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November 2016 Archives

Man to serve 30- versus requested 57-month sentence

When facing allegations of drug crimes, Nebraska residents can understandably be concerned about what the future holds for them. The criminal defense process can seem overwhelming yet it is an important one because it allows defendants the chance to avoid black-and-white applications of the law. Things like plea bargains may be able to help result in sentences that are lower than they might otherwise be, for example.

What this year's Supreme Court decision could mean for Nebraska DUI arrests

Nebraska is one of 12 states that make it a crime for someone pulled over for a DUI to refuse a breath or blood test. But a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in June raised a significant challenge to state laws requiring blood test. And it's already changing how some DUI cases are handled in Nebraska.

Nebraska works to reduce turnaround time at crime lab

People arrested for and charged with drug offenses in Nebraska look to the defense process to give them a chance to avoid convictions or minimize penalties if ultimately convicted. Evidence used in their cases may be pivotal to the outcomes of their cases. When the processing of that evidence takes too long, it can add to the challenges for defendants.

Job searching with a felony record

There may well be more people in Nebraska with criminal records than many might ever believe. It is not possible to look at someone and know whether or not they've ever been arrested let alone convicted of a crime. The fact is that even the most responsible-looking or -seeming person may well have a criminal record. This even includes people with successful careers. How do they get these jobs if they have criminal records?

Nebraskans to decide fate of death penalty in election

Nebraska residents share their anticipation for the soon-to-be 2016 elections with residents in the other 49 states and the District of Columbia. However, in addition to the race for the White House, Nebraskans will decide many other things that hit a bit closer to home. Among those is an issue related to the death penalty in the state.

Six reasons why criminal cases can take so long

Criminal defense cases for DUIs, assault, drugs, and other charges can take much longer than most defendants ever expect. While some criminal trials can be quick other can drag on for months. In big cases, such as the quadruple murder that took place in Washington in the Savopoulos home last year, they might not even get to the court room for years. Due to added DNA evidence the case is unlikely to get to trial until 2018. Many people are caught off guard when this happens. They wonder why it takes so long for criminal cases to be resolved. Delays often happen for these six reasons.

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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
  • “JThank you so much for writing back. I read your response and I want you to know I completely trust you” -KV