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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  • How Does Parole Work?

    Parole is a complex system in the penal system that allows convicted prisoners to start a new life with supervision. Historically, the term parole meant by voice or by your word, and that is exactly what it is today. A person on parole is still serving their sentence, but they are allowed to live on the outside, provided they follow specific rules. The rules for parole change from state to state, behavior of the inmate, and the severity of the charge.

  • Inaccuracy in Georgia Breathalyzers

    What Can Interfere with Breath Testing?

  • Understanding Drug Crimes and Possession of Marijuana in Boise, Idaho

    The simplest drug crime is possession of a controlled substance, like marijuana. In order to convict, a prosecutor must show that the accused did more than just touch the drug. One conviction was reversed when the defendant said that he had touched the heroin only long enough to throw it away. He had found it in a friend's pocket before taking him for emergency medical treatment.

  • How The Government Can Take Your Property

    A new bill has been introduced to end forfeiture funding of the DEAís Marijuana Suppression programs. The bill is a bipartisan effort to modify was has become a widely abused system of asset forfeiture from innocent citizens, who in many cases have not even been charged with any crimes.

  • When Guests Overstay Their Welcome, How Can You Get Them Out of Your Apartment?

    It happens to most of us at some point or another: a house guest comes to stay for a while, but ends up freeloading far longer than expected. When this happens, what can you do to get your pesky house guest to leave? Does the law offer any solutions?

  • Can I Get My Name Removed from an Offender List?

    If a person commits certain sexual crimes in North Carolina, his or her name can be added to a sex offender registry. Being added to this list requires the convicted individual to register his or her name, address and other information so that his or her whereabouts are known by the public and law enforcement.

  • Hidden Provisions at the Dealership - Is This a Case of Consumer Fraud?

    Some auto dealerships have developed a bad reputation for committing fraudulent acts or attempting to trick their customers into making purchases that include hidden provisions. Auto dealerships must comply with a number of state and federal laws pertaining to entering into sales contracts with buyers.

  • What Happens if I Write a Bad Check?

    Through a simple arithmetic error or forgetting to jot down a check that you sent, you may wind up being criminally prosecuted and paying hefty fines. A bad check is one in which there are insufficient funds in order to cover the amount of the check. It can also be because the check is written on an account that no longer exists.

  • What Is Your Liability If Someone Hacks Your PC and Uses Information for Criminal Purposes?

    Large-scale security breaches receive massive media attention. Whether a person can be criminally or civilly liable for anotherís actions while using their equipment or connection depends on the particular circumstances involved in the case.

  • Federal Minor Role is Major

    Much of my practice deals with defending individuals who import methamphetamine into the United States. Anyone who has practiced federal criminal law knows that the penalties are daunting. In many case a defendant would receive less time for attempting to escape and running over and seriously injuring a customís agent than for the charge of importation of methamphetamine.

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