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June 2016 Archives

Megan's Law initiated sex offender registries

Megan's Law modifies the earlier Wetterling Act, which gives law enforcement more powers to track and find sex offenders. The first Megan's Law was passed in New Jersey following the rape and murder of seven-year-old Megan, mere feet from her home. It was later passed under the Clinton Administration and made federal law.

Facing drug charges? Consider rehab.

If you or a loved one has been charged with a drug crime in Maryland, you are facing serious penalties. The minimum sentence for possessing one ounce of an illegal drug is 90 days in jail and a fine up to $500. If you're caught in possession of 10 grams to 50 lbs. of marijuana, the penalty is up to one year in prison and a fine up to $1,000. If you are charged with possession with an intent to distribute less than 50 lbs. of marijuana, the maximum penalty is 5 years in jail and a $1,000 fine. The penalties are more serious for other drugs.

What happens if your license is administratively suspended?

Several states have passed laws that allow the police to administratively suspend people's drivers' licenses. This means that a police officer can pull you over and begin levying punishments before there has been any investigation, trial or conviction. Administrative suspension allows the police to immediately begin punishing drunk drivers.

Study finds ignition interlock devices are a success

Drunk driving remains an endemic problem in the United States. A large number of drunk drivers are arrested every year and the police keep coming up with new ways to catch and discourage this behavior. One of these new techniques is the ignition interlock device. This post will go over the device and its impact on drunk driving.

Pandering and pimping charges can stem from a variety of acts

Criminal investigations and trials are complicated. Often a single criminal act can result in multiple charges. Pimping is one of these crimes that often involve multiple criminal charges from the same act. This post will go over pimping and pandering and how you could face multiple charges.

The legal limits of underage drinking

Zero tolerance laws aren?t the only restriction on drinking for minors. Many states have also enacted "minor in possession" or "minor in consumption" laws. These laws criminalize a minor possessing or being affected by alcohol. Think of these as similar to drug laws; it is illegal to possess cocaine regardless of whether you used it or not.

Man goes to prison for crimes committed in Cambodia

The U.S. Federal Government has begun aggressively pursuing crimes committed overseas. It has expanded its reach from drugs, terrorism, human trafficking and into child sexual abuse. While the age of consent is usually at least 16 in most countries, most third world countries lack the funding or will to properly enforce these laws. As a result, an underground industry, "child sex tourism," evolved as a way for individuals from wealthy countries to travel to poorer countries to commit crimes. This case demonstrates that the government is beginning to go after these individuals.