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Self-defense is still allowed despite illegal activity

Being engaged in an illegal activity doesn't negate your right to act in your own self-defense. Being on the losing end of a gun battle doesn't necessarily mean the survivors won't get charged with some form of murder if they started the fight.

Will Sessions' memo affect criminal defendants?

The latest news about U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions will be about what he know about the meeting between President Trump and ousted FBI Director James Comey. But one piece of news that may not garner headlines is Sessions’ efforts to roll back Obama era efforts on criminal justice reform. A recent report, highlights his instructions to federal prosecutors across the nation about the Justice Department’s new stance on drug crimes.

Could a corporate forensic lab help in your defense?

When the state investigates someone and analyzes evidence in hopes of proving a crime, it will likely rely on results from a state-based crime lab. Given their capacities, some crime labs may have significant backlogs and other limitations that may delay the results of testing. Because of this, it may come as no surprise that more private crime labs are being established…by corporations.

Teens and parents should be aware of 'sexting' dangers

Mobile service companies are constantly competing with each other for new (and existing) customers. They all offer various forms of family plans to gain new subscribers, and they try to make it easy to switch from one provider to another through financial incentives.

Four more Ohio cities vote to decriminalize marijuana possession

Given the publicity surrounding the recent presidential election, it is no surprise that many people were unaware that the residents of multiple Ohio cities were also voting on whether to decriminalize marijuana possession - with four cities actually passing new marijuana possession ordinances.

Preliminary hearings can give your defense a head start

From the time that you're charged with a crime onward, your attorney will constantly evaluate the evidence against you and the options that you have. Not every case will have a preliminary hearing. If yours does, you should understand how it can help your defense attorney get a better idea of what sort of expectations to have about your case.

Alleged hate crimes spike after election, up 6 percent in 2015

The Southern Poverty Law Center, a respected anti-hate and civil rights nonprofit, has logged more than 700 instances of hate-based harassment and intimidation since the election. The incidents have ranged from anti-Semitic pro-Trump graffiti to out and out assaults.

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