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What to Expect at a Federal Detention Hearing

Posted on August 28, 2019 by Law Office of Brett A Podolsky

People who are facing federal charges undergo a judicial process that differs in key ways from state judicial processes. The U.S. Constitution guarantees you the right to appear before a judge immediately after being charged with a federal crime. You can prepare for your federal detention hearing by knowing what this court appearance entails and the results you want as a defendant. The Purpose of a Federal...

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What is a Plea Bargain?

Posted on February 26, 2013 by Law Office of Brett A Podolsky

Contrary to the dramatic scenarios that are portrayed on television, few criminal cases are decided by a sensational trial in which a defendant must fight for his life. The majority of cases in the real world do not make it to a court room to be heard by a jury. Instead, most criminal cases are settled prior to a trial with a plea bargain (also known...

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Can Crimes be Merged?

Posted on February 21, 2013 by Law Office of Brett A Podolsky

Multiple crimes are said to be "merged" when they are treated as a single crime for the purposes of a criminal case. Crimes may be merged when they are deemed to result from a single criminal act. For instance, an individual may be accused of driving while intoxicated (DWI) as well as reckless driving as the result of a single traffic stop. These accusations can be...

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