Category Archives: Raw Law

Social Security Benefits After Incarceration: What You Need to Know

Social Security Benefits Individuals released from incarceration may be eligible for Social Security retirement, survivors, or disability benefits if they have worked or paid into Social Security enough years or Supplemental Security Income benefits if you are 65 or older, or are blind, or have a disability and have little or no income and resources. Social […]

A Prisoner’s Guide to Advocating for Yourself Medically

Be the Master of Your Own Paperwork Keeping good records (1) helps you track your medical condition and your communications with your doctor; (2) provides proof of any shortcoming in your access to proper medical care; and (3) creates a record that you have followed the prison’s rules for solving problems and the courts’ requirement […]

How to Legally Protect Your Assets Once and For All

By Mike Enemigo Most people can benefit immensely by utilizing a strategy that many entrepre­neurs and criminals alike have used for years. The strategy is based on two very simple principles: 1) A corporation is separate from the owner of the entity, and 2) The fact that true asset protection can only occur when the […]

The Dominant Witness Theory: How Eyewitness Identification Becomes Flawed

By Brian Leslie Eyewitness interviews are a vital part of any criminal investigation. How police approach, question, and vet witnesses can be a critical factor in why they target a specific suspect. The truth is many police agencies, because of lack of resources, don’t provide specialized training in this area to new officers. Unfortunately, these […]

A Prisoner’s Guide to Correct Analysis of Ineffective Assistance of Counsel Claims Pic: Raw Law graphic

By Frederick Ray The Sixth Amendment’s right to counsel guarantees a defendant the right to effective assistance of counsel. In Strickland v. Washington 104 S. ct 2052 (1984), the Supreme Court set out the analytical framework for evaluating claims in ineffective assistance of counsel. The court applied an outcome determinative approach. “The benchmark for judging […]

A Prisoner’s Guide to Understanding Legal Competence

By Frederick Ray Most prisoners are completely ignorant of the law and the process used in the practice of law and litigation. As a result of this lack of knowledge, prisoners become victims of manipulation by “fraudulent” jailhouse lawyers and “incompetent” attorneys. Living within a pervasive environment and culture of hopelessness in prison, it’s easy […]