Big Changes to Criminal Sentences in Nebraska

Prison overcrowding leads to shorter sentences

  • 28 January 2016
  • Author: robblack
  • Number of views: 1029
In 2015, much of the media focus on criminal justice in Nebraska surrounded the debate over the death penalty and good time calculations.  However the legislation with perhaps the broadest impact did not receive widespread media attention.  That legislation was LB...

DUI consequences in Nebraska

  • 18 January 2016
  • Author: robblack
  • Number of views: 1021
One of the most common difficulties people face with criminal law is drinking and driving, or driving under the influence of alcohol.  The consequences in Nebraska vary widely depending on the alcohol level, the number of previous DUIs, and whether...

Protection from Elder Abuse

Fighting a growing trend

  • 6 January 2016
  • Author: robblack
  • Number of views: 925
It's a shocking statistic: 1 out of 10 elderly adults will suffer some form of abuse or exploitation.  Many times, the exploitation occurs at the hands of people who know them well.  One recent, very sad example was in the news headlines this past summer, when the former Nebraska...
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Protection Orders in Nebraska

Protection or harassment orders (commonly known as restraining orders) are an important tool that allow victims of threats or harassment to have peace of mind.  They build a layer of legal protection between a victim and a perpetrator.  Unfortunately, like any legal tool, protection orders can also be misused.  Courts can issue protection orders simply on the word of an alleged victim.  A permanent protection order shows up on a criminal background check and can result in loss of the right to possess firearms under federal law. 18 U.S.C. 922.  Any person who has a temporary protection order placed against them will be notified of their right to a court hearing to dispute the allegations and/or the need for an order.  The notice to a hearing is usually in person but may also come by mail.  Persons wishing to dispute the order must request a hearing, attend the hearing, and provide evidence or argument as to why the court should deny the request.  Failure to request a hearing or appear will likely result in a permanent protection order.  Whether you are in need of a protection order or wish to dispute a protection order placed against you, the Law Office of J. Robert Black can help. 
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