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Indianapolis, IN (Law Firm Newswire) February 26, 2018 – After deliberating for less than 20 minutes, an Indianapolis jury found Michael Trosclair and Shari Tremba not guilty of all crimes charged. The Marion County Prosecutor’s Office filed felony charges on June 19, 2017 alleging Michael & Shari were neglectful of their 7-month-old child and were intoxicated in public. “After 263 days of silence and public shame, we are grateful for the verdict of ‘not guilty.’ This verdict contributes to our continued healing from the loss and emotional pain caused by this incident. We now look forward to expressing the true story of […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) May 27, 2017 – With the everсhanging political landscape the immigration rules and regulations of the U.S. are getting more and more complex. This makes the process of obtaining an immigrant visa and essentially moving to the United States of America very challenging. Moreover, due to the constant altering of the same rules and their inherent complexity, it is quite simple to violate the immigration law and at times unintentionally. That is why immigration fraud attorneys at Joseph Potashnik & Associates offer their services of legal representation to clients investigated or accused of immigration-related […]


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New York, NY(Law Firm Newswire) December 16, 2016 – New York Criminal Defense attorney Peter E. Brill of Brill Legal Group, P.C., has received a 2016 Avvo Clients’ Choice Award for outstanding client reviews. The Avvo Clients’ Choice Award is awarded to legal professionals who receive five or more client ratings of 4 or 5 on their Avvo profile in one year. About 97 percent of U.S. lawyers are rated on Avvo, a lawyer marketing website, which allows prospective clients to research lawyers based on the information available on their profiles, as well as client reviews and ratings. Lawyer profiles […]


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St. Peters, MO, (Law Firm Newswire) January 22, 2016 – A proposed Missouri bill could decrease the amount of time a person convicted of a crime would have to wait before their record becomes eligible for expungement. Expungement refers to the process of wiping a criminal conviction from an individual’s record. Missouri Senator Bob Dixon, R-Springfield, made the announcement during a press conference on December 15. The bill has been filed for the 2016 session with an aim to allow people to have certain nonviolent criminal convictions cleared from their records. “Reducing expungement wait times will allow people opportunities for […]


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Charlotte, NC (Law Firm Newswire) January 06, 2016 – The law firm of Rawls, Scheer, Foster & Mingo, has launched a brand new website to better display the experience and knowledge base of the firm. The partners emphasize expert and caring representation. Rawls, Scheer, Foster & Mingo, attorneys at law, are pleased to announce the launch of the firm’s new website. With a history in the Charlotte area, North Carolina, and nationally, the practice has more than thirty years of experience, providing representation in the practice areas of wrongful death, personal injury, criminal defense, civil litigation, whistleblower and ABC Law. […]


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St. Peters, MO, (Law Firm Newswire) December 14, 2015 – The state Supreme Court heard a case on Oct. 28 that raised questions of what constitutes criminal intent. The case involved Blaec Lammers, a southwest Missouri man accused of plotting shootings at a movie theater and Walmart. His defense attorney argued Lammers, 23, only thought about carrying out the shootings and did not actually fire any shots nor have the intent to harm others. However, the state attorney general’s office said he took substantial steps that showed he intended to follow through with the attacks. Lammers purchased two rifles and […]


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St. Peters, MO, (Law Firm Newswire) November 17, 2015 – The FBI will begin collecting and making public more information about police shootings involving civilians, according to FBI Director James Comey. The agency released its annual data on crime in the United States on Sept. 28. Once the FBI gathers the data, it will release a special report on police use of force in the line of duty, which has been the subject of public debate. According to Comey, the publication will “outline facts about what happened, who was involved, the nature of injuries or deaths, and the circumstances behind […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 26, 2015 – Entrapment is an affirmative criminal defense utilized in a situation where law enforcement induced someone to commit a crime that he or she would not have otherwise committed. An affirmative defense means the defendant must prove entrapment. When entrapment is used as a defense in a criminal case, it assumes that an ordinary citizen would have resisted the temptation to commit a specific crime but for having been provided with some incentive by police. In a number of U.S. jurisdictions, entrapment may be used as a defense against criminal liability. The […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 19, 2015 – A crime may be committed in self-defense. But what is the definition of self-defense? The right of self-defense is the right of an individual to use reasonable physical force in order to defend their own life or the lives of others. In certain situations, this includes the use of deadly force. When someone uses the defense of self-defense in court, it is often used for serious crimes when the person has inflicted harm upon another (assault and battery, homicide), but their actions were justified due to the need to protect themselves […]


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St. Peters, MO, (Law Firm Newswire) October 9, 2015 – Measure seeks to address high court rulings that Missouri’s state law was unconstitutional. The Missouri Senate on April 15 approved a bill that would establish more lenient sentencing standards for minors convicted of first-degree murder than the current requirement of life in prison. The measure seeks to reform the sentencing requirements in the wake of a state Supreme Court ruling that found them unconstitutional as well as a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in 2012 that found mandatory life sentences for minors to be unconstitutional. Under Senate Bill 200, which is […]


