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Handling Sexual Assault Charges on Campuses

The last few couple of years has seen an increase in reported on-campus sexual assault cases. These cases are often so hard to not only prove, but also to prosecute. Campuses are often unequipped to handle them, and often times victim’s are unsure on how to proceed.

College Campuses and Handling Sexual Assault Charges

College campuses are obviously known for not only education, but partying. When two college students have drunken sex, it’s always a recipe for potential regrets and lasting consequences. Was it actually consenting in the moment? How much is actually remembered as a result of drugs or alcohol? And clearly remembered? Were there witnesses? Are they reliable witnesses? And also, who should investigate when these encounters lead to allegations of sexual assault?

The Evolution of Organized Crime in America

Organized crime has played a fabled part in 20th century American history. Television and movies have done much to bring the story of organized crime into the nation’s consciousness. Those who remember the dawn of the television era may recall Senator Estes Kefauver and his “Special Committee to Investigate Crime in Interstate Commerce” heatedly questioning notorious mobsters who appeared before the committee in the early 50’s.

 

DNA Evidence and Dropping Charges

Criminal charges can be dropped for any number of reasons. Below we discuss who can drop charges and the reasons behind why charges can be dropped, including DNA evidence and if evidence was obtained without a warrant.

Reasons for Dropping Charges

Dropping charges against a defendant can happen for any number of reasons. Before we jump into those reasons, let’s discuss who can and cannot drop charges.

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.

 

Vanderbilt Football Player Convicted of Rape Sex Crimes

Former Vanderbilt football player, Brandon Vandenburg, has been convicted by a jury of encouraging his teammates to rape an unconscious woman he had been dating.

Vanderbilt Football Player Convicted of Aggravated Rape

Just after four hours of deliberation, a jury convicted Vandenburg, 23, guilty on five counts of aggravated rape, two counts of aggravated sexual battery, and one count of unlawful photography.

Expunge a Criminal Record

If you have been living through the consequences of committing a crime, and are wondering how you will ever be able to move forward, you’ll want to know what steps are required to expunge your criminal record. As always, it’s advised that you work with a criminal defense attorney that can advise you on your specific situation.

How to Expunge a Criminal Record

While it is not an option available to most, many adult criminal records are able to be sealed or “expunged.” Expungement means that records are either destroyed, erased, or sealed so that arrests and convictions are no longer part of a public record. When records or sealed or expunged, that means you are able to declare “no” when you are asked if you have a criminal history.

Domestic Violence in California

Domestic violence continues to place itself high on the list of hot topics in the national conversation. Professional sports figures contribute many high profile stories for the public and the media to put under the microscope, but every day, ordinary citizens are involved in cases that are much more emblematic of the everyday violence committed against domestic partners. Some victims go almost unnoticed, while other victims of the violence pay the ultimate price. Meanwhile, public officials charged with the responsibility for enforcing the existing domestic violence laws seem to go on with business as usual, seemingly overwhelmed by their daily exposure to all the violence and oblivious to people’s fundamental lack of respect towards those closest to them.

Murder, The Ultimate Price of Domestic Violence

When a woman is murdered by her husband, suddenly a community’s denial about the seriousness and the potential deadliness of domestic violence vanishes. Other women being battered realize they could be next, and often consider calling law enforcement or begin to seek restraining orders.

Could You Be Guilty of a Hit and Run?

You are driving home one early morning when you lose control of the car and end up hitting a mailbox. Maybe you end up hitting another car. Rather than stop, you decide to leave the scene.

You’re Guilty of Hit and Run

Deciding to leave the scene means you can be charged with a hit and run offense. This offense can carry serious fines and potential jail time. Read on to learn more about hit and run offenses and why you need to take them seriously.

Bill Cosby to Stand Trial for Sexual Assault

In January, Bill Cosby was officially charged with aggravated indecent assault for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting a woman 12 years ago. They were the first criminal charges that have been brought against the comedian, despite the fact that numerous women have come out over the last few years with similar allegations. And now it appears that a Pennsylvania judge has decided the case will go to trial.

Cosby to Face Criminal Charges for Sexual Assault

While no trial date has been set, a judge has determined that there is enough evidence to proceed with a criminal trial against the 78-year-old comedian for assault.

Reentry Week for Ex-Offenders

Across the nation, April 24 to 30th marked National Reentry Week, a week dedicated to helping ex-offenders re-enter the world outside of prison.

Ex-Offenders Have Their Reentry Week

Activities geared towards connecting ex-offenders with housing, legal aid, and community-based sources were planned across all 50 states.

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