It is no secret the prisons are too full, and that many of those behind bars could better benefit from rehabilitation or other program aimed at putting an end to criminal activity. The problem is that some of the sentencing laws are so strict, that even the most non-violent offender can end up serving time. The debate on how to fix this problem has been ongoing for quite some time, and it seems that there may be some relief around the corner.
President Obama has backed legislation that would reduce or eliminate sentences for non-violent drug offenders. US News reports on the issue, and outlines three ways a non-violent drug offender may benefit from this new law if it passes:
- An inmate’s sentence might be shortened by 10 days, for every 30 days the inmate… Continue reading
On the other side of the country a couple of states have legalized the use of marijuana. The issue is current, and one that makes the news on a regular basis. Questions about whether the tax revenue raised from marijuana sales have significantly increased the money in the state’s coffers, and whether driving after smoking is the same as driving after drinking are frequently asked. But there is another issue that is making its way to the spotlight, and that is the issue of the impact of smoking and drinking at the same time. More specifically, opponents of marijuana legalization claim mixing the two can be deadly to the user or to other motorists if the user drives after mixing these substances.
When you are arrested for a crime, the last thing you need is to have your case tried in the “Court of Public Opinion”. But with high profile case that is just what happens sometimes. When an incident is given a lot of media attention, it is not long before people take to social media and voice their opinions. This dual method of having your story splashed across the TV and on the screen of anyone with an internet connection can cause serious problems for your defense. When the public has already made a decision about a highly publicized case, it is hard for a defendant to get a fair shake.
These days nearly everyone has a Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram account. These outlets can be a great way to keep up with friends and family, and to share what is going on in your life. But there are certain things that should be kept off the internet, and remain private. One reason it is important to keep things to yourself is because what you post online could end up being used as evidence against you if something bad happens. Couples going through a divorce are advised to refrain from posting suggestive photos while seeking child custody, and are also counseled to refrain from posting shots of expensive purchases or vacations if property distribution is an issue. The reason is that when you put things online that show where you are and what you are doing, if those things are not in line with what you… Continue reading
We have all heard the familiar phrases “you have the right to an attorney, you have the right to remain silent, and anything you say can and will be used against you”. But how often do people really keep their lips sealed when being placed under arrest? All too often people believe they can “talk their way out” of a ticket, or even an arrest. The problem with this thought process is that it requires talking, and when faced with the possibility of going to jail a lot of people think the more they say the more likely they are to escape an arrest. However, nothing could be further from the truth, and the things you say that are used in the case against you are not limited to just the arrest itself.
When a person is arrested and charged with a crime, they are required to appear before the Court and enter a plea to the charges. In many instances, depending on the type of charges, a defendant makes the decision to enter a plea in exchange for a reduction in the charges or other favorable treatment. The way this usually works is that by agreeing to enter a plea to what’s been filed against you, you enter a term of probation and the final adjudication on your case is put off (or withheld) until the probationary term expires. This is an attractive option for many criminal defendants, because it allows them to remain out of jail while resolving their case. However, there are some important things to know about agreeing to a withholding of adjudication, because it might be that the consequences are not what you… Continue reading
In April 2014 a death row inmate in the State of Oklahoma was put to death by lethal injection, but during the process something went terribly wrong. The “botched” execution of Clayton Lockett received worldwide press, and the death penalty debate took on new life. Now, a death row inmate in the same state is cheering the State’s Court of Criminal Appeals’ decision to stay his execution. Richard Glossip received a stay of execution on September 16, 2015 amid arguments from his attorneys that there is new evidence in his case. With the spotlight on the issue, it is a good time to take a look at how stays of execution are granted here at home.
Often times parents, typically those unrepresented in custody proceedings, will agree on a timesharing schedule with a belief that they can come back later to change it when time or budget permits. However, modifying a Final Judgment of Dissolution of Marriage or Paternity can be more difficult than you think.
To modify an existing custody order, a parent would have to prove that there has been an unanticipated change in circumstances, and that modifying the existing order would be in the best interest of the minor children. If the parent can overcome the burden of proving that a change in circumstances exists, the judge will then reconsider the factors set forth in Florida Statutes to determine timesharing with the minor children moving forward. Those factors include:
Getting around without a car is a difficult task. If you rely too heavily on friends or family, or have to resort to public transportation you can easily find yourself without a ride by imposing too often, or by missing the bus. So if you are arrested for a crime that includes potentially losing your driving privileges, it is critical to take immediate action to preserve your right to drive, even if that right is temporarily modified. Having at least a limited right to drive will give you the freedom you need to get where you are going, and to maintain some independence.
The top five most common charges that call for revocation or suspension of your license include:
- A DUI conviction or being convicted of crimes involving drugs or other controlled substances.
- Violating the requirements to have an interlock device installed in your… Continue reading
Spending the day in traffic school is no one’s idea of a good time. But if you have received a traffic ticket it may be just what you need in order to keep damaging points off of your driving record. Attending traffic school after getting a ticket is also one way to maintain lower insurance rates. These two reasons should be enough to give you pause over whether simply paying the fine and moving on is in your best interest. Most times paying the fine without exploring your legal options is not the most advantageous method of resolving a traffic ticket. A better approach is to fight the ticket, and see if you are able to do things like go to traffic school in exchange for a lower fine, and a charge that does not show up on your driving record. The fewer instances… Continue reading