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February 2017 Archives

Can a spiked drink absolve you of criminal actions?

The answer is, it depends. This issue was brought front and center by an interesting case in which the suspect claims her drink was spiked which lead to a crime spree that ended in homicide (i.e. the death of another person). Usually, you need to intend to do something for it to be a crime. The law interprets intent very loosely and implies intent in many situations. For example, if you were drunk (voluntarily) and hit and kill someone. The law presumes intent because you chose to drink, which triggered the series of actions which resulted in someone?s death. This post will go over this case and the limits of her defense.

An update on drugged driving charges and investigative techniques

Drugged driving is the new hot-button issue among law enforcement officials. It is widely believed (with scant scientific evidence) that wider acceptance of marijuana will lead to higher rates of drugged driving. While the connection seems, logical there are few scientific studies to support this position (partially because this area of study is relatively new but more concrete data is expected in the next few years). Law enforcement is concerned because they lack the investigative tools to confront drugged driving.

Circumstances that can lead to an aggravated DUI charge

Aggravated DUI is an enhanced version of the basic DUI charge and thus also features elevated versions of the penalties. In the case of a basic DUI charge penalties can already be very significant, but in the case of an aggravated DUI, the punishments are much more severe.

Navy SEAL from Bin Laden raid cleared of DWI charges

In this country, we tend to vilify anyone whose name is mentioned in the same sentence as the word "DWI." Many immediately judge the person, condemning them before the facts come out or a trial is held. Rushing to judgment like that can often be a mistake, as a recent case involving a Navy SEAL shows.

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