Monthly Archives: December 2014

Some Guidelines When It Comes to Expunging Convictions

nlpa blog 11 12-08-14When you get out of prison, life can be a lot more difficult because you have been convicted of a crime. Even though you have done your time, there are a lot of potential employers, landlords, and creditors that will not be open to you because you were convicted. The only way to really get your life back fully is to be able to legally say that you haven’t been convicted.

The only way to clean your record and get rid of the convictions on it is to ask for them to be expunged legally. Expunging convictions can be a tricky business because there are only certain convictions that can be expunged. There is also a timeline for this that requires a certain amount of waiting time between releases from jail and when convictions can be expunged.

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Obtaining Early Release from Federal Prison by Different Means

nlpa blog 10 12-08-14Once you are convicted of a crime and sent to prison the amount of time you are given to spend in prison can still vary depending on different things. If you do nothing and just remain in prison, the sentence will likely not change. You will need to actively pursue a reduction in sentence so that you might be able to get reduced earlier than might be planned.

One way to pursue early release is to file paperwork to ask for a reduction in sentence based off of various problems with the case or different circumstances of the case. Later on, you may also request parole as a way of obtaining an early release from federal prison. Whether you get out of prison or not with parole will depend on your behavior inside of prison.

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Things to Consider When Requesting a Prison Transfer

nlpa blog 9 12-08-14Due to an overpopulation of prisoners in many prisons in the United States, not all prisoners are able to be put in a prison that would make it so that they were closest to home. This can be a big challenge for friends and family on the outside who might want to visit these people since they might have to drive a really long distance just to visit.

One way to relieve this strain a little bit is to apply for transfer to another facility that is closer to home. Of course, prison transfer requests cannot always be honored because of problems with prison population, prisoner behavior, or programs that a prisoner is required to complete. It is important to realize that a transfer cannot always be made.

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Learning More About Prison Medical Care

nlpa blog 8 12-08-14Life in prison isn’t something that is talked about much on the outside of a prison. Most people who have spent time in prison might not talk too much about it or explain certain parts of their time there. This can be intimidating for those who are going into prison because they don’t know much about what they can expect from prison life.

Some people going into prison might be worried about medical care in prison since they might have a chronic condition that requires care. It might be good to look up some information about prison medical care or try to obtain information about it from reliable sources. You have the right to have medical care when you are in prison that will keep you healthy.

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Getting Someone Other than Your Lawyer to Do Legal Documents Preparation

nlpa blog 7 12-08-14If you have ever paid a lawyer, then you know that their time can be very expensive. Most lawyers are charging large amounts of money for every single hour that is devoted strictly to your case which can add up extremely quickly, especially if you are already on a budget. Luckily, there are lower cost options to make it so that you don’t have to break the bank.

There are some things that lawyers do that could be done by other companies for cheaper. Some of these things are legal documents preparation and case research. There are other places that can work with your lawyer to get these things prepared at much less of a cost to you than expensive lawyer fees. This can be very helpful to anyone who is on a budget.

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Hiring Extra Lawyer Assistance to Help Your Lawyer Build a Case

nlpa blog 6 12-08-14Building a legal case is a very complicated process which is why lawyers have to attend school for so many years. There are a lot of intricate pieces that go into creating a case even before the case actually ends up in the court of law. A lawyer has to work on several cases for different clients and make sure that all of these cases provide clients with the best legal defense.

To help out a lawyer, you might want to get someone who knows about law, but is not acting as a lawyer to help them out. There are many companies that can provide lawyer assistance to make sure that paperwork is filed for the defense. These companies can give you a more individualized focus and make sure that your case is built as strongly as possible.

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Doing Case Study Research Can Help Build an Appeals Case

nlpa blog 5 12-08-14After a case has been completed and a person is convicted there are still many legal steps that can be taken to determine what happens next. There is still the possibility of an appeal assuming that a case can be built. In an appeal, new evidence may be presented or old evidence may be cited as being inaccurate or flawed due to something specific to the case.

The only way to determine that a case could be overturned on appeal is to look at the facts of the case. Hiring someone to do case study research on your case to see what might be able to be pointed out on appeal is a good idea. This can help a lawyer find reasons why an appeal should be made and have ideas about what issues to raise during the appeal.

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Looking to NLPA for Affordable Legal Help

nlpa blog 4 12-08-14Anyone who has had legal trouble can attest to the fact that getting legal help can be extremely expensive. Hiring a lawyer that is good and will actually be capable of helping you through legal difficulties can be very costly since they usually charge per hour. On top of this you might want to hire an additional company to supply your lawyer with extra help.

Luckily, affordable legal help is a lot easier to find than you might think. You can employ the NLPA to help you with many parts of the legal process including document preparation and case research. The NLPA is a trustworthy company with a long track record of helping people. The company is now a member of the National Legal Aid & Defender Association as well.

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Changes in Federal Drug Crimes Sentencing Could Mean Early Release

nlpa blog 3 12-08-14For a long time, drugs have been a hot issue in most political circles. It is clear that there are disagreements about the way that drug crimes are punished and what drugs should be made more allowable. In certain states, the legalization of marijuana has changed the way that drugs are viewed and what is actually a criminal amount of a drug to own.

More recently federal changes in the way that people are being sentenced for drug related crimes have made it so that many people could be released from prison early. Since federal drug crimes sentencing limits have gone down, many people could be looking at an average of two years off of their sentence. This is great news for some prisoners and for their families.

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Getting Help for Criminal Appeals Can Help Save You from Being Convicted Wrongly

nlpa blog 2 12-08-14As with most legal systems, our legal system in the United States is not infallible. This means that sometimes there are people who are convicted of a crime based on evidence who still were not the person who actually committed a crime. This is part of the reason that the United States has a system of appeals that makes it so people can get a second chance.

People who believe that they are being convicted wrongly can make an appeal on the decision that was made. During the criminal appeals process a person can present flaws in the evidence that was presented or the way that an original trial was held to make it so that the decision might be changed. Getting help with this process is critical to making sure you get the most out of an appeal.

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