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Coral Gables, Weston, Dayton Beach, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 5, 2016 – Police departments are increasingly using computer software to instantly assess a suspect’s perceived “threat score.” The Washington Post reported on the Fresno Police Department’s use of several cutting-edge technologies to fight crime. Among the most controversial is new software called Beware. As police respond to calls, Beware searches public data for the names of residents of the address in question. The program scours arrest reports, commercial databases and social media postings, then scores the individual or address on a color-coded threat scale: red, yellow or green. Criminal […]


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St. Peters, MO, (Law Firm Newswire) January 22, 2016 – A proposed Missouri bill could decrease the amount of time a person convicted of a crime would have to wait before their record becomes eligible for expungement. Expungement refers to the process of wiping a criminal conviction from an individual’s record. Missouri Senator Bob Dixon, R-Springfield, made the announcement during a press conference on December 15. The bill has been filed for the 2016 session with an aim to allow people to have certain nonviolent criminal convictions cleared from their records. “Reducing expungement wait times will allow people opportunities for […]


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Charlotte, NC (Law Firm Newswire) January 06, 2016 – The law firm of Rawls, Scheer, Foster & Mingo, has launched a brand new website to better display the experience and knowledge base of the firm. The partners emphasize expert and caring representation. Rawls, Scheer, Foster & Mingo, attorneys at law, are pleased to announce the launch of the firm’s new website. With a history in the Charlotte area, North Carolina, and nationally, the practice has more than thirty years of experience, providing representation in the practice areas of wrongful death, personal injury, criminal defense, civil litigation, whistleblower and ABC Law. […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 24, 2015 – A disturbing new trend in distracted driving has been identified in Michigan. Deputies in the Polktown Township, Michigan, area say they have been responding to accidents caused by people getting high on computer cleaning products. The trend involves inhaling Duster, otherwise referred to as Canned Air Duster or Compressed Air Duster. The most recent incident involved a 20-year-old local man inhaling Duster while driving, losing control of his car and slamming into power poles. “What does Duster do to someone who inhales it?” said, Bobby Lee, a personal injury attorney with […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 17, 2015 – Texas still appears to lead the pack when it comes to drunk driving statistics, deaths and injuries. It is the No. 1 state for drunk driving fatalities, with over 1,300 in 2014. Texas has consistently had the highest number of drunk driving deaths and crash injuries. It is not a distinction anyone likes to boast about. According to Leslie Watson, with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), one way to reduce the high number of crashes and death is to use sobriety checkpoints. “Forty-two states use sobriety checkpoints to help keep drunk […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) December 8, 2015 – Adviatech, the parent company of law firm marketing brands SEO | Law Firm and Custom Legal Marketing (CLM), has merged their two core brands together to create CLM Grow. When Adviatech launched SEO | Law Firm in 2007, it quickly became the flagship brand of the online marketing company. In 2013, the company created Custom Legal Marketing as a spinoff of SEO | Law Firm’s Large Firm Marketing service. As the attorney website design and law firm marketing processes have evolved, the lines have blurred between the two services. SEO […]


