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Proposed Sentencing Reform Act of 2015

Posted by Adam Bleier | Nov 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

Federal criminal sentencing for most non-violent offenses is extremely harsh.  This is because the law imposes mandatory minimum punishments on offenders if the given drug charged is above a certain threshold weight.  This has resulted in a huge increase in the prison population of non-violent dr...

Misdemeanor Compromises in Arizona

Posted by Adam Bleier | Sep 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

A Misdemeanor Compromise is a method to get a case dismissed.  It is an out of court agreement between a defendant and an alleged victim in certain types of misdemeanor cases.  Upon filing of the affidavit, the Court dismisses the case.  Most cases with a victim can be settled in this manner. How...

A Brief Explanation of Diversion

Posted by Adam Bleier | Jun 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

Diversion is frequently offered by the State in misdemeanor criminal cases for first time offenders.  At its most basic level, diversion is an agreement between the State and the client whereby the State agrees to dismiss the charge(s) upon completion of a consequence by the client.  The conseque...

Harsh Sex Offense Laws on Display in Florida Courtroom

Posted by Adam Bleier | May 06, 2015 | 0 Comments

A recent case in which a Florida couple convicted of "lewd and lacivious" conduct for having sex on the beach (admittedly in daylight), and who refused a number of plea offers prior to trial, appears to exhibit the harsh reality of sex offense laws throughout the country.  It appears from the new...

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