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Jail and Bail
“I’ve been arrested and they’ve taken me to jail.  Can you bail me out?” Here are a few thoughts on how you might react if you get an unnerving call like this from a fa....
Finding the Right Criminal Defense Attorney
“Do I need a lawyer?”  “How do I find a good one?”  These are likely to be among the first concerns of people placed under arrest.  This article addresses these ....
How Can Criminal Defense Lawyers Represent Guilty Clients?
Perhaps the question most commonly put to criminal defense lawyers goes something like, “How can you represent criminals who you know are guilty?”  While I don’t expect to compl....
An Overview of Drunk Driving Laws and Procedures
Laws in every state make it illegal to drive a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.  Shorthand terms for these laws include DUI (Driving Under the Influence) and DWI (Driving While....
Traffic Stop Doís and Donítís
Many drivers have experienced the sinking feeling that results from being pulled over by a police officer. Below are a few tips for how to behave should this happen to you. While following these tips ....
Domestic Violence
This article addresses domestic violence.  Domestic violence generally consists of violence between people who are living together, whether or not they are married or of the same or different gen....
Domestic Violence - Part 2
My initial article on domestic violence pointed out that even though police and prosecutors now regard domestic violence as a serious crime, only a small percentage of domestic abusers are convicted a....
Rape Shield Laws
Rape Shield laws have been in effect in most U.S. jurisdictions since the late 1970’s.  Rape Shield laws reversed trial rules that had discouraged many women who had been raped or otherwise....
Murder Charges for DUI-Related Deaths
In April 2009, Los Angeles Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart and two friends were killed when Andrew Gallo ran a red light and broadsided their car.  Gallo was charged with three counts of murder in O....
Paralegal Careers
Though I generally write about topics related to criminal law, I want to remind Bizymoms visitors who might be reviewing (or re-reviewing) career options to explore the possibility of becoming a paral....
Marijuana Laws
Marijuana is an illegal drug that is subject to inconsistent state and federal laws.  For example, 13 states (including California) regard the possession of a small amount of marijuana as a non-a....
Sexual Predator Laws
This article summarizes state and federal “sexual predator” laws.  These laws began to be enacted around 1990, largely as a result of pressure from victims of sexual violence and thei....
Expanding the DNA Pool
As depicted in countless movies and TV shows, suspects are traditionally fingerprinted and photographed when they are booked into jail.  Police agencies add the fingerprints and “mug shots&....
Expunging Criminal Records
Criminal records can create difficult downstream consequences.  For example, employers and landlords commonly ask job applicants and apartment seekers whether they have ever been convicted of or ....
Should Parents Be Forced to Testify Against Their Children?
You’re sitting at home watching TV one night when your teenage son Jeff rushes into the room.  Out of breath, Jeff tells you, “I’m so sorry.  Jimmy and I stole a car. ....
The Second Amendment and Gun Control
The Second Amendment to the US Constitution provides that “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be in....
When Juveniles Commit Crimes
Many parents have experienced the shock of finding out that their children have been arrested and charged with committing a crime.  This brief article reviews important concerns that parents migh....
Cyber Bullying
In October 2006, a 13 year old Missouri girl named Megan Meier committed suicide by hanging herself.  Megan was a victim of “cyber bullying.”  Before she killed herself, Megan ha....
Statutory Rape Laws
Statutory rape laws generally make it a crime for adults to have sexual intercourse with minors.  Statutory rape is traditionally a “strict liability” crime.  This means that the....
Eyewitness Identification
Eyewitness identification procedures continue to change.  Scores of movies and television shows have undoubtedly familiarized you with mug shots and lineups, the two methods that the police have ....
Criminal Justice in Scotland: Guilty, Not Guilty and Not Proven
Let’s say that you’ve just finished jury service in a U. S. criminal case.  Your jury rendered a verdict of “Not Guilty.”  Outsiders might interpret your jury’s....
Drunk Driving Informants
Assume that you are driving down a road when you see a red car being driven by what you believe to be an alcohol-impaired driver.  For example, you notice the driver swerving back and forth and c....
Driving + Texting = Prison
As a wary bicycle commuter, I'm all too aware of how many drivers use their cell phones while driving even though I live in a state that makes it illegal to do so.  Whether or not you live in a s....
Prison Labor
The decision in the case of Nelson v. Correctional Medical Services gives new meaning to the term “Bizymoms.”  The case was decided by the 8th Circuit Federal Court of Appeals in Octo....
Jury Duty 1
Having recently completed jury duty, I thought an article or two discussing this very important right and responsibility of citizenship might be of interest to many readers.  I’ll address t....
Jury Duty 2
During the Middle Ages, jurors in England were selected to decide courtroom disputes based on their independent knowledge.  The jurors would meet together and decide on a verdict based on their p....
 
 
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