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Is the US murder rate really the highest it has been in decades?

We can probably all agree that this election season has been pretty light on hard facts. For example, it appears that some Americans have the misimpression that murder is currently at its highest rate in 45 years. In fact, just the opposite is true.

Shift happening in juvenile justice systems in the U.S.?

Among the big concerns a parent may have when their child has been accused of a crime, such as sexting or drug offenses, is whether their child will be able to rebound from the situation and still have a promising future. There are many potential consequences being accused of a crime could end up having for a juvenile. Which consequences end up coming out of a child’s particular case can have many impacts on a child’s future. So, what happens during a juvenile crime case can have significant ramifications. Given this, it can be important for a parent of a child accused of a crime to understand what defense options their child has.

Plea deals and the trial penalty: Part II

In our last post, we began a discussion about plea deals, which are how the vast majority of criminal charges are resolved. Although plea bargains have a legitimate purpose and can sometimes be beneficial for defendants, many individuals are forced into a plea deal by the "trial penalty." Essentially, the prosecutor threatens harsher charges and longer sentences if the defendant chooses to go to trial rather than accepting a deal.

Supreme Court upends search and seizure protections: Part I

We have written numerous times about the need to vigorously protect our civil rights. This is especially important in the context of police actions. The Fourth Amendment, for instance, protects us against "unreasonable search and seizure" by law enforcement. This usually means that police cannot search our personal property (or our person) without first obtaining a search warrant.

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