What is the Castle Doctrine and How Does it Affect Your Personal Safety?

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We think you may find this article helpful… By Karl de la Guerra, PPS, CLSS A law commonly known as the Castle Doctrine was recently revised in the State of North Carolina.  Because of that, many people are not aware of the new provision within this law.  I recently learned of its relative obscurity, while instructing a personal defense class …

Drug Overdose Immunity and Good Samaritan Laws

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We think you may find this article helpful… By National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Drug overdose death rates have continued to rise, according to the Centers for Disease Control. More than 52,000Americans died of a drug overdose in 2015, the majority caused by opioids. Since 2010, 30 states have experienced increases in opioid deaths and the increase in deaths from 2014 …

The Difference Between a Preliminary Hearing and a Trial

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We think you may find this article helpful… By Paul Bergman, UCLA Law School Professor Preliminary hearings differ from trials in many important respects: Preliminary hearings are much shorter than trials. A typical prelim may take from a half hour to two hours, and some prelims only last a few minutes. Preliminary hearings are conducted in front of a judge alone, …

Beyond a Reasonable Doubt: Why It Matters in Criminal Law

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We think you may find this article helpful… By Christi Hayes    The presumption of innocence is one of the foundations of the administration of criminal law in the United States, England, and other countries that follow a common law tradition. The only way to overcome this presumption of innocence in a criminal trial is for the prosecution to prove …

Intention to Steal

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We think you may find this article helpful… by HG.org Defending a Shoplifting CaseIf criminal charges are filed, individuals should take steps to protect their rights and force the prosecution to prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt. While only an attorney can perform a complete review of the case and find all of the weaknesses in the prosecution’s case, …

What is Terrorism?

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We think you may find this article helpful… By Terrorism Research Organization Terrorism is not new and even though it has been used since the early times of recorded history, it can be relatively hard to define terrorism. Terrorism has been described variously as both a tactic and strategy; a crime and a holy duty; a justified reaction to oppression …

The Truth About the FBI’s New Facial Recognition Technology

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We think you may find this article helpful… By Bill Umansky  The FBI quietly created a facial recognition technology which allows police and law enforcement to recognize individuals within the US without their knowledge. Now lawmakers want to know why they did it and why didn’t we know about it. Politicians and citizens have expressed a deep mistrust in the …

Parents Don’t Turn Children Into Criminals

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We think you may find this article helpful… by Stanton Samehow For decades, mental health professionals have dissected the lives of mass shooters and serial killers trying to determine what “went wrong” during their upbringing  Invariably, the role of the perpetrator’s parents is scrutinized while trying to identify causes.  The assumption seems to be that mothers and fathers were at …

Types of White Collar Crimes

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We think you may find this article helpful… by CKFraud.org TYPES OF WHITE COLLAR CRIME Bank Fraud:   To engage in an act or pattern of activity where the purpose is to defraud a bank of funds. Blackmail:   A demand for money or other consideration under threat to do bodily harm, to injure property, to accuse of a crime, …