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If you are in removal proceedings, you cannot leave the United States until your case is closed. If you leave the country, you risk breaking the rule that you must have continuous residency for naturalization purposes. In such a case, you may have trouble getting a visa or being deported....
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If the police have pulled you over for any reason, you should know your rights and know what to do. While you may not be under arrest, you can still be detained if you’ve been convicted of a crime. Before you agree to talk to the police, you should let...
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While there are no legal defenses for first-time offenders, the penalties for subsequent DUI offenses can be higher. In addition, there are mandatory minimum jail sentences. In Colorado, the minimum sentence for a first DUI offense is five days, and the second and third offenses can both carry longer jail...
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The consequences of driving under the influence can be devastating. In addition to skyrocketing insurance rates, you may end up in jail or face countless fines and court charges. Thankfully, there are some ways to minimize the risks and get caught. Here are a few ways you can avoid getting...
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When you are pulled over by the police, you will probably wonder what will happen. Your rights and responsibilities are not the same in every state. You may not have committed any crime, but you may have a traffic violation. Police officers may stop you because they’re suspicious or you...
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What is bail and why is it set? Bail is supposed to be set only in cases where the court believes that the only way to get someone to return to court is to require them to post money. The idea behind setting bail is to encourage people to return...
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There are many ways a case can end up in federal court. It can happen due to a conflict of interest between the parties. Generally, there must be some evidence of harm to bring a case to court. The case proceeds from a district court to an appellate court, and...
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In criminal law, the elements of an offense are set forth by statute. These elements include an act (actus reus), a mental state (mens rea), and causation. Each element has a burden of proof, and the burden is on the government to establish each element. Crimes are usually broken down...
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Thankfully, encounters with violent people are rare. However, dealing with someone who exhibits violent tendencies can be a challenge. Not only can dealing with such a person be stressful, but it can also put you and others at risk of harm. Here are some tips to deal with these types...
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The question “Is gun possession a federal crime?” can be confusing and overwhelming. In this article, you’ll learn the basics of federal gun laws and how to defend yourself against charges. As a defense, you can use the Fourth Amendment and the Constitution to your advantage. The Constitution prohibits unreasonable...
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Despite the popular misconception, your criminal record doesn’t automatically clear after seven years. In fact, it can take a long time to clear your record, which means that you will need to take action to do so. There is no legal procedure that will clear your criminal record automatically, and...
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How long does a DUI stay on your driving record? The state you live in will affect this. In some states, the DUI will remain on your driving record for as long as seven years. In other states, it may remain on your record for as long as fifteen years....