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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.

What does it mean to have your record expunged?

Everyone worries about passing a background check, qualifying for employment or getting approved for housing. Our permanent records can be a catalyst for the types of opportunities we are afforded. So having the option to get something expunged from your permanent record can really set the tone for your future.

Registries being used for more and more crimes

It is pretty well-known that one of the consequences being convicted of a sex offense can have is being listed on a sex offender registry. However, in some states, the use of registries is not just limited to sex offenses. The use of registries for non-sex offenses had been expanding in the U.S. over the past several years, according to an Associated Press review.

Over half a million marijuana small possession arrests last year

Views on marijuana have been changing quite a bit in recent times. This not only includes changes in how society perceives the use of this drug; it also includes how some states and cities treat this drug in their law enforcement and legal systems.

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