December 12, 2018

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Internet Sex Crimes

Now more than ever, people have to watch what they say and do in terms of what is not just considered politically correct but what is legal. In this age of constantly burgeoning technology, there are more ways to communicate, send and receive information, and make contact with other people, but there are also more […]

Is Sleep Apnea an Adequate Defense for a Crime?

Sleep apnea is one of the most commonly diagnosed sleeping disorders in America. It is now becoming one of the most commonly used defenses in criminal cases. The Sleep Apnea Made Me Do It The sleep apnea defense is becoming increasingly common, especially for criminal cases. The defendant will plead not guilty for the crime […]

Police Officers Must Obtain Warrant When Searching a Person’s Driveway

At the end of May, the Supreme Court extended Fourth Amendment protections to include property found in the area surrounding one’s home. Sonia Sotomayor, who wrote the opinion for the 8-1 majority, ruled that a police officer cannot simply walk up to a vehicle parked in a person’s driveway: “Such conduct […] is presumptively unreasonable […]

What’s the Difference Between State and Federal Crimes

If you have been accused of a crime, you may soon find yourself in an extremely stressful situation, rife with complex questions related to jurisdiction. Jurisdiction refers to the authority of a court to hear a case, and it is determined by the type of crime committed in addition to a number of other factors. […]

Driving with a Suspended License

Driving with a suspended license is a serious charge, and can result in jail time even for a first offense. It can get you by surprise if your license was suspended without your knowledge, which happens, or if you believe that your license had been reinstated but it didn’t show up as such when the […]

Deciding Whether to Accept a Plea Agreement

If you’ve been arrested, you may be stewing over whether to pursue a plea bargain or to take your case to trial. The latter can be tempting. However, if the prosecution has evidence against you, you may still be better off accepting a plea agreement, as it can be very difficult to predict how a […]

Defining Post Conviction Relief

If you’ve been convicted of a crime in a court of law and you believe that the verdict (or penalty) is erroneous in any way, you may be able to pursue an appeal or post-conviction relief. Generally speaking, post-conviction relief refers to a number of legal actions that can be taken during the appeals process. […]

The Ins and Outs of Aiding and Abetting

Since you are not exempt from the law simply by being ignorant of the law, it is a good idea to understand the finer points of certain statutes. Some laws render you liable, even when you don’t directly commit a crime. For instance, though aiding and abetting are prohibited, it might not be immediately apparent […]

Know Your Rights When Stopped by the Police

It’s late. You’re driving home from your friend’s house, when all of a sudden you see the reflection of flashing red and blue lights. Maybe you’ve had a drink, maybe you haven’t; either way, you’re probably nervous. It’s totally understandable that you’d be anxious in such a situation. The police-state culture that has been fostered […]

Getting Ready for Your Probation Violation Hearing

If you’re one of the 4.65 million people on parole or probation, then you’re probably already dealing with the various hardships that accompany such a situation. For instance, if you were found guilty of a DUI, you may be prohibited from driving. Or there may be a device implanted in your car to prevent you […]