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  • NCIS Using Sting Operations to Convict Officers in Okinawa

    Posted By Bilecki & Tipon, LLLC || 11-Jan-2017

    Officers in Okinawa, Japan, should be extremely wary when using Craigslist’s “casual encounters” listings. In what has been a highly-controversial move, the NCIS has been running sting operations in an attempt to catch and convict officers of sex crimes. In these sting operations, NCIS plants ads on Craigslist, social media, and dating sites, all of which require users to be aged ...
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  • Guilty Plea-Effect-Waiver

    Posted By Bilecki & Tipon, LLLC || 15-Dec-2016

    General rule: guilty plea waives all issues which are not jurisdictional or do not deprive an accused of due process. Waived by the guilty plea: a. Suppression of evidence, confessions, identifications. See, e.g. , United States v. Cooper, 32 M.J. 83 (C.M.A. 1991)(accused who pleaded guilty without condition or restriction to an offense of adultery did not preserve for appellate review his motion ...
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  • City of Waller Plea Types

    Posted By Bilecki & Tipon, LLLC || 5-Dec-2016

    A Plea of GUILTY means that you admit that the act is prohibited by law, that you committed the act charged, and that you have no legal defense for your act. You should understand the following: You are innocent until proven guilty. Your plea of GUILTY may be used against you later in a civil suit (e.g. if there was a traffic accident another party can say you were at fault or responsible for the ...
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  • Plea Bargains: In Depth

    Posted By Bilecki & Tipon, LLLC || 29-Nov-2016

    Plea bargains are extraordinarily common in the American legal system, accounting for roughly 90% of all criminal cases. Many countries, however, do not allow plea bargains, considering them unethical and immoral. Below is a discussion about what plea bargains are, why we use them and different types of plea bargains, as well as what happens if both parties don't live up to the terms of a plea ...
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  • Types Of Criminal Pleas

    Posted By Bilecki & Tipon, LLLC || 14-Nov-2016

    Most Common Defense and Criminal Law Issues Criminal Law Misdemeanors Drug Crimes Speeding and Moving Violations Drunk Driving / DUI / DWI White Collar Crime Felonies What Is a Plea? A plea is a defendant's answer to a factual matter. In criminal law, a plea is a defendant's formal response of guilty, not guilty or nolo contendere to a criminal charge. Types of Pleas Guilty - A plea by a ...
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