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Steps of a Criminal Investigation: Part 2

If you have been accused of being involved in a crime, you’ll want to understand what’s going to happen next. There are numerous steps of a criminal investigation. A case must be investigated, built, taken to trial, and should the accused be found guilty, the penalties must be determined. Below we outline the second half of what happens following a crime.

Going to Trial After a Criminal Investigation

Trial Following Criminal Investigation

A “trial” is the legal proceeding during which evidence is presented either just to a judge, or in front of a jury, for the purpose of determining guilt. Typically, a trial goes before a jury, unless a defendant chooses to waive his or her right to trial by jury or if it the defendant is being charged for a certain misdemeanor. If a case is just heard before a judge it is called a “bench trial.”

Steps of a Criminal Investigation: Part 1

If you have been accused of being involved in a crime, you’ll want to understand what’s going to happen next. There are numerous steps of a criminal investigation. A case must be investigated, built, taken to trial, and should the accused be found guilty, the penalties must be determined. Below we outline the first half of what happens following a crime. The second portion will be covered in a later post.

Following a Crime – the Pre-Arrest Investigation

A pre-arrest investigation is done following a suspected criminal activity. Once law enforcement is made aware that a criminal activity has occurred, they must investigate what happened before an arrest can be made. Following the investigation, if law enforcement determines evidence that reveals a crime was committed, they must make steps to try and identify a suspect. Once a suspect is identified, law enforcement may arrest the suspect. Depending on where the crime occurred, law enforcement might be required to first present evidence of the crime to a prosecuting attorney.

LAPD Arrests Suspects in Celebrity Burglary Case

The LAPD has made an arrest in connection to a string of recent celebrity burglary cases at the homes of Los Angeles celebrities, including Alanis Morissette, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, David Spade, Christina Milian, and Yasiel Puig.

Celebrity Burglary Case Brings Arrest of Suspects by LAPD

19-year-old Tyress Williams has been arrested in connection to a slew of celebrity burglaries.

Orthopedic Surgeon Accused of Sexual Misconduct

A California orthopedic surgeon and his girlfriend have been accused of sexual misconduct. The couple allegedly pressured the victims to drink and then, while unconscious, forced them to engage in sexual encounters.

Sexual Misconduct Accusations Against Orthopedic Surgeon Robicheaux

Grant William Robicheaux, 38, and girlfriend Cerissa Laura Riley, 31, have been accused by two women and charged with rape by use of drugs, oral copulation by anesthesia or controlled substance, and assault with intent to commit sexual offense, possession of a controlled substance for sale, and possession of an assault weapon.

Supreme Court Nominee Kavanaugh Accused of Sexual Assault

A professor of clinical psychology has stepped forward with sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination this week.

Sexual Assault Charges Against Kavanaugh

Dr. Christine Blasey Ford has stepped forward to accuse Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of a sexual assault that allegedly occurred when the two were teenagers. Kavanaugh has since denied the allegations.

Teens Arrested for Doughnut Shop Robbery Spree

Five teens were arrested following a doughnut shop robbery spree this past week. The teens allegedly robbed doughnut shops across Los Angeles and Orange County and were finally caught after robbing a La Mirada doughnut shop.

Doughnut Shop Robbery by Five Teens

This past week 5 teens – one 18-year-old and four 17-year-olds – were caught after being identified as the suspects seen in surveillance camera footage taken from a LA Mirada doughnut shop robbery.

Labor Day DUI

As we approach Labor Day weekend, you’ll want to take any precaution to avoid being pulled over for a DUI offense.

DUI on Labor Day

DUI allegations are not to be taken lightly. There are a number of things you will need to address if you were or accused of being under the influence while behind the wheel of a car.

Bitcoin and Money Laundering

A decision by a Miami judge has determined that Bitcoin is not actually money. While this decision has only been made in a smaller jurisdiction, the repercussions could echo far and wide.

What is Bitcoin?

Bitcoin is a virtual currency that allows online users to spend money anonymously. It can be bought and sold on exchanges with U.S. dollars and other currencies and has even become accepted in some restaurants across the nation. Still, because it is so vaguely defined, and has also been used in nefarious purchases across the net, there is still a lot of vagueness surrounding it – especially when it comes to writing regulatory laws.

Drug Use and Prisons: A Crisis in the Making

Drugs have been for years a part of the national dialogue in all sectors of American culture – political, social, and, most noticeably, in popular culture. It seems that a sizeable segment of the population has a desire to get high, and a cursory look at history hints that this has long been the case.

The Use of Drugs

Drugs have probably been used by people for almost as long as there have been people. Many currently illegal drugs, such as marijuana, opium, coca, and psychedelics have been used for thousands of years for both medical and spiritual purposes. If the use of drugs is such an innate and enduring part of human culture, why is it viewed as criminal behavior worthy of the expenditure of huge amounts of our society’s resources (economic, political, social, etc.)?

Modern America and Prescription Drugs

The Prescription Drug Epidemic

Illicit drugs have a long standing negative image in modern American culture. They are widely regarded as something only those on the fringes of society make use of, but certainly not consumed by upstanding citizens. But, as history has shown, America has long held the door open to the use of drugs by all ranks of our society.

The patent drugs of the 19th century openly contained and promoted the use of drugs like cocaine and morphine and were available without prescription at the corner drugstore. There was little or no social stigma attached to their use.

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