Being accused of a crime you didn't commit is a nightmare that no one wants to ever face. When the charges are taking the life of another, however, if you live in a state that has capital punishment, the stakes can be a matter of life or death — your own. According to the Innocence Project and a study sponsored by National Academy of Sciences, at least 4.1 percent of defendants sitting on death row are innocent.
3 May 2019
With the legalization of recreational marijuana gaining inroads in many U.S. states, law enforcement officials and state legislators continue to face challenges when attempting to enforce drunk and drugged driving laws. Unlike other illicit substances and alcohol, THC—the main metabolic byproduct of marijuana—can remain in users' systems for days or even weeks after use. This means that someone who is involved in a car crash that results in bodily injury or death may face felony DUI charges if blood testing reveals the presence of THC, even in states where marijuana is legal.
26 December 2018
Checkpoints are common. Checkpoints are also a tool used to catch people driving under the influence of alcohol or another substance. However, citizens still have rights when it comes to this testing. Learn what your rights are in the event you encounter a DUI checkpoint. You Will Be Stopped Should you approach a checkpoint, you should expect to be stopped, and you should also understand that the process is legal. In some instances, the police department will place signs up that notify you of the checkpoint.
17 October 2018
If you're like many drivers, you've never been pulled over upon suspicion of intoxication or taken a breathalyzer test. But in recent years, state lawmakers around the country have started to require highway patrol officers to conduct sobriety tests at the scene of an accident that results in serious injury or death. Even if you're not intoxicated and weren't at fault in the crash, there are some legal risks you should be aware of before submitting to a sobriety test.
6 September 2018
Do you have outstanding warrants for your arrest? If you're the suspect of a criminal investigation, missed the date of a court appearance, or have a substantial amount of unpaid traffic tickets, a judge may have filed a warrant against you. When you have an outstanding warrant, you're always at risk – if you're pulled over for a minor traffic violation, police will run your information through a state database that will inform them of any outstanding warrants against you.
21 July 2018
Domestic violence, whether it is emotional, physical, or verbal, is a hard situation to deal with. Getting out of the situation takes a lot of courage. If you are ready to leave a domestic violence situation, you will need to make a plan to resettle. Resettling by yourself will make you feel a lot better and help you to restart your life. Here are three ways to resettle when you are leaving a situation of domestic violence.
23 June 2018
If you are facing a DUI charge, even if you have the help of a DUI attorney, it's not easy to know exactly what punishment awaits you in case you are convicted. This is because multiple factors will determine your sentence, factors such as these: Your DUI Record One of the first things the judge will consider is the number of past DUI convictions you have, if any. The more DUIs you have committed in the past, the more serious your punishment will be.
19 April 2018