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If you are facing charges of domestic violence, you may not be aware of the full range of consequences that can result from a conviction. An experienced criminal defense attorney can help mitigate the damage of a domestic violence charge and the penalties you face.
http://brianzeiger.com/blog/2017/06/20/collateral-consequences-domestic-violence-conviction/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=googleplus
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Pennsylvania, like most states, has a unique juvenile justice system that focuses on restoring and rehabilitating juvenile offenders. While one of the system's main goals is to keep the community safe from delinquent offenders, it ultimately seeks to redeem, educate, and rehabilitate Pennsylvania's youth offenders so that they will avoid engaging in future criminal behavior. Most juvenile offenders (offenders under the age of 18) have their cases filed in juvenile court, but if the crime is serious and the juvenile has a criminal record, a Pennsylvania prosecuting attorney may be required to forgo the juvenile system and file a case directly in adult criminal court. This is called a "direct file."  
http://brianzeiger.com/blog/2017/05/30/direct-file-juvenile-decertification-benefits-pennsylvania-juvenile-court/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=googleplus
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For some first-time offenders, it is shocking to learn that there is no parole in the federal prison system. With the exception of a small reduction for good behavior (a "good time credit”), the sentence you receive in federal court is the sentence you will serve. Unless your sentence or conviction is overturned, the only means by which you can reduce your sentence in the federal system is through a Rule 35(b) motion. 
 
http://brianzeiger.com/blog/2017/05/23/federal-rule-35-barriers-benefits/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=googleplus
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Put simply, “habeas corpus” is a writ (petition) that can be used in a narrow set of circumstances to bring the case of a state prisoner before the United States federal courts. However, federal prisoners may also invoke habeas corpus under slightly different circumstances. Translated directly from the Latin, the term "habeas corpus" literally means "that you have the body." It requires the person against whom the petition is made, normally the warden of a penitentiary, to bring the "body" of the prisoner before a judge so that the judge might hear his or her case.
http://brianzeiger.com/blog/2017/05/17/making-federal-habeas-corpus-appeal-pennsylvania/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=googleplus
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Did you know that the state of Pennsylvania has the largest number of juvenile offenders sentenced to life without parole in the country? In the United States, we have a system of law called the “common law.” This means that not all our laws and legal principles are found in written statutes; some are derived from judicial case law. In countries that follow a common-law system, the decisions of certain courts are binding, even if they are contrary to the written law.
http://brianzeiger.com/blog/2017/05/02/petitioning-parole-montgomery-v-louisiana/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=googleplus
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Criminal probation in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is not a conviction. However, during your criminal probation, it is absolutely essential that you comply with all of the terms of your probation to the letter.
http://brianzeiger.com/blog/2017/04/25/like-probation-pennsylvania/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=googleplus
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In the 1966 case of Miranda v. Arizona, the United States Supreme Court ruled that a criminal suspect who has been arrested and detained must be informed of the constitutional right to an attorney – as well as the constitutional right against self-incrimination – prior to being compelled to respond to police questioning or take part in any police investigation. While there is no specific formula for the Miranda warning, there are several bases that must be covered in order for the warning to be deemed valid.
http://brianzeiger.com/blog/2017/04/18/four-corners-miranda-warning%E2%80%A8/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=googleplus
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Although police officers may say that they are pulling you over for texting while driving, speeding, crossing a yellow line, running a stop sign, driving in an erratic manner, or for some other minor traffic offense, the more likely reason for the stop is suspected impaired driving. In other words, the officer is really pulling you over because he or she believes that you are operating your vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. These types of traffic stops, called pretextual stops, are valid and constitutional.
http://brianzeiger.com/blog/2017/04/11/rights-violated-philadelphia-pennsylvania-traffic-stop-sobriety-checkpoint/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=googleplus
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In today’s competitive market, getting into a college or professional school or finding a high-paying job in the greater Philadelphia area is harder now than ever. Since the Great Recession, this is true even for people with impeccable credentials. A criminal record (particularly a lengthy one) can significantly hinder a person’s educational and professional options.
http://brianzeiger.com/blog/2017/04/04/prior-criminal-record-hurts-long-run/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=googleplus
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Although popularized as articulated in the famous United States Supreme Court case Miranda v. Arizona, (due to the Miranda warning, “you have the right to remain silent, anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law”), the right to remain silent is a fundamental American constitutional right.
http://brianzeiger.com/blog/2017/03/28/right-remain-silent-invoked/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=googleplus
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