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Supreme Court to Address Due Process in Civil Asset Forfeiture Cases

 Posted on September 27, 2023 in U.S. Supreme Court

Untitled---2023-09-27T123423.765.jpgCivil asset forfeiture is a practice that is commonly used by law enforcement to confiscate the property of criminal suspects. Police officers and other law enforcement officials at the local, state, and federal levels may seize money, vehicles, or other assets that they believe are connected to criminal activity. This can put people in a difficult position as they attempt to recover their property. In some cases, people who are never charged with crimes or who have not engaged in any criminal activity must wait months or years before their cases can be resolved.

As criminal justice advocates continue to work to address the issue of asset forfeiture, they are seeking to ensure that people’s rights to due process are protected in these cases. The United States Supreme Court is currently considering a case involving civil asset forfeiture, and its decision may determine what rights apply to people in these situations. Regardless of the outcome of this case, those who are looking to recover money or property that has been confiscated by law enforcement can work with an experienced attorney to determine the best ways to recover their assets and protect their rights.

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New Laws May Affect Criminal Cases Involving Sex Trafficking

 Posted on September 19, 2023 in Sex Crime Charges

Untitled---2023-09-19T110124.451.jpgHuman trafficking is an issue that has gained a great deal of attention in recent years. Concerns about the abduction, transportation, and harboring of children, women, or others in order to compel them to participate in the commercial sex trade have led lawmakers to pass new laws addressing sex crimes and crimes against children. A recent change to the laws in California is one example of this trend, and people throughout the United States may face serious penalties if they are accused of engaging in any form of sex trafficking. To ensure that these accusations can be addressed correctly, people in Connecticut can secure representation from an attorney who has experience defending clients against these types of charges.

California’s Changes to Laws Regarding Sex Trafficking

Lawmakers in California have taken steps to address concerns about sex trafficking in response to statistics showing that the state ranks highest in the number of reported human trafficking cases. According to the state’s legislators, buying and selling of people is the fastest-growing criminal industry in the world, and California serves as a large hub for this type of activity. In response to this issue, the state legislature passed a new law that will impose harsher penalties for people convicted of child sex trafficking.

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Connecticut Implements New Jury Selection System

 Posted on September 12, 2023 in Criminal Defense

Untitled---2023-09-12T103124.752.jpgOne of the key principles of the criminal justice system in the United States is the right of a defendant to be tried by a jury of their peers. That is, the decisions about a person’s guilt or innocence should be made by a group of people who represent the demographics of the community where a defendant resides. However, in recent years, some questions have been raised about whether juries in Connecticut criminal cases truly represent a cross-section of the community. In response to these concerns, laws have been passed that have put new rules in place that will affect juror summons in the state. For defendants who are facing criminal charges, an attorney can provide guidance on how these rules may affect them, and they can work with the defendant to develop a successful defense strategy.

State v. Holmes and the Jury Selection Task Force

Changes to Connecticut’s jury selection process were instigated following a ruling by the Connecticut Supreme Court in 2019. In the case of State v. Holmes, the defendant had appealed a conviction on charges of murder, home invasion, and criminal possession of a firearm based on the claim that the prosecutor had improperly excused a juror based on their race. The defendant was African-American, and he claimed that the juror in question was excused because he was also Black. The prosecutor challenged these claims, stating that the juror was excused because he had stated that he had a distrust of law enforcement.

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Supreme Court Decision May Affect Stalking Charges

 Posted on September 08, 2023 in Criminal Defense

Untitled---2023-09-08T143109.455.jpgThe U.S. Supreme Court regularly reviews high-profile cases, providing interpretations of various laws and issuing decisions that may affect criminal cases and other legal matters. In some cases, the Supreme Court’s rulings may lead to reinterpretations of state statutes, and this may affect the types of charges people may face and the penalties that may be imposed upon conviction. In one recent case, the Supreme Court issued a ruling that may affect charges related to stalking. Those who have been accused of this offense can work with an attorney to determine how changes in the laws may play a role in their defense.

Counterman v. Colorado Addresses Threatening Messages

In the case of Counterman v. Colorado, the Supreme Court reviewed the conviction of a man who was accused of stalking a local musician. Over six years, he sent her thousands of messages through social media, including some messages that appeared to be threatening, such as stating that he wanted her to die. After learning that the man had previously been arrested for making threats of violence against women, the musician contacted the police, and the man was arrested and eventually convicted of stalking.

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Supreme Court Ruling May Require Innocent People to Stay in Prison

 Posted on August 29, 2023 in U.S. Supreme Court

Untitled---2023-08-29T091740.667.jpgOver the past few years, the United States Supreme Court has issued a number of controversial decisions. Its rulings on issues such as abortion, affirmative action, and student loan forgiveness have been discussed and debated by many. However, the court has made some other significant rulings that have received less attention, including in one case that addressed whether people who have been convicted of federal crimes can seek relief and demonstrate their innocence. This ruling is likely to affect many criminal cases, and federal prisoners may need to work with an attorney to determine how they may be able to proceed as they fight against wrongful convictions or unjust sentences.

