Monthly Archives: November 2014

Legal Assistance Can Help You Map Out How Your Case Will Go

nlpa blog 9 11-10-14Since the majority of people do not have any kind of experience in law, they are extremely unlikely to have a good grasp of what happens after someone is arrested. From the time that someone is arrested and accused of a crime to the time of conviction, there are many steps and pieces of paperwork that must be submitted. This is something that no one should go through alone.

Even if you already have a lawyer, you might consider getting a little more help for your case. You can hire extra legal assistance to work with your lawyer and you to help plan out parts of the case and even keep you informed about what is going on. Having more eyes on your case will make it more likely that the case will go smoothly and that the end result will be better.

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Where Can You Turn For Legal Advice?

nlpa blog 8 11-10-14During the preparation for a trial and even during the trial itself, you may not feel like you even know what is going on with your case. Lawyers are very good at planning out arguments and building a good defense for you, but you might feel a bit left out of the process. Of course it is ultimately your decision what kind of defense you want to have, but how can you make an informed decision?

Without someone to explain what is going on during the steps of the case, you might feel lost in the case. You might make legal decisions without getting the legal advice that you really need about this decision first. You need to make sure that you can make decisions by yourself by having someone keep you informed about what is happening in your case and what you can do.

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Getting Help with Federal Appeals Briefs

nlpa blog 7 11-10-14During the process of an appeal there is a lot of legal paperwork that must be handled to make sure that you are able to have the appeal go smoothly. Getting everything prepared ahead of time will ensure that your council is able to produce a compelling argument. Since there are many pieces that go into an appeal it is most important that you get all of these worked out.

Having help to make it so that your council will be prepared with all of the proper paperwork and quality federal appeals briefs can be a good first step to making your appeal better. The NLPA can help your council every step of the way by preparing briefs and giving assistance with preparations for oral arguments. This will help make your appeal stronger.

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Expunging Convictions Minimizes Negative Consequences

nlpa blog 6 11-10-14From the moment a crime is committed to the moment that you complete serving your sentence for a crime it makes sense that negative consequences are faced. When you are first arrested, your rights to do what you want and go where you want are removed temporarily. After being convicted of a crime, you may be sent to prison and have your freedom removed.

When you get out of prison after serving your time, you might think that is the end of the negative consequences you will face. Unfortunately, having a criminal record makes it so that you are not employable by many companies and may have trouble renting an apartment. The only way to get rid of these consequences is by expunging convictions that are on your record through legal avenues.

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New Guidelines May Help Prisoners Secure Early Release from Federal Prison

nlpa blog 5 11-10-14The news has just come out that the United States has reduced the sentencing guidelines for crimes that involve federal drug trafficking. This means good things for those who have yet to be sentenced, but it is also positive for those serving time on drug trafficking charges right now. These individuals are going to be able to appeal to have their time in prison reduced.

On average, those who have been convicted may be able to have their sentences reduced by 25 months. That is a lot of time spent in jail that will be spent free if you just appeal the charges. For many prisoners this means early release from federal prison and a new chance at life much sooner than they probably expected. It is also saving tax dollars which is a big plus.

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Getting Assistance with Document Preparation to Ease the Deportation Process

nlpa blog 4 11-10-14There are many people in this country for whom deportation would be something that is unfortunate or unpleasant. For those who are foreign nationals serving time in a prison far from loved ones, deportation might be a preferable option. This would keep them from being stranded far away from their loved ones while they continued to serve time in a prison here.

Luckily for these individuals there is paperwork that they can fill out to receive early deportation back to their home country. The NLPA can help the attorney of these individuals file the right pieces of paperwork to help speed the deportation process and help people return to their home country. This can help these people have a more comfortable prison experience.

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Having a Helping Hand in Your Trial Preparation Helps Everything Go Smoothly

nlpa blog 3 11-10-14I think that everyone can agree when I say that when you have truly prepared yourself for something, you are more likely to have it go successfully. This can be seen as true when it comes to a dramatic production, a rescue operation, or even a simple essay. If you have prepared yourself before beginning everything just seems to go more smoothly and successfully.

This holds true in court as well. A case that has been well prepared is one that will be built more strongly so that there are less likely to be holes found in it. Everything will go smoothly when all of the motions and paperwork pieces are in place beforehand. This is why it is very important that you have the right person helping with trial preparation and ensuring your case is developed smoothly.

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Legal Research Case Evaluations Can Help You Have a Better Grasp of Your Case

nlpa blog 2 11-10-14Once your case in court is over and you have been convicted of a crime, you shouldn’t just stop fighting the charges that have been bought against you. You still have time to seek help and get some relief from your sentence. After you have already lost a case, you may not know what steps to take to go on to form an appeal or ask for a reduction in sentence.

A good place to start is by going back to the attorney that you may have used for your trial. You can also get a legal research case evaluation done by a completely different company. This evaluation will look at your case individually and determine which motions you might be able to raise to work on pursuing some relief when it comes to your sentence.

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Changes in Sentencing Guidelines for Drug Trafficking Means Reduced Sentences for Thousands

nlpa blog 1 11-10-14In April of this year the United States Sentencing Commission made a big change that will affect many convicts. They submitted an amendment that reduced the amount of prison time that would be standard for many drug trafficking charges. In July they added that this rule would be able to be imposed retroactively as well as in all future cases brought to sentencing.

What this means is that many convicts currently serving long prison sentences will be able to ask for a reduced sentence as a result of the change to the sentencing guidelines for drug trafficking. This amendment went into effect on the first of this month, making it so that many convicts can file for a reduction of sentence. This will likely result in reduced sentences for thousands of prisoners.

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Understanding the Effect of United States v. Booker and Federal Sentencing Guidelines

nlpa blog 11 10-08-14When federal sentencing was reshaped with the idea that it would be fairer for everyone if sentences were similar across the country, these sentencing guidelines were actually requirements. All sentences had to fall within the range of possible sentences offered for a certain offense. This meant that even if the sentence seemed too harsh for the specific case a judge would have to uphold it.

After the United States v. Booker Case in 2005, the federal sentencing guidelines took on an advisory role. Judges are still required to consider the guidelines and make a calculation based on the facts of the case, but they are able to change the sentence to make sure that the punishment is one that is right. In some cases, this may be something less than the one in the guidelines.

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