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Did a shoplifting accusation ruin your trip to the mall?

Perhaps you went shopping for a dress to wear to your favorite cousin’s wedding. You visited several shops before finding what you wanted.

Someone claimed to see you walk out of the last shop with merchandise you did not pay for. What happens now?

Steer clear of police body camera errors

Many states allow (or even require) police officers to wear body cameras while on duty. Body cameras preserve visual evidence at the scene of a crime. They also routinely monitor law enforcement interactions with citizens. Body camera footage shows an unbiased view of events between law enforcement officers and the public.

In Illinois, law enforcement personnel use body cameras under the Law Enforcement Officer-Worn Body Camera Act. If a member of the public encounters an officer wearing a body camera, it is not a threat as long as citizens follow practical strategies.  

Cyberstalking and Homeland Security

Cyberstalking is serious. Whether harassment or bullying, any form of stalking another person can result in legal consequences. Under some state laws, cyberstalking can result in a class 4 felony. When a cyberstalker's actions result in a federal indictment, the government exacts severe criminal penalties and fines.

Many would-be stalkers have no idea their activity can escalate from a state felony to the level of a federal crime. The cyberstalker, if convicted, risks time in jail and significant fines.

Common ways to defend against drug possession charges

Possessing drugs is a serious crime. According to Missouri drug laws, even possessing over 35 grams of marijuana can land you with a seven-year prison sentence. The criminal justice system is harsh against drug offenders.

However, if you face drug possession charges, it is not predetermined that the process will end with a conviction. You may be able to successfully defend against the charges.

3 common defenses against white-collar criminal charges

If you face an investigation or pending criminal charge for a white-collar crime, you may not know what actions you should take. The first thing you should know is that allegations of white-collar offenses are widespread. According to Oxford Research Encyclopedias, the FTC saw over three million consumer complaints about such activities in 2015. If you are the target of such an accusation, it can be a confusing, stressful and intimidating process.

Dealing with criminal proceedings is never easy, especially if you believe you are innocent. Here are some potential defenses you and your lawyer may be able to mount to combat the charges against you.

Will U.S. Supreme Court rein in states' asset forfeiture powers?

Should he have sold a described "small amount of heroin" to undercover police officers?

Obviously not. That transgression yielded a year of home detention and various fines for an offense involving a $400 sale of an illegal drug.

How to avoid a DWI this Valentine's Day

You should be careful any time you go driving on a holiday weekend. Over New Year's Eve, Missouri police had to contend with 127 DWI cases, 352 crashes and 112 injuries that occurred as a result of drunk driving. 

Another winter holiday may result in more drunk driving cases: Valentine's Day. Many couples go out to drink during this holiday, but you want to be careful you do not end up with a DWI charge. Here are some tips for having a fun holiday with the person you love without risking a trip to jail.

What type of crimes are employers less likely to overlook?

If you have a criminal record, you may worry about your employability in Missouri. Recent findings, published in an article by the Society for Human Resource Management, however, indicate that worry you should not. With unemployment at a 17-year low at just 3.9 percent, and with a third of the workforce holding a criminal record of some sort, employers realize that they must broaden their horizons if they hope to hire top talent and remain competitive. For many, broadening the horizon means hiring convicts.

SHRM's president and chief executive officer, Johnny C. Tailor, says that employers should never view a criminal record as an automatic disqualifier. It appears that many employers have heeded his advice. According to findings, two-thirds of hiring managers and three-fourths of HR professionals have hired individuals who have substance related felonies or misdemeanors on their records. However, do employers discriminate in which felons they hire? The findings suggest that yes, they do.

What to do if you are facing criminal charges for the first time

Facing criminal charges is an intimidating and scary experience, especially if it is your first time. Whether you are facing charges for a property crime, drug crime, violent crime or DUI, the actions you take may significantly impact the outcome of your case. 

Because criminal proceedings can be confusing and challenging, it is crucial to learn what you should do to avoid mistakes and complications. Here is a quick guide to what steps you can take when you are dealing with pending criminal charges. 

The dark web and federal criminal defense

The internet is the preferred home for white collar and federal criminals. Law enforcement routinely uses IP addresses as a standard tool in their arsenal. The ease with which law enforcement can trace federal criminals through an IP Address may have ironically spawned the development of dark web technology.

IP addresses can be static (never changing) or dynamic (always shifting). The information route can flow through multiple static or dynamic servers; it becomes nearly impossible to determine whether a particular IP address corresponds to a specific criminal. For this reason, a judge often rules dark web evidence inadmissible in criminal trials.

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