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Probation under the federal sentencing guidelines

December 9, 2010
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The federal sentencing guidelines require a prison sentence in many circumstances. However, on occasion, the guidelines direct the court to sentence the defendant to a term of probation. In cases where probation is available, it is usually because the defendant has no prior convictions or criminal background, and the case was the defendant’s first arrest. […]

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The statute of limitations defense for federal crimes

December 5, 2010
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A criminal charge is like a civil lawsuit in one respect, the time limit for filing against the defendant. The federal statute of limitations that applies to criminal charges says that once 5 years has passed from the commission of the offense, the federal government is barred from filing charges. The federal statute of limitations […]

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