After someone has been taken into custody in Nebraska for a federal crime, a pretrial services officer generally interviews that individual about his or her background. This interview is intended to establish whether the interviewee ought to be released after being processed or not. Some releases are conditional in nature, and this initial interview may help define their limitations. If the case ultimately proceeds to trial, a U.S. attorney will act as prosecutor on behalf of the government. Some defendants may be unable to afford an attorney to represent them, in which case they may be provided one by the
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