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Michael Smith's Law Blog

Michael Smith's Law Blog

A legal blog written by a recent graduate of UCLA School of Law. Posts cover a wide range of topics, but areas of focus include criminal law, constitutional law, law and technology, and commentary on scholarship and legal education.

http://www.smithblawg.blogspot.com
  • Nov 21

    I Have Passed the California Bar Exam!

    I Have Passed the California Bar Exam!
    This, of course, changes nothing in my disclaimers (although once I am sworn in, I will be changing that remark about not being a licensed attorney).But it is a good day.UPDATEBased on statistics recently posted by Derek Muller, it…
  • Nov 21

    Amar and Allard on Reevaluating the Bar Exam

    Amar and Allard on Reevaluating the Bar Exam
    At Justia's Verdict, Vikram Amar has this article discussing the decline in performance of the July 2014 bar examinees relative to other years. Amar also addresses the National Conference of Bar Examiners' [NCBE's] response to this…
  • Nov 20

    Bloomberg Businessweek Decides to Traumatize California Bar Examinees...

    Bloomberg Businessweek Decides to Traumatize California Bar Examinees...
    ...by publishing this article, titled Why Did So Many People Flunk the Bar Exam This Year?It begins:The most recent bar exam test results are in, and they are ugly. In several states, people who took the bar in July were more likely to fail…
Rank this Week: 1517

White Collar Securities Defense

White Collar Securities Defense

Tracks developments in notable white collar and securities enforcement actions. By Brune & Richard LLP.

http://whitecollarsecuritiesdefense.com/
  • Nov 21

    Government Defends Validity of Congressional Investigation Into Deepwater Horizon Spill

    Government Defends Validity of Congressional Investigation Into Deepwater Horizon Spill
    The government has opposed David Rainey’s motion to dismiss the obstruction of Congress charge filed against him in the Eastern District of Louisiana and Rainey's request that prosecutors disclose portions of their grand jury…
  • Nov 18

    Judge Gardephe Orders Mathew Martoma to Begin Serving Sentence

    Judge Gardephe Orders Mathew Martoma to Begin Serving Sentence
    Last week, the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit denied Mathew Martoma’s emergency motion for bail pending appeal. Martoma had argued he was likely to get his insider trading conviction reversed or receive a new trial because…
  • Nov 10

    SDNY Prosecutors Bring First-Ever Bitcoin Ponzi Scheme Case

    SDNY Prosecutors Bring First-Ever Bitcoin Ponzi Scheme Case
    In what prosecutors in the Southern District of New York are calling the first-ever prosecution of a Bitcoin Ponzi scheme, the government filed a criminal complaint last week against Trendon Shavers. Shavers operated Bitcoin Savings…
Rank this Week: 2677

duilawyerskokie.com

duilawyerskokie.com

Covers Illinois DUI law. By Matt Keenan.

http://duilawyerskokie.com/
  • Nov 21

    NEW SUPREME COURT LAW ON ANONYMOUS TIPS AND DUI

    NEW SUPREME COURT LAW ON ANONYMOUS TIPS AND DUI
    Police are allowed to stop drivers based on anonymous tips. The key question is whether the tip was reliable enough to provide probable cause for the stop. The Supreme Court just made that job a lot easier for the prosecution. ……
  • Nov 3

    LOOKING BACKWARDS: HOW THE STATE PROVES YOUR BLOOD ALCOHOL WAS HIGHER THAN YOUR BREATHALYZER RESULT

    LOOKING BACKWARDS: HOW THE STATE PROVES YOUR BLOOD ALCOHOL WAS HIGHER THAN YOUR BREATHALYZER RESULT
    You had several drinks at the bar before you drove home. Police stopped you for a moving violation and arrested you for DUI. At the police station, you agree to take the breathalyzer. The reading is .077, just below the … Continue…
  • Oct 13

    HOW THE DEFENSE MAY SHOW YOUR BLOOD ALCOHOL IS LOWER THAN YOUR BREATHALYZER

    HOW THE DEFENSE MAY SHOW YOUR BLOOD ALCOHOL IS LOWER THAN YOUR BREATHALYZER
    You had several drinks at the bar before you drove home. Police stopped you for a moving violation and arrested you for DUI. At the police station, you blew the breathalyzer. The reading was over the legal limit. Your friend, ……
Rank this Week: 1493

Lori Levin Blog

Lori Levin Blog

Covers Illinois criminal justice, juvenile justice, guardianship and mental health law issues.

http://www.lorilevinlaw.com/blog.html
  • Nov 21

    Pursuing a DCFS administrative appeal

    Pursuing a DCFS administrative appeal
          Following an investigation of abuse or neglect of a child, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) may determine that the subject of the investigation has committed those acts. This…
  • Sep 11

     Assistance for students facing university disciplinary hearing

     Assistance for students facing university disciplinary hearing
        As a criminal defense attorney, I have been called upon to advise students facing disciplinary bodies within their university or college. Recently, due, in part, to the United States Department of Education investigating a…
  • Aug 7

    Temporary Visitor Driver's License

    Temporary Visitor Driver's License
          As previously stated in this blog, undocumented immigrants living in Illinois may now apply for a driver's license under Illinois law,…
Rank this Week: 3275

Nenye Uche Blog

Nenye Uche Blog

Covers Illinois criminal and DUI laws.

http://criminaldefenseattorneyinchicago.com/blog/
  • Nov 21

    Attorney Nenye E. Uche Secures Acquittal In Attempted Murder Case

    Attorney Nenye E. Uche Secures Acquittal In Attempted Murder Case
    Following a bench trial involving charges of Attempted Murder and Aggravated Battery, Chicago Criminal Defense Attorney Nenye E. Uche secured a “Not Guilty” verdict for his client on all charges. Click Here To Read Full Release.
  • Nov 18

    What is the Standardized Field Sobriety Test?

