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This man is spending life in prison for a nonviolent LSD crime

Federal authorities caught a man named Robert James Riley mailing LSD to a friend in 1993. The friend who received the LSD testified against Riley and received a minor sentence for the offense. Riley, on the other hand, was sentenced to life in federal prison without parole.

What criminal defense “story” is appropriate for your case?

Every criminal defendant has the right to his or her day in court. In many cases, this right can be of enormous benefit to a defendant, regardless of whether the defendant will be found guilty of the crime or not. In some cases, a chance for the defendant to tell his or her version of the story – even if that version of the story involves an admission of guilt – can help the defendant in terms of the outcome of the criminal proceedings.

Will the federal government lower North Carolina drug crime?

The U.S. Attorney's Office says it wants to reduce instances of drug crime in North Carolina's Eastern District. To do so, the U.S. Attorney's Office has issued an initiative that will serve to combat drug crime throughout the area, specifically focusing on violent drug crime.

What constitutes drug paraphernalia?

It's illegal to possess drug paraphernalia – everyone knows this – but many people don't exactly know what legally constitutes drug paraphernalia. This is because anything can be drug paraphernalia given the right context. Imagine a piece of tinfoil. If the tinfoil is wrapped around a banana in the refrigerator, it's just a piece of tinfoil. If it's wrapped around an apple that's been carved out to serve as a makeshift marijuana pipe, on the other hand, and it has marijuana smoke residue inside it, then it's drug paraphernalia.

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 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.

2 black men victimized by discrimination in Starbucks arrest

Everyone has heard stories of racially motivated arrests, and most people know that they're a problem. However, when these incidents are recorded on video, they have a much stronger effect on the public. Whether it's a false arrest for a drug crime, a jaywalking crime or trespassing, these incidents should not go unnoticed. Public outcry and protests may be the only way for all Americans to receive equal treatment by law enforcement.

What's required for a drug possession conviction?

Being accused of a crime such as drug possession is one thing. Being convicted of the crime is another. As with any kind of criminal charge, prosecutors will need to prove that the accused person was in possession of illegal substances and guilty of drug possession under the letter of the law. If the prosecution cannot prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, the defendant will remain innocent of the crime and will not face any kind of punishment.

2 examples of common drug crimes

Imagine you're riding in the car with your friend, and unbeknownst to you, your friend has the vehicle loaded up with drugs, drug paraphernalia and other illegal contraband. The police stop your friend in a routine traffic stop. The next thing you know, they're searching the vehicle, discover the drugs, and now -- virtually guilty by association -- you are facing all of the same drug charges as your friend.

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