In any criminal trial, prosecutors and defense attorneys have to abide by certain rules. Laws dictate what evidence is allowed to be presented, who can testify in court, and what questions can be asked by either side. Occasionally, situations arise in which the rules become blurred. Usually, however, a judge or court sets things straight.
As you may be aware, it is unfortunately far too easy to unintentionally drive drunk. Because alcohol metabolizes differently depending on a variety of factors, you may feel quite alert and sober even when your blood-alcohol content reads above the legal limit of 0.08 percent.
Criminal justice reform is perhaps one of the most pressing and difficult issues of our time. Despite being the “land of the free,” the United States incarcerates more of its own citizens than any other country in the world. This is not only a problem in its own right; it also contributes to a destructive pattern often seen among imprisoned offenders.
Many of our recent posts have discussed wrongful imprisonment. In many cases, individuals are wrongfully imprisoned because they were mistakenly convicted of crimes they did not commit. But there are other cases in which prisoners who have been legitimately convicted are mistakenly imprisoned for longer than what their sentence dictates.