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  • "Drugs Minus Two": The Retroactive Effect

    How to navigate through the retroactive application of the two-level sentence reduction for most federal drug offenses. "Drugs Minus Two": The Basics In April of 2014, Congress approved Amendment 782

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  • "Drugs Minus Two": Two-Level Reduction in Federal Drug Sentencing Guidelines

    The United States Sentencing Commission has recently amended the Federal Sentencing Guidelines in a decision that has been called "drugs minus two." "Drugs Minus Two" Overview Under drugs minus two, t

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  • 21 U.S.C. 851- Federal Sentence Enhancements

    Enhanced Sentencing Under 21 U.S.C. 851 A person who is charged in federal court may face an enhanced sentence if he or she has previously been convicted of a felony drug offense. 21 U.S.C. 851, also

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  • HBLC Law Answers: What Could Happen If I Had “Cybersex” With Someone In Another State?

    Law Question:If someone over age 18 in California has cybersex with a 17 year old in New York, can the person in California get in trouble? Age of consent in New York is 17 and in California it is 18. How would it be discovered? And what could the possible outcome be? HBLC Law An...

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  • Fresno Evidence Could Trigger Retrial of Man Convicted of Murdering Chandra Levy

    After a Fresno police investigationrecently uncovered evidence impacting the credibility of a prosecution witness in the Chandra Levy murder trial, defense attorneys for the man convicted in the case are calling for a retrial. Ingmar Guandique was convicted in 2010 of killing 24-...

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  • California Businessman and Lawyer Convicted for Bankruptcy Fraud and Money Laundering

    TwoCalifornia men were recently convicted for their roles in a bankruptcy fraud and money laundering scheme. After an 11-day trial before United States District Judge Troy L. Nunley, a federal jury convicted Steven Zinnel, 49, of Gold River, on 15 counts of bankruptcy fraud and m...

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  • Fresno Man Convicted Of Attempted Murder and Assault In Barber Shop Shooting

    After only three hours in deliberations, ajury convicted a Fresno man for a shooting inside a mall barber shopearlier this year. Reginald Taylor, 29, was found guilty of the attempted murder of barber Ronald Moore, and of assault with a firearm on Rafiola Binger and her two child...

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  • Fresno Man Sentenced To 21 Years In Prison For Killing His Cousin

    AFresno man who took a plea deal in a homicide case was sentenced to 21 yearsin state prison for the shooting death of his cousin. James Keith Wynn, 22, was sentenced by Judge Alan Simpson for shooting his cousin, Andrais Hackett, 25, in March 2012. When Judge Simpson asked prose...

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  • SCOTUS: Suspects’ Constitutional Right To Remain Silent No Longer Valid Unless Expressly Invoked

    In a decision that strikes a blow to the constitutional rights of all U.S. citizens, the U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled 5-4 thatsuspects during pre-custodial questioning must expressly invoke their Fifth Amendment right to remain silentin order to actually benefit from it. In ...

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  • Authorities In Bakersfield, California Seize Cellphone Video Of Fatal Beating During Police Stop

    Controversy erupted inBakersfield, California after detectives confiscated cellphones with video recordings of police allegedly beating a man to death. Husband and father David Sal Silva, 33, died last week after an encounter with a number of police officers who had responded to ...

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