Criminal defence law blogs & blawgs

Guest criminal law blogs and blawgs from criminal defence lawyers, solicitors and legal professionals.

What Fraud Victims Should Know About a Fraudster’s Obligation to Account

by icpc May 18, 2016 Finance

Victims of fraud often ask us whether a fraudster can be ordered by a Canadian Court to account for what the fraudster did with their money so that they may attempt to recover it from those who received it. Other times, victims of fraud just want an explanation. Last week an Ontario Court released its […]

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Legal Murder? The Oddity of the Yellowstone Zone of Death

by burkejaskot March 29, 2016 Criminal Law

Yellowstone National Park is a beautiful nature preserve that is protected by the government to maintain the wilderness.  The park actually spans four states: Utah, Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho.  Unfortunately, the jurisdiction of the park is murky and difficult to parse out for the legal matters that arise in the park.  When four states are […]

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What Fraud Victims Should Know About Class and Group Actions

by icpc March 4, 2016 Business Law

Victims of fraud often ask us whether they should proceed by way of their own private action, a group action or a class action. The issue often comes down to a question of economics (both for the fraud victims and the law firm being asked to represent them) and litigation strategy. This blog post provides […]

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What Fraud Victims Should Know About Recovery Through Securities Regulators – Problems with Relying on OSC Disgorgement Orders

by icpc November 26, 2015 Finance

On October 26, 2015, the Canadian Foundation for Advancement of Investor Rights (FAIR Canada) held an “Investment Recovery Conference” with the Osgoode Hall Law School entitled “Public & Private Securities Enforcement: Improving Recovery for Harmed Investors.” The Conference held panel discussions on such topics as the ”Relationship Between Public Regulatory Enforcement and Private Securities Class […]

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Global Brand Management: Risks and Strategies

by marcus evans October 8, 2015 Company Law

Interview with: Allan Diamond, Managing Partner, Diamond McCarthy LLP “Chief Litigation Officers (CLOs) should not limit themselves to traditional methods of protecting their companies’ brand and should think creatively in terms of implementing a global strategy that will result in keeping their authorized supply channel partners happy, minimizing lost sales/profits, and  potentially obtaining affirmative recoveries for […]

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Polygraphs in the Criminal Justice System

by Allen Browning September 15, 2015 Blawg

In the criminal justice system, the prosecutor is obliged with bringing justice. That means, even though someone comes into his or her office complaining of being wronged, the prosecutor has an obligation to try to determine who is at fault and who is telling the truth about an incident. Sometimes, when an accused in a felony […]

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Getting Confessions: The Reid Interrogation Technique

by Allen Browning August 11, 2015 Blawg

Various methods have been used in police interrogations to elicit a confession. By far the most popular method used for over seventy years is the Reid Technique. This interrogation method assumes guilty suspects can be identified from certain behavioral cues. It is said to be proven as highly effective at getting confessions; however, there has […]

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Road Traffic Accidents caused by Bad Roads

by MichaelLewin September 24, 2014 Road Traffic

With winter rapidly approaching and the temperatures tumbling in the oncoming months, the state of the UK’s roads come into question again. Counsels spend millions of pounds repairing the roads however many of you will know examples of where there is a pot hole which has remained a hazard for quite some time. Between March […]

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How can Non-Violent Abuse Best be Policed?

by ChilternLaw September 23, 2014 Assault

Criminal law has recently started to delve deeper than ever into the realm of personal human relationships. There has been much talk around the prospect of domestic violence, previously prosecuted under more general offences, becoming a crime in its own right. Recently, non-violent emotional and psychological abuse and neglect of children has faced the prospect […]

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Can I be charged with the same crime in 2 different states? (US Law)

by MinickPC September 17, 2014 Criminal Law

Typically, a person is charged with a crime in the state in which they are alleged to have committed the crime. The person then goes through the judicial process in that state to determine whether they are guilty of the crime or not. But what happens when an individual commits a crime that crosses state […]

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Facing Charges: Wrongfully Accused of Sexual Contact with a Minor

by Brett-ly July 7, 2014 Sexual Offences

Any amount of time in prison—especially when you’re innocent—is too much time. Try 18 months. Our client claimed his innocence from Day One, but prosecutors went ahead and charged him with 20 counts of sexual contact with a minor. Icky, right? That’s what most people say about sex cases. But “liberty and justice for all” […]

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Making an Offer They Can’t Refuse: How Prosecutors Are Sending Small Time Offenders to Prison for Years

by Geoffrey Nathan May 20, 2014 Criminal Law

Federal prosecutors often threaten long prison sentences to force drug defendants into waiving their right to a trial and to plead guilty, according to a recent report release by Human Rights Watch. Attorney Nathan of Geoffrey Nathan Law Offices in Boston says, “In the cases where the defendants do go to trial, prosecutors follow through […]

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I Received a Target Letter And It’s Not About Shopping… What Now?

