Criminal Law

Criminal law constitutes law and regulation that relates to crime or the general safety and welfare of the people (as opposed to “civil” law.) Criminal statutes prohibit harm and threats of violence against another person including acts that endanger the health, safety and welfare of the general public. Criminal procedure sets forth the process of investigation of a crime including arrest, search and seizure laws. Punishment is defined for those who are convicted of violating criminal law which may include fines, incarceration, probation as well as matters of permanent record keeping such as expungement of criminal records.

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Michael Wechsler
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"Murder in the Park" is a fascinating true crime documentary concerning a highly publicized Illinois justice system failure in the early eighties. The film asserts that a former death-row inmate, freed from death in his final moments though the efforts of student investigative journalists, was...
Michael Wechsler
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Three children whose mother was allegedly murdered by their father have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against a recreational marijuana edibles company, the store that sold the product and the defendant. In 2014, Richard Kirk allegedly purchased recreational marijuana candy from a local Denver...
Michael Wechsler
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While people convicted of a crime pay their debt to society, upon release their criminal record travels with them wherever they go. Since public databases and background checks are common and affordable, the repercussions of one minor mistake can become an eternal scarlet letter. One remedy to...
Brian Musell
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Even if you’re innocent, hiring a criminal lawyer shouldn’t be overlooked. Some 30 years ago, the body of an 11-year-old girl was found in North Carolina. It was a sickening case for investigators, and locals were horrified to hear the circumstances of her death. The young girl had been raped...
Robert Kerr
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In the age of hacking, information and identity theft and a host of other internet crimes, you don’t have to be a seasoned and hardened criminal to find yourself facing prison time. The term for cybercrime and similar non-violent charges is “white collar” which refers to criminal charges that...
Michael Wechsler
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If marijuana possession is legalized in your state, can you receive a DUI for driving after you've had a few hits? Criminal prosecutors in Seattle are under the impression that a sizable number of people are confused about the law and believe that driving under the influence of marijuana is...
Michael Wechsler
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A teenage boy, whose drunk driving killed four people and seriously injured two others, was spared any jail time as a result of his being a “victim” of his family’s excessive wealth. In a DUI case that has sparked national outrage, a Texas judge sentenced the 16 year old defendant suffering from...
Michael Wechsler
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California lawmakers closed a rape law loophole and have now made it illegal to impersonate another person in order to have sex, whether or not the victim is married. California Governor, Jerry Brown, signed bill AB65 after an appellate court overturned a rape conviction because the impersonated...
Michael Wechsler
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I read an article today about an allegedly guilt-riddled drunk driver who used social media to confess to a DUI crime that killed an innocent victim. The story and most of the comments lauded this man as a hero who came forward to declare his guilt, even though he could have easily avoided a...
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