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Articles written by lawyers and expert witnesses worldwide
explaining the different aspects of Criminal Law.


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...

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...

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...

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.

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Challenging DUI Test Results

  By HG.org
In addition to the testimony of the arresting officer’s observations, the prosecution may introduce evidence during a DUI trial regarding test...

After a Riot, Who Pays for the Damage?

  By HG.org
Riots have erupted all over the United States in recent years, often in the wake of racial tensions created by police activities. Often...

A Website Published Embarrassing Content About Me, What Can I Do?

  By HG.org
The Internet has brought many benefits to modern civilization. Unfortunately, just as with any technology, it also has a dark side. So, when a...

More DUI Defenses

  By HG.org
Consequences for DUI convictions, especially subsequent convictions, can be quite serious, resulting in a loss of freedom, hefty fines, loss of...

What Does “Fruit of the Poisonous Tree” Mean in Criminal Proceedings?

  By HG.org
The fruit of the poisonous tree doctrine prevents the prosecution from admitting certain evidence into a criminal case after it has been tainted...

I Have No Money, How Can I Hire an Attorney?

  By HG.org
Frequently, the people who need an attorney the most are also the ones who can least afford to pay for one. Whether accused of a crime, injured...

Fact: Ketosis Can Cause You to Fail a Breath Test

Ketosis is where the body starts breaking down “fat” for energy, instead of the regular “glucose”. This happens when a person is on a...

Are Bars and Clubs Responsible if Their Customers Get a DUI?

  By HG.org
People injured in DUI cases often sustain life-changing injuries. Frequently, these injuries mean the victims will require expensive medical...

The Federal Sentencing Battle

The overhaul of federal sentencing law with the enactment of the United States Sentencing Guidelines, (U.S.S.G.) , had a noble but flawed goal...

Victims of Human Trafficking Charged with Prostitution

Too often women are charged and convicted of prostitution, when they could more accurately be described as victims of human trafficking.

Illinois' New Photo Lineup Law

Wrongful convictions can destroy lives. Being convicted of a crime one did not commit can land an innocent person in prison, saddle him or her...

Civil Claims Contrasted to Criminal Proceedings in Fraud Cases

If a fraud has been committed against your company there may be general desire to get justice by seeing the perpetrator sentenced for their...

Data Thief Falciani is Closing a Deal with India’s Government Officials

The Indian government suspects millions of untaxed money from Indian High Net Worth Individuals in Switzerland. That’s why they made a lucrative...

Underage Drinking Liability: Illinois House Bill 4745

Minor in possession. Open container violations. Driving under the influence. Minors are particularly susceptible to committing these...

Sexual Assault Prevention on College Campuses

For high school seniors and their parents, Spring can mean the excitement of learning which colleges and universities they have been offered...

Can a Minor Be Charged with Statutory Rape?

  By HG.org
Children seem to grow up faster today than ever before. As a result, many teens feel the pressure to enter into sexual relationships with their...

What Do I Do If Attacked In A Public Place?

  By HG.org
Many find it surprising to know that violence has actually been on a steady decline for decades. Unfortunately, it does still happen. Often,...

What Are the Rules for Police Lineups?

  By HG.org
Having an eyewitness testify that he or she saw the suspect commit the crime or some act associated with the crime can be powerful evidence for...

Couple Uses Tax Payer Money to Fund Dream Wedding

A married couple have been convicted of benefit theft after it was revealed that they had used the overpayments to pay for their wedding abroad.

Where Is It Legal to Put Surveillance Cameras?

  By HG.org
In an increasingly surveillance-based society, it may seem that cameras are everywhere around us. If you look around, you may find cameras in...

Someone Hacked My Phone or Computer, What Can I Do?

  By HG.org
There are few things that feel more violating than finding that someone has hacked into your phone or computer. When this happens, the first...

How to Stop Domestic Violence

  By HG.org
Black eyes, broken bones, missed days from school or work. For some, these may seem familiar. Whether they are occurring to you or someone you...

What Can I Do About a Stalker?

  By HG.org
Sometimes, infatuation can turn into something more dangerous. A person may have such a strong connection in their mind to someone else, even if...

What is an Involuntary Civil Commitment?

  By HG.org
Most people are familiar with the concept of a criminal commitment (i.e. a prison or jail sentence). But not everyone has heard of the concept...

Is Graffiti Art Legal Under the First Amendment?

  By HG.org
Many cities around the US deal with the problem of graffiti art everyday. Sometimes it may be a name, a threat, an image, a symbol, or a...

Jail Populations

A recent study by the Vera Institute of Justice, in collaboration with the MacArthur Foundation, reports that there are over 3,000 jails in the...

Wisconsin Marijuana Laws and Penalties

Wisconsin Marijuana Laws and Penalties for Possession, Paraphernalia, Growing and Intent to Deliver/Sell/Distribute

Defenses to Eyewitness Testimony in Criminal Cases

  By HG.org
Hearing that there is an eyewitness to a crime can cause a great degree of apprehension in a criminal case. However, there are several ways that...

How to Avoid Fraud Adopting a Child from the Ukraine

The procedure of adoption of a child from Ukraine is complicated, expensive and long. Ukrainian legislation makes the process of adoption...

What Are Miranda Rights?

  By HG.org
Anyone who has watched an American crime show (and even some in other countries) probably have heard someone “read their rights.” But, what are...

Are Cults Legal?

  By HG.org
It seems like every year another cult ends up in the media, having amassed weapons, engaged in child sex crimes, or after killing or abducting...

When Is It Okay to Shoot Someone?

  By HG.org
The use of deadly force is an extremely sobering event. Despite dozens of expressions that joke about shooting somebody, choosing whether or not...

Dos and Don’ts after Being Arrested

  By HG.org
Some of the most critical mistakes in a criminal case occur after a suspect is arrested. Here is a list of things to do and not to do if you...

When Do I Need a Lawyer?

  By HG.org
With a variety of self-help forms and resources available to individuals today, it may be tempting to attempt to do legal work yourself and...

New Scam from Phone Number (425) 206-5635 Regarding Government Grants $9,000

  By HG.org
We just received a phone call from a scammer informing us that we were entitled to $9,000 of Government Grants.


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