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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  • Juvenile Justice: Can Video Featuring Juveniles Be Used to Apprehend Them?

    The juvenile justice system is set up much differently than the traditional justice system because it focuses on rehabilitation and countering negative behavior. Therefore, there are often additional safeguards that prevent the disclosure of information that identifies the juvenile. Whether video featuring potential criminal action by juveniles can be released depends on state law and circumstance surrounding the action.

  • Our Criminal Justice System – Almost 20 Things Clients Should Know

    There are many myths and misconceptions about the criminal justice system. People should be prepared with knowledge when personally confronted with the police and the system.

  • Gender Studies Expert Witness on Sexual Assault and Discrimination Cases

    Sexual assault and sexual discrimination are rampant in the United States due to a lack of understanding of both genders and how these issues affect the targets. The attitudes and belief of what is considered assault and discrimination is severely confused, and this has led to even the most morally outstanding person confused about what these subjects mean.

  • Expert Witness Explains Objective Reasonableness Standard in Police Practices

    Police practices when confronting someone that may have perpetrated a crime should be reasonable and have guidelines to prevent consequences that lead to litigation. However, when law enforcement officers are unable to rein in emotional outbursts, physical violence against others and similar incidents, an expert witness is needed to explain how these standards should affect the scene.

  • New FAR Regulations on Tax Delinquencies and Felony Convictions

    Federal Acquisition Regulation are necessary when contracting a business with the federal government, but if there are tax delinquencies, the company may face felony charges for the owner or management. Additionally, the FAR may prohibit the ability for a company to seek a government contract when there are outstanding tax delinquencies or previously held felony convictions.

  • Consequences of Refusing a Breathalyzer Test in Texas

    Texas law enforcement officers may give a Breathalyzer to individuals whom they suspect of drinking and driving. The results of this test are often used to help establish a criminal defendant’s guilt of driving while intoxicated. In order to avoid providing such evidence that may ultimately be used against the defendant, the suspect may decide to refuse to take such a test. However, there may be consequences for refusal.

  • Can Suing the U.S. Attorney General Make Medical Marijuana Legal?

    Alexis Bortell is a 12 year old girl who suffers from epilepsy. Most of her life she experienced frequent seizures and the treatments she used did not alleviate her symptoms. Then the family doctor in Texas suggested they try cannabis.

  • Contesting the Use of the Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory Testing in New Jersey Criminal Cases

    Like several other states, New Jersey may use the Million Clinical Multiaxial Inventory III (MCMI-III) when evaluating a defendant. However, serious concerns regarding this test have been raised. An effective defense may include challenging the results of any such tests.

  • What Are the Charges for Marijuana Possession in Florida?

    Unlike many other states, Florida has not decreased its potential punishments or reclassified marijuana as a less serious drug at the time of publication. Possession of marijuana even in small amounts can lead to significant penalties.

  • Understanding the Laws on Underage Drinking in California

    Like many other states, California has a number of underage drinking laws that prohibit people under 21 years of age from drinking or being in possession of alcohol. Specific laws that individuals should be aware of and related information about these laws include:

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