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May 2013 Archives

Challenging eye witness accounts in sexual assault cases

The rules of evidence were created to limit the introduction of prejudicial evidence, and to ensure that the evidence that was allowed had some substantive impact on the matter at hand. Despite this very noble goal, evidence that lacks scientific validity, substantive currency and, worse of all, evidence that biases the jury is introduced on a regular basis. This is especially true in cases involving sex crime charges.

"Good Samaritans" now shielded from potential drug charges

A conviction on drug charges can carry very serious criminal penalties including jail time and hefty fines. In the past, the friends and acquaintances of overdose victims were too afraid of being charged with a drug crime themselves to seek assistance for those in need assistance. In an attempt to change this, Governor Chris Christie recently signed a new bill into law that is intended to shield the individuals who report drug overdoses from potential drug charges.

Juvenile crimes come with their own consequences

In the United States individuals who have not yet reached the age of majority are generally viewed as juveniles in the eyes of the criminal justice system. The juvenile law system is very different than the adult criminal justice system, and it requires specific expertise on the part of attorneys who handle these types of cases. Juvenile law, for example, consists of different procedures and different laws than the adult criminal system.

Man serving 20 years in prison has conviction overturned

Being charged with a serious criminal offense such as a sex crime can be a scary moment in a person's life. While it may seem overwhelming or hopeless at the time, there are actually many arguments that can be raised to counter a charge or appeal a conviction. New Jersey readers may find the following story about a New Jersey man convicted of a criminal sexual assault charge and sentenced to serve 20 years in prison who later had his conviction overturned rather interesting.

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