Criminal Law

Criminal law involves a system of legal rules designed to keep the public safe and deter wrongful conduct. Those who violate the law face incarceration, fines, and other penalties. The American criminal justice system is both complex, and adversarial in nature. With the exception of minor traffic violations, accused individuals will require the assistance of an attorney.

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  • Stop and Frisk

    In the US, human right is the thread that holds the fabric of America’s diverse identity. One very important right: to be free from unreasonable search and seizure. The Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution protects this right. In addition to protecting the right of a person to unreasonable search and seizure, the Fourth Amendment also extends this right to homes, cars, etc. belonging to an American citizen.

  • Statute of Limitations for Child Pornography
      by HG.org

    Statutes of limitations are a set of regulations governing the amount of time after a cause of action arises by which the case must be brought or be barred from being heard by the court.

  • SEC Whistleblower Program
      by HG.org

    In 2010, Congress implemented a new act that provides for monetary incentives for whistleblowers who report Securities and Exchange Commission violations. Whistleblowers are individuals with important information about the illegal acts of others.

  • Civil Liability for Transmitting Sexually Transmitted Diseases
      by HG.org

    With more and more people being infected with sexually transmitted diseases, more jurisdictions are beginning to recognize causes of action by infected individuals against their sexual partner who infected them. There are a variety of legal causes of action that may be implicated in this type of situation. However, different jurisdictions have different rules regarding these types of actions.

  • What Legally Makes It Child Pornography?
      by HG.org

    Child pornography is a crime that deals with some of the harshest and most serious laws that a person can face. Regardless of the specifics of the event or material involved, the first offense is met with heavy punishment, and subsequent offenses result in even harsher criminal sentences.

  • Pennsylvania Criminal Charges and Students
      by HG.org

    While college represents many firsts for many students, some of these first-time experiences yield negative consequences, such as being the first time that some students have been away from their parents for any meaningful period of time. This new liberty and lack of supervision sometimes results in destructive behavior that has the potential to land the student in legal troubles.

  • Differences between Preliminary Hearings and Arraignments
      by HG.org

    Preliminary hearings and arraignments are pre-trial proceedings that take part in criminal cases. They are similar in nature, but they have important differences. While the process involved varies by state, the general process consists of the following:

  • What to Do When Your Business Bank Deposit Goes Missing
      by HG.org

    A common business practice for retail stores and other establishments is to have a manager or other agent of the business deposit all cash and check after the close of the business day. This is often completed after the bank has already closed. The agent usually drops a pouch in a deposit box for this purpose.

  • What Is Indecent Liberties with a Child in Virginia?

    In Virginia, the charge of taking indecent liberties with a child primarily targets certain acts of a sexual nature when they are performed by an adult with a child under the age of 15 years old, though it also can concern adults participating in certain ways in the creation of pornography for anyone under 18. Most of the crimes are considered class 5 felonies, though the charges can be harsher under certain circumstances.

  • How to Fix a Criminal Record
      by HG.org

    Individuals who have a criminal record often experience difficulty in acquiring employment. Many employers obtain a criminal background check in order to flesh out potential problems. However, sometimes these checks include inaccurate information. Furthermore, some individuals may wish to clear their record to avoid this potential problem and others.


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