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January 2018 Archives

How a court decides if you are competent to stand trial

In some criminal cases, the defendant has an underlying mental issue that affects their ability to navigate a complex legal process. These problems may range from dementia or amnesia to dissociative identity disorder. Even without a diagnosis, a court may call into question a person’s competency to stand trial.

Possession, dealing are lower-end drug crimes but still serious

The factors that contribute to a person facing a difficult and serious situation can vary from case to case. Even when an individual faces accusations of a crime that numerous other parties have faced in the past, this person's situation will likely differ considerably from the majority of those other instances. Because of these differences, the choices you make when dealing with your predicament will likely prove dissimilar to someone else's decisions.

Preparing for your probation revocation hearing

Probation can be a great alternative to jail time. It can allow you to stay close to family and friends, continue work or schooling and work on any personal struggles at the same time. Most people, if given the choice, would opt for probation over prison because of the increased privileges it offers.

Catfished and charged: are sting operations entrapment?

You may remember the TV series “To Catch a Predator” in which the producers, sometimes working alongside police, impersonate minors in order to lure possible sex offenders. While the show obtained national popularity and led to several spin-offs, some viewers wondered if such tactics are a form of entrapment.

Investment fraud reminiscent of pre-recession schemes

As the economy plummeted in 2007, the phrase “Ponzi scheme” became a household term. This type of fraud is defined as “a fraudulent investment operation that pays quick returns to initial contributors using money from subsequent contributors rather than profit.” Over time, the operation requires exponentially more investors to pay the previous debts, which means it can’t last forever.

“Not guilty” verdict can leave mark on criminal record

Hearing a judge confirm that you are not guilty of a crime you didn’t commit lifts a weight from your shoulders. You won’t have to suffer jail time or fines, but the very allegation can still penalize you. Criminal charges may continue to haunt you when you apply for jobs, housing or loans during a background check.

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