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- Pleading Guilty or Going to Trial: Pros and Cons
When a criminal defendant makes the decision whether to plead guilty or go to trial, he or she often has much more to consider than whether he or she is actually innocent. The risks of being found guilty by a judge or jury are substantial, causing some innocent people to plead guilty in order to avoid them. A criminal defense lawyer can discuss the pros and cons of each option, but it is ultimately up to the criminal defendant to make this critical decision.
- Prisoner Rights While Incarcerated
The United States Constitution provides certain rights to all individuals, even those who are locked up for engaging in criminal activity. Prisoners who are aware of their rights may choose to make a claim against the prison where they are housed if these rights are being violated.
- What Can I Do if my Fiance Is Not Receiving Proper Medical Treatment while Incarcerated?
Question: My fiancé is a California inmate who is currently housed in Mississippi. He suffered a back injury and has since been diagnosed with another condition. He is not receiving proper medical care. His physical health is deteriorating. What can we do?
- Facebook Rants, Free Speech or Criminal Threat?
A recent Supreme Court case questioned whether a Facebook rant by an Allentown, Pennsylvania man should be considered an invocation of his right to freedom of speech protected by The First Amendment to the United States Constitution, or whether it should be considered a criminal threat.
- Debt Collectors Being Sued for Harassment
Debt collectors sometimes use aggressive tactics to secure funds for their clients. However, if they overstep their legal bounds, they may be subject to harassment charges or other causes of action.
- What Is Proof Beyond a Reasonable Doubt?
Proof beyond a reasonable doubt is the legal standard that the prosecution must meet in order to successfully find a criminal defendant guilty of a crime. This standard applies to each element of the crime.
- Bounds of Privacy in Public Locations -- What is Legal?
Anyone who has walked down a public street, driven a car, entered a store, or engaged in virtually any other activity outside of their own home has undoubtedly been recorded. Sometimes the surveillance is obvious and other times it is not. So, what are the bounds of privacy and how far can private entities or the government go in surveilling someone without a warrant while they are in a public place?
- When Can the Police Stop me on the Street? What are my Rights?
Police will often use a person’s presence in a high-crime area, coupled with unprovoked flight as sufficient to justify an officer’s brief, investigative stop. Illinois courts have decided that this was consistent with previous decisions recognizing a citizen’s right to ignore the police, as it found that unprovoked flight is not simply refusing to cooperate but is suspicious conduct that allows the police to investigate.
- Facebook Establishes Policy for Memorial Pages
Few people have ever asked themselves the question, “who will manage my social media accounts after I die” but Facebook may have changed that.
- Are There Any Special Laws Regarding Homeless People
The gap between the richest and poorest people in the United States is bigger than in any other country in the world. As a result, homelessness has become a serious and widespread problem in America. But, how has society come to deal with this issue? Are there any special laws regarding homeless people?