A worst nightmare -- framed on felony charges, jailed for 88 days. Fortunately, the accused had a good defense lawyer.
A government report finds fault with the use of forensics in court.
Felony DUI is that worst case scenario.
Driving under the influence is typically a misdemeanor offense. Any DUI is a serious charge because of the many consequences. But when a DUI is charged as a felony, the stakes are even higher, with the real possibility of prison time.
Most people assume that operating any motorized vehicle while drunk can land you in jail. However, that isn't currently the case in South Carolina. A surprising loophole in the law specifically excludes mopeds from the definition of DUI. Put simply, you can't get a DUI conviction for driving a moped while intoxicated.
There's no question that underage drinking charges can have a profound impact on your future. Not only are your rights at stake but so, too, are your educational opportunities.
Last year President Obama proposed that there should be changes to the procedures that land inmates in solitary confinement. Before this proposal, even low-risk offenders could be placed in solitary for various offenses or infractions. The Justice Department (or "DOJ") just completed the review and released a report detailing the findings.
Parents generally will not face criminal charges for the actions of their children. There are a handful of circumstances in which the state will hold the parent criminally liable because of the extremeness of the child's actions. This article will explore the three main ways that you could be liable for your child's actions.
The right to counsel is ingrained in every single person's mind who ever watched Law and Order, NYPD Blue or the other classic "cop shows." The good guys slap the cuffs on the bad guys and "read 'em their rights." Those rights are called "Miranda rights." One of those rights is the right to counsel. In addition, you have the right to remain silent and not answer questions issued by the police before the arrival of your attorney.
It is a common assumption that whenever you don't like your odds at trial you can just plead insanity and get away Scott-free. This isn't necessarily true. Proving an insanity defense means convincing the jury that you either did not understand what you were doing, could not control your actions or even that you failed to discern right from wrong. The insanity plea is a state-specific defense. There are four different kinds of tests that and which one you fall under depends upon where you live. Sometimes these tests are a combination of one of these tests.
Most every state has some sort of capital punishment, or "death penalty," for certain crimes. In addition to the state criminal statutes, the federal government also has a death penalty. The death penalty is a punishment for certain felony crimes. It usually involves a lethal injection of a cocktail of drugs designed to peacefully kill someone. However, as recently covered by the news, sometimes the ideal does not translate in the execution room.