Five Tips for Finding a Criminal Defense Attorney

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A criminal defense attorney in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Geoffrey Scovil handles cases involving habeas corpus law and violations of constitutional rights. Geoffrey Scovil has more than 20 years of experience in handling criminal trials, an important consideration for individuals seeking legal representation. The following list includes tips for hiring legal counsel if accused of a criminal offense.

1. Consider practice areas. A criminal offense charge can refer to a wide range of crimes, from driving under the influence and white collar crimes to larceny and drug-related offenses. Begin your search with attorneys who focus on the specific type of crime you are accused of. You can check the attorney’s website for a list of practice areas.

2. Examine courtroom history. You will need an attorney with courtroom experience if your case goes to trial, so take time to review the case history of any attorney you consider. The attorney’s ability to present your case can significantly affect the outcome.

3. Look for negotiation experience. An attorney with excellent negotiating skills can help you obtain the best deal if the facts of the case make a plea bargain your best option for resolution.

4. Seek references. Conduct research on potential attorneys and look for references beyond the testimonials on their website. You can also ask other attorneys for recommendations.

5. Trust your instincts. Take the time to find an attorney you feel comfortable with and trust your gut instinct when meeting with them for the first time. Look for someone who can explain things clearly and expresses interest in your opinions. In addition, be wary of attorneys who make promises about the expected outcome. No one can guarantee a certain result.

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An Introduction to Habeas Corpus

 

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Attorney Geoffrey “Geoff” Scovil practices law in Albuquerque, New Mexico. With more than 20 years of experience trying criminal cases, he now primarily focuses on habeas corpus law. Geoffrey Scovil’s practice centers on post-conviction constitutional challenges to sentences, trials and the effectiveness of representation in serious criminal cases.

Habeas corpus, translated from the Latin as “that you have the body” is a fundamental principle of the United States justice system. It protects individuals from being held in custody without just cause and may be used as a challenge not only to detention but also to extradition, bail, or jurisdiction of the court.

Habeas corpus as an element of jurisprudence dates back to the 39th clause of the Magna Carta, signed by King John of England in 1215. Although its original purpose was to prevent the king from locking people away at his own whim, it ultimately became a way to protect citizens from imprisonment by constables and others who claimed legal authority.

When the Founding Fathers gathered to write the US Constitution, they insisted on the inclusion of habeas corpus. Article 1, Section 9 of the Constitution prevents its suspension except in cases of public safety.

Federal law grants prisoners the right to file a petition for habeas corpus, provided that the person is in custody at the time of filing. State prisoners must have already gone through all other available processes to challenge detentions.

Indians Add Power-Hitting First Baseman Yonder Alonso in Offseason

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Geoffrey “Geoff” Scovil is an Albuquerque, New Mexico-based attorney who was one of the leading habeas corpus contractors for New Mexico’s Public Defender Department for more than a decade. Before relocating to Albuquerque, Geoffrey Scovil lived in Cleveland and was a passionate fan of the Indians Major League Baseball (MLB) team.

Despite losing in the American League (AL) Divisional Series, the Cleveland Indians had one of their most successful regular seasons of all-time in 2017. The AL Central Club finished with its second highest win total of all-time (102) and scored more runs (818) than it had since 2006. Despite losing Carlos Santana to the Philadelphia Phillies in free agency, the Indians found a suitable replacement who is more than capable of helping the team build upon its offensive output last season. In December, the team signed free agent slugger Yonder Alonso to a two-year, $16 million contract.

The 30-year old first baseman split last season between the Oakland Athletics and Seattle Mariners, and hit a career-best 28 home runs to go along with a .266 batting average and a .501 slugging percentage. The former first-round draft pick of the Cincinnati Reds was also an All-Star for the first time in his career.

Outpost Productions Scholarship Program Funds Child Participation

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An Albuquerque attorney with two decades of legal experience, Geoffrey Scovil takes on indigent criminal defense cases and represents clients challenging a conviction due to inadequate counsel. Geoffrey Scovil supports the Albuquerque-based Outpost Productions outside of his professional obligations. The nonprofit arts organization hosts a variety of musical programs for children and administers scholarships.

