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BP Oil Spill Criminal Liability

Update April 2011: It's been nearly a year since the Deepwater Horizon explosion. Now, the Justice Department reportedly is considering filing criminal charges against companies and individuals... Read more

Criminal Law: Selecting a Good Lawyer

If you have been charged with a crime, you want to retain a lawyer immediately. You will want someone who has expertise in criminal defense because it is a highly specialized area of the law. If y... Read more

What Are Criminal Indictments?

Criminal indictments are the formal papers that are filed with the courts to charge persons with committing crimes. Those accused of are called "defendants" at trial. Think of them as starting points ... Read more

Forfeitures in Criminal Sentencing

When it comes to sentencing or punishing someone who's been convicted of a crime (he's called the "defendant"), forfeitures have become a very popular alternative over the past several years. That's b... Read more

Criminal Sentencing: The Basics

Generally, a criminal prosecution ends when the defendant - the person convicted of committing a crime - receives his punishment. This is often called the "sentencing phase" of a criminal prosecution,... Read more

"Merger" Doctrine and Criminal Sentencing

The Double Jeopardy Clause in the Fifth Amendment to the US Constitution bars someone from being tried, convicted and sentenced for the same crime twice. The "merger" doctrine helps avoid Double Jeopa... Read more

Operating a Small Business and White Collar Crime

The term "white collar crime" broadly refers to any kind of illegal conduct that occurs in a business setting. Examples include theft and tax evasion. Prosecutors have a lot of discretion in deciding ... Read more

White Collar Crime

The term "white collar crime" broadly refers to any type of illegal conduct in a business setting. Examples include: Theft Bribery Extortion Fraud Tax evasion Other acts of c... Read more

Terrorism, Crimes and Security

Terrorism is the use of violence and threats of violence against civilian targets, especially for political, religious or ideological purposes. The goal is intimidation or coercion. While not ... Read more

Local Cops Can't Avoid ICE's "Secure Communities"

One of the big points of contention in the ongoing debate over immigration reform is the role of crime. Some argue undocumented or illegal aliens in the US are responsible for high crime rates in many... Read more

California Statutes of Limitations Help

A statute of limitations places a time limit on when a legal action can be filed regarding negligent or wrongful conduct. Upon expiration of the statute of limitations for a particular civil claim, th... Read more

Alaska Statutes of Limitation

Most civil claims and criminal prosecutions must be filed or charged within certain time limits according to Alaska's statute of limitations laws. some crimes like murder may be prosecuted at any time... Read more

When Your Guests Drink, Then Drive

If you serve alcohol in your home or some other social setting, you may face legal consequences if one of your guests drives and injures someone, or if a guest is under the legal drinking age of 21. S... Read more

How Colorado Statutes of Limitations Work

Colorado, like every other state, has time limits for filing certain legal claims and for prosecuting people for particular crimes. These laws limit the time for bringing lawsuits and most criminal ch... Read more

Parents' Responsibility for Underage Drinking

Some parents think that drinking is simply part of growing up. Other parents believe that if their teenager is going to drink alcohol, it's safer to drink at home. However, that's not the case. Under ... Read more

Entrapment: How Far is Too Far for the Police?

We like our police to be tough on crime and aggressive in investigating it. But we want them to be fair and honest, too. When police cross the line, does anyone win? Even honest cops can be too z... Read more

Raised Voices: The Unborn Victims of Violence Act

The senseless violence of the shooting at the Fort Hood Army Base left people wondering how this tragedy could have happened, not on the battlefields but on the base which is home to many soldiers and... Read more

Legal Consequences of Abuse

Most of the time, our government stays out of our personal relationships. However, when domestic or child abuse is present, there can be serious legal consequences. Know what type of behavior is abusi... Read more

Co-Sleeping Can Mean Danger for Babies and Parents

In May, six-week-old Evan Berney was smothered by his grandmother in Minnesota.  She allegedly rolled onto him while they slept.  In August, two-month-old baby Lailanni Amkha died sleeping wit... Read more

Business Taxation FAQs

What are the tax consequences of buying or selling a business? Inevitably, taxes become a big issue when a business is being bought or sold. From a seller's perspective, any profit realized on the sa... Read more

Bullying on the Cyber Playground

Bullying is nothing new. For generations, children everywhere have faced playground taunts and teasing. In recent years though, the Internet has taken bullying to a whole new level. With the click of ... Read more

Gloria Allred “Dangers of Teen Sexting”

All across the country, teenage boys and girls are using the built in cameras on their cell phones to take nude and semi-nude photos of themselves and sending them to boyfriends/girlfriends, friends, ... Read more

Suspension of Deportation

People subject to deportation before April 1997 may apply for a suspension of deportation by filing Form EOIR-40 under former § 244 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) or Form I-881 for alien... Read more

Wyoming Statutes of Limitations

"Statutes of limitations" are laws that set time limits on how long you have to file a "civil" lawsuit, like a personal injury lawsuit, or how long the state has to prosecute someone for committing a ... Read more

Hearsay Exemptions if Witness is Able to Testify

The following types of statements may be admitted into evidence, even if the declarant is available to testify: Present sense impression. A statement describing or explaining an event or condition ... Read more

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