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Jon W Norris

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  • Concurrent sentencing

    my domestic partner had several charges when her sentence was activated the judge ran it all concurrent. when sentences are ran concurrent do you receive release papers after one sentence is completed an another one is about to begin or is that on...

    Jon’s Answer

    Concurrent sentences mean that the separate sentences for multiple offense run at the same time. This is different from consecutive sentences, where one sentence must be completed, before time can begin to accrue on the next sentence.

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  • How much trouble do you get in for stomping on someones head aginat a curb?

    someone curb stomped someone and i want to know how long they will go away for. the world will be a better place for a while. he had to go to the ER..

    Jon’s Answer

    This is a difficult question to answer without more information and remember there is often two sides to most stories. One of the first questions is whether or not the action was criminal or justified. One person's act of aggression may very well be seen as an act of self defense For example in many jurisdictions, a person is allowed to use a reasonable amount of force in self defense. Such a reasonable amount of force can even include "deadly force" if necessary to protect themselves from serious bodily injury or death. Should there be a finding of criminal liability, there are many factors that go into sentencing. How serious were the injuries? Is the conviction for an offense that has mandatory minimum time requirements? What is the criminal history of the defendant? Is there any mitigating factors? Was the "victim" armed or the "first aggressor"? Was a limited amount of self-defense proper, but the defendant used "excessive force"? Who is the Judge and what is their sentencing history? All of these factors and more go into predicting the likely sentencing outcome in a case.

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  • Is selling pirated software a federal or state crime

    My friend bought some pirated software on ebay and wants to resell it, is it federal or state jurisdiction that deals with pirated software.

    Jon’s Answer

    The selling and/or reselling of pirated software is certainly a Federal Offense and such cases are almost always prosecuted Federally. Please see the reference to the U.S. Copyright Act below. In addition such actions can be a violation of state law in most jurisdictions. Your friend should be aware that the reselling of such software is a criminal offense which is being ever more aggressively prosecuted all the time. In addition, the purchase and use of such "pirated" software is a crime in and of itself. For further information, legal advice and legal representation, your friend should seek the advice of an attorney experienced in handling such cases, in federal and State court in their jurisdiction.

    Copyright Act, Title 17 of the US Code. The Act gives the owner of the copyright "the exclusive rights" to "reproduce the copyrighted work" and "to distribute copies ... of the copyrighted work" (Section 106). It also states that "anyone who violates any of the exclusive rights of the copyright owner ... is an infringer of the copyright" (Section 501), and sets forth several penalties for such conduct. Those who purchase a license for a copy of software do not have the right to make additional copies without the permission of the copyright owner, except (i) copy the software onto a single computer and (ii) make "another copy for archival purposes only," which are specifically provided in the Copyright Act (Section 117).

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