Criminal Law

Bail

Can You Bail Yourself Out of Jail? Things You Should Know About Bail

So you’ve found yourself on the wrong side of the law and are now facing a heavy fine and possible jail time. The judge handling your case, however, will be lenient and will waive your jail time in favor of posting bail. Finally, some good news! But wait: the bail process isn’t as simple as …

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Criminal

Caught Slippin’: Signs That a Criminal Case is Weak

One of the biggest misconceptions people have about criminal cases is that it’s unbeatable. But in fact, only 5-10% of cases actually go to trial, with about 90% of cases being dismissed well before they see a courthouse. For an overwhelming 90% of criminal complaints, the charges are often dropped due to a large number …

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Law

Felony Probation Violation: Consequences of Violating Probation

Not all criminal cases end in jail time, especially those with minor misdemeanors, with some even being able to bail themselves out of jail. Often, a judge will see a misdemeanor and deem jail time to be a little too much, and most likely not commensurate, to the crime the defendant committed. In most states, …

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Bail

Where Does Bail Money Go? Your Questions About Bail, Answered

It can be frustrating when we’re watching a high-profile court case unfold and the judge releases someone on bail. Immediately, most people assume that our justice system is skewed to favor the rich: after all, a $100,000 bail is nearly impossible for the common man to pay, but pretty much a drop in the well …

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Spitting

Is Spitting on Someone a Crime? In North Carolina, Yes, It Is.

It’s disgusting, unhygienic, and 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? Well, for North Carolina, yes: spitting is a crime. But it’s not just in the Tar Heel State; 10 other states across the country criminalize …

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Drug

Don’t Do Drugs, But If You Do, Here’s How to Pass a Probation Drug Test (Legally)

When a person is under court probation, drug testing is usually one of the conditions that a judge will instate to the defendant (amongst other things). This is to minimize the risk of people repeating their offense under the influence. Of course, this is dependent on the type of offense you may have committed; some …

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