John L. Calcagni III

Immigration Consequences of Criminal Activity

In recent years, immigration law has prompted the increased removal of noncitizens from the United States. A large percentage of removal proceedings are based upon criminal convictions. Even convictions for minor criminal offenses may trigger removal from the United States….

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The Jury Trial Process

The Jury Trial Process

The Parties In criminal cases, the defendant is the person accused of committing a crime. He or she is ordinarily represented by a lawyer, known as defense counsel. If the defendant is financially unable to afford his or her own…

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Federal Speedy Trial Act

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People often ask if they have a right to a speedy trial.   The answer is technically yes, but strategically, proceeding to trial quickly is not always in a defendant’s best interests.  The right to speedy trial is set forth in…

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Bail in Federal Criminal Cases

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 Federal courts address bail at a defendant’s first court appearance.  If the appearance is for a defendant charged by criminal complaint, it is called the “initial appearance.”  If the appearance follows indictment by grand jury or the filing of a…

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Rhode Island Expungement Law

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If you have ever been arrested, charged or convicted of a crime, under Rhode Island law, you may be entitled to have judicial and law enforcement records related to this event sealed or expunged. In either instance, if successful, information…

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