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- Changes in Federal Criminal Law Since Trump
Many of my clients ask me how the election of Donald Trump to the presidency has changed the outlook on their cases. As one would expect, the existing criminal laws are now being enforced much more harshly, resulting in unfair incarceration for many first offenders. Below are the three major areas that I have seen substantial changes in the last year
- What Happens after Being Detained by Police?
When someone has been suspected of criminal activity, the law enforcement officers that observe the individual may arrest him or her and take him or to the police station. If the person has been detained pending an investigation or questioning, he or she may remain in a local or county jail until read his or her Miranda Rights so he or she may acquire a lawyer.
- How the Bill of Indictment Affects an Individual
The Bill of Indictment is a formal document that accuses a specific person of a criminal act. This is presented to the grand jury and signed by a court official, and this affects the accused through possible severe punishment in a federal or state prison or with the death penalty for his or her crimes when convicted.
- Reliable and Accurate Forensic Testing at Risk under Attorney General Sessions
Several of my law firm colleagues and I, as well as others in the criminal defense bar in Wisconsin, regularly deal with DNA and other trace forensic evidence. The need for accurate and reliable forensic testing by law enforcement and state crime labs is critical, as our criminal clients’ lives and freedom is at stake.
- The Differences between Felony and Misdemeanor Drug Charges
Drug charges are often severe even if the ones issued are misdemeanor, however, knowing the difference could assist the person arrested in knowing how to prepare. The most severe of all drug charges issued are felony, and these could lead to the person’s conviction and sentence to prison for several years or decades.
- Defending Assault Charges in Philadelphia
Assault charges in Philadelphia are actually quite complex. The successful defense of any assault-related charge will be based upon the circumstances surrounding the assault, the premeditation or intent of the defendant as well as the presence or absence of “Serious Bodily Injury.”
- "Making a Murderer" Mini-Series' Steven Avery Denied a New Trial
This week the Circuit Court Judge of Sheboygan County considered whether to grant a new trial in the Steven Avery case; a case that captured the country’s attention with the popular Netflix series, “Making a Murderer.”
- Can I Get Back My Right to Vote after Being Convicted of a Felony?
Restoring the civil rights of an individual is not as easy as filing a petition or going to an official agency and contacting someone, because there are restrictions on these matters depending on the state as well. This means it is important to know if it is possible, how to do so and what rights may be restored if any for the individual that committed and was convicted of a felony charge.
- Unforeseen Consequences of Conviction
For a person with a felony conviction, many problems faced are the result of collateral consequences of getting convicted this serious offense.
- Will Police Spy on You Through Your Phone?
Recently, the Supreme Court agreed to review a case out of the US 6th Circuit Court of Appeals that addresses Fourth Amendment rights and cell phones. The case is Carpenter vs. United States and is significant because it can change the way digital information is accessed by police and if the access would require a warrant. Moreover, the ruling on this case has the potential to strengthen or seriously weaken the protections afforded by the Fourth Amendment in regards to surveillance.