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What is an Indictment?

Posted on February 14, 2018 by Law Office of Brett A Podolsky

The handing down of an indictment marks the prosecution's formal charge of a suspect in the commission of a crime. The Fifth Amendment of the United States Constitution says that an individual can't be charged with an infamous or capital crime other than by indictment by a grand jury or presentment. Presentment involves the formal presentation of details to a court, such as by a sworn jury's...

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What Are the Most Common Federal Crimes?

Posted on February 7, 2018 by Law Office of Brett A Podolsky

If you want to know the answer to “What are the most common federal crimes?” you’re not alone. Many people don’t understand the differences between state and federal crimes. The short answer to the question is that state crimes violate state laws whereas federal crimes violate specific federal statutes. A federal crime is investigated and prosecuted by the federal court, but a state crime is investigated and...

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Pleading ‘No Contest’

Posted on January 24, 2018 by Law Office of Brett A Podolsky

If you’re facing criminal charges, you may have the option to enter a no contest or nolo contendere (“I do not wish to contend”) plea. Your criminal defense lawyer will explain the possible benefits of entering a no contest plea if it is available in the jurisdiction in which you were charged with a crime. A no contest plea may be used in a criminal proceeding as...

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Understanding Texas Tampering with Evidence Laws

Posted on January 17, 2018 by Law Office of Brett A Podolsky

If you or someone you love is facing evidence tampering charges, if you’ve been apprehended, or you are currently under investigation for the offense, it is essential to seek out a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney now. Whether you’re facing false accusations or you made an error in attempting to cover up evidence relating to alleged wrongdoings, you must take action now. An evidence tampering conviction may have...

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What are Inconsistent Verdicts?

Posted on December 27, 2017 by Law Office of Brett A Podolsky

If you or a loved one asks, "What are inconsistent verdicts?" you're in good company. Many judges, juries, prosecutors, and attorneys question inconsistent verdicts. At the time a jury verdict is announced, many months or years of hard work is complete. In most criminal cases, but particularly those dealing with complex issues, multiple parties, or claims, the jury may provide an inconsistent verdict. In fact, when one performs...

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