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The Importance of Character Letters for Court

Character letters in a criminal case are a must. Having a criminal lawyer who thinks through an effective sentencing strategy could make a big difference in any criminal case. Part of the strategy includes character letters for the court. These provide the defendant an opportunity to show their good morals. It is often written by …

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Remain Silent

You Have the Right to Remain Silent … Use It!

In the United States, we are granted the right to remain silent when arrested or questioned by law enforcement. This is a fundamental right that helps protect our privacy and ensure that we are not coerced into giving information that may incriminate us. However, many people do not exercise this right, often because they do …

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Does The FBI Overstep The Boundaries Investigating Domestic Terrorism?

According to the FBI, domestic terrorism is a violent and aggressive criminal act deliberately committed on the basis of a misguided ideology related to religion, politics, social progress, perceived racial differences, or environmental factors. Domestic terrorism occurs inside the United States and is used as an attempt to intimidate the population, forcefully influence changes in …

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Cryptocurrency Crime and the Dark Web

The allure of cryptocurrency is hard to dismiss. The national media outlets love to tell stories of crypto-millionaires or significant hacking efforts with cryptocurrencies or digital assets. Unfortunately, while there are many benefits surrounding, creating, and using digital coins or tokens, there will always be someone who can find a malicious use for new technology …

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Youth Targeted Specifically by Drug Trafficking Organizations to Smuggle Hard Drugs Across the Border

Drug cartels target teenagers and young adults, usually between the ages of 18 and 25, in Mexico to carry large quantities of drugs over the border into California, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. The act of transporting these drugs is a federal crime. If caught in the U.S., they receive a felony drug trafficking charge …

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Specialized Experience Matters When Hiring a Federal Criminal Lawyer

Many individuals facing federal criminal charges find out about their situation in one of two different ways. They may receive a copy of an indictment via certified mail asking them to appear in federal court. Or, in situations where a suspect is perceived to be a flight risk, law enforcement may instead knock on their …

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Leading Criminal Defense Attorney Orange County, CA

Inside the sophisticated courtroom, a defense attorney serves as the defendant’s counsel, protector, and ally. Defense attorneys are sometimes separated into two types: judicially attorneys paid by the government and independent counsel who the client compensates for.   The Kenney Legal Defense Firm is a well-known criminal defense firm in Orange County, California. Karren Kenney, …

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White Collar Crime

What is Considered White Collar Crime in Federal Court?

  The term White Collar Crime was reportedly coined in 1939 by Edwin Sutherland, a legendary sociologist, and criminologist. He used it to describe crimes committed by “persons of respectability” or those with high social status. Today, the FBI commonly uses the phrase to describe a crime committed by business and government professionals involving deception, …

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Understanding Grand Jury Proceedings

What Are Grand Jury Proceedings? According to Bouvier Law Dictionary a grand jury is a large jury that consists of 16 to 23 people, which investigates crimes and indicts defendants in felony cases. The grand jury consists of individuals within your community who are gathered to examine the evidence to determine whether the evidence suggests …

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