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September 2015 Archives

States seeking to charge drug dealers in drug overdose deaths

A person who is addicted to drugs has a chance to overcome that disease. However, some leaders are trying to address the problem at the source by charging those who deal drugs. California residents may be interested to know that many states have laws that hold drug dealers criminally responsible if a drug user who purchased the drug from the dealer has a fatal overdose.

Man charged for 2 felonies after skipping DUI checkpoint

A man who drove past a DUI checkpoint in California without stopping on July 26 was accused of driving drunk. Following the incident, the man was charged for two felony counts of resisting arrest and evading police along with the misdemeanor traffic offenses of driving on a suspended license and DUI. He was freed from custody on $5,000 bail before pleading not guilty to his charges on Sept. 18.

The role of plea bargains in criminal cases

When people are facing criminal charges in California, the likelihood of their cases going all the way through trial is minimal. Most cases that are charged end up being resolved through a process called plea bargaining. In a plea bargain, a prosecutor offers to let the person plead guilty to a lesser offense or to dismiss some of the charges, limiting the defendant's exposure to lengthy sentences.

Overview of indecent exposure laws

People in California could be charged with indecent exposure if they expose their genitals in public. To convict someone of indecent exposure, the prosecution must be able to prove that the defendant's actions were willful and meant to be lewd or obscene. Accidentally exposing one's genitals is not considered a sex crime because it is not intentional.

Brothers receive $750K apiece in wrongful conviction case

A wrongful conviction in California courts can cause a great deal of difficulty for defendants and their loved ones. This was the case for a pair of brothers in North Carolina, who spent decades in prison for the rape and murder of an 11-year old girl in 1983. Although the state has paid each of the men $750,000 to compensate them for their wrongful conviction, family members express frustration and anger over the harm done to their family and to the men through the years.

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