Criminal Defense Law

Criminal defense law consists of the legal protections afforded to people who have been accused of committing a crime. Law enforcement agencies and government prosecutors have extensive resources at their disposal. Without adequate protections for the accused, the balance of power within the justice system would become skewed in favor of the government. As it is, fair treatment for criminal defendants often depends as much upon the skill of their defense attorney as it does the substantive protections contained in the law.

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  • Reasonable Suspicion to Stop a Vehicle
      by HG.org

    The terms “probable cause” and “reasonable suspicion” are sometimes used interchangeably. However, these are two different standards, with reasonable suspicion being the less exacting standard. Reasonable suspicion is all that is required for a law enforcement officer to conduct an investigatory traffic stop.

  • Seeking Youthful Offender Status in Alabama

    The criminal justice system can be harsh, but some states allow juveniles to face relaxed penalties. In Alabama, a person younger than 21 years old facing criminal charges can seek a youthful offender status. This could mean fewer penalties and the possibility of having a clean criminal record.

  • Alcohol and Mind Wandering

    Alcohol has been shown to be one of the leading causes of fatal car accidents; around 58% of drivers involved in fatal crashes were found to be driving under the influence of alcohol in a research review article. An article written by Michael Sayette and colleagues in Psychological Science, suggests a factor contributing to the commonality of DUI arrests: mind wandering.

  • How to Seal a Juvenile Record
      by HG.org

    Because courts and legislators recognize that minors sometimes lack judgment skills and may have indiscretions in their youth, juveniles are sometimes permitted to seal criminal juvenile records. By sealing or expunging their records, juveniles may be able to get a fresh start when they become adults.

  • Displaced Aggression Theory - Road Rage

    Displaced aggression can occur when someone cannot aggress towards the source of incitement or provocation, so instead takes it out on something else and behaves aggressively towards another individual that had nothing to do with the initial conflict.

  • Reduction in Federal Drug Penalties: “Just Say No”

    Attorney General Eric Holder “gets it.” He understands that the federal prisons are full of non-violent drug offenders. During his administration, there has been the biggest overhaul of federal sentencing in drug cases in more than twenty years.

  • How a Drug Possession Attorney Defends Clients

    When accused of possessing marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy, heroin, “molly,” or other illegal drugs or narcotics, the prosecutors have the burden of proving specific elements of the crime beyond a reasonable doubt.

  • Psychopathy and Altruism Opposite Ends of the Spectrum

    Psychopathy is a personality disorder believed to be affecting 1-2% of the world's population. Those afflicted have certain personality characteristics: Shallow emotions, superficial charm, impulsiveness, and lacking any empathy or remorse, often leading to antisocial behaviors and criminal activity.

  • Drug Trafficking: Not All Charges Are Equal

    There are often completely different outcomes in similar criminal cases depending on the statute an individual is charged with. Prosecution must be accurate and precise in their charging decisions. Charging someone with the wrong crime can result in charges being dropped; cases are lost all the time due to technicalities.

  • Risk Factors for Criminal Behavior Peer Rejection

    It has been continually shown over the years by developmental psychologists that a child’s peer relationships are essential in proper emotional and social development of an individual. Around the time of puberty, these adolescents begin to become more susceptible to the influence of their friends, and less susceptible to the influence of family or parents.


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