Criminal Law

Latest Search Term Used to Find This Site: “not guilty no fingerprints on gun”

My wordpress sitestats application tells me that yesterday, the top search terms used to find this site were “not guilty no fingerprints on gun”.  If you are searching for those terms, you (or someone close to you) are probably in a world of trouble.  And unfortunately, I have bad news for you: a jury can …

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Cancellation of Removal for non-Permanent Residents Checklist

Under certain circumstances, some people put into removal proceedings who are not Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) may be eligible for a form of relief called “Cancellation of Removal”, which allows certain non-LPRs to “adjust status” and become an LPR.  In plain English, Cancellation of Removal allows some non-green card holders to ask the Immigration Judge …

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Public Service Announcement – If You Have Temporary Protected Status, Don’t Plead Guilty to Those Minor Misdemeanors

If you are an immigrant here in the US with temporary protected status (TPS), you will lose this status if you are convicted of two misdemeanors.  INA §244(c)(2)(B).  And even if you have been in the US a long time and have US citizen children, you will not be allowed to stay unless your citizen (or …

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The Accomplice Corroboration Rule in Maryland

In criminal trials, a defendant is judged by people who weren’t there, didn’t see what happened, and usually have little experience with the type of crime involved.  What jury could resist testimony from someone who can definitively say that the defendant was guilty of the crime because they committed the crime together?  The accomplice can …

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