In cases where an individual faces criminal charges, a criminal defense attorney will always do his or her best to obtain a dismissal of charges. In cases where charges are not dismissed, a defense attorney may attempt to get charges reduced or argue for some type of alternative sentencing program.
In recent months, there's been much debate and discourse among Americans about police officers and use of excessive and deadly force. In an effort to regain the public’s trust and provide for more transparency, many police departments across the U.S. have adopted the widespread use of police body cameras. In Minnesota, respondents of the 2015 Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association revealed that body cameras are currently being used by 41 police departments throughout the state.
In recent years and months, there's been a lot of debate over the actions of law enforcement officials in many U.S. cities and communities. Upon being sworn into service, police officers throughout the country vow to protect and serve everyday citizens. Given the important role that law enforcement officers play in keeping our communities safe, it's critical that they have the trust and respect of those they vow to serve and protect.
Last year, Minnesota became the 22nd state to pass legislation legalizing the medical use of marijuana. In a few short months, on July 1, the law will go into effect and individuals diagnosed with qualifying medical conditions will be able to legally obtain and use the drug in oil, pill or liquid form.
In the mid to late 2000s, so-called synthetic drugs became popular in the United States. Marketed and legally sold at head shops under names like spice and bath salts, the drugs were manufactured to provide users with a high similar to illegal drugs like marijuana, LSD and methamphetamines.
When most people hear about a drug-related arrest, illegal drugs like cocaine and methamphetamine often spring to mind. However, while the use of these more traditional illegal drugs is declining in the U.S., the abuse of prescription drugs is increasing. Factors contributing to this increase include the fact that, for many Americans, prescription drugs are more readily available. Additionally, because they are legal and prescribed by a physician, there's a false belief among many that prescription drugs are safe.
Everyone makes mistakes and it’s from these mistakes that we learn and grow. In cases where one's mistakes involve the possession, use or sale of illegal drugs; the resulting consequences can be especially punitive. Despite calls for reform, current state and federal drug laws remain harsh and prosecutors may seek to make an example of even first-time and low-level offenders and push for the maximum sentence and penalties.
When it comes to protecting the personal rights and freedoms of individuals in the United States, the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is one of our most important legal protections. Under the Fourth Amendment, individuals are "to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures" from the government.
In recent months, there has been much anger and debate in the U.S. about the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. The African-American teenager’s death stemmed from a confrontation with a police officer who some contend used excessive force.
Marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, heroine and ecstasy are all considered illegal or illicit drugs. State and federal drug laws often carry stiff penalties for individuals found in possession of these types of illegal drugs or in possession of paraphernalia or other chemicals or materials believed to be associated with the cultivation, manufacturing, sale or distribution of these types of drugs.