What to Do After Being Arrested

The Beginning of the Criminal Justice System Being arrested, or having a loved one arrested, is one of the most stressful and frightening things imaginable.  There are worse calls you can get in the middle of the night, but by anyone’s standard, that call from the jail is a horrible experience.  One of the worst [...]

By |2019-06-02T18:29:35+00:00October 21st, 2015|Criminal Justice System|0 Comments

How Long, Not Long: Why the Death Penalty Serves No Place in Today’s Society

“We must come to see that the end we seek is a society at peace with itself, a society that can live with its conscience . . . That will be the day of man as man.” -Martin Luther King Jr. These words by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. were spoken during the Civil Rights [...]

By |2019-06-02T18:29:43+00:00September 18th, 2015|Criminal Justice System|0 Comments

Search and Seizure: The Safe Return of the Client’s Property

The Moment When Property is Taken As a criminal defense attorney, I have the ability to help others when they do not have the capability of helping themselves. One such situation in which this is clear is when meeting with a new client shortly after a search and seizure has been performed and the client [...]

By |2019-06-02T18:30:02+00:00September 10th, 2015|Criminal Justice System|0 Comments

No, Officer. You May Not Search My Home for My Friend With Just That Arrest Warrant

Go Get A Search Warrant and Then We’ll Talk. Picture this – You’re sitting at home minding your own business when you hear vehicles pull into your driveway. As you stand up from your chair and head to the window to see what is going on you see several people dressed in police uniforms rush [...]

By |2019-06-02T18:30:59+00:00February 20th, 2015|Criminal Justice System|0 Comments

The Second Amendment Provides the Right to Keep and Bear Arms … But Citizens of Washington D.C. Must First Prove it’s a Necessity

There have been two fundamental Second Amendment cases which have reached the Supreme Court in recent years. In District of Columbia v. Heller, the Court struck down a DC law prohibiting firearms within the District. More recently in McDonald v. Chicago, the Court at long last incorporated the Second Amendment through the Fourteenth Amendment to [...]

By |2019-06-02T18:31:16+00:00February 2nd, 2015|Laws|0 Comments

Ignorance (of the Law) is Bliss – Heien v. North Carolina Summary

“It has been repeatedly decided that [the Fourth Amendment] should receive a liberal construction, so as to prevent stealthy encroachment upon or gradual depreciation of the rights secured by them, by imperceptible practice of courts or by well-intentioned, but mistakenly overzealous, executive officers.”                                                                                                      Gouled v. United States, 255 U.S. 298 (1921). Well, so much [...]

By |2019-06-02T18:31:45+00:00January 19th, 2015|Criminal Justice System, Laws|0 Comments

The Forgotten Illegal Immigrant

I have for the past seven years traveled to the border town of Mexicali in Baja California Norte, Mexico to visit my in-laws. I say town but Mexicali is actually a quite large city – it being the capital of Baja California Norte after all. Like many border cities Mexicali has become the home to [...]

By |2019-06-02T18:32:00+00:00January 9th, 2015|Race in the United States|0 Comments

40 Years in Solitary

I love the writings of Clarence Darrow. I have written before about Darrow’s dream that as a society we might grow out of our need for more and tougher prisons and even the death penalty. See, e.g., “Darrow's Dream” (uploaded to my website). Darrow’s writings are filled with cutting criticism of our society and many [...]

By |2019-06-02T18:32:19+00:00December 21st, 2014|Criminal Justice System|0 Comments