How to Fight a Felony Charge

Battling a Felony Charge A felony is a very serious criminal charge, and the resulting penalties can be severe. If you are convicted of a felony, you face very serious consequences including large fines, imprisonment, and social stigma that can last the rest of your life. To reduce your chances of facing these challenges, you… Read More

What the Best Federal Lawyers Have in Common

Commonalities of Successful Federal Lawyers There are a number of traits that the best federal lawyers share, including intelligence, excellent people skills, experience, and the ability to effectively communicate in writing. There are a number of other skills that are common among federal lawyers, however, that many people fail to consider when choosing a lawyer… Read More

What Does Pre-Trial Release Mean?

Similar to state court judges, federal magistrate judges are responsible for deciding at an initial appearance whether an individual who is charged with a crime will remain in custody or is capable of leaving on a bond. Because pre-trial release requirements can be particularly strict, to navigate these matters, it is often critical to obtain… Read More

Criminal offender being held in a jail cell.

What is the First Offender Program?

Understanding the First Offender Program Following a first arrest, it is common to end up experiencing a number of emotions such as confusion and fear. Because most people think that they will never end up facing criminal charges, it is often bewildering to be charged with a criminal offense for the first time. Continue reading… Read More

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What are the Federal Sentencing Guidelines?

Understanding the Federal Sentencing Guidelines Established in 1984, the Sentencing Reform Act created the United States Federal Sentencing Guidelines. Before this time, federal judges had much more discretion regarding how to sentence people convicted of criminal offenses. Unfortunately, this discretion sometimes led to unequal sentences for the same criminal offense. The sentencing guidelines, however, helped… Read More