What’s a Violent Felony? Supreme Court Just Lowered the Standard

Repeated violent felonies can have dire consequences for some criminals. Many states, and the federal government, have three-strike type rules that require mandatory sentencing for certain convictions post-third-strike. Therefore, defendants can, and should, fight tooth-and-nail to keep convictions from coming under violent felony codes. But what is “violent”? According to the United States Supreme Court, …

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Burglary Includes Breaking Into a Mobile Home or Tent, Supreme Court Rules

Call it a sign of the times. The United States Supreme Court recently ruled that non-traditional homes can suffice for the “structure” requirement needed for the definition of burglary. SCOTUS States Structures Can Be Untraditional Burglary, though a state crime, is generally described as the unlawful entry into a dwelling with the intent to commit …

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