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A National Tragedy: Police Violence and the Black Community

An Ongoing Parade of Police Violence

The country of late has been front-and-center witness to an ongoing parade of police violence, particularly against young black men. Since the August 2014 shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, to Freddie Grey’s death in a Baltimore police van in April of this year, there has been a steady stream of fatal incidents involving the police and black men, for the most part, young men. And these are just the incidents that have made national headlines.

At the center of these violent endings to black lives lies the violation of a trust that we, the American public, have long chosen to place in the men and women that are charged with enforcing our laws. That trust entails only enforcing the law, does not include the power of judge, jury, and executioner as a small number of officers seem to think. It goes without saying that the job of police officers is a highly dangerous one, sometimes requiring split-second life or death decisions. Yet, almost all of the recent headline grabbing killings have resulted from circumstances in which there was no split second decision, there was an opportunity for a choice.

Juvenile or Student Drug Offenses

At the Law Offices of Daniel R. Perlman, we represent people facing serious drug charges and drug-related offenses under both California and federal law, including juvenile or student drug offenses. Being accused of a drug offense when you are a teen can have long lasting repercussions. Below we examine why teens are drawn to drug use. We also review what the potential repercussions are if your teen in convicted of possession.

Teens and Drug Use

We know that drug use us harmful to not only your physical but emotional health and happiness. Friends and family members can be greatly affected as well. Therefore, it’s crucial that if your teen has turned to drug use that you do all you can to get them help before it turns into a legal issue.

Is Cyberbullying a Crime?

As more and more teens take to the Internet and social media as part of their everyday lives, bullying has gone from hallways and locker-rooms to Facebook and Twitter. But is cyberbullying legally considered a crime? And if so, how do you protect your kids and also protect your kids from being falsely accused of it?

What is Cyberbullying?

Cyberbullying is defined as the use of the Internet and/or mobile technology to harass, intimidate, annoy, or cause harm to another. While bullying is not a new thing, it has become far more prevalent and some might say harsher now that it has moved to social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram as well as text messages and emails. Now bullying can be viewed by peers and acquaintances, causing a much wider spread of embarrassment, shame, and depression. Almost all 50 states have cyberbullying laws in place, or at least electronic harassment provisions.

Internet Crime and Your Defense

As internet crime becomes more prevalent across the U.S., it’s important to know how to protect yourself against it, but also to know how to protect yourself if you are accused of it.

People Fear Internet Crime and Want More Security

According to a survey of 2,028 U.S. adults conducted in September by the Harris Poll, nearly 3 out of 4 adults have change their online behaviors as a result of the threat of cybercrime. That means that 74% of those surveyed believe that they needed to change their habits in order to remain safe when using the internet.

Halloween and DUI

As Halloween draws closer and closer, it’s important to remember that driving recklessly or driving under the influence (“DUI”) can land you in jail.

Halloween and DUI Press Release from the CHP

In a recent press release from the California Highway Patrol reminds us that:

Bail and How Bail Bonds Work

If you or a loved one has been arrested for a serious crime, chances are you will need to secure a bail bond to be released from jail. While most people’s knowledge or interaction with bail bonds is likely limited – you might imagine a judge banging his gavel and yelling “Bail is set at 1 million” – this is not quite how bail bonds work. You might also have seen numerous ads and commercials advertising bail bonds, but until you’ve dealt directly with needing to post bail, chances are you will need to brush up on your bail bond knowledge.

What Does “Bail” Mean?

Bail is an agreement that is made between the court and the defendant, in which the defendant agrees to post a certain amount of money in order to ensure that they will return to their scheduled court date. When the defendant returns to court on that day, as has been stated in the agreement, they get their money back.

Updates for the Cosby Sexual Misconduct Allegations

There are latest developments in the allegations against comedian Bill Cosby.

Last Friday, Attorney Gloria Allred questioned Cosby under oath for seven hours as part of a formal lawsuit that has been brought against the comedian. Over the past year, Cosby has been accused by numerous women for allegations of sexual misconduct.

The Trouble with Eyewitness Testimony

Eyewitness Testimony…the Gold Standard?

Eyewitness testimony is understood by most people to be the gold standard when it comes to reconstructing the details of certain events that haven’t been documented by any other means. This belief comes into question when any number of people can witness a crime in progress and later report substantially different accounts than others witness present at the same event. Seemingly obvious items like gender, hair color, or if the person was wearing a hat can vary. In is further astounding when those same witnesses will later provide totally different details of the incident to another questioner.

The ACLU Responds to LAPD Use of Body Cameras

Body cameras have now become a part of LAPD crime enforcement despite outcry by the ACLU.

Recent Use of Body Cameras

Just yesterday two LAPD officers responded to a call reporting a woman armed with some sort of knife. The woman, Norma Guzman, 37, died at a hospital following the officer involved shooting, said coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter.

DNA and Criminality: Two Sides of a Coin

Unique to an individual, except in very limited situations, DNA is unchanging throughout one’s life. DNA is a reliable identifier, and, most conveniently for forensic purposes, it is found in all the body’s cells. Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) is an essential molecule that is found in every part of our bodies. DNA testing on biological samples such as skin, saliva, semen, blood or hair is increasingly used to help convict or exonerate people suspected of crimes and with great accuracy. As crucial courtroom evidence, it must be properly collected, preserved and kept from contamination. When the whole procedure is expertly undertaken and correctly completed, DNA testing has become the modern, almost foolproof version of fingerprinting.


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