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DOJ Eliminates Committee Charged with Monitoring Validity of Forensic Evidence

There is no debating that forensic science plays an important role in the criminal justice system. One assumes there also would be little debate over the position that, when forensic science is used to convict people of crimes in the United States, that science should be precise and believable.

We have known for some time, however, that is often not the case. As a recent Rolling Stone article states, "It's hard to overstate how bad the junk forensics problem is."

Drug testing scandal leads to massive conviction dismissal

Among the things that can call into question whether a given criminal conviction was appropriate is the discovery of problems with the drug testing of evidence in the case. One of the things that could compromise the accuracy of the results of such testing is intentional misconduct by the lab workers performing such testing.

Recently, in another state, thousands of criminal convictions were dismissed in connection to a drug testing scandal.

Drunk driving accusations and traffic crashes

Sometimes, after a traffic crash, a driver ends up facing accusations of wrongdoing. One such allegation that can be very serious is being accused of having been drunk at the time of the accident. It can be especially serious if another person was injured in the crash.

When a person is accused of having injured someone through driving drunk here in Wisconsin, they can face special drunk driving charges. What particular such charge they could face depends on the severity of the injury.

Testimony from murder trial from decades ago recanted

There are various things that could cause eyewitness testimony in a criminal case to be inaccurate.

One is the eyewitness simply being mistaken in what they saw. Memory can be a tricky thing, and there are various things that could cause a witness to remember events differently than how they actually occurred.

DNA evidence hasn’t made wrongful convictions a thing of the past

One would hope that a person would never be subjected to being convicted of a crime they didn’t commit. Unfortunately, wrongful convictions sometimes happen. A variety of things could lead to an innocent person being found guilty, including: false confessions, inaccurate eyewitness testimony, unreliable evidence or trial errors.

One thing that can sometimes help with guarding against or challenging wrongful convictions is DNA evidence. Such evidence can sometimes help show that a given innocent person wasn’t the perpetrator.

The right to confront: When does it apply?

When it comes to criminal proceedings, public attention is mostly focused on trials. However, it is important to remember that such proceedings consist of far more than a trial. There are all kinds of important hearings and processes such proceedings involve prior to a trial. What happens during these hearings and processes can have considerable impacts on a person who has been accused of a crime.

So, during each step of the criminal proceedings taken against them, it can be important for the accused to understand what rights they have and what exactly is at stake during that step. So, having good defense guidance can be important for a defendant throughout all the proceedings that come up in their case.

The concerns over police drone use

Drone technology has developed significantly in recent years, with many organizations starting to use or look into using drones in their operations. This includes some police departments. When police start using a new technology in their law enforcement efforts, concerns and issues can come up regarding various aspects of how police use the technology.

When it comes to police use of drones, among the issues that have come up are issues regarding what police drones should be allowed to carry and whether such drones should be capable of exhibiting force.

Recent set of crime bills includes bills on juvenile imprisonment

Being incarcerated has major impacts on a person’s life. It can have especially big implications for a juvenile. So, among the big concerns a parent can have when their teen has been accused of a crime is whether their teen could face imprisonment.

Juvenile crime allegations vary greatly in what sorts of consequences they could have for a juvenile, including whether incarceration would likely be on the table for the juvenile if they are convicted. Experienced juvenile defense lawyers can advise parents of children accused of juvenile offenses on what consequences the accusations could expose their child to. Such lawyers can also help with developing defense approaches aimed at protecting a child’s long-term interests in the face of such potential consequences.

‘Ghost apps’ and the challenges they pose for parents

What a child does on their smartphone can have major ramifications that could stick with a child for a very long time. It could impact a child’s school-life, and even have impacts on things such as their future education and employment prospects. Some types of conduct could even put a child into criminal proceedings. For example, here in Wisconsin, being accused of sexting could expose a child to criminal charges.

So, it’s not surprising that many parents want to keep a close eye on their child’s smartphone conduct. There are certain things though that can pose challenges in parents’ efforts to monitor whether their child is sticking to responsible behavior on the phone.

Could new treatment programs be on the way in Wisconsin?

What drug/alcohol treatment programs are available in the state’s criminal justice system can have big impacts on individuals accused of drug or alcohol-related crimes here in Wisconsin. It could have impacts on what options they have for trying to reduce the punishments they could end up facing and the negative impacts their situation could have on their life. It also could have impacts on how able those that are struggling with drug or alcohol addiction are to get the treatment they need to get their life back to where they want it to be.

So, understanding what such programs are present, what the rules for these programs are and whether the programs could have impacts in their case can be critical for a person when facing allegations of drunk driving or drug crimes. Skilled defense attorneys can help individuals facing these sorts of allegations have the right information when it comes to these matters and other important issues related to their case.

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