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November 2017 Archives

How long should police keep body cam videos?

In the wake of high profile, officer involved shootings over the past three years, a number of police agencies have adopted the use of body cameras that would ostensibly record sensitive moments between the police and the public. Indeed, there are still debates over whether officers should have the cameras rolling at all times, or only during certain situations, but a larger debate looms over how long footage from an encounter should be kept.

What happens after a Thanksgiving DUI arrest?

Indeed, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving is known as Black Wednesday. But it has no connection the holiday shopping deals. Unfortunately, it is known for being a time where more people are stopped and arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. The Thanksgiving holiday is one of the most dangerous weekends of the year because of the volume of traffic on New York roads, and the propensity for drivers to imbibe.

Could social media work to deprive a defendant of a fair trial?

Comments on Twitter coming from President Trump have garnered their share of controversy since he took office in January. While some appreciate his propensity to speak his mind and find his honesty refreshing, others believe it is irresponsible and not fitting for a president to be so reckless and uninformed, especially when it comes to current legal matters.

Is race a consideration in plea deals?

While our justice system is predicated on equal treatment under the law, there is a constant undercurrent of inequality based on race. A number of studies have shown the prevalence of minorities being arrested and charged with crimes at a higher rate compared to non-minorities. But in a new study, the notion of African-American defendants receiving less favorable plea deals compared to white defendants is detailed.

Elements that a court may consider at sentencing

Despite the work and experience that a skilled criminal defense attorney can bring, there will be times where a defendant is convicted of a sex crime. When that happens, a defense attorney’s work does not end. In fact, there is work to be done to ensure that the client is treated fairly when sentenced.

What constitutes an aggravated assault?

Assault charges are rarely a good thing, but, in Michigan, it is far preferable to face misdemeanor assault charges than see those same charges raised to a felony. Felony charges can change the entire course of your life if you suffer a conviction.

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