    What is the Standardized Field Sobriety Test?
    When Chicago law enforcement officers investigate a driver they suspect is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, they have a variety of evidence-gathering techniques available to them. These include objective measures of intoxication such…
  • Nov 12

    Illinois Sex Crimes can Result in Serious Consequence

    Illinois Sex Crimes can Result in Serious Consequence
    Crimes that involve prohibited or violent sexual conduct are treated especially seriously, both in the court of public opinion as well as in the legal system. Often, people view the accused as “guilty until proven innocent,”…
Rank this Week: 3361

Chicago DUI Lawyer Blog

Chicago DUI Lawyer Blog

By The Davis Law Group, P.C.

http://www.chicagoduilawyerblog.net/
  • Nov 21

    Illinois Drug-Related DUI Law Must Change

    Illinois Drug-Related DUI Law Must Change
    Current Illinois law allows a driver to be charged with DUI based on a trace of illegal drugs in their system. This is true regardless of impairment and even if the drug was used weeks earlier. The Illinois State Bar Association is…
  • Nov 3

    Activists Rally for Increases in TVDL Appointment

    Activists Rally for Increases in TVDL Appointment
    Six-month wait times and four to five hour drives have Temporary Visitors Driver's License (TVDL) activists infuriated. With demand for appointments skyrocketing, residents and community groups rallied outside a West Side Driver's License…
  • Sep 29

    Actress Amanda Bynes Charged with DUI

    Actress Amanda Bynes Charged with DUI
    The California Highway Patrol arrested actress Amanda Bynes at 4:10 a.m. on Sunday. Bynes, 28, was booked by the LAPD at 7 a.m. and charged with misdemeanor DUI. She was released at 12:44 p.m. Sunday on $15,000 bail. Bynes allegedly ran a red…
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Kathryn L. Harry & Associates,…

Kathryn L. Harry & Associates, P.C. Blog

Covers criminal news in the Chicago land area.

http://www.youraffordabledefense.com/illinois-criminal-law-blog/
  • Nov 21

    People Still Write (Bad) Checks? Check Fraud in Illinoi

    People Still Write (Bad) Checks? Check Fraud in Illinoi
    Although the ancient paper check transaction is a thing of the past for most, writing bad checks is still a crime. Fraudulently making, signing, depositing, or giving a check to another with fictitious account information or inadequate…
  • Nov 18

    Expunging Versus Sealing Criminal Records in Illinoi

    Expunging Versus Sealing Criminal Records in Illinoi
    We all make mistakes, some of which involve the criminal justice system. Whether you were arrested, cited, charged, or ultimately convicted, your actions left a record somewhere. This record may make it difficult for you to obtain employment…
  • Nov 14

    Drug Paraphernalia in Illinoi

    Drug Paraphernalia in Illinoi
    Many of us know of someone who has been convicted of some drug-related crime in their lifetime. Some of us may try to minimize the severity of the crime by suggesting that it was “just marijuana” or “just a little…
Rank this Week: 3746

Massachusetts Criminal Attorney…

Massachusetts Criminal Attorney Blog

Covers criminal law. By Spring & Spring.

http://www.massachusettscriminalattorney-blog.com/
Rank this Week: 1623

Jackson White Criminal Defense Law…

Jackson White Criminal Defense Law Blog

Covers Arizona criminal law.

http://www.jacksonwhitelaw.com/criminal-defense-law/blog/
  • Nov 21

    Residential vs. Nonresidential Burglary in Arizona

    Residential vs. Nonresidential Burglary in Arizona
    Regardless of the circumstances, burglary in Arizona is a felony. Residential burglary does carry more severe consequences than non-residential burglary, but both are felonies. If the burglary involves a firearm, residential or…
  • Nov 19

    What is Executive Clemency?

    What is Executive Clemency?
    Executive clemency is the power of pardoning used by either a president, if it’s a federal case, or a governor if it’s a local case. The executive can pardon a criminal’s sentencing, reducing it from the death penalty, or…
  • Nov 17

    Should I refuse a breath test if pulled over for a DUI in Arizona?

    Should I refuse a breath test if pulled over for a DUI in Arizona?
    First, let’s discuss the difference between a preliminary breath test (PBT) and a breathalyzer test. A PBT is a portable device used by police to register your BAC after you are pulled over. The results from a PBT cannot be used against…
Rank this Week: 2355

Blonde Justice

Blonde Justice

Covers criminal law.

http://blondejustice.blogspot.com/
  • Nov 21

    B as in Blonde...

    B as in Blonde...
    My client left a message for me and spelled her name in the cutest way. I can't help but think that it took her some time to come up with it. I don't want to give up her name obviously but let's just say her last name was Grubs.  Her…
  • Nov 10

    Grumpy Justice

    Grumpy Justice
    Step One: Identify whether you are a "loud talker."Step Two: Learn to shut your office door, especially when you are on personal calls.Seriously, you are all the way down the hall and I can't concentrate.
  • Aug 4

    Gee, Thanks.

    Gee, Thanks.
    Judge, to my client, as part of the plea colloquy: And are you satisfied with the representation you have received from your lawyer?Asshole client, who has wasted a ton of my time being an asshole client:  Well, I mean, I have some…
Rank this Week: 2312

Chicago Criminal Lawyer Blog

Chicago Criminal Lawyer Blog

Covers criminal law. By Law Offices of David L. Freidberg, P.C.

http://www.chicagocriminallawyerblog.com/
  • Nov 21

    Illinois Appellate Court Upholds Defendant’s Waiver of Miranda

    Illinois Appellate Court Upholds Defendant’s Waiver of Miranda
    The Illinois Appellate Court recently upheld the admissibility of statements the defendant made to police regarding the death of his wife, and affirmed his conviction for involuntary manslaughter. The court ruled that the defendant’s…
  • Nov 19

