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Recognize that federal court is much different from other courts

Federal criminal court is much different from other criminal courts. You have to be properly prepared before you walk into one of these courts to face criminal charges. We understand that you might feel trepidation about having to do this. Fortunately, we are familiar with the federal court system and can help you learn what you need to know to face the charges.

One thing that you might not realize is that the penalties for federal convictions are usually pretty harsh. In the current federal criminal justice system, there isn't any parole for individuals. Only people who committed crimes prior to November 1987 and have a sentence of less than 30 years are eligible for parole. This doesn't mean that reduced sentences aren't possible, but it does mean that there is a good chance you will have to serve your entire sentence.

Drug Crimes Dealing in Proceeds of Unlawful Activities

One of the more serious Drug Crimes that a criminal defendant can face is the criminal charge of Dealing in Proceeds of Unlawful Activities. This crime is one of the most serious Drug Crimes and graded as a felony of the first degree and therefore punishable by up to 20 years in state prison and a $100,000 fine. Although not specifically a drug crime, heroin crimes Dealing in Proceeds of Unlawful Activity is frequently used by the government to prosecute drug dealers who are hoarding cash that they receive from drug transactions. This crime can also be used to prosecute individuals charged with non drug crimes such as theft of services and other theft or burglary crimes so long as they try and conceal or disguise the money that they are getting from the crime.

Lancaster County Defense Attorney

Criminal Defense is a specialiazed area of the law and being confronted with a crime can be a scary event. Here at the Law offices of Kelly & Conte we specialize on Criminal Defense in Lancaster County and other surrounding County's. As former county prosecutors, Assistant District and Deputy District Attorneys, we have both prosecuted thousands of criminal cases ranging from First Degree Murder cases to Driving Under the Influence. Sex Crimes Lawyers We know what the government has to prove in order to gain a conviction. And we know that the techniques that the police and detectives use in order to gain convictions. Contact us today for a free consultation on your Lancaster County case.

Truthfulness can help you to avoid criminal perjury charges

When you are placed under oath or sign any document that is considered legal and binding, you are expected to be truthful. When you fail to tell the truth in anything legal, you could face a perjury charge. This is a serious matter that must be addressed accordingly.

There are many reasons why you are expected to tell the truth on legal documents. One of the primary ones is that your statement might be used to help a judge or jury make a decision about a case. Whether the case is a criminal case or a civil matter, your sworn statement might be one that sways the outcome. In other cases, certain financial obligations, such as child support or alimony, are based on your sworn testimony.

Schuylkill County Drug Delivery Resulting in Death

A person commits a felony of the first degree if the person intentionally administers, delivers, gives, or sells any controlled substance such as heroin or oxy pills or counterfeit controlled substance in violation of section 13(a)(30) which deals with the delivery of narcotics to another. heroin crimes The Crimes of Drug Delivery resulting in death is an extremely serious crime and punishable by a maximum of 40 years in state prison. The drug used in these types of crimes is typically heroin. Typically this charge can involve the delivery of the drug from individuals that are drug dealers or, in the alternative, from fellow users who go an obtain the drug so that they can both use the drug together. In both of these situations, the accused is facing a maximum of 40 years in state prison.

Refiling charges dismissed at a Preliminary Hearing

At a Preliminary Hearing, one of two things can happen. The District Justice can hold the charges against the criminal defendant and send the charges to the Court of Common Pleas where the defendant will have a jury trial or the district justice can dismiss the criminal charges. What are Preliminary Hearings If the charges are dismissed the government can re-file the criminal charges dismissed at the Preliminary Hearing. While the Commonwealth, may re-file charges after a dismissal at the preliminary hearing, there are limits to its authority to do so, and even greater limits on its ability to seek that the matter be reassigned to a different magistrate. For example, the Commonwealth must refile charges prior to the expiration of the statute of limitations, and the Commonwealth may not reinstitute the charges in an effort to harass the defendant or where the refiling would prejudice the defendant.

Considering self-defense in a violent crime case

There is hardly ever a need for things to turn violent, but there are also many instances in which you just can't help but allow things to go there. When you do have to get violent, there is a good chance that you are going to end up facing criminal charges for those actions. This is never a good thing, but it can be downright disheartening when you were merely trying to defend yourself or someone else when you had to get violent.

We understand that you probably didn't mean for things to turn out the way they did, but you might have felt like you didn't have any other option. We can help you work on a defense strategy when this happens.

Lancaster County Drug Court Drug Crimes

Many courts have diversionary programs which permit criminal defendants to have the charges against them withdrawn so long as they complete and comply with certain conditions. One of these types of diversionary programs is the Lancaster County Drug Court Program which permits defendants to go on it if they are accused of certain drug crimes. Heroin Lancaster County is located west of Chester County and has one of the more stringent law enforcement programs and justice systems in the state. Despite this, Lancaster County has an excellent Drug Court Program. Drug Court is a program which enables criminal defendants charged with crimes related to drug use, such as possession or even the delivery of narcotics to another, to go on a period of probation for about two years and have their charges withdrawn so long as they perform certain tasks. These tasks typically are attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings or narcotics Anonymous meetings, stay clean, comply with testing and report in with a probation officer as directed.

A hate crime is a very serious matter for anyone to face

Violent crimes are difficult to face, even in the best of circumstances. There are some instances in which you might be accused of committing the violent crime as a hate crime. This adds another layer of challenges and complexities to the criminal case.

A hate crime is one that is initiated because of a person's sexual orientation, race, national origin, religion, ethnicity, gender or another similar status. These crimes are taken very seriously and often come with enhanced penalties for people who are convicted of them.

Know about drunk driving charges in Pennsylvania

There is one thing that all adults who drink alcohol should do right now -- take a few moments to learn what the laws in Pennsylvania say about drunk driving. You shouldn't think that these charges are minor nuisances. Instead, you have to treat them like very serious issues because they can have an impact on multiple facets of your life.

There are three levels of blood alcohol concentration (BAC) that qualify for drunk driving charges in this state. The first is general impairment, which is anything from a level of .08 to .1. The next is high BAC, which is from .1 to .159. The final one is highest BAC, which is anything higher than .16.

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