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Things to know about criminal conviction appeals

After your conviction, you might consider an appeal to overturn the conviction. Although most people are familiar with appeals as an option, many are ill-prepared for the process. Inadequate preparation can leave you with an unsuccessful appeal. Understanding the...

When is pleading guilty not a good idea?

If you are facing criminal charges, you are probably ready to put them behind you. While there certainly is nothing wrong with wanting to move on with your life, you do not want to do anything to make matters worse for yourself. Unfortunately, prematurely accepting a...

When does a conflict of interest justify an appeal?

For you to count on a fair legal system, judges, jurors and lawyers must be able to handle their duties without undue bias. If any of these participants have a personal stake in your case that could call their objectivity into question, their service might be an...

What is post-conviction relief?

In instances where you feel you have been wrongfully convicted of a crime, you can ask for post-conviction relief. These examine all factual and legal claims related to your case and take precedence over other court-related processes. Here is what you need to know...

The difference between robbery and burglary

Regarding theft crimes in Washington D.C., specific actions can fall under either a violent crime or a property crime. In general usage, people use the terms robbery and burglary interchangeably. In the courts, though, these words have more specific meanings and come...