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What Are My Rights if I Am Accused of a Crime? - When you are arrested, it is because the police have reason to believe that you have committed a crime. But, police officers are human and just as likely to make mistakes as anyone else. When you are accused of a crime, being aware of the rights granted to every criminal defendant by the United States… Read More

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When Can The Police Search Me Without A Warrant? - The Fourth Amendment to the constitution states, The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized. This basically means that police need to obtain a warrant before they can legally search your body, home or personal effects. Despite this, the Supreme Court has carved out several exceptions that allow officers (in certain situations) to conduct a search of a person’s place or items without first acquiring a warrant. Warrantless Searches The main premise behind allowing warrantless searches is that there may be an emergency or potentially emergency that does not offer an officer time to wait for a warrant. Instances such as these, where the police can conduct a search of your person, place and personal effe

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NTSB Urges States to Lower Blood Alcohol Standard for DUI Laws - Since being created in 1967, originally as part of the Department of Transportation (since 1975, it’s been a five-member independent agency), the National Traffic Safety Board (NTSB) has performed many useful functions. First and foremost, it investigates major accidents involving the nation’s roads, rails, airways, waterways, and pipelines. The agency also conducts studies on safety issues and recommends ways to improve safety in various transportation modes. But every so often, the NTSB veers a little off-track, and issues a recommendation that generates more controversy than consensus. A prime recent example is the agency’s periodic campaign to persuade states to lower the legal threshold for alcohol-impaired driving. Starting in 2013, the NTSB has been urging states to lower the current 0.08% blood alcohol concentration (BAC) definition of driving under the influence (DUI) down to 0.05%. The most recent instance came this January, in the NTSB’s annual “most-wanted list

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The Difference Between a Criminal Case and a Civil Case - Criminal cases and civil cases are the two main types of law cases you hear about in your day-to-day lives. You hear them talked about on television, on the radio, and you read about them in print media. But if you are like most people, you probably don t have a firm grasp on the difference between the two. Here is a brief explanation. Criminal Cases vs. Civil Cases Criminal law and civil law are very distinct areas of law, each with its own rules and procedures. For this reason, there are some major differences between criminal cases and civil cases. The 3 most distinct ways in which criminal cases and civil case differ are in: The objective of the case, How the case is initiated, and The outcome if you lose the case. The Objective of the Case The objective of a criminal case is to punish a person for committing an act which is against the law. For example, if who are caught stealing, selling drugs or driving under the influence of alcohol you may be tried in a criminal case where yo

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The Difference Between a Criminal Case and a Civil Case - Criminal cases and civil cases are the two main types of law cases you hear about in your day-to-day lives. You hear them talked about on television, on the radio, and you read about them in print media. But if you are like most people, you probably don t have a firm grasp on the difference between the two. Here is a brief explanation. Criminal Cases vs. Civil Cases Criminal law and civil law are very distinct areas of law, each with its own rules and procedures. For this reason, there are some major differences between criminal cases and civil cases. The 3 most distinct ways in which criminal cases and civil case differ are in: The objective of the case, How the case is initiated, and The outcome if you lose the case. The Objective of the Case The objective of a criminal case is to punish a person for committing an act which is against the law. For example, if who are caught stealing, selling drugs or driving under the influence of alcohol you may be tried in a criminal case where yo

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Illinois Sees More Than 200 New Laws Take Effect in 2016 - As of January 1, 2016, a total of 237 new laws hit the books thanks to the combined efforts of Illinois lawmakers and Gov. Bruce Rauner. The new laws address a number of subjects that have made headlines in the past year like use of force by police, synthetic drugs, and medical marijuana. Many different interests can be seen in the diversity of these more than 200 news laws that run the gamut from designating the pumpkin pie as the state’s official pie and banning the sale of powdered alcohol and caffeine. Some other notable changes include a $5 increase in all traffic fines to help offset the costs of equipment and training programs for law enforcement and the ability of nursing home residents to set up surveillance equipment in their rooms to monitor their daily care and treatment. While the new laws may seem like a potpourri of sorts, the ones addressing crime and law enforcement specifically emphasize accountability within the criminal justice system. New Law Enforcement Laws No

What is the difference between a civil and criminal case? Find out here: http://www.piolettilaw.com/difference-between-criminal-case-civil-case/

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The Difference Between a Criminal Case and a Civil Case - Criminal cases and civil cases are the two main types of law cases you hear about in your day-to-day lives. You hear them talked about on television, on the radio, and you read about them in print media. But if you are like most people, you probably don t have a firm grasp on the difference between the two. Here is a brief explanation. Criminal Cases vs. Civil Cases Criminal law and civil law are very distinct areas of law, each with its own rules and procedures. For this reason, there are some major differences between criminal cases and civil cases. The 3 most distinct ways in which criminal cases and civil case differ are in: 1. The objective of the case, 2. How the case is initiated, and 3. The outcome if you lose the case. The Objective of the Case The objective of a criminal case is to punish a person for committing an act which is against the law. For example, if who are caught stealing, selling drugs or driving under the influence of alcohol you may be tried in a criminal case

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Mortgage Reaffirmation Agreements in Chapter 7 - Another change that occurred in bankruptcy law with the enactment of the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 (BAPCPA) was the use of reaffirmation agreements. This is another item that creditors lobbied for heavily because reaffirmation agreements benefit creditors far more than they benefit debtors. A debtor should never enter a reaffirmation agreement without first discussing the pros and cons with the debtor’s attorney, especially a mortgage reaffirmation agreement in a Chapter 7 case.
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