Legal Articles

How Long Does A Background Check Take?



The most common reason background checks are conducted is for employment purposes. However, there are various other reasons one might need to obtain a background check, like purchasing a firearm, applying to rent an apartment, or serving as a childcare worker or caretaker. Each type of background check is meant to surface different kinds of […]

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What Does Disposed Mean In A Court Case?



When a case has been disposed, this means it has been closed. Specific reasons for a case being closed can include dismissal, conviction, admission of guilt, among other reasons. Once a case is officially over, it is removed from the court’s docket. This simply means there are no further dates for that matter scheduled on […]

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Squatter’s Rights & Adverse Possession: What You Need To Know



“Squatter’s rights” is a term used to describe the rights of people who have taken physical possession of a property they do not own. These same people, known as squatters, do not have the express permission of the property’s owner(s), but may still be awarded benefits under the law. Individuals who squat on property that […]

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The Difference Between Sexual Battery, Sexual Assault, & Rape



Sexual battery is non-consensual (IE: unwanted) contact with intimate parts of another person’s body. “Intimate parts” is a term that can mean a person’s genitals, anus, buttocks, or groin. If the person is a woman, the term can also include breasts. Sexual battery is always a crime. Depending upon the circumstances of a case, this […]

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What Is the Difference Between an Indictment and a Charge?



An indictment is an early step in the process of charging someone for a crime. It does not mean the person is guilty, simply that the prosecutor thinks they are. To more clearly understand what an indictment is, it is necessary to also understand what a grand jury is and how the criminal process charge […]

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What Are Felony Charges, Classes, & Penalties



A felony is the most serious type of crime that can be committed. Felony classes are decided by each state according to the magnitude of the crime that has been committed, so laws vary on a state by state basis. Similarly, the punishments vary on a state by state basis depending on the felony class. […]

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Difference Between Capital Murder & First-Degree Murder



First-degree murder and capital murder are commonly confused – most likely because they’re so similar. The main difference between first-degree and capital is the punishment that someone who’s committed these crimes receives.   First-Degree Murder A person is charged with first-degree if it’s suspected they took time to think about killing another person before killing […]

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States With The Death Penalty



Today, there are 29 states with the death penalty – although some currently have a moratorium (a temporary cessation) on executions as of 2019.

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