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St. Peters, MO, (Law Firm Newswire) September 24, 2015 – Faulty testimony contributed to at least 35 guilty verdicts, with nine executions resulting. The Innocence Project, a nonprofit organization based in New York, announced on April 21 that the FBI erroneously testified about hair samples in six criminal cases in Missouri, including one that resulted in the execution of the defendant. And now the executed man has been identified as Jeffrey Ferguson, who was convicted in St. Louis County last year for the 1989 murder of Kelli Hall. In a joint statement that was released the previous weekend, the FBI, […]


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St. Peters, MO, (Law Firm Newswire) September 17, 2015 – House vote sends bill back to Senate that would curb caps on city revenue from tickets. The Missouri House on April 22 voted overwhelmingly in favor of municipal court reforms that would significantly curtail the amount of revenue that cities in St. Louis County can raise from traffic citations. The measure, which House Speaker John Diehl, R-Town and Country, said would curb “predatory practices when it comes to raising revenue,” was proposed in the wake of national publicity over the county’s court system in connection with a Ferguson, Missouri, police […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 15, 2015 – Can sexually dangerous inmates be held past their release date? Yes, they may be held indefinitely despite the end of a completed prison sentence. The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act, passed by President Bush in 2006, gave the government authority to hold sexually dangerous federal prisoners for an indefinite period of time. In United States v. Graydon Earl Comstock (https://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/pdf/08-1224P.ZO), Comstock examined whether or not the federal government had the power to hold inmates indefinitely or if it had gone beyond the powers granted by the Constitution. The U.S. […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 8, 2015 – Crack cocaine users handed a greater than the mandatory minimum sentence had their jail term(s) reduced after a revision of the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 (FSA). The public hearing that triggered the major revision of the FSA was held by the United States Sentencing Commission in 2011. The mere suggestion that hundreds, if not thousands, of inmates could possibly have their drug related sentences reduced triggered an avalanche of correspondences asking that the proposed new rules be applied. The Act’s revision met with very little opposition and managed to pass […]


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St. Peters, MO, (Law Firm Newswire) August 31, 2015 – Missouri Governor Jay Nixon signed legislation on July 9 to establish a cap on how much money local governments can collect from fines and court costs for minor traffic offenses, setting the stage for the reform of the state’s municipal court system. Along with having to consider the ability of defendants to pay fines, courts will now be prohibited from sentencing people to jail for failing to pay. They will also no longer be able to suspend drivers’ licenses and levy additional charges for failure to appear in court or pay fines […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 21, 2015 – Is a judge allowed to change a sentence after one has been imposed, while the offender is in jail serving time? “The short answer in that scenario is, more often than not, no, because this situation is called double jeopardy. It would be wrong on a number of levels,” said Thomas Grajek, a Lakeland, Florida, criminal defense attorney. “No officer of the court, such as a judge, can on their own, without holding a hearing including all relevant parties, re-sentence someone after they have already been sentenced.” It is one thing […]


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St. Peters, MO, (Law Firm Newswire) July 10, 2015 – Attorney general’s findings show greater disparity in 2014 than 2013 and largest in 15 years. On June 1, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster’s office released its annual report, and its most prominent finding was the fact that in 2014 black motorists were 75 percent more likely than whites to be stopped by police. That figure is not only an increase from the previous year but also the highest since the state began recording such data in 2000, when the statistical disparity came in at 31 percent. Koster’s office cautioned that […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 25, 2015 – These days, DUI/DWI convictions are becoming more stringent, but there are eight states with very strict penalties. “A DUI/DWI penalty is not much fun, no matter where you incur it,” points out Lakeland, Florida. criminal defense attorney Thomas C. Grajek. “However, there are some states that really take a dim view of drinking and driving and their DUI/DWI penalties are very harsh.” The eight worst states to be convicted of drinking and driving are: Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, Oregon, Georgia and New York. Arizona does not mess around, even […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 18, 2015 – Distracted driving comes in many forms. The law views two of those distractions the same: drunk driving and driving under the influence of drugs. The difficulty with taking prescription medications and driving is that many people do not realize their cognitive abilities may have become impaired. Others do not believe the warnings printed on medications about not driving when taking various medications. For whatever reasons, people just do not regard driving while under the influence of prescription medication(s) to be the same as DWI. According to a National Highway Traffic Safety […]


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St. Peters, MO, (Law Firm Newswire) June 15, 2015 – Case pits law enforcement against wife of sheriff’s lieutenant who is also daughter of ex-cop. On May 9, St. Louis police fired multiple shots at a woman while she was at a family home, an encounter that has resulted in felony charges against her as well as her hospitalization with serious injuries. And within days of the shooting, the family has not only responded with outrage but also disputed the police account of the incident. The woman, Jennifer Morgan-Tyra, 38, is being treated at St. Louis University Hospital after police […]


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