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January 2016 Archives

How can I demonstrate having acted in self-defense?

Charges relating to a physical altercation can have serious ramifications. There is the possibility of receiving penalties such as fines, jail time or probation. And having an assault and battery charge on your record could damage your reputation and limit your opportunities. Employers may be less likely to hire someone that they believe may have a proclivity for violence.

Warrants for computer seizures must contain specific details

When law enforcement officials target an individual for a sex crime investigation, they have a number of tools at their disposal. One commonly used process is that of computer forensics. The science of computer forensics is essentially looking at the contents of a suspect's computer files in an effort to discover incriminating evidence, such as pornographic images featuring children.

Drug addicts need help with problems, not criminal punishment

Drug addiction is an extremely complicated disease, both to live with and to treat. While there are people who may want to place the blame squarely on the person suffering from the disease, the fact is that being a drug addict is not simply a bad lifestyle choice or moral failure. And often, drug addicts are more confounded than anyone else as to why they cannot simply stop using narcotics and live happier lives.

Judges use discretion in applying penalties for juvenile crimes

Being placed under arrest is typically a very frightening and intimidating experience for a young person. It can also be extremely daunting for parents who understand the long-term implications of an arrest. Some of the stress of the situation can be allayed simply by having an awareness of what the outcome of the arrest may be.

Bad luck can snowball into serious legal consequences

They say that bad luck comes in threes, meaning that once you experience some bit of misfortune, don't be too surprised if the fickle hand of fate is about to deal you a couple more mishaps to go with the first. For whatever reason, most of us experience little runs of bad luck from time to time. Often this bad luck affects you on a purely personal level and has no legal consequences. However, it is all too easy for a person to experience a run of legal misfortune.