What Happens If I Miss My Court Date in Nebraska?
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by Tom Petersen
1w ago
Life throws curveballs, and sometimes that curveball lands smack in the middle of your court date. While missing a court appearance for a criminal case in Nebraska can be nerve-wracking, staying calm and quickly taking action is essential. This guide focuses on navigating this situation for criminal cases. We’ll explore the steps to take if you miss your court date, the potential consequences, and how Petersen Criminal Defense Law can help you throughout the process.  Consequences of Missing a Court Date in Nebraska The Nebraska judicial system takes missed court appearances seriously, a ..read more
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Can You Get a DUI for Sleeping in Your Car Drunk?
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by Tom Petersen
1w ago
After a fun night out with too many drinks, you decide to play it safe by sleeping it off in your car. It seems like the responsible choice, right? But a nagging question might pop into your head: Can you get a DUI for sleeping in your car drunk? Nebraska, like most states, takes a firm stance against drunk driving. However, the regulations surrounding sleeping in your car with alcohol in your system can be confusing. Petersen Criminal Defense Law understands the confusion surrounding this issue and breaks down Nebraska DUI laws. Understanding DUI Laws in Nebraska In Nebraska, DUI laws are st ..read more
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Do I Need a Defense Attorney for a Probation Violation?
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by jdxbasedev
1M ago
Probation is a sentencing option that can be used when an individual has been convicted of a criminal offense in addition to, or in lieu of, ordering the defendant to serve a term of incarceration. If you were placed on probation, and have recently been informed that a violation of that probation is being filed, or you are concerned that one will be filed, you should take the situation seriously. Do not make the mistake many people make of treating a probation violation as nothing to worry about – most of those people are sitting in jail as a result of that train of thought. You may be wonderi ..read more
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Omaha Theft Crimes Lawyer Discusses Penalties for Various Theft Charges
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by jdxbasedev
1M ago
The criminal offense of theft is hardly a new crime. Theft is one of those crimes that is as old as civilization. Advances in civilization, however, have created new types of theft and corresponding penalties. Although any crime can have significant negative ramifications outside the courtroom as well, theft convictions are particularly likely to trigger unwanted non-judicial consequences. Because theft is such a common charge, yet can have a such a profound impact on your life, an Omaha theft crimes lawyer discusses the penalties for various theft charges.  While the following general i ..read more
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5 Questions to Ask Your Nebraska Criminal Defense Lawyer
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by Tom Petersen
1M ago
For the average person, being arrested and charged with a criminal offense is a fairly frightening experience. Being denied your freedom until you make bond is scary enough. Once you are released, however, the gravity of the situation starts to really sink in, along with the possibility that you could be returned to jail if you are convicted. The most important thing you can do for yourself if you find yourself facing criminal charges is to retain the services of an experienced Nebraska criminal defense attorney. Having never been a defendant before though, you may not know what to do after t ..read more
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Intent to Distribute Charge in Nebraska
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by Tom Petersen
1M ago
In Nebraska, facing charges of intent to distribute drugs places you at the center of a serious legal battle. According to most recent Nebraska crime data, Drug Abuse Violations topped the list with 7,446 arrests, far surpassing other categories such as Driving Under the Influence and Simple Assault. This statistic underscores Nebraska’s rigorous enforcement against drug-related offenses, making the stakes incredibly high for anyone facing intent to distribute charges. Intent to distribute is generally treated as a felony in Nebraska, potentially leading to severe penalties, including lengthy ..read more
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Plea Bargain Overview
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by Tom Petersen
1M ago
When facing legal charges in Nebraska, you might consider a plea bargain—a deal where you agree to plead guilty to a lesser charge in exchange for a more lenient sentence or the dismissal of other charges. While this might seem straightforward, it’s essential to recognize that plea bargains come with pros and cons. For example, a plea bargain can significantly reduce your legal expenses and the uncertainty of a trial. However, it may also lead to a criminal record or unforeseen consequences affecting your future employment and personal life.  Each case is unique, with its own set of shor ..read more
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Why a Drug Defense Attorney Is Crucial
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by jdxbasedev
2M ago
Over the last several decades in the United States there has been a concerted effort among legislators and law enforcement agencies to stem the flow of drugs into the U.S. Of course, just like any other business, the drug trade is based on the economics of supply and demand. If there was no demand for drugs there would be no need for a supply. Therefore, legislators and law enforcement agencies have also focused on drug users when increasing the penalties for a drug offense conviction. Across the nation, offenders are sitting in prisons sentenced to life for possession of small amounts of a co ..read more
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Can Police Search Your Car Without a Warrant
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by Tom Petersen
3M ago
Have you ever been pulled over and worried about the outcome of an officer searching your car? You’re not alone. Many drivers in Nebraska are unsure of their rights regarding car searches. You may wonder, Do police need a warrant to search your car?  The good news is that federal and state laws protect you from unreasonable searches and seizures. But what does that mean for car searches in Nebraska? Today, we’ll look at when police can and cannot search your car without a warrant. When Can the Police Search Your Car? The short answer to this question is: it depends. The Fourth Amendment ..read more
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Detained vs. Arrested: What’s the Difference?
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by Tom Petersen
3M ago
Have the police ever stopped you and questioned you about a situation? It can be nerve-racking, leaving you wondering whether you were detained or arrested. In Nebraska, the difference between the two is not just semantics; it carries significant legal consequences. Understanding the distinction can help protect your rights in these situations. We explore the differences between being detained vs. being arrested and the legal implications for each below. Detained vs. Arrested: A Breakdown Distinguishing between a detention and an arrest depends on the seriousness, duration, and legal protecti ..read more
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