Intention to Steal

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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, defendants should always consider the issue of intent. …

What is Terrorism?

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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 and an inexcusable abomination. Obviously, a lot depends …

The Truth About the FBI’s New Facial Recognition Technology

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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 FBI’s ability to protect the privacy of Americans …

Parents Don’t Turn Children Into Criminals

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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 fault, i.e. that if you are the parent …

Types of White Collar Crimes

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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, or to expose secrets. Bribery:   When money, …

Habeas Corpus in the Age of Terrorism

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by Jonathan Shaw HABEAS CORPUS IS AN ANCIENT REMEDY whose original purpose was to contest detention by the king. The origins of the writ, or “written order” (its Latin name means, loosely, “produce the body”), can be traced to thirteenth-century England. On June 15, 1215, at Runnymede, in a meadow beside the Thames west of London, the English barons who had …

Common Questions Regarding Search & Seizure

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by FindLaw Illegal Search and Seizure FAQs Whenever law enforcement is engaging in a search and seizure, there are a number of rules, and exceptions, that apply. These rules are derived directly from the U.S. Constitution, specifically the Fourth Amendment, as well as court opinions. Because of the broad range of rules that can apply to searches and seizures, a number …

Youth in the Justice System

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by JLC For over a century, states have believed that the juvenile justice system was a vehicle to protect the public by providing a system that responds to children who are maturing into adulthood. States recognize that children who commit crimes are different from adults: as a class, they are less blameworthy, and they have a greater capacity for change. …

What is an indictment?

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by Staff of FreeAdvice An indictment is a formal accusation against an individual suspected of committing a crime. Indictments are generally only obtained for felony charges. An indictment is used as an alternative to a complaint in a trial court. A complaint is also an accusation against an individual, but the individual generally must have been arrested as a result …

Getting a Criminal Record Expunged

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by Attorneys.com What Is Expungement of a Criminal Record? Expungement refers to a legal process that destroys your criminal record as though it never happened, although in some cases a copy of the record may remain available to judicial and law enforcement officials for potential use in future court cases. In some states the terms sealing and expungement are used interchangeably, but …