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Anthony William Vaupel

Anthony Vaupel’s Legal Guides

7 total

  • What does it mean to be legally "insane"?

    There continues to be a great deal of confusion as it relates to what it means to be "insane". This confusion exists for a variety of reasons, perhaps the most important being that the psychological definition of insane and the legal definition of insane does not necessarily trac...

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  • What is "mental illness" and how does it compare to "insanity"?

    In my career I have noticed a great deal of confusion between what it means to be legally "insane" and what it means to be "mentally ill". Most of the confusion seems to stem from how pop culture and the media portrays insanity and mental illness. When considering that different ...

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  • What Is the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 and Does It Affect My Case?

    What is it? In August of 2010 the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 became federal law and is one of many laws affecting the disposition of federal criminal cases. The purpose of the Act is to partially reconcile the differences in how criminal defendants charged with crack cocaine off...

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  • An outline to the criminal process in Illinois

    For over a decade now I have been absolutely fascinated with the criminal process. These cases are often dramatic, emotional, and sometimes very tragic. I have either prosecuted or defended people for almost every misdemeanor and felony crime listed in the statutes. When I see cl...

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  • A sooner than expected answer on whether the Fair Sentencing Act will apply retroactively.

    Only a few months ago I took a look at what the Fair Sentencing Act is and how it might be applied. At the time, there were a number of questions as to whether the courts would find the Act to be applied retroactively to defendants and, if so, to what extent. Answers are becoming...

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  • New changes to the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010

    Earlier today the United States Sentencing Commission issued a press release stating that it unanimously voted to make the amendments to the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 retroactive within the sentencing guidelines. Unless Congress acts to block the Commissions vote, the Fair Sent...

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  • What is "expungement" and can I get one?

    This is one of the standard questions I am asked on a weekly, and sometimes daily, basis. This is always a tough question to answer because there are so many variables at work in determining whether

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