Criminal Law

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Tips for Navigating the Legal Adoption Process

Adopting a child can be a gratifying experience, but the process of legal adoption can be daunting. According to the National Adoption Center, about 437,000 children were adopted in the United States in 2015, but many more are waiting for their forever homes. If you’re interested in adopting, it’s essential to do your research and

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Exigent Circumstances: How They Work for Warrantless Arrests

Any person who has watched any of the “Law and Order” shows knows police procedure; enough to apply them in real-life situations. From having the right to remain silent upon an arrest to asking for a lawyer to stop an interrogation, some law enforcement practices are meant to protect people and keep authorities accountable. Others

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Verdict: Guilty, Not Guilty and Other Trial Findings

The justice system is in the business of seeking the truth. It determines who’s at fault, to what degree and what penalties must be applied. In doing so, it follows a set of rules and uses multiple elements to weigh the facts submitted and make a decision. Those decisions come in the form of a

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Mistrial: Can a Person be Tried Again for the Same Charge?

The law is all about procedure. Every aspect of the legal system follows their process because each step ensures that authorities reach the appropriate conclusion for every case. From investigating a crime and processing an accused to litigating and deciding on a case, the justice system must follow a process before reaching a conclusion. Even

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Capital Murder and Murder: What is the Difference?

Degrees are crucial to criminal law. For one, they determine the gravity of an offense. For another, they follow a corresponding punishment. The gravity of offense and punishment are defined in the classification of criminal offenses: infractions, misdemeanors and felonies. Of the three, felony is the most serious offense wherein capital murder typically falls under.

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Google, 3rd-Party or Arrest.Org: Background Checks in Virginia

What you don’t know can and will hurt you. It’s an assumption that bolsters the idea behind doing background checks. Background investigations are crucial for employers, businesses vetting suppliers and credit companies in Virginia. Organizations perform them for data verification, ensure maximum productivity and avoid legal liability and harm. But how do you check if

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How Loitering Becomes a Crime

Two schools of thought are behind loitering. One, that it is reportedly a precursor to crime and two, that laws around it are discriminatory and even unsafe. Opponents of loitering laws argue that policies barring people from lingering in public places go against the intent of the law: to prioritize justice. Statutes criminalizing loitering are

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Who and Where is Eddie Ray Routh Now?

On Feb. 24, 2015, a jury found Eddie Ray Routh guilty of murder. It took the jury about three hours to convict Routh for the killings of Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield. The former Marine was sentenced to life imprisonment with no parole. Who is Eddie Ray Routh? Why does Chris Kyle’s name seem familiar?

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How to File a Restraining Order

In late February 2022, the Wisconsin Assembly voted for a bill that allows survivors of sexual harassment to file a lifetime restraining order against convicted abusers. The bill, if Gov. Tony Evers signs it, will be known as Kayleigh’s Law. Kayleigh Kozak is a survivor if sexual assault and is pushing to pass the bill

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Caught Slippin’: Signs That a Criminal Case is Weak

One of the biggest misconceptions people have about criminal cases is that it’s unbeatable. But only 5-10% of cases actually go to trial, with about 90% of cases being dismissed well before they see a courthouse. For an overwhelming 90% of criminal complaints, the charges are often dropped due to a large number of factors,

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