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What Is Drug Trafficking?

Drug trafficking refers to the illegal sale, transportation, or distribution of controlled substances. The amount of drugs trafficked — or the nature of the drugs — may either increase or decrease the severity of the charge. However, the point remains: if you are...

Understanding Drug Possession Charges

Henrico Bail BondingUnderstanding Drug Possession ChargesDrug possession can mean many different things. Under federal law, drug possession may apply to various circumstances, such as when someone has small amounts of drugs: On their personOn the property they...

What Happens If I Am Arrested?

Arrests can happen in different ways. Police officers may already have an arrest warrant and be looking for you. Without a warrant, they need probable cause to suspect you, such as smelling alcohol on your breath while you're driving, or see you commit a crime, such...

How to Locate an Inmate

If someone close to you has gone to prison, keeping in touch can be a challenge. Inmates are often transferred away from their original facility, and each prison has slightly different rules regarding how and when its inmates can be contacted. This article provides...

Bail and Bonds

Bail, and bail bond, is an amount of money given to a court as a form of collateral to ensure that a defendant appears in court for their trial (or fulfills some other court-order duty). When a person "posts bail," that money secures their release from jail. This...

Criminal Defense Strategies

A criminal defense strategy for your criminal prosecution will emerge as your criminal defense attorney finds out more about what the prosecutor plans to do in your case. If a prosecutor lays out a story that has the defendant at the scene of the crime, the defense...

Miranda Warnings and Police Questioning

Through pop culture, TV and movies, most Americans know that in some cases the police are obligated to "read you your rights." Most of us can recall at least the beginning of a typical Miranda warning as easily as recalling the pledge of allegiance. What most...

Invoking the Right to Remain Silent

In general, Miranda rights include two basic rights: the right to remain silent and the right to have an attorney present during interrogation. As with the right to an attorney, to gain the full protection of the right to silence, a suspect must unequivocally invoke...

Miranda v. Arizona and the Fifth Amendment

The cases before us raise questions which go to the roots of our concepts of American criminal jurisprudence: the restraints society must observe consistent with the Federal Constitution in prosecuting individuals for crime. To outsiders of the legal profession, the...

Fifth Amendment Miranda Rights

Why Is It Called Miranda Rights?The term “Miranda Rights” comes from a historic 1966 U.S. Supreme Court case called Miranda v. Arizona. The court held that if the police want to question (interrogate) a person in police custody, they must tell them of the Fifth...

Waiving Miranda Rights

Any person who's taken into police custody must be told that they have a Fifth Amendment right to not make self-incriminating statements and they have a right to an attorney. This rule is a result of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Miranda v. Arizona, which is...

FAQs: Police Interrogations

We have all seen television programs that show police interrogating someone, but is that fact or fiction? What do the police actually do during an interrogation? Do I have to talk to the police? What rights do I have during an interrogation. Read on for answers to...

Common Criminal Law Questions

If you've been accused of a serious crime, your chances of success may depend on your lawyer's ability to effectively navigate through the criminal justice system. The following is an overview of that system, along with answers to some of the most frequently asked...

Is Cannabis Oil Legal?

Although cultures around the world have used cannabis for centuries, Americans are just now beginning to understand what cannabis and the chemical compounds in it do to the human body. Cannabidiol (CBD) oil, in particular, has become wildly popular for its alleged...

States That Have Stand Your Ground Laws

There are laws throughout the U.S. that allow people to defend themselves when threatened, but the latitude that they have to do so varies from state to state. Many states have enacted so-called stand your ground laws that remove any duty to retreat before using force...

Expungement: Getting Legal Help

Where and when it's available, expungement of an arrest or conviction can be a valuable tool for anyone who wants to clear up their criminal record. But determining eligibility for expungement and completing the required steps in the process can be complicated. An...

Expungement Is Not Always an Option

Expungement (also called expunction) is the process in which an individual can clear a conviction off of their criminal record. It is important to remember, however, that expungement of an arrest or a criminal conviction is not an option in all states and counties...