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What is Bribery?

Bribery is the accepting of an annuity which includes but is not limited to the payment of gifts or favors to influence someone of importance. Bribes may also be made through money exchanges for ...
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Do Petty Theft Charges Require a Criminal Defense Attorney?

Petty theft is a charge that someone who has no criminal intent may receive. They could be distracted by their phone, or not realize they left items unpaid for in their shopping cart. In California, ...
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Wrongfully Accused: The Problem Behind Eyewitness Identification

In July of 1984 22-year-old Jennifer Thompson was alone in her college dorm room in North Carolina when an intruder broke into her residence and raped her. Determined to put her perpetrator behind ...
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What is Money Laundering?

According to the United Nations, about 2-5 percent of the global GP comes from money laundered from illicit activities. This amounts to approximately $800 billion - $2 trillion laundered each year. ...
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Mary Jane Myths Debunked: Marijuana Reform has States Going Green

Throughout our country, there are more arrests relating to the possession of marijuana every single year than the arrests for all violent crimes combined. In fact, according to the Marijuana Policy ...
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When Do Courts Suppress Evidence?

When a person is facing criminal charges, there is sometimes a considerable amount of evidence that might prove their guilt. However, sometimes this evidence is not allowed to be used in court to ...
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Know Your Rights: What to Do When Approached by the Police

Know Your Rights: What to Do When Approached by the Police It is safe to assume that you will have some sort of contact with law enforcement. Whether through a routine traffic stop, a checkpoint, or ...
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Surveillance in the City: Installing Cameras to Crack Down on Crime

Cameras are no longer just for photographers, hobbyists, and capturing family moments. Because of improvements to camera technology, they are consistently introduced to new uses. Today, security ...
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Three Strikes & You’re Out: Criminal Policy in Question

America's Child In October 1993, 12-year-old Polly Klaas was kidnapped during a Petaluma, CA slumber party. While she left her room to gather sleeping bags, she ran into a man who held her a ...
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Define the Law: What is a Restraining Order?

Why Would Someone File a Restraining Order? In general, a restraining order is a court request to protect an individual from being harassed, stalked, sexually abused or threated. The person asking for ...
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Know Your Rights: DUI Check Points

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration defines DUI checkpoints as a tool used by law enforcement officers to penalize intoxicated drivers by stopping vehicles at a pre-determined ...
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What to Do in a Hit and Run

When we're kids and we break something, our first instinct is to get out of there as quickly as possible. That reflex doesn't really go away as adults—many of us would rather flee than ...
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When Police Can & Cannot Search Your Car

It happens at an alarming rate. You're driving home, driving to work, or running an errand...and all of a sudden, you see flashing lights in your rearview mirror. When it happens, it's ...
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Less is More: State Reforms Reduce Incarceration Rates

Think that you'll never know anyone who will be or has been arrested? Think again. Statistically speaking, for every 99 U.S. adults, there is 1 person who is behind bars. Throughout the nation, ...
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The Truth Behind Minors Behind Bars

When most people think about convicts serving life without parole, they typically assume adults. However, this is not always the case. There are over 2,000 juveniles who have been sentenced to life in ...
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America’s Fight Against Cybercrime

On Feb. 12, 2016, a 70-year-old woman was sentenced to life in prison by a federal judge as she was lying in a hospital bed in Philadelphia. The woman was critically ill, but that didn't stop her ...
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My Teen Sexted with His Girlfriend—Can He Be Charged?

The issue with the digital world is that interactions that were once fleeting (or impossible) are not recorded forever—and some things, when preserved, are deeply damaging. Today's blog is ...
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What Does It Mean to Be Charged, Convicted, or Sentenced?

When watching a show about crime, you may hear the words charged, convicted, and sentenced. Although most people know these words relate to the criminal justice system, many aren't sure of their ...
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What Is Aiding & Abetting

If a person is charged with "aiding and abetting" it means that they are accused of being an accessory to a crime. When a person directly partakes in the committing of a crime, they are ...
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What Does It Mean to Be an Accessory After the Fact?

Being charged as an "accessory after the fact" to a crime has serious implications—and preparing yourself for a legal battle is the first step to righting the wrong you have been ...
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