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Subject: Law questions - legal terms
The First Step Act is for eligible federal inmates, state inmates are not including in this new law. There are a number of offenders are excluded from receiving earned time credits. These include (but are not limited to) fentanyl traffickers, heroin or methamphetamine traffickers who played a leadership role in the crime, sex offenders, some immigration offenders, all 18 U.S.C. § 924(c) offenders (any crime where a firearm was involved), and people convicted of other violent offenses. This a new system that allows...
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Subject: Law questions - legal terms
Contact the Clerk of the Court in the jurisdiction where she was charged. They will have the court dates for all upcoming dockets
Subject: Law questions - legal terms
You will have to file a motion with the Court to request discovery documents. If you do not know how to write a motion, you will need an attorney to do this for you. 
Subject: Law questions - legal terms
A motion for discovery is a motion made to the court by the party of a criminal proceeding or civil lawsuit to obtain information or evidence regarding the case. As an example, a motion of discovery provides the defendant with notes made by an FBI agent during or shortly after interviewing a potential witness.
Subject: Law questions - legal terms
You would only know by checking previous filings with the Court to see the name and signature of the attorney on the documents. There are no other methods other than getting that information from the defendant/inmate
Subject: Law questions - legal terms
Nothing is free. You can reduce the overall cost if you do not use a lawyer, then the only cost is the filing fee is for the court (which might be a couple of hundred dollars)
Subject: Law questions - legal terms
Not a good idea. More than likely, the person with a warrant will be held and picked up by the jurisdiction where the warrant was issued.
Subject: Law questions - legal terms
Indictments have nothing to do with sentencing issues or guidelines. They are a formal naming of a person to a particular crime. It's common for charges to result in an indictment that long after arrest. You're innocent until proven guilty in a court of law, so no, an indictment by itself doesn't mean automatic jail time. To obtain an indictment against a suspected criminal, the prosecutor must present their case to a grand jury. A grand jury is a jury made of a group of 16-40 local citizens...
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A pretrial hearing is a meeting that occurs before a trial action begins, attended by the plaintiff, the defendant, the judge, the lawyers, and maybe other involved parties. Pretrial hearings aim to resolve some of the legal issues before the trial begins where the judge is informed of such things as whether the parties are ready for trial, have all of their witnesses lined up, motions that may still be pending and the status of negotiations if any. The judge will usually issue an immediate response to any issues raised during a pretrial conference. The judge...
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Subject: Law questions - legal terms
The sure-fire way is to contact someone at the Clerk of the Court in the county where this is being tried.