March 2017 Archives

You are innocent until proven guilty

Sexually-based crimes draw an immediate and incendiary reaction from people who are not involved or attached to the case. This is because there is a stigma attached to sex crime cases that will likely never go away. These are emotionally-charged cases that bring out angry reactions, and to a certain extent, it is understandable. However, no matter the crime in question, the person accused of committing the offense deserves a fair trial, and he or she is presumed innocent until proven otherwise.

The five degrees of assault in Minnesota

Assault charges are relatively common in the world of criminal offenses, and even though they relate to a violent crime that should be taken notice of, these charges are often glossed over by the public at large simply because of their ubiquity. Today, we would like to dive a little deeper into assault charges and explain what they mean for the defendant and what types of assault charges can be filed against an individual.

Consider the financial factors of a DUI

Being accused of drunk driving is a serious time in any person's life. There are massive legal penalties that accompany such a charge. You can lose your license, your car will be impounded, you could be jailed for an extended period and, for many, you will suffer penalties that extend well beyond the legal penalties. What we are talking about here is the financial cost of a DUI.

150 evidence packets 'significantly' damaged in explosion

This may seem like a plot point straight out of a crime thriller, but this really happened in Washington D.C. An evidence vault at a police department was struck by an explosion recently, damaged evidence packets. About 150 of the packets suffered "significant" damage or were destroyed. It is unclear exactly what "significant" means in this context, but since it is paired up with packets that were "destroyed", it sure sounds like the evidence is no longer admissible.

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