Criminal Defense Corner

Is the president gonna take away my guns?

January 19th 2016

The other day a client asked me whether I thought he should go out and buy a firearm. “Why do you want to buy a gun?” I asked. “With everything you’re hearing about Obama trying to take our guns away,” he replied, “Do you think it’s true? Do you think I should buy a firearm?”  Read more…

Do IIDs prevent drunk driving?

September 23rd 2015

An “ignition interlock device” (IID) is a device that can be installed in a car which prevents the car from operating if the driver has alcohol on his breath. In order to turn on the car, the driver must first blow into the IID, which detects breath alcohol. In 2010, a pilot program was begun  Read more…

Can a DUI be a Felony?

September 15th 2015

A routine question I ask my new clients is whether they’ve ever been convicted of a crime. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gotten the answer: No, just a DUI. A DUI is a crime. Most of the time, it’s a misdemeanor. Sometimes a DUI can be charged as a felony. If the  Read more…

Nebraska Ends Death Penalty

May 30th 2015

This month was surprising. The federal jury in Massachusetts that heard the evidence against Dzokhar Tsarnaev chose to sentence the Boston Marathon bomber to death. In Massachusetts, capital punishment was abolished in 1984. A majority of citizens are opposed to the death penalty. Because the Boston Marathon bombing trial was a federal case, however, federal  Read more…

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