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March 2018 Archives

4 new crimes you could accidentally commit

A lot of crimes have been around for decades or centuries -- or longer -- and you know the ramifications well. It almost feels like they didn't need to be written into law. People inherently understand that the law prohibits things like outright theft, arson, burglary and murder.

Can you be charged under Michigan's 'revenge porn' law?

In October 2013, California became the first state to pass a “revenge porn” law, which made the publication of sexually explicit photos or videos with the intent to threaten or blackmail another person a crime. Since then, a number of states have followed suit with varying versions of a revenge porn law.

When teachers are accused of having relationships with students

Teachers are in unique positions of leadership and influence. Because of this, there are a number of precautions that are taken to ensure the safety of children in their care. While the focus of safety may be on young elementary school children, the safety of high school children is equally as important.

A corporate forensic lab could help in your defense

It is not uncommon for criminal investigations to be conducted through a state-based crime lab. But given their cost limitations and capacity issues, some crime labs may have backlogs that may delay test results and give rise to other logistical issues. As such, more law enforcement agencies are relying on private crime labs established by corporate entities.

Marijuana use does not always mean impairment behind the wheel

One of the most common misconceptions about the use of marijuana is that it is likely to impair a driver in the same way that alcohol does. Essentially, if someone has smoked a marijuana cigarette and then gets behind the wheel, he or she will be just as impaired (if not more) than someone who has had a few too many drinks.

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