Federal Vs. State Court: Know The Difference

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There are different types of court, but here we focus on the Federal and State court systems.

Most crimes are heard in state court. These are crimes we commonly, immediately think of (probably because we hear about them the most) such as arson, theft, rape, and murder, etc. These crimes are investigated by state agents such as local police officers and county sheriffs and tried by local and state attorneys.

The crimes that go to federal court are generally ones that are in regard to some federal or national issue such as federal tax fraud or cross-state trafficking of contraband. Federal crimes are investigated by federal officers like the FBI and CIA and tried by federal attorneys. Federal court cases generally take a longer time to resolve because of its complexity.

As far as bail bon...

Please Don’t Resist Arrest – Even If You’re Innocent

Whether we like it or not, human error is a part of living in society. It doesn’t mean that it’s okay, but in many situations it is unavoidable. However one of the situations where we can help reduce the chance of human error, is our interaction with law enforcement.

If you believe you are being wrongfully arrested, it is important to know that you should still not resist law enforcement. It may be proven later on that yes, you were wrongfully arrested; however if you resist arrest and cause issue with the police, then you may have charges filed against you (possible charges include resisting arrest and even assault/battery on a police officer, if the encounter turned especially physical).

So even if you feel that you are wrongfully being arrested, we highly recommend that you still li...

Do You Know What Powers A Search Warrant Does And Does Not Have

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A search warrant is a document authorizing the police to search through a person’s property and belongings. In order for the police to obtain a search warrant, they must present to the judge that they have probable cause to believe criminal activity has occurred, is occurring, or will occur in connection to the location and items to be search and the individual to whom they belong to.

The police may only search what is stated in the search warrant. For example, the police may not search a house if the warrant only gives clearance for a detached garage unit; the police may not search for weapons if the warrant specifies clothing...

Tips And Tricks For Lowering Your Bail

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Bail can cost hundreds, thousands, tens of thousands, even a million dollars, depending on the crime. A million is unbelieveable but even hundreds – that’s still quite a bit of money that no one ever wants to have to pay. It teters on a seesaw – bail is a consequence to pay, but you get your freedom back. Is it worth paying? Absolutely yes. You want tips and tricks on how you can get your bail lowered? Well unfortunately, there really are none.

The judge is very unlikely to change the bail amount after he or she has already set it at. A lawyer cannot lower the bail, a bail bond agent cannot lower the bail. You may request to have it reviewed, but in all likelihood, the bail will remain the same.

You will have to pay 100% of the full bail amount to the court to secure your freedom...

The Role Of A Bail Bond Cosigner

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A part of being eligible for a bail bond is needing to find someone who will cosign your bail bond; this person is known as the cosigner (go figure) and they are agreeing to be financially responsible to pay the full bail amount (monetarily or with collateral they pledged such as property, vehicles, and valuables like weapons and jewelry) if you fail to appear in court when you are asked. That’s a lot to ask of a cosigner, so if they agree to this, they better have high trust in you to not let them down.

The cosigner is risking a lot, but at the same time, they do have rights to protect themselves from losing everything in the case that they feel you are not trustworthy. The cosigner can ask the bail bond company to revoke the bond and express concern. You will then have to go back to...

FAQ’s – Miranda Rights, Private Attorneys, and Public Defenders

The Miranda Rights that a law enforcement officer is required by law to read to everyone that is arrested, reads “…you have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford one, one will be appointed to you.” You might think – okay, just have the court appoint me one so I can save money. Well, that’s not necessarily how things work. There are many different kinds of attorneys, some who will probably be able to help you out more than others (essentially as with most things, you usually get what you pay for).

If you’re hiring a defense attorney, you’ll need to hire one who specializes in or has extensive experience in representing defendants charged with the same or similar crime as you. For example, if you’re arrested for theft, hiring a family attorney isn’t the wisest idea...

Federal Vs. State Court: The Differences

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There are different types of court, but here we focus on the Federal and State court systems. Most crimes are heard in state court. These are crimes we commonly, immediately think of (probably because we hear about them the most) such as arson, theft, rape, and murder, etc. These crimes are investigated by state agents such as local police officers and county sheriffs and tried by local and state attorneys.

The crimes that go to federal court are generally ones that are in regard to some federal or national issue such as federal tax fraud or cross-state trafficking of contraband. Federal crimes are investigated by federal officers like the FBI and CIA and tried by federal attorneys. Federal court cases generally take a longer time to resolve because of its complexity.

As far as bail bo...