    Chicago Man Arrested for Shooting Girlfriend, Off-Duty Cop

    Chicago Man Arrested for Shooting Girlfriend, Off-Duty Cop
    A Chicago man was arrested last week after shooting his ex-girlfriend in the thigh; he also shot the girlfriend’s mother, who is a Chicago police officer, numerous times, and kidnapped his son. Charges are pending, but it is likely the…
  • Nov 14

    Chicago Man Violates Terms of Bond, Faces Additional Charge

    Chicago Man Violates Terms of Bond, Faces Additional Charge
    A Chicago man out on bond was arrested last week and charged with unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon, cocaine possession and marijuana possession. The defendant was arrested after Sheriff’s Office personnel noticed crack cocaine…
Rank this Week: 2428

Constitutional & Legal Education…

Constitutional & Legal Education News

Covers constitutional and legal issues in a non-lawyerly way. By David J. Shestokas.

http://www.shestokas.com/
  • Nov 21

    Sarah Hale’s Letter and Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation

    Sarah Hale’s Letter and Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation
    In September, 1863, Sarah J. Hale’s fifteen year effort to have the last Thursday of November become a nationally recognized day of Thanksgiving became a reality when, in the midst of the Civil War, Lincoln issued a proclamation in…
  • Nov 17

    Sixth Amendment’s Public Trial: From Communal Duty to Accused’s Right

    Sixth Amendment’s Public Trial: From Communal Duty to Accused’s Right
    The Constitution’s Bill of Rights contains many procedural protections for those the government accuses of having committed a crime.  Among them is the Sixth Amendment right to a “public…
  • Nov 13

    Sixth Amendment’s Speedy Trial Right: Ancient, Worthy and Elusive

    Sixth Amendment’s Speedy Trial Right: Ancient, Worthy and Elusive
    The Constitution’s Bill of Rights contains many protections for those the government accuses of having committed a crime.  Among them is the Sixth Amendment right to a “speedy trial”.  The provision is stated:…
Rank this Week: 2569

Jacksonville Criminal Defense…

Jacksonville Criminal Defense Attorney Blog

Covers Jacksonville criminal law and criminal defense issues. By The Mussallem Law Firm, P.A.

http://www.jacksonvillecriminaldefenseattorney-blog.com/
Rank this Week: 2837

Michigan Criminal Lawyers Blog

Michigan Criminal Lawyers Blog

Covers Michigan DUI, drug and violent crime defense. By Grabel & Associates.

http://www.michigancriminallawyers-blog.com/
Rank this Week: 3267

Subject to Inquiry

Subject to Inquiry

Looks at white collar, congressional, SEC, energy enforcement and other government inquiries. By McGuireWoods.

http://www.subjecttoinquiry.com/
  • Nov 21

    DOJ Wields Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act Against Financial Institution

    DOJ Wields Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act Against Financial Institution
    In 2012 and 2013, the Department of Justice brought a slew of actions against several financial institutions under a rarely used and little-known statute from the late 1980s for conduct related to the mortgage crisis. Outcomes in these cases…
  • Nov 7

    Update on Brazil: Embraer SA and Anti-Corruption Progre

    Update on Brazil: Embraer SA and Anti-Corruption Progre
    Imagine you are a compliance officer for a multinational company with securities listed on a U.S. stock market. The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) falls squarely within your purview, but other anti-corruption regimes seem less relevant…
  • Oct 21

    A Question of Ethics: Are Members Permitted to Help Companies in Which They Own Stock?

    A Question of Ethics: Are Members Permitted to Help Companies in Which They Own Stock?
    Roll Call October 14, 2014 Q. I heard that Rep. Tom Petri, R-Wis., may face ethics discipline because he assisted companies in which he owned stock. I know that Members are not supposed to use their position for their own personal gain, but I…
Rank this Week: 1808

Law Office of Michael West P.C.…

Law Office of Michael West P.C. Blog

Covers Georgia law.

http://lawofficeofmichaelwest.com/blog/
  • Nov 21

    BREAKING NEWS! The President Extends Deportation Relief: Do You Qualify?

    BREAKING NEWS! The President Extends Deportation Relief: Do You Qualify?
    Last night, the President finally announced his administration’s eagerly anticipated and hoped for plans to extend deportation relief to a greater segment of the undocumented foreign national population. President Obama has intimated…
  • Nov 10

    The Powers and Limitations of Filing for Bankruptcy

    The Powers and Limitations of Filing for Bankruptcy
    Filing for bankruptcy is a critical decision that many Georgians have decided to make due to their personal and financial circumstances. Because filing for bankruptcy has the potential to affect your life for years to come, it is of the…
  • Oct 24

    If I File Bankruptcy, Am I Liable for My Business’s Debts?

    If I File Bankruptcy, Am I Liable for My Business’s Debts?
    The great state of Georgia is home to many equally great small and medium-sized businesses.  Georgian residents are true entrepreneurs and several of our friends and neighbors have enjoyed great success with their businesses all across…
Rank this Week: 1803

Fort Walton Beach & Destin…

Fort Walton Beach & Destin Criminal & DUI Defense Blog

Answers common questions about arrests, court procedures and penalties that apply to the Fort Walton Beach & Destin, Florida area. By Shawn Lupella.

http://www.emeraldcoastdefense.com/q-a/
  • Nov 21

    Penalties For The Sale Or Purchase Of Cocaine In Okaloosa County, Florida

    Penalties For The Sale Or Purchase Of Cocaine In Okaloosa County, Florida
    If you are convicted for the Sale, Manufacture, Delivery, or Purchase of Cocaine in Okaloosa County, a person faces a mandatory second degree felony conviction and up to 15 years in prison ($10,000 fine maximum). If the Sale, Manufacture,…
  • Nov 17

    Common Abbreviations and Acronyms for Okaloosa County, Florida Crime

    Common Abbreviations and Acronyms for Okaloosa County, Florida Crime
    In the day-to-day world of practicing criminal law, like many professions, there is a specific knowledge of understanding. With that is also a specific language. For example, most charges are referred to in a shorthand or abbreviated fashion.…
  • Nov 14

    What Types Of Items Are Considered Drug Paraphernalia or Drug Contraband In Okaloosa County

    What Types Of Items Are Considered Drug Paraphernalia or Drug Contraband In Okaloosa County
    In Okaloosa County, Florida, the statutory list for what is defined as drug paraphernalia is long and exhaustive. It pretty much covers every conceivable item that could remotely be considered as connected to the potential use of drugs in…
Rank this Week: 1807

Criminal Law Blog

Criminal Law Blog

By Justin T. Surginer.

http://jtslegal.com/blog/
  • Nov 21

    My Friend Is Drinking in My Car: Am I Breaking Any Laws?

