On television and in the movies, criminal defendants will usually want to go through the jury trial to resolve the case. In reality, only a small portion of cases are resolved in this manner. The vast majority are handled through plea deals.
Many people scoff at shoplifting as a minor form of crime that is barely theft. Young adults, such as college students, may be likely to think that shoplifting isn't a serious issue. That, combined with poor impulse control or understanding of potential consequences, could lead to people making a life-altering mistake.
As someone who has tried marijuana and used it in places where it's legal, you may think that the rest of the United States is becoming less offended by its use. You might think you won't face charges if you're caught, since other people wouldn't.
When it comes to forming a defense, you probably have an idea of what you think you can do. Before you decide on a defensive strategy, it's a good idea to learn about all the different types that exist.
There is nothing much worse than finding out that someone you care about has claimed that you did something you didn't or blown a situation out of proportion to get you into trouble with the law. Sometimes, when people fear getting in trouble themselves, they actually take the first step and blame the other party, so that person has to be on the defensive.
Illinois has taken steps to allow state citizens safe and legal access to medical marijuana. Those with a wide range of medical conditions, such as traumatic brain injuries, cachexia, cancer, Crohn's disease, Lupus, Interstitial Cystitis, HIV/AIDS or even post traumatic stress can qualify. The law does not require that a doctor specifically recommend marijuana as medicine, as many malpractice insurance companies currently refuse to allow recommendations because of federal law. Instead, a doctor only has to provide documentation of an ongoing relationship and a debilitating condition.
Illegally selling and using prescription drugs is becoming an almost normalized part of American culture. Increasingly, students are using these drugs to help them cope with the pressures and anxieties of school. But students often don’t consider the serious legal repercussions they could potentially face from selling prescription drugs like Xanax, Ritalin, and Adderall.
A recent Supreme Court case has upheld a federal law stating that it is illegal to own firearms if you have been convicted of a misdemeanor domestic abuse charge. The determining Supreme Court case involved two men who had been convicted of misdemeanor assault charges against their romantic partners in Maine. Years after their conviction, the men were found to have both guns and ammunition in their possession, which violated the already established federal law that those who have been convicted of a misdemeanor domestic abuse charge cannot own firearms.