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April 2016 Archives

What happens after you are arrested?

If you were arrested following a field sobriety test, then some of your Constitutional rights begin to kick in. Among those protections are the Miranda RightsMiranda Rights are not explicitly permitted or required by the Constitution. Instead, the Supreme Court added these as rights following a 1966 decision. The Court required these rights in response to a disturbing trend of police not respecting criminal suspects' rights. This article will go over those rights and how they could impact your case.

Can you get a DUI charge off your record?

A driving under the influence ("DUI" and also "DWI") charge is one of the easiest charges for which people can get arrested. It is also one of the charges that can follow you around for years, impacting your future employment, education and other life developments. There are ways to get these charges removed from your record, but each state is different. This article will go over the basics of an expungement and how it could help you.

Understanding college disciplinary hearings in Maryland

Colleges and universities have honor codes that prohibit many types of behavior, including underage drinking, drug use and certain types of sexual behavior, such as rape, inappropriate touching and nonconsensual sexual contact.

What happens to you when you drink, pt. 2?

The reason that there is a legal limit regarding blood alcohol content while driving is because drinking can severely impact the ability to safely control a vehicle. As discussed in a prior article, alcohol affects everyone in different ways. And it is mistake to believe that consuming alcohol won't seriously affect your driving skills. This article will discuss the effect that alcohol has on your driving ability as you meet and exceed the legal limit.

Man sentenced to 21 years for online child exploitation

This particular defendant was sentenced to federal prison by the Eastern District of Virginia. He was charged with several counts of possessing and producing child pornography. He was arrested for participating in and operating two websites that enticed and coerced children to engage in sex acts online. This story illustrates the dangers of conducting criminal activity online. The Internet is not always anonymous.

Your right to privacy and your computer

The Fourth Amendment in the U.S. Constitution that address search and seizure limits for police and other law enforcement. The amendment basically states that a person's home, business, or other property cannot be searched by police looking for evidence of a crime unless they can prove that there is probable cause that justifies such a search. If police believe there is probable cause, they should obtain a warrant, unless they are gathering evidence in a situation where the suspect cannot assume a reasonable expectation of privacy, for example, if they have a gun out in full view.

Why is the drinking age 21 and over? Part 2

As discussed in a prior article, the United States is unique among wealthy countries in that its drinking age is relatively high. Alcohol affects teenagers much faster and much harder than adults, which is why the U.S. drinking age is higher than other countries. This article will discuss the remaining reasons that underpin why the drinking age is 21.

Man sentenced to 10 years for possessing child pornography

Child pornography and exploitation charges are serious because of the inherent bias that everyone holds toward these offenses. Judges, juries, prosecutors and sometimes even your defense attorney will hold bias or distaste toward you. Don't let these feelings influence your defense strategy or keep you from enforcing your rights. This particular individual, a 72-year-old man from Minnesota, was charged with and convicted on one count of possessing child pornography.

Why is the drinking age 21 and over, pt. 1?

The United States is one of the few countries in the world that has such a high drinking age requirement. Europe and Asia all have drinking ages that are lower than the U.S. limit. Why is the United States drinking age so high? Is it based on politics? Or is it based on science? This article will delve into underage drinking and the reasons that justify the age 21 drinking law.

What happens when you drink, pt 1?

Humans tend to be naturally optimistic. People never believe they are going to be the statistic or that they are the exception to the rule. That is why hard and fast rules regarding blood alcohol levels are critical. It cuts through these personal feelings of self-worth and skills and boils it down to clean-cut numbers and general trends. This article will go over what typically happens to the human body as it consumes alcohol and how this affects your ability to drive.