    My Friend Is Drinking in My Car: Am I Breaking Any Laws?
    Texas laws are sneaky. Yes, it’s legal for a passenger to drink in your car—as long as it isn’t alcohol. Yes, it’s legal for him to drink alcohol as long as your car is a taxi (and, presumably, you’re a…
  • Nov 18

    When Ninjas Attack: 5 Crazy Houston Crime

    When Ninjas Attack: 5 Crazy Houston Crime
    Houston hasn’t always been the relatively tame, civilized city it seems to be these days, on the surface at least. It has a colorful history of crazy crimes that are almost unbelievable to read. Which is of course good for criminal…
  • Nov 14

    What Kind of Evidence Do They Collect for Assault?

    What Kind of Evidence Do They Collect for Assault?
    The term “assault” takes on several different definitions according to the court: Felonius assault is an unlawful attack that causes injury to another person and typically creates a need for immediate medical attention Simple…
Rank this Week: 1876

Pinellas County Florida Criminal…

Pinellas County Florida Criminal Lawyer Blog

Covers criminal law in Florida. By Pawuk & Pawuk, P.A.

http://www.pinellascountyfloridacriminallawyerblog.com/
Rank this Week: 2555

Strafakte.de

Strafakte.de

German blawg from Hamburg about criminal law and criminal procedure.

http://www.strafakte.de
  • Nov 21

    Wird „Beate Zschäpe hört U2“ verboten?

    Wird „Beate Zschäpe hört U2“ verboten?
    Der ARD-Terrorismusexperte Holger Schmidt hatte vor kurzem in seinem Blog auf ein Video der Düsseldorfer Hip-Hopper „Antilopen Gang“ hingewiesen, welches durchaus mit viel Liebe zum Detail gemacht wurde: „Beate…
  • Nov 21

    Frau klaut fast einhundert Überraschungseier

    Frau klaut fast einhundert Überraschungseier
    Was Spannendes, was zum Naschen und was zum Spielen – zwei mutmaßliche Diebe stahlen am Montag bei Aldi in Hattorf am Harz mindestens 93 Überraschungseier. Eine 21-Jährige wurde auf frischer Tat gestellt, ein weiterer…
  • Nov 20

    Seltsames Amtsverständnis eines Staatsanwalt

    Seltsames Amtsverständnis eines Staatsanwalt
    Mein Leben als Staatsanwalt: „Ja, ich schicke Leute ins Gefängnis“ ist das erste Bekenntnis eines Staatsanwalts, der in dem „Spiegel Karriere“-Artikel offenbar nicht genannt werden will. Fast schon humorig wirkt…
Rank this Week: 2727

Reisig & Associates, LLC Blog

Reisig & Associates, LLC Blog

Covers current events that affect New Jersey criminal defense.

http://www.nj-defense-lawyer.com/lawblog/
  • Nov 21

    What’s The Difference Between Harassment And Stalking In New Jersey?

    What’s The Difference Between Harassment And Stalking In New Jersey?
    Harassment and stalking are related crimes in New Jersey, with a stalking charge being sort of like a harassment charge on steroids. When you’re charged with harassment in New Jersey, it is usually as a petty disorderly persons offense,…
  • Nov 21

    What Is The Penalty For Harassment In New Jersey?

    What Is The Penalty For Harassment In New Jersey?
    Harassment in New Jersey is nearly always prosecuted as a petty disorderly persons offense, which carries a maximum jail sentence of 30 days, a fine of up to $500, and possible community service and other fines. If you happen to be…
  • Nov 21

    What Behaviors Constitute Harassment In New Jersey?

    What Behaviors Constitute Harassment In New Jersey?
    Harassment includes a variety of behaviors that are intended to annoy or alarm, sometimes as one-off events, and sometimes as repeated events. One key element of a harassment prosecution is intent. According to the statute, a person can be…
Rank this Week: 1924

North Carolina Criminal Law Blog

North Carolina Criminal Law Blog

Covers North Carolina criminal law and procedure. From the UNC School of Government.

http://nccriminallaw.sog.unc.edu/
  • Nov 21

    News Roundup

    News Roundup
    I love highlighting my colleagues’ great work on the blog. Shea already announced her new book this week, but also check out Jessie Smith’s interview on WUNC, talking about the backlog at the State Crime Lab and the practical…
  • Nov 20

    Reflections on the Justice Reinvestment National Summit

    Reflections on the Justice Reinvestment National Summit
    I’m a little jet-lagged today. I got back home to Durham early this morning after a long flight. I was attending the Justice Reinvestment National Summit . . . in San Diego. Poor baby! Suffice it to say, the winter weather that…
  • Nov 19

    Keeping a Good Thing Going:  New Book Available on Impaired Driving Law

    Keeping a Good Thing Going:  New Book Available on Impaired Driving Law
    The School of Government has been publishing reference books on motor vehicle law since 1947.  The twelfth iteration of a book on motor vehicle law and the law of impaired driving, written by Ben Loeb and Jim Drennan was published in…
Rank this Week: 3769

NJ DUI Questions & Answers

NJ DUI Questions & Answers

Covers DUI charges and legal defenses. By Matthew W. Reisig.

http://www.newjersey-dui-attorney.com/blog/
  • Nov 20

    If An Under-21 Driver Blows .03%, Can They Be Convicted Of DWI In New Jersey?

