Accusations related to sex crimes are serious and should be thoroughly investigated. In cases where an individual has been accused of sexual assault or rape it's important to retain a criminal defense attorney who has successfully handled these types of cases and will work to defend an individual's rights and present compelling evidence to dispute the prosecution's claims.
Violence is never a good answer to any problem. In some cases involving domestic situations which end with one or both individuals being arrested and charged with assault, there may be other factors that ought to be examined and taken into account. For individuals who are public figures, allegations and charges related to domestic assault can haunt them for years.
According to the U.S. Courts website, the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects an individual from "unreasonable searches and seizures" to their homes, cars and persons without consent. Upholding the Fourth Amendment is critical to preserving the rights of an individual to privacy and from harassment and unlawful search and seizure by law enforcement.
In Jan. of this year, Colorado passed a measure to legalize the use of marijuana for recreational purposes. Since that time, law enforcement officials around the state have ramped up efforts to identify those drivers who may be driving while high. Much like the public service campaigns waged against drinking and driving, the Colorado Department of Transportation recently kicked off the agency's "Drive-High, Get a DUI" public safety campaign.
No one likes to be accused of doing something they did not do. Imagine, therefore, being accused and ultimately convicted of a crime you did not commit. Now imagine that crime was murder. In 2005, this was the reality for one man in his early twenties who served nearly 10 years of a 40-year sentence before the truth came out and he was released from prison.
Criminal charges related to acts of domestic violence such as domestic assault, harassment and reckless endangerment carry serious penalties for those who are ultimately convicted. In addition to spending potentially months or years behind bars, those convicted of criminal charges related to domestic violence often suffer irreparable harm to their reputations and personal and professional lives.
When attempting to discover potentially incriminating evidence, police officers must follow very strict rules and procedures. This is especially true in cases where drugs or drug paraphernalia was discovered in an individual's car or home. In such cases, questions may be raised as to whether or not police officers followed proper search and seizure procedures. In cases where doubts are raised over how police officers discovered drug-related evidence, criminal charges may be dismissed.