Scholarship programs enable young people to attend Outpost Productions’ children’s programming at little or no cost and provide each recipient with a gift certificate usable toward the cost of admission at any Outpost concert. The organization also distributes annual scholarship awards to deserving students, including those leaving the Outpost Education Program. Available scholarships are up to $2,000 and include the Keith Gilbert Scholarship, The Arlen Asher Jazz Scholarship in Memory of Joetha Callison Asher, and a scholarship in memory of David Parlato.

Funding for the scholarships is made possible through contributions from Arlen Asher, Keith Gilbert, Douglas Mulligan, individuals and organizations in the community, City Councilor Rey Garduño and the City of Albuquerque Cultural Services Department.

Senior Citizens Law Office’s Support of LGBT Individuals

 

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The recipient of a juris doctor degree from Case Western Reserve University, Geoffrey “Geoff” Scovil currently serves as an Albuquerque-based attorney who specializes in habeas corpus law. Beyond his work as a defense lawyer, Geoffrey Scovil supports a variety of Albuquerque non-profit organizations, including the Senior Citizens Law Office (SCLO).

In addition to its advocacy and free legal services for seniors, SCLO operates the Pride in Aging Project, which was designed to provide support to LGBT seniors and raise awareness about the unique issues and concerns they face in gaining access to long-term care and housing, among other services. Additionally, SCLO supports of the Administration on Aging-funded National Resource Center (NRC) on LGBT Aging.

Established in 2010, the NRC on LGBT Aging is the United States’ first and only resource center created to improve the quality and quantity of services offered to LGBT senior citizens. The center is led by Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) in conjunction with 18 relevant organizations, and provides educational resources and technical assistance to aging providers.

For more information, visit www.lgbtagingcenter.org.

Three Tips to Help New Vegetarians Stay the Course

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Geoffrey “Geoff” Scovil works as an attorney in Albuquerque, New Mexico. As a solo practitioner, he specializes in habeas corpus law and feels a strong commitment to upholding the constitutional rights of his clients. When not assisting clients in the Albuquerque area, Geoff Scovil enjoys eating vegetarian cuisine.

Some people may struggle when transitioning to a meat-free diet, as a drastic change in lifestyle can be difficult to adjust to. The following three tips can help keep you motivated and stay the course during this period of adjustment.

1. Remember why you are making the change. Whether you want to improve your health or are concerned with animal welfare, remember your reasoning when times get tough. Chances are, you have a valid reason for switching to a vegan diet, so the next time you feel like you cannot make it, remember why you made the change in the first place.

2. Go for convenient food options. If the idea of learning a litany of new recipes intimidates you, pay a visit to your local supermarket’s frozen foods section. There you will find many vegetarian-friendly meal options that may be as easy to prepare as tossing in the microwave. That said, you should avoid replacing nutritious food with junk food like potato chips and sweets, even if they are meat free.

3. Avoid labeling yourself. If you are worried about calling yourself a vegetarian, there really is no need to at first. If asked, you could simply say you have not felt like eating meat lately. While there is certainly nothing wrong with being a vegetarian, some people in your life may not understand your choice. After a few months, you may be ready to embrace your new lifestyle and proudly call yourself a vegetarian.

Albuquerque’s Outpost Performance Space

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An Albuquerque-based attorney practicing habeas corpus law, Geoffrey “Geoff” Scovil is committed to criminal defense and protecting constitutional rights. Outside of his practice, Geoffrey Scovil supports many local Albuquerque institutions, including Outpost Productions, offering a unique art space and performance venue in the middle of the city.

A nonprofit arts organization, Outpost Productions has entertained Albuquerque for almost 30 years at the downtown Outpost Performance Space. With over 100 performances each year, the space hosts a variety of mediums, from concerts and theater to poetry readings and visual art exhibits.

For young people, the Outpost offers educational programs tailored to skill level and interest. These programs include jazz courses, youth opera programs, and Latin music courses, among others. Kids are able to perform what they have learned throughout the year, and the cost of attending these courses is often waived, thanks to donations.

In addition, the Outpost offers the Inpost Artspace, which has shown the work of over 300 New Mexico artists since 1996.