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May 2015 Archives

Lack of evidence results in no sexual assault charges for teens

Fifteen teenage boys and their parents are likely breathing sighs of relief following the announcement that they will not have to face any criminal charges. Accused of being involved in a sexual assault scandal, 10 of those 15 individuals were arrested while at a Southern California school. The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office cited a lack of evidence as the reason for not filing any charges.

How does a juvenile DUI differ from an adult charge?

For both adults and juveniles, driving a car with a blood-alcohol content higher than the legal limit is illegal in California. However, the BAC is different for those who are over 21 years old than for those who are younger. The consequences of a DUI conviction also differ for these two age groups.

How Grand Juries Decide Indictments

The grand jury's role in the process of indicting a criminal is one of utmost importance. It is not a procedure that finds the criminal suspect guilty or lays punishment on anyone. Instead, the prosecutor works with the grand jury to discover whether or not serious felony charges or an indictment should be brought on an individual. The prosecution lawyer, Sacramento grand jurors, and the legal system are active participants in the process.

How a new program could change criminal law forever

When we talk about criminal defense topics on this blog, in some cases we reference the fact that the system itself needs to change. Penalties are too harsh in many cases. The evidence that is used can sometimes be flawed. The laws and designations that we make in reference to a crime or of a person accused of a crime may deal them life-long punishment, even though in a literal sense it only punishes them for a certain amount of time.

The financial impact of a drunk driving offense is brutal

Back in the middle of the 1980s, drunk driving accidents had reached epidemic proportions. They were happening far too frequently, and there were far too many people losing their lives in these wrecks. We have improved our safety rules and our DUI laws since then, and so this largely-awful past is somewhat forgotten. But a recent study looked back at those times, and how far we have come since then, to produce some amazing financial figures in regards to the U.S. economy and drunk driving accidents.

Weapons can bump a charge up to a more severe level

When it comes to "crime," the portrayal you often see on TV and in movies is of violence and theft. A bunch of bank robbers wield guns and push innocent bystanders to the floor; a disheveled man takes money out of a cash register at a corner store while flashing his weapon to warn the clerk not to scream for help; a fleeing person stops a car and pulls the driver out of the vehicle so that they may take the car and escape. These scenes are part of the canon of the action genre.

Is reform finally working to help prisoners arrested as kids?

It was a landmark month for the state of California as it utilized new laws to release a man who was sentenced to life in prison without parole when he was just 16. He served 24 years before the decision was made, and he is now a free man.

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