May 14, 2018

Are There Weaknesses to Standardized Field Sobriety Tests?

Police officers rely on multiple methods to determine whether motorists are under the influence of alcohol. One of the most traditional methods is the “Standardized Field Sobriety Test” (SFST). The SFST consists of three separate tests that officers use to measure coordination, balance and eye movement. The three parts of SFST are as follows: The […]

April 14, 2018

What You Can and Can’t Do Under California’s Recreational Cannabis Laws

The state of California has passed some new laws regarding the recreational use of cannabis. California’s Proposition 64 allows for recreational use for marijuana but with some restrictions regarding the public use of marijuana, the amount that can be purchased, and driving while high. If you’re facing charges due to cannabis use, make sure to […]

March 14, 2018

Alternative Sentences for Drug Crimes

If you’ve been charged with a drug crime, you don’t necessarily have to spend time in jail as punishment. Alternative sentencing is available for those charged with drug crimes to avoid penalties such as jail or prison. This sentencing is mostly available for drug crimes where there is no sales allegation but can also be […]

February 15, 2018

Increase in Opioid Overdose Among Baby Boomers and Millennials

While it may seem like there is a growing divide between baby boomers and millennials, there is one thing both generations share: an increase in opioid overdose. According to a study published in the American Journal of Public Health (AJPH), between 1999-2014, there has been a significant increase in deaths caused by overdosing on opioids […]

June 29, 2016

Avoid a DUI This 4th of July

In the summer everyone likes to take it easy on the weekends. This 4th of July holiday weekend will be no different. There will be more picnics, barbecues, family gatherings, and pool parties than you could ever attend. What typically goes along with parties? Alcohol. So, how do you avoid a DUI this 4th of […]

June 3, 2016

Plea Deals Have to Consider the Defendant Immigration Status

In the past, the list of criminal offenses that resulted in deportation as a consequence of the conviction was rather short, and judges had more sentencing discretion. Over the years, however, this list of offenses has grown to include even minor offenses, and judges now have less sentencing discretion than they did in the past. […]

May 6, 2016

Forgiving and Forgetting-New Model of Assisting Federal Offenders Get Past Their Convictions

When people are convicted of a crime, they serve their punishment in the form of probation or incarceration, and then they are released back into society to live as a productive law abiding citizen in society. That is the idea behind the rehabilitation theory in the criminal justice system. However, not all citizens that are […]

April 11, 2016

Governor Jerry Brown Pardons Citizens

Governor Jerry Brown granted 59 pardons on March 25, 2016. Pardons are granted sparingly to those citizens that show true rehabilitation and live their lives as productive law abiding citizens. A pardon allows for certain rights to be restored, including the right to serve on juries and to possess guns, unless had been convicted of […]

March 11, 2016

The Big Debate: Who will replace Justice Scalia?

There is considerable controversy surrounding the Justice Scalia’s empty seat on the Supreme Court bench. This is a big responsibility for any president, but with the timing of it being an election year coupled with a Republican majority Senate could make appointing a new Supreme Court Justice very difficult. •Should someone be nominated to the […]

March 4, 2016

Avoid a DUI, Take UBER

Mother’s Against Drunk Driving estimates that nearly 300,000 people a day drive after having too much to drink. Every fifty-two minutes someone is killed in a crash in which the consumption of alcohol is a factor. The risk of injuring or killing someone is not all that drunk drivers should be concerned about. There is […]