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September 2012 Archives

Study Shows Strong Compulsion of Innocent to Plead Guilty

Facing charges for a crime you did not commit can be terrifying and overwhelming. It is not surprising, given the stress of the situation, that some choose the fastest route to a conclusion as possible, even if that means pleading guilty to a crime they did not commit.

Florida DUI Checkpoint Found Invalid

DUI checkpoints have been a controversial topic recently, as many argue they are in violation of the Fourth Amendment's "right to be free of unreasonable searches and seizures." To be considered lawful, the public must be informed of the checkpoint and warnings must be posted on the road prior to the checkpoint. When a police department is going to establish a DUI checkpoint, they must outline the manner in which the checkpoint will be administered and the reasons for the checkpoint.

What Happens When Drug Labs Do Not Follow Protocols?

In the past few years, there have been a number of incidents across the country in which crime labs have been investigated for failing to adhere to standards and regulations. In such situations, when a crime lab is found to have acted improperly, evidence previously admitted in court must be reviewed.

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