by MayberryLawFirm March 12, 2014 Criminal Law

I can’t imagine very much is more terrifying for someone than receiving a letter from a United States Attorney’s Office letting them know they are under the microscope of the Federal government for suspicion of a crime.  Quite frankly, even as a Federal criminal attorney when I hear of this happening there is an element […]

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Don’t Drive Into Jail Parking Lot When Drunk

by Zelick Glimelstein February 21, 2014 Accident Claims

When you’ve been out drinking all night, make sure you drive into a jail parking lot on your way home. Why? Well, it seems to be the place to go for at least two Florida residents. Law enforcement loves it when people who have had too much to drink, drive their vehicle to the county […]

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Sex Offenders Repeat Crimes in Florida

by Zelick Glimelstein February 6, 2014 Criminal Law

Photo Source-  http://www.unodc.org/southeasterneurope/en/criminal-justice-and-prison-reform/prison-reform.html Florida state legislature certainly has their hands full this year as new laws pertaining to many different criminal offenses make their rounds. One of the most controversial topics is stricter sentencing for sexual predators. Three bills for harsher sentencing received unanimous votes in the senate as of Monday, January 13th. These new […]

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Those Red Lights are Flashing for YOU!

by David Faltz February 6, 2014 Accident Claims

(Road Traffic Law, US/general) Ah, the open road. Is there anything quite like the feeling of freedom you get when you can go anywhere you want? People around the world like to point out how much we Americans love our cars, but we value not so much the cars themselves as the mobility they offer. […]

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Protecting a charity from fraud and deception

by NC Insurance January 27, 2014 Fraud

Unfortunate as it is to admit, charity fundraising is often seized upon by con artists and scammers, recognising this as an opportunity to steal money, using a good cause as a distraction. The Nation Fraud Authority found that in 2013 alone, the charity sector lost £103 million as a result of fraud, both internally (charity […]

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Does Watching Crime Shows Lead to Committing Crimes?

by caterinamaria January 22, 2014 Criminal Law

David Berkowitz (Son of Sam) said his neighbor’s dogs told him to shoot people. Richard Ramirez (Night Stalker) claimed the music of AC/DC made him kill. Mark David Chapman found reason to kill John Lennon in the pages of Catcher in the Rye and John Hinckley, Jr. blamed Jody Foster for his attempted assassination of […]

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The Job Of A Criminal Defense Lawyer: Beyond What Hollywood Shows

by Legal Author January 16, 2014 Criminal Law

For many people, the role of a criminal defense lawyer is the stuff of Hollywood. Shows like Law and Order or CSI and movies like The Devil’s Advocate love to portray defense lawyers as being unscrupulous, able to find loopholes at the last minute to free their client or having a vendetta against the prosecution. […]

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Top 8 Crime Scene Investigation Games for Android

by mariechan January 15, 2014 Criminal Law

Fancy yourself as a detective? Can you piece together clues and leads where others see only mystery? If so, check out this list of the top 8 Crime Scene Investigation games for Android. 1.    CSI Game Where better to start than a game based on the CSI TV shows? Based on seasons 1-5 (and with […]

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New Hampshire House Considers Bill on Legalizing Marijuana This Month

by Justin Shepherd January 14, 2014 Criminal Defence Lawyers

When Will Marijuana Become Legal in New Hampshire? This week the New Hampshire House will consider the bill on whether to legalize up to 1 ounce of marijuana for ages 21 and older for recreational use. Supporters are proposing to tax the drug when sold at a retail rate of $30 per ounce. In addition, […]

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Psychology Expert Witness’s “Affluenza” Defense Allows Wealthy Teen to Avoid Jail Time for Involuntary Murder

by theexpertinstitute January 10, 2014 Criminal Defence Lawyers

“Affluenza.” A term coined by mental health therapist Jessie O’Neill in her 1997 book “The Golden Ghetto: The Psychology of Affluence,” meant virtually nothing to the American public only a week ago. However, recent testimony from a psychology expert witness has made the term the talk of coffee breaks, cocktail parties, and dinnertime debates. Because […]

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Identity Theft in Non-Digital Scenarios

by JRO December 23, 2013 Criminal Law

In this day and age, people are concerned with how they might have their identity stolen online. From Internet scams to email hacking to stolen credit card information, online identity theft is a very prevalent problem in our society. Unfortunately, while online identity theft has boomed, low tech, more traditional forms of identity theft have […]

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Enjailed but need to get out quickly?

by RyanD December 17, 2013 Arrest

Being in jail can cause a variety of problems with one’s mental and physical health and lifestyle, whether he or she is in jail for years or even for just a few days. For one thing, people who are in jail, even for a short amount of time, can find their careers and personal relationships […]

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RECOVERY FROM A FRAUDSTER’S SPOUSE

by icpc December 5, 2013 Fraud

In many cases of fraud, the misappropriated funds are used to fund a fraudster’s lifestyle or transferred into the possession of a third party. This article discusses recovery from a spouse or family member of a fraudster – an issue often raised by fraud victims in their quest for recovery. A leading case on this […]

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