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- Marijuana May Be Scheduled Down from Level I Status
DEA may reschedule marijuana with a lower schedule on the Federal Scale.
- First Time Drug Offense Sentencing in Georgia
Many times a criminal defendant is a first time offender. The defendant may be a generally good person, who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Regardless of how the drug crime came about or was committed, is it really fair for someone who is a first time drug offender to be treated as a serious criminal for one misstep? Is there anyway that a first time offender can get a break?
- Florida May Allow for Lower Sentences for Drug Traffickers
Drug Trafficking charges in Florida are basically only trumped up possession charges. This means that to prove drug trafficking, the state attorney only needs to prove that the defendant possessed a certain amount of a controlled substance – this amount is defined by Florida Statute 893.135 and is different for each drug.
- Confidential Informants and Search Warrants in Ohio
In many drug cases in Ohio, law enforcement officers use a confidential informant, also known as a CI. The confidential informant is often facing his or her own criminal charges. Law enforcement officers will negotiate with the confidential information, sometimes through the informant’s criminal defense attorney, for cooperation in setting up another person.
- Limits on the Admissibility of Vouching During Criminal Interviews in Georgia
Limiting the admissibility of personal vouching by law enforcement during criminal interviews and case law that supports such limits is discussed is discussed in this article. Vouching by law enforcement as to their abilities is not uncommon, and it must be guarded against.
- Teens and the Pressures of Underage Drinking
As young adults, teens are under a great deal of pressure to make decisions that can impact their future.
- New Jersey Legalizing and Decriminalization of Marijuana
New Jersey was a leader in the fight to decriminalize marijuana in 2010 by being one of the first states to make it legal for treatment centers to dispense the drug for medicinal purposes.
- What Does “Fruit of the Poisonous Tree” Mean in Criminal Proceedings?
The fruit of the poisonous tree doctrine prevents the prosecution from admitting certain evidence into a criminal case after it has been tainted by a primary illegality. This doctrine is meant to remove illegally-acquired evidence from negatively impacting a criminal defendant.
- Three Giant Steps Forward for Federal Criminal Law
While the country has been focused on ISIS and issues with domestic espionage, the current administration under United States Attorney General Eric Holder has made three major changes in federal sentencing law.
- Federal Sentencing: Follow the Yellow Brick Road
When I think of a judge imposing a federal sentence, my mind often drifts to the Wizard Of Oz and that little masked man standing behind the curtain.