Collateral consequences can outlast sentences

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A person with a criminal history often finds that it impacts many areas of their life even after they’ve successfully completed their court-imposed sentences. These collateral consequences are sometimes more difficult to deal with than the original sentence. One collateral consequence that a previously incarcerated person might face is having to reintegrate in to society…. Read more »

New suspect found in Madeleine McCann case

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The world has followed the case of Madeleine McCann. Some people believe that her parents sold her. Others think that she wandered off in the night. Whatever your views are, you may be interested in knowing that a German man has now been accused of being involved in her disappearance in 2007. The man is… Read more »

Beware of collateral consequences

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Once you’ve found a career you enjoy and that you’re enjoying success with, you’ll probably do whatever you can to prevent it from being taken away from you. One thing that can cause a problem with this is if you’re facing a criminal charge for something related to the career. For example, a mortgage broker… Read more »

The perjury trap: What is it?

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If you follow the news about federal investigations at all, you’ve probably heard the term “perjury trap” thrown around a few times. If you ever get involved in a federal investigation yourself, whether as the subject of investigators’ queries or merely a witness, it’s smart to understand what this term means. Essentially, the “perjury trap”… Read more »

Federal mandatory minimum sentences vary greatly

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A person who is facing certain federal criminal charges might be looking at a mandatory minimum sentence. While the terminology would imply that there is nothing you can do to get the sentence reduced, there is sometimes the possibility of relief from the mandatory minimum. Understanding some basic points about how this relief works might… Read more »

Do you have fewer rights when questioned by the FBI, not police?

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When it comes to law enforcement, federal agents can be very intimidating. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is a federal agency whose primary focus is to gather intelligence, specifically in situations that may involve federal criminal offenses or threats to national security. There are FBI facilities in many major cities, and agents will investigate… Read more »

Weapon focus: One reason eyewitnesses get it wrong

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Eyewitnesses are unreliable with a frightening degree of regularity. They often make mistakes in their testimonies or claim to have seen things that it is later proven they never could have seen. We know more now than ever before about how often they’re wrong since we have DNA evidence. It has overturned hundreds of convictions,… Read more »

Collateral consequences can outlast sentences

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A person with a criminal history often finds that it impacts many areas of their life even after they’ve successfully completed their court-imposed sentences. These collateral consequences are sometimes more difficult to deal with than what the judge required them to do. One collateral consequence that a previously incarcerated person might face is having to… Read more »

Sentencing reform stepped forward and back in 2019

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Almost everyone has heard statistics on the crisis. According to the American Bar Association, almost one in four people behind bars on Earth are in American prisons. The United States imprisons one in three of all the imprisoned women in the world. Despite modest changes in late 2018, calls continue year after year for reforms… Read more »

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