    If An Under-21 Driver Blows .03%, Can They Be Convicted Of DWI In New Jersey?
    Yes, the statutory blood alcohol content (BAC) limit for drivers who are under 21 years of age in New Jersey is .01%, so any recorded level above that is subject to prosecution. This can be devastating for young drivers, who are especially…
  • Nov 20

    What’s The Penalty For A Second DWI Conviction In New Jersey?

    What’s The Penalty For A Second DWI Conviction In New Jersey?
    In New Jersey, there is a 10-year window in which a second DWI arrest will be considered a second offense. DWI arrests that happen more than 10 years after the first are considered first offenses. If you are convicted of DWI as a two-time…
  • Nov 12

    How Long Will I Lose My CDL If I’m Convicted Of DWI In My Own Car In New Jersey?

    How Long Will I Lose My CDL If I’m Convicted Of DWI In My Own Car In New Jersey?
    New Jersey’s DWI rules are different for commercial drivers, and they extend even into your personal vehicle. If you’re arrested for DWI in your own car in New Jersey but hold a commercial driver’s license, you’ll face…
Rank this Week: 3561

Charlotte Criminal Lawyer Blog

Charlotte Criminal Lawyer Blog

Covers defense issues in North Carolina criminal cases. By Arnold & Smith.

http://www.charlottecriminallawyer-blog.com/
  • Nov 20

    Constitutional Crisis?

    Constitutional Crisis?
    J. Bradley Smith of Arnold & Smith, PLLC answers the question “Do I need to hire an attorney if I have been falsely accused?”   Many politicians and pundits appear to view the world through one of two sets of eyes. The…
  • Nov 19

    Researchers say the propensity to commit crimes may be down to a person’s gene

    Researchers say the propensity to commit crimes may be down to a person’s gene
    J. Bradley Smith of Arnold & Smith, PLLC answers the question “Can I be arrested without evidence against me?”   Researchers in Stockholm, Sweden have published findings that appear to show a link between two genetic…
  • Nov 13

    N.C. voters pass Constitutional amendment allowing defendants to waive jury trial

    N.C. voters pass Constitutional amendment allowing defendants to waive jury trial
    J. Bradley Smith of Arnold & Smith, PLLC answers the question “What is the difference between a misdemeanor and a felony?”   Like other criminal defense attorneys, I would almost never recommend that a defendant waive…
Rank this Week: 2818

South Florida Criminal Defense…

South Florida Criminal Defense Lawyer Blog

Covers Florida criminal law news concerning domestic violence, gun offenses, sex offenses and immigration status. By Ralph Behr.

http://www.southfloridacriminaldefenselawyerblog.com/
  • Nov 20

    Federal Prosecutors Violate Laws in Sting Operation

    Federal Prosecutors Violate Laws in Sting Operation
    A recent New York Times article highlights 1,000 cases in which entrapment law may see new life in courtrooms and legislatures throughout the United States.  Entrapment laws go back to the 1930’s when the U.S. Supreme Court first…
  • Nov 13

    Ebola Federal Criminal and Constitutional Law and the Law of Quarantine

    Ebola Federal Criminal and Constitutional Law and the Law of Quarantine
    Rarely imposed since the 1940’s, quarantines are both: 1) Creatures of law, subject to constitutional muster and 2) Public health policy; based on the best current state of medical science: its understanding of the process by which…
  • Nov 7

    Obamacare May be Revisted by the United States Supreme Court

    Obamacare May be Revisted by the United States Supreme Court
    On Friday November 7, 2014, the United States Supreme Court announced that it would “consider” a new major legal challenge to the Affordable Health Care Act.  This happened three days after voters in the United States voted…
Rank this Week: 1223

Edmund R. Folsom Law Blog

Edmund R. Folsom Law Blog

Covers Maine criminal law issues.

http://edfolsomlaw.com/the-law-blog
  • Nov 20

    Maine Ignition Interlock Device Vendors & Installers.

    Maine Ignition Interlock Device Vendors & Installers.
    Posted by Edmund R. Folsom November 20, 2014 Maine Ignition Interlock Device Vendors & Installers. The following is a list of Vendors and Installers of approved ignition interlock devices for the State of Maine, reflecting installer…
  • Oct 18

    SEARCHES & SEIZURES, LIBERTY VS. SECURITY

    SEARCHES & SEIZURES, LIBERTY VS. SECURITY
    SEARCHES & SEIZURES, LIBERTY VS. SECURITY Posted by Edmund R. Folsom October 18, 2014 A few loosely related matters caught my attention in the news yesterday. One was a piece by Charles Krauthammer, in which he criticized…
  • Sep 22

    AGGRAVATED ASSAULT- DEPRAVED INDIFFERENCE STRANGULATION.

    AGGRAVATED ASSAULT- DEPRAVED INDIFFERENCE STRANGULATION.
    Posted September 22, 2014 Edmund R. Folsom, Esq. AGGRAVATED ASSAULT- DEPRAVED INDIFFERENCE STRANGULATION. The 2012 amendment to Maine’s aggravated assault statute, 17-A M.R.S.A. §208, have received recent media attention because of…
Rank this Week: 3451

Maryland Criminal Lawyer Blog

Maryland Criminal Lawyer Blog

Covers criminal law. By Anthony A. Fatemi, LLC.

http://www.marylandcriminallawyer-blog.com/
  • Nov 20

    Maryland Court Upholds Criminal Conviction for Theft and Embezzlement from Joint Bank Account

    Maryland Court Upholds Criminal Conviction for Theft and Embezzlement from Joint Bank Account
    A criminal charge is a serious matter, whether it is classified as a misdemeanor or felony offense, and the person charged must respond accordingly. While a misdemeanor is less serious than a felony, both can affect a person’s life…
  • Nov 10

