November 15, 2016

Should I Plead Guilty To DUI?

If you have recently been arrested and charged with drinking and driving you might be wondering if you should plead guilty to DUI. Although you may think you are guilty, in order for the court to find you guilty of DUI, the prosecutor must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you were above the legal […]

August 14, 2016

Your Miranda Rights (Part 2 of 3): When Do You Have The Right To Remain Silent?

In 2013, Salinas v. Texas was decided 5-4 by the United States Supreme Court, becoming the most recent landmark case regarding a person’s Fifth Amendment Right. In Salinas, two brothers were shot at their Houston home. There were no suspects in the case because no one witnessed the murder or witnessed anyone fleeing from the […]

August 4, 2016

Your Miranda Rights (Part 1 of 3): What Does Miranda Mean For You?

From TV lawyer dramas to the hit franchise “Cops”, millions of Americans have heard the famous words, “You have the right to remain silent…” These words have become a staple in American culture but what exactly do they mean? Miranda v. Arizona just celebrated its 50th anniversary, and this week’s blog will be focused on […]

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 […]

March 3, 2016

St. Paddy’s Day 2016: Avoid the Paddy Wagon

Saint Paddy’s Day 2016 falls on March 17, which is a Thursday. All across the United States, many people will be drinking in celebration of the patron saint of Ireland. When celebrations involve the consumption of alcohol, numerous individuals find themselves involved with law enforcement. When law enforcement intervenes there is a good chance that […]

February 24, 2016

The Effect of Justice Scalia’s Sudden Death for the Current Supreme Court Term.

Antonin Scalia was known as a strong conservative judge during his 30 years on the bench. Justice Scalia’s interpretation of the legal text followed the textualism theory. This theory holds to the literal meaning of the legal text in reaching a decision. His constitutional interpretation followed the originalism theory, which interprets the meaning of the […]