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May 2018 Archives

Marijuana bill would decriminalize possession for personal use

Over the past several years, state laws across the country have moved away from harsh penalties for personal marijuana use - penalties that disproportionately affect minorities and students. Today, medical marijuana is legal in the majority of states (31, including D.C.), and recreational marijuana is legal in nine.

What should I expect during a field sobriety test?

Police conduct field sobriety tests as a part of their drunk driving investigations. Police usually will not conduct a field sobriety test until after they have established a suspicion of intoxicated driving. The field sobriety test offers police additional information pertaining to a driver's state of intoxication. Results from these tests can be especially valuable to police in cases of drugged driving where an alcohol Breathalyzer test will not reveal whether someone is intoxicated or not.

Managing the client who won't keep their mouth shut

Every lawyer has one of them: The client who can't keep quiet. Who won't follow commonsense guidance. Who opens their mouth even when it's clearly in their best interests not to. Who seemingly has no filter-and who, with every word, backs himself (or herself) further into a corner.

Underage drinking and underage drinking and driving

Underage drinking is a common issue throughout the United States. Because all forms of drinking and driving endanger the public, lawmakers throughout the country have created strict state laws to govern the activities of drivers, establishing criminal penalties and fines for those convicted of driving while intoxicated. These laws are especially strict for anyone under the legal drinking age. In the state of North Carolina, for example, so-called "zero tolerance" laws make it illegal for motorists under the age of 21 to drive with any quantity of alcohol in their systems.

What are some common defenses against drug crime allegations?

Ever since the United States began its war on drugs, state and federal governments have been vigilant in policing the nation to eradicate instances of drug possession, drug sales, drug manufacturing and other violations pertaining to controlled substances. However, just because you were accused of one of these crimes does not necessarily mean that you'll be found guilty.

What does the "Golden State Killer" case mean for genetic privacy?

It's a story that seems straight out of a CSI episode: A cold case involving a string of rapes and murders. A crime-scene DNA sample that sat in a freezer for decades. A forensic criminologist who thought outside the box to dig deeper. And a new technology that led him right to the suspect's doorstep.

Law enforcement using ghost cars to enforce drunk driving laws

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol has a new kind of vehicle in its arsenal. They're describing it as a "stealth weapon" to be used in combat against intoxicated drivers. The vehicle looks like a normal Dodge Charger used by the state police. The only difference is that it's black and has glow-in-the-dark lettering.

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