Can I Move to Another State While on Probation?

You have found yourself on probation for a criminal offense. You want a fresh start and have family in another state. You are considering moving, but you don’t think you can. After all, if you don’t follow the rules and restrictions of yo...

Police Could Soon Conduct Warrantless Cellphone Tracking

During the last week of November, The Supreme Court was dealing with a case involving digital privacy. The high court was determining how exactly to apply legal rules in a way that would keep pace with rapidly advancing technology. According to repor...

Can I Get Off Probation Early?

If you are convicted of a crime, one of the best things you can hope for, aside from being given no time at all, is to be sentenced to probation. Essentially, probation is a prison (or jail) sentence that you serve within the community. In other word...

What Happens If I Miss Jury Duty?

If you have received a jury summons in the mail and been tempted to rip it up, throw it in the garbage or otherwise ignore it, you aren’t alone. Jury duty means time off of work and a general upheaval to your schedule. Yes, it’s your civi...

Can Police Access Your DNA You Send to Ancestry Services?

Millions of people have jumped on the ancestry bandwagon, so-to-speak. Most people are interested in learning more about where they come from, but now millions are getting the answers thanks to companies like Ancestry.com and 23andMe. Spit in a tube,...

New Study Shows Racial Disparity in Sentencing Times

A new study released by the United States Sentencing Commission shows that African-American men are sentenced to more time when convicted of the same crimes committed by white men. An African-American man will spend, on average, 20 percent longer in ...

Is It Actually Illegal to Give a Fake Name to the Cops?

If you have been pulled over by the police and been tempted to tell them you were someone else, you aren’t alone. Many of us have given thought at one time or another to giving a fake name or point our finger in someone else’s direction. ...

Understanding What Custodial Questioning Really Is

When you watch a crime drama on television or even a thriller on your favorite movie streaming app, you see police officers arrest suspects, handcuff them and immediately read them their Miranda rights. This leads to the impression that this is a rea...

A Look at Illegal Search and Seizure

The Worth County Sheriff’s Office made headlines recently. The department locked down the campus of Worth County High School without giving prior notice school officials. No one at the school knew what was going on. Over the course of the next ...

When Do Prosecutors Have to Reveal the Evidence They’ve Discovered?

To be able to convict someone of a crime, a prosecutor must gather evidence that shows the person committed that crime and convince a judge and jury of the fact. There are a variety of types of evidence used in a criminal trial. In order for a trial ...

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