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explaining the different aspects of Criminal Law.


Crime and Punishment and Facebook

Not long ago the Internet blew up over the killing of Cecil the lion, a 13-year-old lion living in a Zimbabwean preserve, by an American dentist...

Jury Nullification

Jury nullification is making headlines in Denver and in particular in front of the Lindsey-Flanigan Courthouse, where activists have been...

Obama Commutes Demaryius Thomas’ Mom’s Sentence

“I believe at its heart, America is a nation of second chances, and I believe these folks deserve their second chance.” - President Obama

Why Education is the Best Weapon Against Drunk Driving in Texas

Texas has more fatal car accidents involving alcohol than any other state. An approach focused on punishment and not education has not been...

Filing a False Police Report

  By HG.org
Filing a false police report is a crime under federal and state laws. However, the elements necessary to prove this crime and the severity of it...

Philippines: RA 9262 Extends to Parents in Laws

In the case of Sharica Mari Go-Tan v. Spouses Perfecto and Juanita Tan, G. R. No. 168852, September 30, 2008, the Supreme Court of The...

Smoking the Peace Pipe in South Dakota

A new pot resort in South Dakota will be opening up soon on tribal land, despite the fact that pot is not yet legal in South Dakota.

Are We Able to Smoke Pot in Public in Colorado Yet?

The short answer at this point is no. While an initiative was introduced earlier this year to permit public smoking in certain areas, activists...

Statutes of Limitations and Sexual Assault

The sexual assault allegations against Bill Cosby have focused attention on statutes of limitations for cases involving rape, and whether or not...

Denver Releases Police Body Worn Camera Proposal

The city of Denver has completed a six month study concerning the use of body cameras on police and they have created and released a draft...

How to Sue for Damages Resulting from Perjury

  By HG.org
Many people have experienced this situation: in a hotly contested legal dispute, a witness lies on the stand to help out the other side. As a...

Leaving the Scene of an Accident - Hit & Run Offenses in Florida

When involved in a traffic crash, a driver has a duty to remain at the scene, provide certain information, and render aid if necessary. A...

Issues with the Amber Alert System

The Amber Alert System was created in 1996 after the abduction of nine-year-old Amber Hagerman in Texas.

Stiff Fines and Penalties for Road Rage

Cameras are always rolling in Hollywood, and recently they captured real-life drama between two motorists.

Tragic End to Child Abuse Case

The recent case of a three year old Broward County, Florida boy, has brought national attention to the flaws throughout the countries child...

Which supplier is More Reliable in China? – From the Eyes of a Chinese Lawyer

How to choose a reliable Chinese supplier in international trade business, for foreign merchants.

What Is the Time Limitation for Taking a Child Out of the Country?

  By HG.org
Family law cases can often be emotionally straining. Sometimes, one parent is given primary custody at the objection of the other parent. The...

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...

Buying a Car? Be Aware of Spot Delivery Scam

  By HG.org
This type of car buying scam gets its name from purchasers who are sold vehicles “on the spot.” The dealership says that the buyer has been...

Inaccuracy in Georgia Breathalyzers

What Can Interfere with Breath Testing?

Errors that Can Lead to Raider Seizure in the Ukraine

Today it is not a secret that the "raider / unlawful seizures" have become the norm and rather the rule of doing business than the exception to...

How The Government Can Take Your Property

A new bill has been introduced to end forfeiture funding of the DEA’s Marijuana Suppression programs. The bill is a bipartisan effort to modify...

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...

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

  By HG.org
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....

The Power of a Name as a Registered Trademark in Sports

Did you know that you can register your name as a trademark in sports? Many athletes know this and they obtain many benefit from this. Radamel...

Yemeni Bribery & Anti-Corruption Laws & Facilitating Payments in Practice

An overview of the current legal framework regarding bribery and anti-corruption in Yemen followed by a discussion of the practical implications...

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

  By HG.org
Some auto dealerships have developed a bad reputation for committing fraudulent acts or attempting to trick their customers into making...

Can I Get My Name Removed from an Offender List?

  By HG.org
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...

What Happens if I Write a Bad Check?

  By HG.org
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...

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

  By HG.org
Large-scale security breaches receive massive media attention. Whether a person can be criminally or civilly liable for another’s actions while...

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...

Shoplifting in Texas Comes with an Added Cost

When a person is arrested for shoplifting in Texas, some retailers are send civil demand notices as well, requesting civil payment of anywhere...

Entrapment

  By HG.org
When a law enforcement officer helps to influence an individual to attempt to commit a crime, the criminal defendant may wonder if the officer’s...

Texas Veterans Court Eligibility Gets Much-Needed Expansion from Texas Legislature

That past legislative session, the Texas legislature made change to the eligibility requirements for Texas' Veterans Courts, introducing more...

Defenses For Prostitution Charges In California

A California criminal defense attorney explains prostitution laws and how you can fight the charges. Learn more about prostitution defenses here.

When Should I Report Something to the Police before Going to a Lawyer?

