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September 2016 Archives

American sex tourist imprisoned in Costa Rica

A prominent sex tourism blogger was arrested in Costa Rica earlier in September. The blogger, David Strecker, built a prominent online website based on his adventures throughout South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Mr. Strecker is an unabashed fan of prostitution and sex tourism. He published a book and garnered a significant following on his websites as he discussed his exploits.

A Breathalyzer for marijuana may be coming soon

Police officers in California are testing a new piece of technology from Hound Labs that measures THC, the active ingredient in marijuana. A smattering of devices tried to deliver on this promise before. However, this latest Breathalyzer appears to be the most promising. The device can measure THC in parts per trillion, therefore, it is significantly more sensitive than similar competitors.

What Happens If You Get Caught Driving On A Suspended License?

You know you're not supposed to drive with a suspended license, but you need to get somewhere and no one else can drive you. You decide to risk it, but get pulled over by a Maryland cop. What happens now?

What happens if you refuse or fail a breathalyzer test?

Once you are pulled over by a police officer on suspicion of drunken driving, you face severe penalties. The officer will administer a field sobriety test, which you may accept or refuse. This post will go over your options if you refuse to submit to the field sobriety test.

How can a DUI attorney help you?

DUI/DWIs are serious crimes. DUIs can involve jail time, fines, forfeiture of property, a suspended drivers' license, and more. The last thing you need is to try and confront these charges on your own. A defense attorney will know the courts, police investigators, and prosecutors. A lawyer can guide and protect you through the process.

Challenging a field sobriety test, Part 1

The field sobriety test is a series of exercises that police administer to people they suspect of driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The tests are designed to assess the coordination of the driver and their capability to operate. But, like any other test, it is flawed and relies on humans to effectively evaluate and administer it. This post will discuss some of the ways you can potentially challenge the results from a field sobriety test.

California considers mandatory minimums after Stanford rape case

The notorious Stanford rape case that shook the nation earlier in the year got a new round of controversy. The California state government, in response to the perceived light sentence that Mr. Brock Turner received, is considering mandatory minimum sentences for those convicted of rape. Mr. Turner was arrested after he was discovered sexually assaulting a woman behind a dumpster after a party.

Self-driving cars, a boon to alcohol producers?

Several financial companies, including Morgan Stanley, believe the more sophisticated self-driving cars become, the more likely it will lead to a boom in business for restaurants that serve alcohol and alcohol producers. Primarily, the study believes that self-driving cars would permit people to imbibe alcohol without fear of endangering others on the road. It is thought that self-driving cars will radically change the alcohol market by allowing more people to drink, reducing drunk driving accidents, and perhaps even introducing new forms of sale, like drive-through alcohol purchases.

Rates of intimate partner violence

Sexual assault and rape are trigger words that people associate between strangers. Only someone who is "unknown" would do that to a woman. But data collected by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), which collated information from a variety of sources including the FBI and Centers for Disease Control, found that violence between intimate partner is a significant portion of all sex-related crimes.

Parents can be sued for hosting underage drinking

Underage drinking, aside from being illegal, can also put parents at risk of criminal charges and a lawsuit. A Maryland couple who permitted underage drinking at their home now may face civil suits, according to Maryland's highest court. This post will address the legal concerns that underage drinking can create for the adults that permit it.

If arrested, do not speak to the police

The "false confession" is no urban myth. Innocent people falsely confess to crimes they didn't commit all the time. Unfortunately, few studies examine the rate of false confessions. Moreover, it's hard to measure because there is no way to know how many people "falsely" confess because statisticians can only measure people who are exonerated, not people who "falsely" confess. To put it another way, every person who is exonerated gave false confessions but not everyone who gave a false confession is exonerated.