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January 2019 Archives

The penalties of an OWI in Indiana

Many people, especially some college students, don't realize how serious an OWI charge is. They shrug it off as a night spent in the drunk tank. Maybe you get stuck with a ticket. It's nothing that won't blow over in a couple weeks, right? They could not be more wrong.

Some DAs use blacklist for lying cops

Statements from law enforcement usually carry a lot of weight in a court room or during pretrial negotiations. These officers’ jobs are to protect and serve as well as relay the details of a case in a way that is factual and unbiased. This, however, is not always the case. Sometimes law enforcement is guilty of lying under oath, abuse of power or corruption.

Federal government changes definition of domestic violence

The Department of Justice's Office on Violence Against Women quietly made important changes in 2018 to how it defines domestic violence. As the Education Secretary Betsy DeVos sought to refine sexual misconduct on college campuses to bolster the rights of the accused, these changes at the DOJ roll back Obama-era guidelines that decidedly favored the prosecution.

DUI myths and the next-morning arrest

It's time to bust some DUI myths. Every year, college students get arrested for drinking and driving when they think they did what it takes to avoid legal charges. The problem is that they bought into myths, not reality, and they made critical mistakes.

Vermont Supreme Court rules against profiling

In a case that could have national implications, the Vermont Supreme Court recently ruled on police overreach. The case of Zullo v. Vermont involved a 2014 traffic stop where a young black man was pulled over while driving home from work by a state trooper. Various news reports say the officer pulled the man over for having an obstructed license plate tab. When speaking to the driver, the officer detected a faint odor of marijuana (which was decriminalized at the time) and noticed a bottle if Visine.

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