prepare for pretrial motions. This early assistance can help your attorney later on by setting up the way information is gathered for your case.

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A Prison Transfer Could Make Your Prison Stay a Little Better

nlpa blog 10 7-10-14Not all prisons in the United States are equal spaces. There are some prisons that are further from home and prisons that offer special programs to help prisoners prepare for rejoining society. If you are serving a prison sentence, it may not seem as if you have much choice in which prison you end up in. Prison overcrowding often leads to prisoners having to go to a prison far from home.

In reality, there are many legal avenues that you can take to request a prison transfer. It is important to learn about different ways to apply for a transfer to find out which one best fits your situation. After you have been transferred, life could be much better because of a greater ability to see loved ones or to participate in programs that will help you after you have been released.

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Getting Extra Information About Obtaining Proper Prison Medical Care

nlpa blog 9 7-10-14When a person is sent to jail, they still have the legal right to obtain medical attention if they become injured or have a serious illness. It can be difficult for prisoners to navigate the legal system to ensure that they get the treatment that they need when they need it. Obtaining treatment for long term illnesses often means seeking legal avenues to ensure the best treatment.

Information about prison medical care and how to obtain the care that you need can be difficult to come by. You will need to learn how to obtain proper medical attention, which might include putting in motions for medical assistance and even requesting a medical furlough in some cases. Legal services can help you learn how to obtain the health care that you need.

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