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August 2017 Archives

Social media warrants and the Fourth Amendment

It is no secret that law enforcement agencies now rely on social media as means of gathering information to charge individuals with crimes. But where do authorities draw the line between zealous investigations and privacy violations? Chances are that what they believe to be a “legal” search may violate an individual’s Fourth Amendment rights when it comes to searching private social media accounts.

Parents and teens should talk about 'sexting.'

As a new school year begins, parents of students going into high school are likely concerned about the new friends their children will be making, how their hormones may guide them into questionable decisions, and whether the “puppy love” relationships they forge will change their lives.

How the state police may decide to cite you

It’s not very often that we talk about traffic violations on this blog, but we find it important enough to discuss them through this post for a variety of reasons. First, with Labor Day weekend coming soon, traffic enforcement will undoubtedly be higher, especially because the possibility of having more drunk drivers and distracted drivers on the road raises the potential for an accident.

'All cash' real estate purchases garnering more scrutiny

Home renovation shows are arguably as popular as they have ever been. Perhaps it is the market driving their notoriety as in Michigan there are a number of distressed properties for investors to purchase and renovate.  One could say that better economic conditions have created a resurgence of “flipping” houses.

Should Police Departments Control Body Camera Footage?

Two weeks after a Minneapolis police officer fatally shot an Australian woman in the alley behind her house after she called 911 to report a possible sexual assault, the Minneapolis Police Department expanded its policy regarding when officers must activate their body cameras.

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