Monthly Archives: January 2015

The Legal System is Built to Keep Wrongful Convictions to a Minimum

nlpa blog 12 1-07-15In the United States, there is a very clear commitment to justice prevailing in the court of law. There are many individual pieces of doctrine that are meant to prevent undue haste in any case that is presented and others that make it so that people are given a second chance to provide a defense for their case. Defendants have every chance to prove their innocence.

Since the court of appeals exists anyone who feels that they have been treated unfairly or been given the wrong sentence when they finish with going through court the first time gets a chance to return to court again. The hope is that any wrongful convictions can be sorted out in appellate court so that no one is wrongfully imprisoned. Of course, mistakes are sometimes made.

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United States v. Chandra Ross, S.D. WV Case No. 2:13-cr-00214-1 — Sentencing Assistance

I am writing to thank you and the research staff at National Legal Professional Associates for your
assistance in the above referenced case.

As you know, I have worked with your team of research attorneys over the past year preparing for
Ms. Ross’s sentencing hearing. And, given the changing positions taken by the government, I have
worked with your team to prepare no less than three separate sentencing memoranda.
Going into the sentencing hearing Ms. Ross was facing a range of 131 to 157 months imprisonment.
We filed arguments calling for a sentence far below that guideline range based on several mitigating
factors under 18 U.S.C. § 3553(a)(2). The court clearly took into account all of the information and
mitigating arguments presented in the three sentencing memoranda and decided to depart
significantly and sentence Ms. Ross to a term of 84 months imprisonment, a reduction of five years
from the guideline range. What is particularly impressive about the five year reduction is the fact
that it was imposed over the government’s objection because Ms. Ross would not cooperate with the

The research and drafting assistance of your staff was extremely beneficial and helped us achieve
this terrific result for Ms. Ross and her family. Thank you again, and I look forward to working with
you and your staff,in the future.


Matthew M. Robinson
Attorney at Law

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The Basics of Sentencing Guidelines as They Work in Today’s Legal System

nlpa blog 11 1-07-15Historically there was a time when it was possible to be convicted of a crime and punished with any amount of time in jail or any fine that the judge decided upon. Now judges cannot do this because the legal system decided to regulate the way that people were sentenced so that sentencing wasn’t so arbitrary. The government decided on guidelines for the sentences.

These guidelines base the sentence on two different considerations. The sentencing guidelines first consider the crime itself and what happened during the crime to alter the level of crime that this falls into. Then the consideration turns to the criminal history of the person who is being sentenced with a crime in order to raise the punishment for people who have previously been convicted.

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Pretrial Services Help You Stay Informed on the Important Aspects of Your Case

nlpa blog 10 1-07-15When you are moving through the court system, it may often feel like you just aren’t as in the loop as you ought to be. You often have no idea what motions are being made or what parts of your past are being brought up by the prosecution. The good news is that you can have access to all of this information as long as you know where to go to get it.

If you don’t feel like you are getting enough information about case developments, you can always pay for pretrial services that will get you the information that you need. These services can also include locating witnesses for your defense or finding experts who can testify as well. These services are very valuable and will only continue to strengthen the case that you are building.

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Getting the Legal Services You Need at a Price that You Can Afford

nlpa blog 9 1-07-15When you are being charged with a crime, it is very important that your financial situation doesn’t hinder your ability to defend yourself in court. Unfortunately, lawyers can be very expensive since most charge large amounts of money for each hour of their time that you take up. These payments can really bog you down if you don’t have much money.

When it comes to finding the services you need at prices that you can afford right now, it is often very challenging. There are some businesses that offer legal services at low costs or with financing, which may be a good option if you are pressed for case. Financing can be very important to make sure that you are still able to make your normal bills while spreading out legal costs.

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Using a Legal Research Service to Help Build a Post-Conviction Case

nlpa blog 8 1-07-15When one of my friends was convicted of a crime, he felt that the sentence that he was given greatly outweighed the crime that he had committed. He wanted to seek an appeal right away, but waited since he knew it was better to stop and gather information before diving back into court right away. He wanted to make sure that his appeal was actually worth something.

To make sure that he knew which parts of his case might be most relevant in the appeal, he ended up hiring a legal research service to make sure that he would be able to get this information. Due to the information that they were able to obtain, he was able to get a reduced sentence. My friend was very satisfied with the way that his case turned out as a result of the research.

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Legal Research Case Evaluation Can Point Out What Information is Necessary Post Conviction

nlpa blog 7 1-07-15After you are convicted of a crime, you might be seeking post-conviction relief. It might be because the sentence didn’t fit the crime that you were convicted of or because you feel that you were wrongly convicted of the crime in general. Before you start an appeal or try for overturning the conviction, it is a good idea to have someone analyze your case particularly.

When a professional looks over the details of your case, they will be able to determine what information might be valuable to you when you are seeking some relief. A full legal research case evaluation can make it easier for you to seek a reduced sentence because it will bring to light different possibilities. This research could really help to build a stronger appeal.

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Make the Most Out of Your Time with a Federal Appeals Court

nlpa blog 3 1-07-15In the United States, there is a policy of a person being innocent until they are proven guilty. Even after guilt has been proven in the court of law, a person is guaranteed a second chance at being judged innocent. This is to ensure that if someone is unfairly sentenced because of trouble with a lawyer or problems with a judge or jury, they will have a second chance.

During an appeal, a person has a chance to use a different lawyer, present new evidence, or ask for old evidence to be removed from the case. In order to get the most out of your time in front of a federal appeals court, it is a good idea to have professionals prepare your new defense and explain why there should be a change in your sentence. This will make it more likely that your appeal is successful.

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There’s an Easier Way to Move Through the Deportation Process

nlpa blog 2 1-07-15For some individuals, deportation is a word that brings fear of being forced to leave a better life that they have only just found. For others the prospect of deportation is one that they would welcome, since it would give them a chance to go home. Since 1996 foreign nationals serving time are able to be sent to their home country to finish out their sentence there.

This is a welcome gift for those who are missing loved ones that they have left behind in their homeland. If you are trying to get through this deportation process and return home, it is a good idea to trust professionals to help you with the paperwork that you must submit. With professional help you can more easily move through the process and return home.

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If You Are Not a Writer Make Sure Someone Else Does Your Brief Writing for You

nlpa blog 1-07-15When it comes to writing, it is inevitable that some people are very good at it and others are not. This is unfortunate for those who do not write as well since many things can be based on writing that is done properly and with a high level of intelligence. For example, it is incredibly important that you are have a good written brief when you are trying to seek an appeal.

If you are not good at writing or feel completely clueless about how a legal brief should be written, it is a good idea to have these briefs written by a professional. People who are in the business of brief writing know exactly how to write a brief so that it is what the court is looking to see. This is even more important if you are seeking a high level appeal since these are more easily denied.

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