  By HG.org
Making a police report can be a serious step that some people may prefer to avoid. On the other hand, speaking to a lawyer may not always be the...

Attacked at Work, What Are My Rights?

  By HG.org
Violence is rarely the answer, and this is especially true in the workplace. Yet, physical attacks can and do occur every day. When they happen...

When Should I Call the Police?

  By HG.org
Many people may be hesitant to involve law enforcement in their daily lives. However, there are certain times when the police should be called...

How to Conduct Yourself During an Arrest

"You are under arrest!" Will these words ever be directed at you or a loved one? Some criminal arrests are for the types of crime you see on TV....

Is There a Statute of Limitations for Restitution?

  By HG.org
Courts sometimes order restitution in order to provide victims of crimes with compensation. Although state law may vary, generally restitution...

Can a Lawyer Help with Extradition?

  By HG.org
Extradition is the process in which one country or state that has possession of a criminal suspect hands him or her over to another country or...

My Father Was Arrested and I Don’t Know What to Do

  By HG.org
Question: My father was arrested for a money laundering case. I learned this through his colleagues. It has been about 21 days and we do not...

How to Get Legal Assistance when the Sheriff Doesn't Assist

  By HG.org
Question: What can I do if someone kicked in my door, stole my property, took over and the sheriff did not help me?

Federal Arraignment Process

  By HG.org
When a person is being charged with the commission of a federal crime, he or she usually goes through a federal arraignment process. There are...

Should I Plead Guilty?

  By HG.org
When individuals are facing a conviction of a criminal charge, they usually are told by their attorney that they have two choices. They can...

Can Federal Restitution Be Forgiven?

  By HG.org
Federal restitution may be ordered after a person has committed a crime and the court wishes to compensate the victim for this crime. Based on...

NYC Bureau of Fraud Investigation Letters

A letter from the NYC Bureau of Fraud Investigation means that you have a potentially serious problem. Do not try to handle this on your own....

Decriminalization, Legalization, and Marijuana Use in Illinois

With many states jumping on the marijuana legalizationn bandwagon, whether it be for medical or recreational use, “legalization” and...

Pleading Guilty or Going to Trial: Pros and Cons

  By HG.org
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...

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...

Florida Sentencing Enhancements Pt. 3: Three Time Violent Felony Offenders & Violent Career Criminals

This article is the third installment in our Florida Sentencing Enhancements series and presents an overview of the Three Time Violent Felony...

Financial or White Collar Crimes

Financial or white collar crimes typically involve some form of deceit, maneuver or the abuse of a position of trust. It involve activities that...

List of Scammers Who Contacted HG.org

  By HG.org
This is a list of emails and phone numbers from scammers who contacted HG.org, using HG.org logo or name, or added HG.org to their emails....

I Received a Bad Check – What Do I Do?

  By HG.org
If you have received a bad check, you may be able to pursue compensation or restitution through civil or criminal proceedings. However, state...

Do You Have the Right to Shoot a Drone Hovering on Top of Your Backyard or Property?

  By HG.org
Drones are small aircraft, usually used in a recreational capacity. However, some people see them as a safety and privacy risk as they have been...

Self-Defense VS. Manslaughter

Manslaughter, albeit a lesser crime than murder, is a criminal offense; whereas a true self-defense killing is not a crime.

Divorce Settlement Scammer in the Name of Alice Swang

  By HG.org
Hg.org offers a free lead service to the lawyers and law firms listed on its directories. Sometimes we receive emails from scammers such as the...

How to Choose a Defense Attorney

Just like you wouldn’t visit a podiatrist to treat an ear infection, you shouldn’t go to a tax attorney if you want to sue the driver who...

How Do Hot Check Laws Work?

  By HG.org
Hot checks cost the local and national economy millions of dollars in lost funds that were due for goods and services from individuals and...

Common Drug Crime Questions for a Narcotic Case

Anyone arrested for a drug case is always concerned about possible consequences and how the case may be defended.

Basics of the Illinois Sex Offenders Registration Act – 730 ILCS 150

Which criminal offenses require registration as a sex offender?

Aggravated Speeding - Illinois' newest criminal offense

“Aggravated speeding” is a relatively new criminal offense in Illinois. It is classified as a class B misdemeanor if the speed is between 26 –...

Beware of Police Body Cameras

Following the shooting of a civilian by a police officer and the subsequent riots in Ferguson, Missouri last year, many police departments are...

Can You Sue a Spouse for Theft?

  By HG.org
During the course of a marriage, one spouse may steal an asset that the other spouse considers to be his or her own property. Whether the...

Marital Exceptions in Criminal Cases

Marriage is considered a sacred bond by many and when spouses are loyal to each other, their privacy is often respected.

Less Harsh Sentencing

With the Presidential election just around the corner, candidates find themselves having to address the current problems in our nation’s...

Tax Deductability of Bribes in Greece

The prohibition of tax deductibility of bribes and the risk of claiming these payments as "expenses" in order to get a tax return under the...

