- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 22, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A Lincoln man is facing jail time after being convicted of accepting money for legal advice that he wasn’t certified to give.

The Lincoln Journal Star reports (https://bit.ly/1taXDev ) jurors found 49-year-old Clinton Brooks Jr. guilty of theft by deception and unauthorized practice of law. Prosecutors say Brooks accepted $1,500 for advice that only lawyers and paralegals are allowed to give. They say he told a mother and her son how and when to file legal documents.

Brooks says he never claimed to be a lawyer but offered to help people navigate the legal system. His attorney says there wasn’t any deception because the documents were filed properly.

Brooks could be sentenced to more than five years in prison when he’s sentenced in December.

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Information from: Lincoln Journal Star, https://www.journalstar.com

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