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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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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