Monthly Archives: October 2014

Sentencing Guidelines are Only an Outline for How Sentencing Might Go

nlpa blog 8 10-08-14It used to be that when someone was convicted of a crime a judge was able to set any sentence that seemed fit. This causes a large discrepancy between the way that a crime was treated in one part of the country to how it was treated in another part of the country. Since this didn’t really seem fair, the government decided to look more closely at how sentencing worked.

Now judges don’t get to decide a sentence without basing it upon sentencing guidelines that are set by the federal court. These guidelines usually specify a range of sentences dependent upon the severity of the crime. For example someone could serve anywhere from 21 to 27 months in jail, but how many they’d be sentenced to would be based on specifics of the case.

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Understanding How to Obtain Proper Prison Medical Care

nlpa blog 7 10-08-14In many situations, people do not feel that their loved ones are receiving the right amount of medical care when they are in prison. The trouble with the medical system inside of prisons is that prisoners are only required to be given “adequate” medical care. This means that they are unlikely to receive anything that is above and beyond what is necessary for their care.

In some cases this makes it so that prisoners don’t necessarily get to see the doctors they might need to see or get treatments that might help them, but aren’t available in prison. To try to help navigate the prison medical care system it helps to get more information. You can get information on legal avenues available to help get a loved one the medical attention they deserve.

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Getting Help with Legal Documents Preparation Saves Time and Difficulty in the Long Run

nlpa blog 6 10-08-14The legal system requires many different pieces of information to be filed in regard to new cases and appeals. There are stacks and stacks of documents that go into making different things happen in court and getting court appearances in general. If you are trying to navigate all of the paperwork by yourself, you’ll have a tough time getting through it.

Mistakes made during the preparation of these documents can cause delays or even cause other complications. It is important that legal documents preparation is done for you by a lawyer or by someone assisting a lawyer who has done this many times before. This makes it so there are no mistakes and you’ll move easily through the filing of all of the necessary documents.

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Seeking Immigration Assistance After Conviction

nlpa blog 5 10-08-14If you are not a citizen of the United States and you are convicted of a crime, you often will end up serving time in United States prisons. When you are convicted of a crime, it is not unusual for you to also be threatened with the possibility of deportation once you are finished with the sentence. This not only means returning to your own country but usually more time in jail.

Those who have immigration problems while in prison will not be allowed furloughs while serving time. Many of these people have to serve more time than they might usually because they aren’t allowed release to halfway homes or places like these. It is important to get immigration assistance to help fight the USCIS detainer to make your prison sentence easier.

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After the Trial There is Hope Case Study Research Can Help You

nlpa blog 4 10-08-14After sentencing is over and you find yourself placed in jail for punishment, it may seem as though there is nothing else that you can do to make it so you don’t have to serve the time you’ve been given. Luckily for you, there are many avenues that you still have available to earn your freedom. Convictions can be overturned in appeal or sentences may be reduced.

It is important to spend time with a lawyer preparing an appeal and making sure every aspect of your case has been looked over carefully. Careful case study research can help discover information that can help you in the appeal to come. Armed with information about your case and other cases like it, a lawyer can help make your appeal really count.

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Changes in the California Three Strikes Law Mean Reduced Sentences for Some

nlpa blog 3 10-08-14After there was a change in laws in California, many prisoners that were being punished for multiple crimes at the same time found that their sentences could be reduced. A previous three strikes law made it so that inmates sentenced for three crimes, the first two being violent, would be imprisoned for a much longer time than they would be under normal guidelines.

After last year’s change in the California three strikes law, the law made it so that this would only be the case if the third crime was also violent. This means that many people serving serious time for crimes that were nonviolent and not serious were able to seek a reduction in sentence. Since then many judges have awarded reduced sentences to those affected by the change in the law.

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Leaving Brief Writing to Those Who Know What They’re Doing

nlpa blog 2 10-08-14The majority of people in America have probably never written a brief before. This is partly because many of them have never needed to have one and partly because they are complicated and difficult to write and must be done a certain way to be professional. When you want a brief asking for an appeal, you need to make sure it sounds as professional as possible.

The best way to do this is to hire an actual professional to do all of the brief writing for you. This is the only way to guarantee that your brief is written in the way that the courts want it to be written. It will present the most important information and help make the process going forward a lot simpler. Having a professionally written brief is a real help in court.

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Finding Affordable Legal Help When You Need It

nlpa blog 1 10-08-14It is a fact that a large percentage of Americans are in debt. A lot of the time this is because people are living paycheck to paycheck and when something big comes up, they don’t have the money to deal with it. Most of the time people can recover by paying the money back in small increments over time. This is a good way to get what they need right away.

For example, good legal help can be very expensive and it certainly isn’t something that you should go without. Luckily, there are many places that can provide you with affordable legal help and financing options to ensure that you are able to get out of legal trouble, without finding yourself in financial trouble. Finding the right places to go for legal help is the first step.

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Understanding Federal Appeals Courts

nlpa blog 3 9-09-14After a person has gone through the regular court system and they have been convicted of a crime, there is still a way that they can avoid having to serve the sentence. They are able to seek some relief by going to an appeals court to plead their innocence and try to get a different judge to overrule the sentence imposed by the first judge. Everyone is entitled to at least one appeal.

If you are appealing a federal case, then you must appear before a federal appeals court. There are thirteen different federal courts for appeals within the United States. Each of these courts serves a different region of the country, so the one closest to you will likely be the court that you have to appear before. Before appearing before a legal court you should obtain the help of a lawyer.

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Expunging Convictions Helps You Get Life Back on Track

nlpa blog 11 9-09-14Everyone knows that people make mistakes. Some people make worse mistakes than others, but we are all human. What is difficult for those who commit crimes is that their past mistakes often continue to affect their lives long after they have served a prison sentence and emerged as rehabilitated individuals. It can cause them all kinds of different problems.

Having a criminal record can make it so that you are ineligible for many good jobs and cannot rent a unit in certain apartment buildings. The only way to make it so that you don’t have to inform people of your criminal convictions is to have them expunged. The process of expunging convictions leaves you with a clean record and a real chance at a new life.

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