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What's the federal mandatory minimum penalty for LSD trafficking?

The United States federal government has classified the hallucinogenic drug lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) as a Schedule 1 narcotic. That means that the federal government considers it to be one of the most dangerous types of drugs. As such, being convicted of trafficking LSD will come with serious mandatory punishments.

How are state and federal courts different?

The United States has two kinds of courts, and depending on your allegedly criminal actions, you could end up defending yourself in either state or federal court. Both these courts have key differences; therefore, it's important you learn what those differences are so that you can better handle your legal proceedings.

How does the government spend its crime enforcement money?

If you were to ask the average person how the federal government is spending its crime-enforcement dollars, he or she would probably say it's spent on drug enforcement. However, a new report released by the Department of Justice last Thursday shows that the federal government is spending half of its crime-enforcement resources on immigration violations.

Prison population drops as crime rates continue to decline

North Carolina residents will be happy to hear that the number of U.S. residents being held in prison continues to decline. Nationwide statistics point to a prison population that is just under 2.2 million people -- who are currently being held in federal, state and local prisons -- as of year-end 2015. This figure represents a drop of 51,000 inmates compared to year-end 2014, which is the biggest inmate population decline since 2009.

What is a racketeering or RICO crime?

Whenever you hear about a racketeering or RICO-related allegation it refers to allegations related to organized criminal activity. Organized crime rings run what are informally referred to as "rackets" because they engage in "racketeering." Racketeering is what happens when someone is running an illegal business. RICO and racketeering laws also cover the illegal use of legitimate organizations to carry out criminal acts -- like embezzling funds, laundering money and other white collar crimes.

President grants clemency to record number of federal inmates

President Obama is in his last year as president and has decided to commute the prison sentences of a massive number of federal inmates. In fact, he has set a record in the number of clemency grants he has ordered -- 673 in total -- which is more than the last 10 presidents granted combined. In the month of August alone, Obama granted clemency to 325 inmates, 111 of which were granted in one day. Most of the inmates who received clemency had been given federal prison sentences for minor drug offenses, and 39 of them had lifetime sentences for low-level, non-violent drug crimes.

Man exonerated after 28 years in prison

A federal judge in North Carolina has ordered that a man who was sent to prison 28 years ago be freed. The man was convicted of murder allegations when he was just a teenager. According to the North Carolina Superior Court Judge, not enough evidence was present to justify the man's conviction related to the 1988 murder.

Guilty plea on chargse of visa fraud conspiracy

A 36-year-old man from Raleigh has pleaded guilty to charges that he illegally recruited and induced foreign nationals to come from Israel to the United States on B-2 visitor visas. Once they arrived, the man would employ them at his kiosk businesses in malls in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Georgia and Virginia.

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