How a State Level Offense in Raleigh, North Carolina Turns Into a Federal Offense

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Raleigh Criminal Defense Lawyer, Michelle Sparrow, expresses how an offense at the state level in North Carolina could graduate into a federal offense. At Sparrow Law Firm, we handle both state and federal cases. Sometimes, state and federal cases can join together. Occasionally, a state case may actually be adopted by federal authorities who wish
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Report: Changes to Drug Sentencing Guidelines Have Been Successful

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As we discussed in a previous post, sentencing for federal drug crimes is serious and strict. Oftentimes, people convicted of drug crimes — whether it is for drug possession, distribution or trafficking — spend years in federal prison. Certain types of drugs are also treated more harshly than others under federal law, including crack cocaine.
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Sentencing for Federal Drug Crimes is Strict, Serious

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Federal drug charges can involve accusations of drug possession, drug distribution, drug trafficking and other offenses. In dealing with these serious charges, federal courts differ from state courts in significant ways. For people who have been accused of federal drug crimes, one of the most monumental differences is how sentences are handed down. One might
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Compassion Lacking for Prisoners Asking for ‘compassionate Leave’

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Federal prison authorities have the power to release inmates from custody before the completion of their sentences when there are unusual circumstances, such as the prisoner being very ill or in the process of dying. This power was given to them explicitly in 1984 by an act of Congress. A report on what the federal
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Federal Drug Prosecutions Down from 2011, but No One Knows Why

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An independent research organization, Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, reports that the first 10 months of 2012 showed a marked decline in the number of new federal drug crime prosecutions. The data goes through July 31, 2012; the fiscal year ended Sept. 30. According to TRAC, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration referred a total of 11,782
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