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April 2017 Archives

High School Graduates Have An Edge In Criminal Sentencing

Here’s yet another reason to stay in school: A new study found that high school graduates who face criminal charges are less likely to be sent to prison than those without a high school diploma. What’s more, graduates who are sent to prison receive shorter sentences than similar criminal offenders who have not finished high school.

Request for new trial denied

Upon being convicted of a crime in Nebraska, it is important for people to know that the criminal justice system does allow for decisions to be appealed. While certainly there is no guarantee that an appeal will successfully overturn a prior decision, it does give defendants the opportunity to pursue different outcomes.

Plea bargain basics

You have no doubt read or heard stories about people who were convicted of crimes in Nebraska after entering into plea bargains with authorities. The term "plea bargain" on its own indicates some sort of deal has been struck that one would think should be good for both sides in some way. However, what really are the benefits or potential pitfalls of a plea bargain?

A felony drug charge overview

If you or someone you know faces criminal charges in Nebraska related to a drug crime, you will want to understand how the law identifies the exact type of charge. Some offenses may be misdemeanors and others may be felonies. Even within the realm of felonies there are different levels or classes of charges. Each of these classes has its own set of associated penalties if convicted. Just how are these identified?

A Longtime Police Interrogation Tactic Loses Its Appeal

You may not know the Reid Method of police interrogation by name, but it’s likely you have seen the technique in action in movies or on TV. The strategy involves lengthy questioning sessions that feature a confrontational approach and frequently include claims of evidence (whether or not it actually exists) to pressure a suspect into confessing.

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Success Stories

  • Defendant was charged with sexual assault of a minor. At the deposition of the alleged victim, our firm got the alleged victim to confess that she made the whole thing up. Charges were dropped against our client.
  • Defendant was charged with possessing a large quantity of marijuana. Following a complete investigation by our firm, the State agreed to dismiss all charges against our client.
  • Defendant was charged with embezzling more than $300,000.00, from a previous employer. At the deposition of the alleged victim, our firm highlighted a number of inconsistencies and questionable statements. The State agreed to dismiss all charges against our client.
  • Defendant was charged with child abuse resulting in death. Following the investigation of our firm, depositions of key witnesses and presentation of our findings to the prosecutor, the State agreed to dismiss the charges against our client.
  • Defendant was charged with carrying a concealed weapon. The matter proceeded to trial and the jury found our client Not Guilty.

What Our Clients Say About Us

  • “Jim, Thank you for all of your help over the past couple weeks. I cannot emphasize enough how much better I have felt after receiving your help. Keeping my record clean as possible means a lot to me and I couldn’t have done it without you, thank you!” -TP
  • “Jim, It's always a pleasure to see you in court. Your effective, professional representation of your clients is so helpful.” -LW
  • “Jim, On behalf of the V family, please allow me to offer a HUGE thank you for your exemplary legal representation - especially considering you took on this case a mere 5 months ago. ” -CV
  • “Thank you so much Jim for everything you have been doing on my case, you are greatly appreciated. I will contact you if anything else comes up//until then God bless you! ” -SH
  • “Jim, thank you for everything. After I was resentenced I became eligible for camp custody. I am now on the RDAP list and doing fine” -MH
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