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September 2014 Archives

Sex crimes carry many perceptions and penalties

Many people in Roseville, California and all across the country have heard a story about someone who is accused of sexual assault or some sexually-based crimes. You may immediately think that the person being accused is guilty, but that person is still innocent until proven guilty. The gravity of the alleged crime or the terrible circumstances that it allegedly involves doesn't make someone more or less innocent or guilty.

Prop 47 looks to limit punishment for nonviolent crimes

We have talked about many imaginary situations on this blog where a person is accused of a crime and is eventually thrown in jail for an extended period. The crime itself may have been nonviolent, and yet the rules dictate that people who are in this position must be harshly punished so that they "learn a lesson" (even though much research has shown that such negative reinforcement doesn't inspire people to "learn a lesson").

Misdemeanor charges for California Senator accused of DUI

Ben Hueso, a California State Senator, has been charged with two misdemeanor counts of drunk driving after an arrest in the early morning hours of Aug. 22. The charges -- one count of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and one count of driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 or more -- will likely haunt Hueso for some time.

Clemency for non-violent, low-level drug criminals is needed

One of the major announcements of 2014 that involves the criminal defense world was made by the Attorney General of the United States, Eric Holder. He said earlier this year that the Obama Administration plans to consider, and hopefully approve, more clemency applications when it comes to prison inmates who are locked up for low-level or non-violent drug crimes.

Tags: Weapons Crimes

Prevalence of alcohol puts drug charges into focus

A lot is made out of the narcotics and drugs that are prevalent in society. Heroin, cocaine, marijuana, meth -- all of these substances carry with them a very negative connotation, and rightfully so.

Tags: Drunk Driving

Police accidentally kill bystander, charge suspect with her death

The following story is bizarre, upsetting, and also a little bit interesting -- but mostly it's just sad. A few weeks ago, a 23-year-old man was in a bar and had a gun with him. The police were called and told that a "gun wielding maniac" was in the establishment. The police obviously responded and when they arrived at the scene, they informed the 23-year-old man to get on the ground.

Tags: Weapons Crimes

What makes you subject to a DUI in California?

That may seem like a silly question with an easy answer. After all, every state has a law on the books that lists the limit of a person's blood alcohol content (BAC) at 0.08. However, what many people may not know is that there are other drunk driving laws in effect in every state beyond just the 0.08 law, and they all vary from state to state.

Tags: Drunk Driving

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