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January 2017 Archives

Indefinite detention held constitutional by federal court

Many states have some version of a “civil” detention law. But few states are as expansive or restrictive as Minnesota’s. Earlier this month, a federal appeals courts upheld Minnesota’s restrictive detention law. The appeals court reversed the lower court decision, finding that detaining people beyond the length of their sentence serve a legitimate interest in protecting the public from dangerous people. This post will go over the impacts of this case and the implications it could have all over the country, including Maryland.

What is the impact of a DUI for an underage driver? Part 1

It is important to note that state laws vary wildly regarding minors and criminal punishment. What applies in one state may not apply in another. Therefore, this post seeks to discuss broad trends in criminal penalties for minors convicted of DUIs. Kids are bound to make dumb mistakes; it is a hallmark of childhood. The key for parents and their children is to ensure that those mistakes do not haunt them for the rest of their lives. This post will go over the implications of a DUI conviction for a child who is under 18.

Probation and DUIs

Probation is a type of release from incarceration. Probation, unlike parole, is granted instead of incarceration. You continue to “serve” your sentence, but you get to do it from the comfort of your home and your normal life (subject to some restrictions). Probation imposes a series of restrictions and obligations that must be complied with or you face revocation of probation. Probation is a privilege, not a right. It can be taken away at any time.

Police are getting creative to prevent holiday DUIs

Police are well aware that drinking and driving rates spike around the holidays, especially after Thanksgiving. To combat this trend, some police departments are employing creative tactics to discourage holiday drunken driving. This post will go over some of the creative campaigns.

Baltimore program favors drug treatment over jail sentence

In the U.S., there is a lot of stigma attached to drug addiction. "Why can't he just stop using?" or "Why is she making these choices?" are common questions we hear after someone on drugs gets into legal trouble. The truth of the matter, though, is that the answers are not cut and dry. Drug addiction is a very real thing and causes people to behave in ways they never would have imagined. Suddenly, the person you love is someone you hardly recognize. In many cases, the person doesn't even recognize themselves.

Judge in Brock Turner case cleared of misconduct

You are probably familiar with the Brock Turner case; he was charged with sexual assault after he was found copulating with an unconscious young woman. While Mr. Turner was found guilty by the jury, the judge sentenced him to less than a year in jail. The case immediately resulted in severe public outrage and called for the judge to be impeached and removed from the bench.