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January 2016 Archives

SCOTUS: Ban on automatic life terms for juveniles applies retroactively

In 2012, the Supreme Court of the United States permanently altered the legal landscape with its decision in Alabama v. Miller. Here, in a 5-4 decision, the justices effectively barred the practice of judges handing down automatic life sentences with no possibility of parole for juvenile offenders charged with murder.

Young adults beware: Anything below a .08 is still a crime

Most teens see driving as a right of passage here in Virginia. But the state doesn't see driving as a right, it sees it as a privilege. Because it's considered a privilege, law enforcement can hinder a young person's ability to drive if they violate the law. Unfortunately, this is a hard lesson to learn, especially because most young people do not have enough life experience to help them avoid making these mistakes in the first place.

Powerful police surveillance tools: some sobering concerns

The term "technological surveillance" might sound innocuous and harmless enough at first blush, but many civil libertarians and other groups concerned with privacy rights and constitutional protections are growing increasingly concerned with what it entails.

Minor in possession of alcohol? Not so minor for the 'cool' adult

Most high school graduates remember at least a few kids who seemed to be able to break the law without getting caught. When it came to alcohol, some of our peers always seemed to have access. Maybe they had parents who didn’t believe in age-based prohibitions against alcohol. Maybe they had an older sibling who was willing to act as a buyer once they reached 21.

Contact a lawyer if you were arrested for DUI over the holidays

For many, the start of the new year is the time when they wipe the slate clean and start anew. Because of this it is not uncommon for people to undertake new fitness goals or adopt a new financial plan. These good intentions may be placed on the backburner if someone is arrested during the holiday period and accused of drunk driving.