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St. Peters, MO, (Law Firm Newswire) November 17, 2015 – The FBI will begin collecting and making public more information about police shootings involving civilians, according to FBI Director James Comey. The agency released its annual data on crime in the United States on Sept. 28. Once the FBI gathers the data, it will release a special report on police use of force in the line of duty, which has been the subject of public debate. According to Comey, the publication will “outline facts about what happened, who was involved, the nature of injuries or deaths, and the circumstances behind […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) November 10, 2015 – Peter Brill is an attorney licensed to practice in New York State who focuses on criminal defense and disciplinary hearings. He recently became a certified member of the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA), a prestigious membership limited to attorneys who have demonstrated the special knowledge, skills and proficiency necessary to be referred to as a “Board Certified Advocate.” After almost two years of fulfilling rigorous requirements to achieve NBTA certification, Mr. Brill is now one of only two lawyers in New York State to be NBTA certified in Criminal […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 26, 2015 – Entrapment is an affirmative criminal defense utilized in a situation where law enforcement induced someone to commit a crime that he or she would not have otherwise committed. An affirmative defense means the defendant must prove entrapment. When entrapment is used as a defense in a criminal case, it assumes that an ordinary citizen would have resisted the temptation to commit a specific crime but for having been provided with some incentive by police. In a number of U.S. jurisdictions, entrapment may be used as a defense against criminal liability. The […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 23, 2015 – What was once a trusted relationship between plaintiff Gale Corbett Hutchinson Jr. and a Farmer’s Insurance Agent, Fred Worthey Insurance Agency in Tarrant County, Texas, deteriorated into a miasma of racially offensive epithets, harassment and retaliation. Hutchinson blew the whistle on what he perceived to be an insurance fraud scam and attempts by Fred Worthey’s son, Justin Worthey to involve Hutchinson in a complex identity theft scheme beginning with the parents of Justin Worthey, Fred and Brenda Worthey of Mansfield, Texas and owners of the Fred Worthey Insurance Agency (WIA). The […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 19, 2015 – A crime may be committed in self-defense. But what is the definition of self-defense? The right of self-defense is the right of an individual to use reasonable physical force in order to defend their own life or the lives of others. In certain situations, this includes the use of deadly force. When someone uses the defense of self-defense in court, it is often used for serious crimes when the person has inflicted harm upon another (assault and battery, homicide), but their actions were justified due to the need to protect themselves […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) October 2, 2015 – At the Folsom Street Fair on September 27th, 2015 KinkBNB LLC is publicly launching a campaign to decriminalize sex work and support currently legal sex workers. Coming on the heels of an extremely successful launch in May, the multinational company decided to clarify its position on sex work and to incorporate support for legal sex work into the website’s future offerings. Starting in November, improvements to the website enhance the experience for guests and hosts by making it more customizable. At the host’s option, listings will be available for hourly […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 15, 2015 – Can sexually dangerous inmates be held past their release date? Yes, they may be held indefinitely despite the end of a completed prison sentence. The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act, passed by President Bush in 2006, gave the government authority to hold sexually dangerous federal prisoners for an indefinite period of time. In United States v. Graydon Earl Comstock (https://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/pdf/08-1224P.ZO), Comstock examined whether or not the federal government had the power to hold inmates indefinitely or if it had gone beyond the powers granted by the Constitution. The U.S. […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 8, 2015 – Crack cocaine users handed a greater than the mandatory minimum sentence had their jail term(s) reduced after a revision of the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 (FSA). The public hearing that triggered the major revision of the FSA was held by the United States Sentencing Commission in 2011. The mere suggestion that hundreds, if not thousands, of inmates could possibly have their drug related sentences reduced triggered an avalanche of correspondences asking that the proposed new rules be applied. The Act’s revision met with very little opposition and managed to pass […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 28, 2015 – Overdosing on legitimate prescriptions or pill mill doctor prescriptions such as oxycodone, hydrocodone and oxymorphone now account for the single largest cause of accidental death in the U.S. Once only prescribed for the terminally ill, opiods have become an everyday tool for pain management. “Statistics from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) reveal that more Americans die from prescription drug overdoses for painkillers than from other street drugs, such as heroine or cocaine,” said noted Lakeland criminal defense attorney, Thomas Grajek. In fact, the CDC statistics also show that […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 21, 2015 – Is a judge allowed to change a sentence after one has been imposed, while the offender is in jail serving time? “The short answer in that scenario is, more often than not, no, because this situation is called double jeopardy. It would be wrong on a number of levels,” said Thomas Grajek, a Lakeland, Florida, criminal defense attorney. “No officer of the court, such as a judge, can on their own, without holding a hearing including all relevant parties, re-sentence someone after they have already been sentenced.” It is one thing […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 22, 2015 – Criminal charges are not processed through just any court. To try a case, the court must have personal jurisdiction, subject matter jurisdiction and the power to try an accused for breaking the law. Jurisdiction equates to the word “power.” A jurisdictional issue over a legal matter has three components: · The question of whether there is jurisdiction to hand down a judgement sought · The question of whether there is jurisdiction over the matter in question · The question of whether or not there is jurisdiction over the individual charged It […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 17, 2015 – Can the mistakes of the past be erased or expunged? Yes, provided it is done with the assistance of a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney, as the process is complicated and subject to a multitude of rules and regulations and timelines. What may seem like a childlike prank may turn into something far more serious if the criminal justice system becomes involved. Once a young offender has a record, that record may follow him or her for the rest of their life, unless the record is sealed or expunged/expunction. Sealing effectively conceals […]


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St. Peters, MO, (Law Firm Newswire) July 10, 2015 – Attorney general’s findings show greater disparity in 2014 than 2013 and largest in 15 years. On June 1, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster’s office released its annual report, and its most prominent finding was the fact that in 2014 black motorists were 75 percent more likely than whites to be stopped by police. That figure is not only an increase from the previous year but also the highest since the state began recording such data in 2000, when the statistical disparity came in at 31 percent. Koster’s office cautioned that […]


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Eugene, OR (Law Firm Newswire) July 6, 2015 – The Register Guard‘s readers voted Arnold Law Eugene, Oregon’s best law firm. The Register-Guard newspaper is read by 66 percent of all adults in Lane County, either in print or online. With Lane County with a population of over 356,000 and over 1000 lawyers, the competition among law firms is strong. By Eugene standards, Arnold Law is a “medium-sized” law firm of nine lawyers. It would be a small firm by Portland standards. But having only existed since 2002, Arnold Law is proud of its Oregon lawyers’ rise in prominence. In […]


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