    Maryland Court Interprets “Enhanced Sentencing” Statute in Robbery Case

    Maryland Court Interprets “Enhanced Sentencing” Statute in Robbery Case
    Every phase of a criminal case is significant. And each part of the proceeding — from arrest to sentencing — must comply with applicable state law. These laws are in place to ensure that people who are accused of a crime are…
  • Oct 23

    Maryland Court Upholds Officer’s “Pat Down” Search of Defendant

    Maryland Court Upholds Officer’s “Pat Down” Search of Defendant
    The Fourth Amendment protects people from unreasonable searches and seizures. Under established case law, an officer who “pats down” or “stops and frisks” a person must be able to justify the intrusion by pointing to…
Rank this Week: 2495

Boston Lawyer Blog

Boston Lawyer Blog

Covers litigation, criminal and employment law. By Zalkind Duncan & Bernstein LLP.

http://www.bostonlawyerblog.com/
Rank this Week: 1625

Peek and Toland Blog

Peek and Toland Blog

Covers immigration policies and criminal defense law in Austin, Texas.

http://www.peekandtoland.com/blog
  • Nov 20

    Obama to Announce Details of Immigration Reform

    Obama to Announce Details of Immigration Reform
    The White House has announced that President Obama will address the nation to reveal the executive actions he plans to take to fix the U.S. immigration system. The address will be televised and broadcast online via WhiteHouse.gov at 7pm…
  • Nov 17

    President Obama Set to Initiate 10-Part Immigration Overhaul

    President Obama Set to Initiate 10-Part Immigration Overhaul
    According to administration officials, President Obama will announce a 10-part plan for drastically overhauling the U.S. immigration system – with or without Congress’ consent in the coming weeks. The president’s plan was…
  • Oct 20

    Temporary Protection Status for Honduras and Nicaragua

    Temporary Protection Status for Honduras and Nicaragua
    The Secretary of Homeland Security recently announced that beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) from Honduras and Nicaragua may now extend their protected status for an additional 18 months. The TPS prevents the deportation of…
Rank this Week: 3520

Idaho Criminal Defense Blog

Idaho Criminal Defense Blog

Covers criminal law, DUI and civil rights. By Peterson Law Offices.

http://www.idahocriminaldefenselaw.com/
  • Nov 20

    NY Times Says Idaho Dead Last at Protecting Juvenile Record

    NY Times Says Idaho Dead Last at Protecting Juvenile Record
     Associate Attorney William Young is at it again: There is an article today in the New York Times discussing the issue of juvenile offenders and the importance of sealing their records from the public eye. The article examines how many…
  • Oct 7

    Fight that Ticket!

    Fight that Ticket!
      Peterson Lawyers associate attorney Will Young tells us to "challenge that speeding ticket! Speaking from experience, getting ticketed for speeding is not a fun experience. Seeing red and blue lights in your rearview mirror is not a…
  • Aug 11

    "Can I be convicted of DUI if I blow less than .08?"

    "Can I be convicted of DUI if I blow less than .08?"
     This weekend I received an inquiry from someone who had been convicted after the judge instructed the jury it could find him guilty of DUI even if it did not find he had a breath alcohol level above .08%. He complained that by…
Rank this Week: 1217

Third Circuit Blog

Third Circuit Blog

Case summaries and commentary by Federal Defenders of the Third Circuit.

http://circuit3.blogspot.com/
Rank this Week: 2046

MN Criminal Defense Blog

MN Criminal Defense Blog

Covers basic civil rights and legal defenses in the state of Minnesota. By Appelman Law Firm, LLC.

http://blog.aacriminallaw.com/
  • Nov 20

    Minnesota Courts Helping Prevent Repeat DUI Offense

    Minnesota Courts Helping Prevent Repeat DUI Offense
    A study by a national research firm uncovered that in Minnesota DWI courts, deterrent programs and treatment regimens are helping prevent repeat DUI offenses, saving the taxpayers about $700,000 a year. The study examined the DWI court system…
  • Nov 19

    Little Falls Murderer Must Pay $21,000 To Victims’ Familie

    Little Falls Murderer Must Pay $21,000 To Victims’ Familie
    Byron David Smith, the 66-year-old Little Falls man who was found guilty on two counts of premeditated murder in the first and second degree after he killed two teenage intruders during a home invasion has been ordered to pay over $21,000 in…
  • Nov 18

    Minnesota Sex Offender Reform Report Published

    Minnesota Sex Offender Reform Report Published
    As we mentioned back in August, experts tasked with reviewing Minnesota’s current sex offender program asked to have their report deadline pushed back until mid-November. Today, they published their findings in a comprehensive…
Rank this Week: 4626

Minnesota Criminal Defense Law…

Minnesota Criminal Defense Law Blog

Covers DWIs, prostitution, and drug charges. By Appelman Law Firm, LLC.

http://blog.aacriminallaw.com/
  • Nov 20

    Minnesota Courts Helping Prevent Repeat DUI Offense

    Minnesota Courts Helping Prevent Repeat DUI Offense
    A study by a national research firm uncovered that in Minnesota DWI courts, deterrent programs and treatment regimens are helping prevent repeat DUI offenses, saving the taxpayers about $700,000 a year. The study examined the DWI court system…
  • Nov 19

    Little Falls Murderer Must Pay $21,000 To Victims’ Familie

    Little Falls Murderer Must Pay $21,000 To Victims’ Familie
    Byron David Smith, the 66-year-old Little Falls man who was found guilty on two counts of premeditated murder in the first and second degree after he killed two teenage intruders during a home invasion has been ordered to pay over $21,000 in…
  • Nov 18

    Minnesota Sex Offender Reform Report Published

    Minnesota Sex Offender Reform Report Published
    As we mentioned back in August, experts tasked with reviewing Minnesota’s current sex offender program asked to have their report deadline pushed back until mid-November. Today, they published their findings in a comprehensive…
Rank this Week: 3350

