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How Can a Repeat Offense Affect a Criminal Case?

How Can a Repeat Offense Affect a Criminal Case?

Does a repeat offense impact the decision of jurors on a criminal case? Most people assume that where there is smoke, there’s fire. So, if jurors learn that the defendant has a criminal record, that knowledge is usually the kiss of death. Rule 4.11 Limits the Effect...

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Can a Defense Lawyer Get a Bench Warrant Lifted?

Can a Defense Lawyer Get a Bench Warrant Lifted?

We often get asked, "can a defense lawyer get a bench warrant lifted?" Here’s our in-depth exploration of this question, and our answer, depending on the type of warrant. Need to Get a Bench Warrant Lifted? You may have heard the saying that time heals all wounds. In...

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A Defense Attorney Weighs In on Court-Ordered Rehab

A Defense Attorney Weighs In on Court-Ordered Rehab

The value of court-ordered rehab is being questioned these days due to a growing trend to see drug and other offenses as health and safety problems rather than criminal law issues.[1] For many years, the law took a lock-them-up-and-throw-away-the-key approach to drug...

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What You Should Do if There’s a Warrant for Your Arrest

What You Should Do if There’s a Warrant for Your Arrest

A statute of limitations applies to crimes. Once the SOL expires, which is normally two years for a misdemeanor and five years for a felony, prosecutors cannot press charges. But arrest warrants have no statute of limitations.[1] Once authorities issue them, they are...

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