What does Supreme Court ruling mean for federal bribery cases?
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by lbaxtercontentcustoms
2w ago
One of the more controversial decisions the U.S. Supreme Court made in the last days before the justices recessed for the summer involved a former mayor’s bribery case. The 6-3 ruling, however, is likely to affect federal bribery cases across the country. It’s been viewed as weakening federal anti-corruption laws. The case involved the mayor of a small Indiana city who was convicted five years ago and removed from office of offenses including bribery. Prosecutors said that while he was in office, he made sure that a trucking company got $1 million in contracts. In return, he accepted $13,000 f ..read more
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4 considerations in drug possession trials
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by msmithcontentcustoms
1M ago
Drug possession is a serious criminal charge in Mississippi. Being charged with drug possession could cause a defendant to not only spend time in jail and be expected to pay fines but it could also affect their job, housing, voting and education opportunities.  During a drug possession trial, there are several aspects of the case that are considered before determining a sentence. Here is what you should know: 1. The classification of the drug in possession Drugs are classified under schedules by the Controlled Substance Act (CSA). Schedules determine the severity of substances. If a drug ..read more
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Signs of drunk driving officers may look for
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by lbaxtercontentcustoms
1M ago
As a general rule, police officers are not supposed to conduct random traffic stops. Even if it’s a time when they know that impaired driving is common – such as after 2:00 AM – they can’t randomly stop drivers just to give them breath tests. They usually need to see some sign of impairment or some driving mistake to show that the stop is warranted. Of course, police officers may gather more evidence after the stop. They could have the driver perform field sobriety tests or take a breath test. But the officer doesn’t have this type of evidence prior to the stop, so they need something else in ..read more
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A criminal appeal does not involve new evidence
Brent M. Brumley Law Blog
by kreed
2M ago
If you have been convicted of a criminal charge in Mississippi, you may be interested in appealing. Perhaps you feel that the conviction was clearly the wrong outcome. You want the appeals court to take another look at the case. People in your situation often believe that the appeal is the time to bring new evidence to light. They think they can prove their innocence by demonstrating this new evidence to the court, so they essentially think of the appeal as a second trial.  But the truth is that an appeal usually doesn’t involve new evidence at all. It’s just a second chance for a court t ..read more
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Teen DUI in Mississippi: Consequences, options and guidance
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by gturnercontentcustoms
2M ago
Driving under the influence (DUI) is a serious offense, and in Mississippi, the law takes a strong stance against underage drunk driving. Mississippi essentially has a zero-tolerance law for drivers under the age of 21. It means that youths with any blood alcohol content (BAC) above 0.02% (adult limit is 0.08%) will likely face DUI charges. Unfortunately, reaching a BAC level of 0.02% can occur even after just one drink since the threshold is so low. Teens might not feel intoxicated, but a breathalyzer could tell a different story. Possible penalties for a first underage DUI include: A fine of ..read more
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Did Mississippi decriminalize marijuana?
Brent M. Brumley Law Blog
by lbaxtercontentcustoms
3M ago
You may have heard that Mississippi decriminalized marijuana, and you may be wondering what that means for the use of marijuana products moving forward. After all, many states have now turned to legalization. Voters have authorized the use of both recreational and medical marijuana. Marijuana is simply controlled like alcohol in these states, meaning that people can typically buy it from approved retailers if they are at least 21 years old. As these laws sweep across the United States, it’s getting more and more complex for people to keep track of where marijuana is legal and where it has not ..read more
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Do DUIs affect your insurance premiums?
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by jrichcontentcustoms
3M ago
Vehicle insurance can feel like an unwelcome cost each time your renewal comes around. It’s one of those expenses you may resent having to pay. However, people are always grateful that they have it if they’re involved in a collision. A driving under the influence (DUI) conviction will be another unwelcome expense — and potentially a very large one. On top of the various fines and other costs, it will push your insurance premiums even higher, which could be a major problem if you are already struggling to pay them. How much will the premium rise? Insurance premium increases after a DUI can vary ..read more
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2 facts about chemical breath sobriety tests
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by msmithcontentcustoms
4M ago
There are three kinds of chemical sobriety tests. Each of these tests evaluates the amount of alcohol found in a person’s body. Drivers may relocate to a police station or hospital to have their blood or urine tested. However, many people submit to chemical breath sobriety tests. A breath test is a small machine about the size of a radio with a small tube attached. If a driver is asked to take this test, they will need to blow into the tube until the machine gives a reading of their blood alcohol content (BAC). Before submitting to a breath test, there are a few facts that you should know: Fac ..read more
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Will you get expelled from college over a DUI?
Brent M. Brumley Law Blog
by kreed
4M ago
If you’re in college, whether you remember doing so or not, you likely agreed to a code of conduct. Most colleges have a general code that students need to follow, defining what their overall behaviors should look like. If students violate this code of conduct, then the school is within its rights to expel those students. Expulsions are not just due to financial reasons or academic reasons. A criminal conviction can play a role. If you had a very serious conviction, such as a conviction on murder charges, you would naturally be expelled immediately. If you had a very minor issue, such as a tra ..read more
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Facing criminal charges? Digital evidence can be your ally
Brent M. Brumley Law Blog
by jrichcontentcustoms
4M ago
Prosecutors are always interested in ways to ensure those who break the law pay for their alleged crimes. These days, digital data often plays a critical role in securing a conviction. For example, a video can place a defendant at the scene of a crime, dispelling any doubts a judge or jury may have about their guilt. Why not turn the tables and leverage technology and digital evidence on your behalf to secure a much more favorable outcome? Here are three examples of digital evidence that could strengthen your defense. Social media evidence You may be surprised to learn that your online activit ..read more
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