Fourth and Fourteenth

Fourth and Fourteenth

Discusses the intersection of civil rights, criminal defense, and police misconduct litigation, from the perspective of a NYC litigator. By Michael Lumer.

http://michaellumer.blogspot.com
  • Nov 20

    Interactive Map Shows Nationwide Race/Arrest Rate Figure

    Interactive Map Shows Nationwide Race/Arrest Rate Figure
    USA Today has published an interactive map that shows arrest rates by race on local levels.The map is here. I haven't spent much time on it yet, but it appears potentially interesting. Have a look.
  • Nov 11

    De Blasio and the Central Park 5 Settlement Reprised

    De Blasio and the Central Park 5 Settlement Reprised
    Curiouser and curiouser. The Daily News recently ran a story detailing how deeply the City's Law Department fought against the historic settlement of the Central Park 5 lawsuit. (Here). The News references an internal report issued by the…
  • Nov 3

    Unions Denied Entry into Stop and Frisk Litigation

    Unions Denied Entry into Stop and Frisk Litigation
    Not too surprising, the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (the federal appellate court for New York, Vermont, and Connecticut), has rejected the various police unions' last minute attempt to intervene in the Stop and Frisk litigation…
Rank this Week: 1762

Securities Litigation and…

Securities Litigation and Regulatory Enforcement Blog

Covers SEC investigations, insider trading, derivative actions, white collar defense, and whistleblowers. By Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

http://blogs.orrick.com/securities-litigation/
Rank this Week: 3415

Maryland Criminal Attorneys Blog

Maryland Criminal Attorneys Blog

Covers criminal defense, evidence and the Fourth Amendment. By Brassel, Alexander & Rice, LLC.

http://www.marylandcriminalattorneysblog.com/
  • Nov 20

    Constitutional Rights Harder to Invoke for Defendants Than You May Think

    Constitutional Rights Harder to Invoke for Defendants Than You May Think
    A recent Maryland criminal case has made a statement about the constitutional rights of those convicted of crimes. Unfortunately, the decision makes an accused's invocation of constitutional rights harder, instead of easier. The Facts of the…
  • Nov 3

    Juror Misconduct Threatens Rights of Criminal Defendants and Integrity of the System

    Juror Misconduct Threatens Rights of Criminal Defendants and Integrity of the System
    Our criminal and civil justice system relies upon the integrity and ethics of our jurors. We are unique in that we have a jury system to determine the outcome of those arrested for crime in Maryland and beyond, but with that privilege also…
  • Oct 22

    New Marijuana Laws Raise Complex Legal Question

    New Marijuana Laws Raise Complex Legal Question
    As news of legalized marijuana continues to spread across the country, Maryland is now getting its turn...in a way. A new law has already taken effect that reduces the penalties for being found with marijuana, and while the new law doesn't…
Rank this Week: 4686

Maryland DUI Lawyer Blog

Maryland DUI Lawyer Blog

Covers Maryland DUI news, updates and commentary. Published by Goldstein & Stamm, P.A.

http://www.marylandduilawyer-blog.com/
  • Nov 20

    Marijuana and DUI - DREs required - Carboxyl THC does not prove impairment

    Marijuana and DUI - DREs required - Carboxyl THC does not prove impairment
    With legalization and decriminalization of marijuana, and medical marijuana laws sweeping the country, police are stepping up enforcement of driving while impaired by drugs and controlled dangerous substances enforcement. In Maryland, these…
  • Oct 19

    Stamm receives award from Maryland Bar Foundation for Advancement of Professional Competence

    Stamm receives award from Maryland Bar Foundation for Advancement of Professional Competence
    On Thursday, October 16, 2014, Leonard Stamm received from the Maryland Bar Foundation, the prestigious Legal Excellence Award for Advancement of Professional Competence. He was nominated by Pilar Nichols. Other award recipients were: Steven…
  • Jul 25

    National College for DUI Defense Holds Its Summer Session

    National College for DUI Defense Holds Its Summer Session
    The National College for DUI Defense is holding its summer session at the Charles Hotel in Cambridge, Massachusetts with seminars and breakouts at the Harvard Law School. The session features lectures on: Crafting Your Opening Statement by…
Rank this Week: 3232

Domenic J. Lombardo Criminal Blog

Domenic J. Lombardo Criminal Blog

Covers criminal defense legal news.

http://www.attorneylombardo.com/articles/
  • Nov 20

    Will I Be Released on Bail in California?

    Will I Be Released on Bail in California?
    Whether it is your tenth arrest or your first, being arrested is never fun. Often, it is downright terrifying. For most people, the first concern after being arrested is getting out of jail. In almost all cases, bail will be set, providing…
  • Nov 18

    Arrest Tips – What to Do and What Not to Do during a California Arrest

    Arrest Tips – What to Do and What Not to Do during a California Arrest
    No one plans to be arrested; however, it could happen to you at any time and for any reason. Sometimes an arrest is expected, or at least a reasonable possibility. Other times it comes out of the blue. If you have never been taken into…
  • Nov 14

    Free Report: California’s Three Strikes Law – What You Need to Know

    Free Report: California’s Three Strikes Law – What You Need to Know
    Because of the individual nature of a sentence, it is always best to consult with an experienced California criminal defense attorney. If you have specific questions about your sentence, however, a general overview of common probation…
Rank this Week: 3162

Salt Lake Criminal Defense

Salt Lake Criminal Defense

Covers Utah criminal law and Constitutional issues. By Clayton A. Simms, LLC.

http://www.saltlakecriminaldefense.com
  • Nov 19

    Debt Collection Practices Result in Arrests; Spotlights Flaws in the System

    Debt Collection Practices Result in Arrests; Spotlights Flaws in the System
    For most people, it’s not a surprise that borrowing from a payday or title loan company is going to come with ridiculously high finance charges and interest rates. A recent report by the Utah Department of Financial Institutions…
  • Nov 17

