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What to Expect as a Grand Jury Witness

Grand juries are used to determine whether there is enough evidence to charge someone with a crime. The number of grand jury members varies based on jurisdiction, but federal grand juries usually seat between 16 and 23 jurors. If you have been called as a witness by a grand jury, there are several t...More...

How to Write a PSI Report

A pre-sentence investigation report is prepared by the probation department or a county official who conducts an interview with you and writes a document about your life for judicial review. The report is used by a judge to determine the appropriate sentence for a convict. The report essentially det...More...

How to Look Up My Court Date Online

Any court case pending against you is a serious issue, and missing your court date will only add to your troubles, perhaps even in the form of an arrest warrant. Depending on how much information you have about the case, you can track down your court date online in a few easy steps, or in minutes by...More...

How to Answer a Petition

Each legal jurisdiction establishes its own rules regarding the timeframe and manner in which you must answer a petition. Before drafting your answer to a petition, locate a copy of your jurisdiction's rules and determine the specific requirements for your document. Likewise, the requirements for pe...More...

How to Change a Court Hearing Date

Whether you are involved in civil litigation or are the defendant in a criminal case, missing a court date can have serious consequences. In a civil case you risk losing the case by having a default judgment entered against you. In a criminal case you risk a warrant being issued for your arrest for ...More...

What Is 3rd Degree Assault?

Third degree assault is the most common and least serious type of assault. This misdemeanor occurs when substantial bodily injury is inflicted on an adult and a felony when the victim is a child under four years old....More...

What Is Needed for a Pardon in California?

A governor's pardon may be sought for personal satisfaction alone, but could also help with licensing, bonding or other employment issues. There are two possible methods of applying for a governor's pardon in California. The procedure for obtaining a pardon varies by state....More...

How to Reference Material With Numbers in a Summary Judgment

A summary judgment motion is a legal motion that seeks to persuade the court to decide a case in your favor. It includes arguments that typically contain evidentiary support in the form of exhibits. These exhibits can consist of documents such as letters, invoices, business records or any other typ...More...

How to Petition the Court to Get a Record Expunged

Applying for expungement of criminal records can lead to the restoration of legal rights lost by a criminal conviction. Expungements can restore the rights to vote, seek elective office, procurement of employment, obtaining certain professional licenses and the right to possess a firearm. An additio...More...

How to Get a Prison Sentence Modified

Over the past two decades, the number of convictions resulting in incarceration in the American state courts has diminished, following a downward trend. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), in 2006, 67 percent of all state court convictions ended in incarceration. More recently, the ...More...

How Can I Get a Court Date Faster?

Usually the court sets the date for a case hearing. These dates are not rigid, however, and you can ask the court to grant you a hearing sooner rather than later. Getting a court date faster depends on the court procedures in your county or state, the reasons you provide for wanting an earlier court...More...

Expungement Tips

Expungement prevents employers and landlords from finding out about criminal records.fist image by Aleksandar Radovanovic from Fotolia.comCriminal cases come back to haunt defendants many years later when employers and landlords avoid doing business with former criminals. Expungement is......More...

How to Calculate Pretrial and Trial Deadlines

Calculating pretrial and trial deadlines in federal court became easier on December 1, 2009, when revisions to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure became effective. The new rules simplified a complex system and prevent manipulation of deadlines. Under the former rules, weekends and legal holidays w...More...

How to Obtain Records by Subpoena From an Out of State Corporation

In a civil case, one party frequently needs records that are in the possession a corporation to prove his own case. The legal system recognizes this and provides a legal process by which one party may obtain those records. The party requesting the records must serve the corporation with a subpoena d...More...

What Is a Class 5 Felony in Ohio?

Ohio lawmakers overhauled the state's sentencing structure in 1996 to give judges more leeway in tailoring sentences to individual defendants rather than basing sentencing on the actual crime. The revisions allow judges to look at the defendant's prior record, the severity of the offense, type of of...More...

How to Find Out a Jury Duty Number

Most U.S. citizens between the ages of 18 and 70 will be summoned for jury duty at some point in their lives. Failure to register for duty, usually by filling out a questionnaire, or failing to report for duty can result in fines or even jail time. The jury duty number is a vital piece of informatio...More...

How to Find Free Federal Court Records

Federal court records consist of all of the pleadings and other documents filed in a federal court case. There are multiple ways to obtain federal court records for a fee, including PACER (Public Access to Court Electronic Records), and by ordering a copy from the clerk of the court. However, many d...More...

How to Prepare for an Unemployment Hearing in Wisconsin

After you have filed an unemployment claim, you will have a telephone interview to explain why you no longer work for the company. If the employer denies owing you unemployment benefits or the Wisconsin Unemployment Insurance Claims (UIC) office feels there is a need for a hearing to uncover the tru...More...