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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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Getting a Bit of Help with Legal Documents Preparation

nlpa blog 6 1-07-15Anyone who has ever read a legal document knows that these are not simple documents. When one of my relatives was involved in a court case, he was really confused by the different documents that needed to be submitted. Luckily, he had a lawyer who could give him some assistance with filing the things that he needed filed in a timely manner.

Paying a lawyer to help with this kind of preparation can be an unnecessary expense in some cases. There are other businesses that are able to assist you with legal documents preparation. This can make it so that you can lower the costs of this part of your defense without compromising the way that your paperwork is filled out.

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Legal Assistance Made it a Lot Easier to Get Ready for a Trial

nlpa blog 5 1-07-15When my friend was arrested on assault charges, he was very afraid that he was going to have to spend a lot of time in jail. He knew that what he had done wasn’t right, but he didn’t think he deserved to go to jail for a long time because of it. Initially, he asked a friend to help him with his case, but between the two of them they didn’t have the legal knowledge that they needed.

They decided that in order to win their case they would need someone else helping them to figure everything out. They ended up seeking legal assistance very quickly. This was a really good idea because their law team was able to start getting motions ready for the trial and prepared my friend for the questioning that he was likely to undergo.

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Look to Professionals to Get the Best Legal Advice

nlpa blog 4 1-07-15If you find yourself facing a trial for a crime, it may be tempting to just plead guilty or to represent yourself rather than trying to seek out a lawyer who can help you. Lawyers may be very expensive, but it is important that you have someone like this with you in the courtroom. It is a very bad idea to go into any legal proceeding without having a lawyer helping you.

While other people may give you advice on your legal matters, the only people who can give you real legal advice are lawyers who are trained to do so. These people have a lot more experience and knowledge in the area of law so they are more qualified to give advice than anyone else. With the help of a real lawyer, you will likely do better in court.

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Federal Sentencing Guidelines Are Not the Same as Rules

nlpa blog 12 12-08-14When a judge has to make a decision about what kind of prison time he is going to be giving for a certain offense, he is not free to make any decision that he wants without consulting sentencing guidelines. These guidelines present a range of sentence lengths that should be given depending on the facts of the case. The judge has to take these into account.

In the end, a judge may decide not to follow the guidelines because of special circumstances in the case. The federal sentencing guidelines are not hard and fast rules that a judge has to abide to. This is because every case is different and a set of guidelines could not possibly account for all of the different nuances that might be present within a case

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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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