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Common questions that murder suspects have for legal teams

When someone is arrested for murder, it can be a very stressful time for them, and they will likely have a million and one questions going through their mind. Murder is the most severe form of homicide in the UK, and if you are found guilty of the crime, you may be sentenced to life

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Is Spitting on Someone a Crime?

It’s disgusting, unhygienic, and in times of a global pandemic (which happens like, every couple of years now it seems), can be scary and dangerous. But is spitting on someone a crime? In North Carolina, yes: spitting is a crime. But it’s not just in the Tar Heel State; 10 other states across the country

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The Definition of Conspiracy and Penalties

The newspapers and magazines are filled with references to “conspiracy” and former U.S. President Donald Trump. Trump pushes conspiracy on FBI Mar-a-lago search (Vice). Far-right echoes the same theory (Slate Magazine). Seditious conspiracy suggested as accurate charge vs. Trump (The Washington Post). Conspiracy law and the act of conspiracy has become part of everyday discussion.

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Getting Away From Legal Charges: Best Practices

No one is above the law — not even celebrities or politicians. If you break the law, you will be held accountable for your actions. But what if you’re innocent? What if you’re getting charged with a crime you didn’t commit? Unfortunately, this happens more often than you might think. People get wrongly accused of

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Joel Greenberg: Did the Tax Collector Go to Jail?

Before getting involved in the Matt Gaetz scandal, Joel Greenberg was already making headlines in Florida. Greenberg was voted into the Seminole County Tax Office in 2017 after accusing his predecessor of corruption. But soon after taking on the tax collector role, questions rose about how Greenberg was spending taxpayer money. In 2021, the former

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Not Guilty to No Contest: What are the Types of Pleas in a Trial?

Every criminal trial can’t proceed without a plea from the defendant. A plea is a legal declaration in response to the criminal charges, from a serious case of capital murder to a minor case of theft. Some defendants enter a plea of “not guilty” whereas others choose “guilty.” In some cases, a plea of “no

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Tips for Navigating the Legal Adoption Process

Adopting a child can be a gratifying experience, but the process of legal adoption can be daunting. According to the National Adoption Center, about 437,000 children were adopted in the United States in 2015, but many more are waiting for their forever homes. If you’re interested in adopting, it’s essential to do your research and

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Exigent Circumstances: How They Work for Warrantless Arrests

Any person who has watched any of the “Law and Order” shows knows police procedure; enough to apply them in real-life situations. From having the right to remain silent upon an arrest to asking for a lawyer to stop an interrogation, some law enforcement practices are meant to protect people and keep authorities accountable. Others

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Verdict: Guilty, Not Guilty and Other Trial Findings

The justice system is in the business of seeking the truth. It determines who’s at fault, to what degree and what penalties must be applied. In doing so, it follows a set of rules and uses multiple elements to weigh the facts submitted and make a decision. Those decisions come in the form of a

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Mistrial: Can a Person be Tried Again for the Same Charge?

The law is all about procedure. Every aspect of the legal system follows their process because each step ensures that authorities reach the appropriate conclusion for every case. From investigating a crime and processing an accused to litigating and deciding on a case, the justice system must follow a process before reaching a conclusion. Even

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