    Man Sought for Security Camera Vandalism in Salt Lake City

    Man Sought for Security Camera Vandalism in Salt Lake City
    In a random act of vandalism, a man destroyed a security camera in a parking garage. The Salt Lake City Police Department is hoping the public will be able to help identify the man. Take THAT, Stupid Security Camera According to a report from…
  • Nov 12

    Kansas, U.S. Sixth Circuit Delay Same-Sex Marriage Progre

    Kansas, U.S. Sixth Circuit Delay Same-Sex Marriage Progre
    A little over a month ago, in a move that seemed to be opening the floodgates for legal same-sex marriages nationwide, the United States Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal from the State of Utah and four other states regarding their…
Rank this Week: 4770

Cortez Law Blog

Cortez Law Blog

Blogging on criminal law news and cases.

http://cortezlawblog.com
  • Nov 19

    Collateral Consequences to Criminal Conviction

    Collateral Consequences to Criminal Conviction
    Consequences of Criminal Convictions: State or federal criminal convictions carry the potential for severe and significant consequences.  The direct consequences of a criminal conviction are that a person may be placed on probation, sent…
  • Nov 17

    The Marshall Project

    The Marshall Project
    The Marshall Project website, which is a non-profit and non-partisan news organization, went live this weekend.  The site promises to provide “high-quality journalism about the American criminal justice system.”   It is…
  • Nov 16

    UNDERCOVER INVESTIGATIONS

    UNDERCOVER INVESTIGATIONS
    Feds Going Undercover The New York Times ( NYT) is reporting that federal agencies have expanded the use of undercover investigations to help detect and deter a growing list of criminal activity such as drug trafficking, online solicitation…
Rank this Week: 1667

White Collar Alert

White Collar Alert

Provides news and insight to counsel and legal observers concerning white collar criminal defense, internal investigations, government litigation and regulatory compliance. By Montgomery McCracken.

http://whitecollarblog.mmwr.com
Rank this Week: 1105

Hernan Law Firm Blog

Hernan Law Firm Blog

Covers personal injury, criminal defense, immigration, business and litigation.

http://hernanfirm.com/blog/
  • Nov 19

    President Obama to make announcement on executive action on immigration on Thursday, November 20 2014 at 8:00pm

    President Obama to make announcement on executive action on immigration on Thursday, November 20 2014 at 8:00pm
    The President has indicated that he will make a long awaited announcement on his plan to address the broken immigration system on Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 8:00pm.  Information about the plan will be posted upon its release at…
  • Aug 1

    Arrested for Shoplifting in Roswell Municipal Court

    Arrested for Shoplifting in Roswell Municipal Court
    Being arrested for shoplifting can be a frightening experience. A theft charge on an arrest record and a related conviction can have devastating effects on an individual’s ability to seek or maintain employment and pass background…
  • Aug 1

    Arrested for Shoplifting in Milton Municipal Court – Georgia

    Arrested for Shoplifting in Milton Municipal Court – Georgia
    Being arrested for shoplifting can be a frightening experience. A theft charge on an arrest record and a related conviction can have devastating effects on an individual’s ability to seek or maintain employment and pass background…
Rank this Week: 3318

No Papered: A Washington DC…

No Papered: A Washington DC Criminal Lawyer Blog

Covers criminal law. By Scrofano Law.

http://blog.scrofanolaw.com/
  • Nov 19

    On Hiring a Criminal Defense Lawyer

    On Hiring a Criminal Defense Lawyer
    There are a lot of important qualities to look for when hiring a criminal defense lawyer.  You want an attorney who truly cares about their clients.  Its important for a criminal defense lawyer to have a strong and aggressive…
  • Sep 19

    Can a DUI Conviction be Expunged? Part II

    Can a DUI Conviction be Expunged? Part II
    The last post discussed some of the background involved in the District of Columbia’s problems it had with its Breathalyzer program. The Metropolitan Police Department not only miscalibrated the machines to read 40 percent higher than…
  • Sep 11

    Can a DC DUI Conviction be Expunged? Part I.

    Can a DC DUI Conviction be Expunged? Part I.
    In short, the answer is maybe. The District of Columbia record sealing statute makes Driving under the Influence and Driving while Intoxicated “ineligible misdemeanors.” Accordingly, on its face, the law prohibits sealing of a…
Rank this Week: 2458

Law Blog Switzerland

Law Blog Switzerland

Swiss blawg covering a broad range of Swiss and international laws.

http://www.lawblogswitzerland.ch
Rank this Week: 2503

California Criminal Defense Lawyer…

California Criminal Defense Lawyer Blog

Covers constitutional rights, criminal law, and DUI topics. By William Weinberg.

http://www.californiacriminaldefenselawyerblog.com/
  • Nov 19

    California Proposition 47 Lawyer In Orange County

    California Proposition 47 Lawyer In Orange County
    California Proposition 47, Do You Qualify? California Proposition 47 is a recently approved law, which allows many individuals who have criminal convictions, to reduce their felony conviction(s) to misdemeanor convictions. Further, it allows…
  • Nov 3

    Identity Theft And Other Related Fraud Charges In Orange County

    Identity Theft And Other Related Fraud Charges In Orange County
    Identity Theft Identity theft is defined in Penal Code 530.5 and is described as follows: The willful taking of someone’s personal identity information for the purpose of securing credit, money, services or property, in their name for…
  • Oct 21

    Who Can Get A License To Carry A Concealed Weapon in California

    Who Can Get A License To Carry A Concealed Weapon in California
    As a Criminal Defense Lawyer, practicing law for more than 20 years in Orange County California, I am often asked about the law as it pertains to legally carrying a concealed weapon.  While my practice does not include assisting people…
Rank this Week: 1870