Can I Get a Hardship License after a DUI

  By HG.org
DUI laws are determined on the state level. Some states allow drivers who have been convicted of a DUI to get limited driving privileges, which...

How Are People Charged as an Accomplice?

  By HG.org
Accomplice liability arises when a person helps another commit a crime with the intent of providing such assistance.

Stop And Frisk Laws

According to the United States Constitution, every American citizen has the right to be protected against unreasonable searches and seizures.

Fleeing and Eluding Offenses in Florida

In the State of Florida, fleeing and eluding a police officer is a felony offense that carries some harsh penalties, including a mandatory...

Website Ripoffs: How to Get a Refund from an Uncooperative Website Owner

  By HG.org
Most of us have fallen for it at one time or another. A website offers a “free” or reduced fee trial for its services, but asks for a credit...

What Is Proof Beyond a Reasonable Doubt?

  By HG.org
Proof beyond a reasonable doubt is the legal standard that the prosecution must meet in order to successfully find a criminal defendant guilty...

An American with a DUI: Can I Get into Canada?

Are you an American citizen who has been charged, tried, and convicted of a DUI? Do you have interests in travelling outside of the USA to your...

Arson - Why Your Criminal Defense Attorney Matters

Arson cases can either be charged in federal or state court. In Minnesota, the most common arson charge is arson in the first degree, which...

Escalating and Deescalating Murder Charges

On June 5, 2011, there was a case of a transgendered female who was out for a night on the town when she and some of friends were harassed by a...

Committing Offenses on the Internet – Internet Crime

When a crime is allegedly committed using the internet the first question is always, “Where should this case be handled?” Should it be in the...

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,...

What can the Police Require me To Do once I'm Arrested?

Once you are arrested what you say and do in the presence of the police becomes that much more important to protecting your freedom. Because...

Is There a Such Thing as Marital Rape?

  By HG.org
Marital rape is nonconsensual sex between two spouses. Marital rape is believed to occur in significant numbers but is underreported. However,...

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.

Confessions to Police

I always advise my clients not to speak with the police or any law enforcement authority without an attorney present. This is common sense to an...

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...

Life Without Parole For Juvenile Offenders

On March 23, 2015, the United States Supreme Court decided to once again consider arguments in a case concerning life sentences for juvenile...

Criminal Sexual Conduct And Other Sex Crime Allegations - What Does It Mean?

Sex crime allegations are some of the most serious criminal charges a person can be accused of committing either in state or federal court. In...

European Parliament Approves ‘International Standards of Combatting Money Laundering and the Financing of Terrorism and Proliferation’

On the 20th of May 2015, two years after the European Commission first proposed the 4th AML Directive, the European Parliament approved the...

Criminal Mischief Offenses in Florida

Criminal Mischief is, for all intents and purposes, "vandalism". In Florida, this property crime may be prosecuted as either a misdemeanor or a...

Used Car Does Not Run, What Can You Do?

  By HG.org
Attorneys frequently receive questions regarding defective used cars. All too often, people purchase a used vehicle with verbal assurances that...

Tips for Handling an Illinois Traffic Stop

We’ve all been there: felt the panic rise over us when we see flashing lights in our rearview mirror; felt the anxiety of getting pulled over...

What to Do if You Cannot Afford to Pay Your Driving While Intoxicated Surcharge

A DWI conviction is one of the most expensive offenses that a person can be charged with. One of the things that makes it so expensive is the...

Yes, You Can Get A Dallas Driving While Intoxicated Arrest Expunged

If you are arrested for a DWI it is public record. Anybody can go to the court clerk’s office and request a copy of a person’s court records. It...

10 Ways Your Driving While Intoxicated Blood Test Result Can Be Wrong

You just got your blood test results from your DWI arrest. You were expecting to see a number below the legal limit of .08. But, the number you...

How To Overcome Driving While Intoxicated Blood Test Results Obtained Without Your Consent

Does a police officer have to have a person’s consent to draw their DWI Blood Test Without Consent if they are being arrested for DWI.

Driving While Intoxicated Education Programs

If a person is convicted of a DWI they are “required” to take a DWI education program.

Do I Have to Have an Interlock Device if Convicted of Driving While Intoxicated

Maybe. Whether or not you have to have an interlock device if you are convicted of a DWI, Interlock Device depends on whether you are a first...

Three Advantages to Being Sentenced to Jail Instead of Probation for DWI

If you and your attorney have analyzed your case and determined that it is not one that is suitable for pleading not guilty and going to trial...

Three Steps to Shorten Your Driving While Intoxicated Driver's License Suspension

When you are convicted of a DWI one of the things that is restricted is your ability to drive on a valid driver’s license. This can create a big...

Recent DUI Statistics Reveal Ongoing Problem

DUI accidents are the most preventable type of car accidents; however statistics for DUI accidents remains shocking.

Juvenile Weapons Possession

All states throughout the country have their own specific gun control laws that coincide with a set of penalties.

Are There Any Special Laws Regarding Homeless People

  By HG.org
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...


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