Jones v. Hendrix and Habeas Corpus Petitions

In the case of Jones v. Hendrix, the Supreme Court reviewed a case in which a man had been sentenced to 27 years in prison for violating federal laws prohibiting convicted felons from possessing firearms. In 2019, the Supreme Court ruled that in these cases, prosecutors must prove that a defendant knew that they were illegally in possession of a firearm. Since prosecutors had not established that fact in this case, the defendant should have been able to challenge his conviction.

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Falsification of Traffic Tickets by Connecticut State Police May Affect Racial Profiling

 Posted on August 23, 2023 in False Allegations

Untitled---2023-08-23T103033.168.jpgTo address ongoing concerns about racial profiling and other forms of police misconduct, the state of Connecticut requires police officers to report their activities and provide detailed information about citations and arrests. However, some recent findings by state auditors have uncovered a troubling trend in which police officers have falsified information for their own gain, leading to skewed data that may hide misconduct. While these findings were related to traffic tickets, the actions taken by police officers are likely to affect a wide variety of criminal cases.

Auditors Uncover Thousands of Falsified Traffic Tickets

In 2018, the Connecticut State Police discovered that four troopers had falsified information about hundreds of traffic tickets. They had entered information about these fake tickets in police databases in order to make it look as if they were more productive and to gain favors from their superiors. In response to these findings, the state conducted an audit of traffic ticket and racial profiling databases detailing information about tickets issued between 2014 and 2021. It found a troubling trend in which tens of thousands of tickets were likely falsified during this time.

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Massachusetts Court Rulings Lead to Reconsideration of Thousands of Criminal Cases

 Posted on August 15, 2023 in Criminal Law

Untitled---2023-08-15T111355.059.jpgIn the United States, many people have lost faith in the criminal justice system. Defendants face a number of obstacles as they respond to criminal charges against them, and they are often treated unfairly as prosecutors use inappropriate tactics to secure convictions. Police officers may also engage in illegal or unethical practices to obtain evidence or secure confessions, which can lead to wrongful convictions. Due to systemic biases, minorities are especially likely to be affected by these issues, and this has led to disproportionate arrest and conviction rates for these defendants.

Fortunately, progress is being made by criminal justice advocates who fight against unfair and illegal practices by law enforcement officials, prosecutors, and others who play a role in criminal cases. In recent years, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has issued decisions that have allowed for the reconsideration of many criminal convictions. This shows that it is possible to fight unfairness in the justice system and ensure that the rights of defendants can be upheld.

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New DNA Collection Methods May Play a Role in Criminal Cases

 Posted on August 08, 2023 in Criminal Defense

DNA evidence

As modern technology continues to improve, more methods are becoming available to law enforcement officials who investigate and prosecute crimes. In many cases, DNA evidence plays a significant role in identifying suspects, linking them to criminal activity, and prosecuting them for criminal offenses. However, the practices followed by law enforcement when collecting and using DNA samples have raised some concerns about privacy and the potential false identification of suspects. Some new technological developments may allow for more types of DNA to be collected, and this could potentially affect criminal investigations and prosecutions.

Environmental DNA and Forensic Investigations

Scientific researchers regularly collect DNA from the environment and analyze it for a variety of purposes. As DNA sequencing technology becomes more powerful, it is now easy for scientists to quickly analyze DNA samples to determine their origin. Scientists have found that human DNA is often found in the environment, and it could even potentially be used to identify individual people.

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Can Scammers Impersonate Law Enforcement to Commit Fraud?

 Posted on July 31, 2023 in Fraud

b2ap3_thumbnail_Untitled-80.jpgToday, people are more tech-savvy than ever before. Most people use computers, smartphones, and other devices throughout their daily lives, and they communicate with others through phone calls, email, text messages, social media, and other methods. Unfortunately, this has opened people up to the possibility of being targeted by scammers. A recent trend that has affected many people involves “imposter scams” in which scammers claim that they are law enforcement officials in order to convince people to pay them money. This type of white collar crime can result in significant financial losses, and several government agencies have warned people to be on the lookout for potential scams.

Understanding Imposter Scams

Many scams involve a person claiming to be someone else, such as a police officer or government official. As scammers target vulnerable people, they will often prey on their fears and their trust of authority figures in order to convince them to turn over money. For example, a scammer may call someone over the phone claiming to be a police officer, an FBI agent, or a U.S. Marshall, and they may state that the person is being investigated for offenses such as drug crimes. They may then attempt to get the person to transfer money to them to pay fines, ensure that their property will not be seized, or prevent their bank accounts from being frozen.

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Problems Faced by People With Mental Illnesses During Criminal Cases

 Posted on July 24, 2023 in Criminal Defense

b2ap3_thumbnail_Untitled-59.jpgMental health is an ongoing concern for many people in the United States. While some people with mental illnesses are able to receive treatment, manage their symptoms, and live productive, fulfilling lives, others may struggle to do so. People with a lack of resources, such as those who do not have health insurance or support from family members, are more likely to struggle with the effects of mental illnesses such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, and they may engage in illegal activities. 

Unfortunately, when people with mental illnesses become involved in the criminal justice system, they often struggle to receive the proper treatment. The lack of resources available in prisons often causes a person’s condition to become worse, making them more likely to commit additional offenses. This can lead to a vicious cycle in which a person will face longer periods of incarceration and more severe symptoms, making it difficult or impossible to reintegrate into society and ensure that they can receive the proper treatment.

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