Talking to police is intimidating. They can make you feel like you do not have any options when it comes to answering questions or allowing a search of your property. But this is not true. You have rights.
Across the U.S., many colleges are under the spotlight for claims of sexual assault. Not only is there concern over the frequency of these claims, but school administrators are facing increasing pressure when it comes to disciplinary actions. People want to see justice, and in many cases, the public is deciding the accuser is guilty before the case even makes its way through trial.
Think of how often you use technology. Even right now, reading this blog post, you are using some sort of device, be it your personal computer, work computer or smartphone. In 2017, technology is simply a way of life. We use Facebook to connect with friends and family, Spotify to listen to our favorite music and online banking apps to pay our bills. Due to this reliance on technology, it is important to know your legal rights when it comes to digital search warrants.
It's normal for parents to be worried as their high school graduates prepare to go to college. There are many ways for a college student to get in trouble on a campus, which is why it's important to be aware of the common issues and potential consequences.
The Fourth Amendment gives every U.S. citizen the right to privacy. The government can only invade your home, search your person - or monitor your emails or Internet activity - in certain circumstances. Unless stringent requirements are met, any unwarranted invasion of privacy by police departments or federal agents is unconstitutional and illegal.
We've been discussing in our last couple posts the recent change in policy announced by the Department of Homeland Security concerning the use of cell site simulator devices. With the change in policy, investigators must now--at least in most cases--demonstrate to a judge that they will likely be able to gather evidence of criminal activity with the use of the device before they can actually go ahead and use them.
Last time, we began speaking about a change in the Department of Homeland Security's policy regarding cell site simulators. Specifically, investigators are now required to obtain warrants to use the devices. The policy is certainly an improvement over previous practice, but there are definitely privacy-related concerns over even the new policy.
Law enforcement officers and agencies have a great deal of power when it comes to investigating suspected criminal activity. As we frequently point out, though, there are definite limits on investigators’ ability to search persons and property and to seize evidence.
In our last post, we began speaking about the issue of mental illness as a factor in criminal cases, and potential ways to resolve cases in light of mental illness. As we mentioned, the criminal system in Maryland can and does make use of programs aimed at addressing some of the special needs of offenders with mental illnesses.
It is no secret that prisons in the United States are filled with people who struggle with various mental illnesses. In a way, this is unfortunate. It isn’t necessarily that those with mental illnesses should never be incarcerated. Truly, in a certain percentage of cases, imprisonment may be the most sensible option for mentally ill offenders.