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5 Misconceptions about the Criminal Justice System

1. The police are legally required to read suspects their Miranda Rights on arrest. In every cop drama in every state in America, daily arrests occur as distressed suspects are shoved violently into cars, their faces awash with the cringing injustice of it all. As the buzz-cut, Schwartznegger-esque cop competently clicks the handcuffs into place, he reels off the famous line, “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided … Continue Reading

Changes in the Law that will lead to a More Liberal America

State and Federal law, in each of its own separate capacities, has recently changed to adopt more lenient treatment of drugs and drug offenders, with punishment of small time drug offenders significantly decreased, and certain former crimes even becoming redefined as legal, in some parts of America. Colorado and Washington have become the First American States in which the Use of Marijuana for Recreational Purposes is Legal, and how they apply. Almost 20 years ago, California became the first state to legalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes. For this a license is required, proving medical necessity. Since then, … Continue Reading

Mother of 10-Month Old Arrested for Child Abuse

Adelphi resident, 20-year-old Jacqueline Vanessa Diaz-Pineda has been arrested on first- and second-degree child abuse after her 10-month-old son was admitted to the hospital in critical condition. According to the Washington Post, Prince George County police were called to 9300 block of Lynmont Drive around 7 p.m. On June 2, 2014, after receiving a notification of an infant “suffering a medical emergency.” The baby was taken to the hospital with bruising and a fractured skull, charge documents said. (http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/crime/pr-georges-police-arrest-adelphi-woman-after-son-is-hospitalized-in-abuse-case/2014/06/04/d80a5c86-ebff-11e3-b98c-72cef4a00499_story.html?tid=hpModule_99d5f542-86a2-11e2-9d71-f0feafdd1394&hpid=z11) Child Abuse Statistics in Maryland According to the Child Welfare League of America 13,955 children were abused or neglected in Maryland … Continue Reading

What Documentation You Need to Keep After a Personal Injury

Picture this: you’re driving home from work one evening when another car slams into you, the result of a negligent driver missing a stoplight because he was texting. In an instant, your life has changed. Who will pay for your medical expenses and car repairs? While an attorney can help you to file a personal injury claim, there are several pieces of evidence that you should hold onto as documentation. Accident Report After your accident, a police officer will be one of the first emergency personnel to arrive on the scene. The responding officer will interview witnesses, take photographs, and … Continue Reading

The Often Overlooked Details You Need to Get Following an Auto Accident

Despite your best efforts to be a diligent and careful driver, you’ve just been involved in an accident. Even if you’ve been in an accident before, this is a scary situation, and the next few minutes of your life will likely overload your senses. You’ll be speaking to law enforcement, conversing with other drivers, and you may also need medical treatment. With all of the activity going on around you, it is no surprise that many drivers overlook some important details following their car accident, but failing to get some critical pieces of information can cause some big problems for … Continue Reading

Criminal Law in 100 Years Time

What will Criminal Law Look Like in 100 Years Time? Mind-reading technologies that negate the need for the time-consuming tradition of a courtroom? Psycho-active drugs administered in prisons to make an eight hour sentence last one thousand years in a prisoner’s head? A Judge Dredd style police state that allows judges to seek, punish and execute perpetrators on every street corner? Well, hopefully not those things. However, given the exponential speed with which societal changes are occurring, the criminal justice system needs to evolve, and quickly. In 100 years time, my predictions are that the criminal legal system will have … Continue Reading

Five Tools A Criminal Lawyer should Use

Statutes Statutes are laws. Criminal lawyers must have not only an in depth understanding of criminal laws, but also a broad understanding of civil law. It is necessary to have a working knowledge of statute referencing systems in order to look up and understand any statute with ease. This is essential when dealing with a wide range of cases, each with specified bylaws, loopholes and conditions. The processes of court, including rules of court procedure and rules of evidence are based around statutes, so are vital to fully understand and adhere to. Case Law The American legal system is based … Continue Reading