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Posted April 12, 2012 in Criminal Law by

Nearly 1 in 3 Young People Will Be Arrested by Age 23

A recent study shows a sharp increase in the number of young Americans who are being arrested. Experts say that zero-tolerance policies and a broadened definition of alcohol offenses are the cause of the trend.
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Snoop Dogg’s Arrest Provides Lesson on Drug Laws

Rapper Snoop Dogg was recently charged with drug possession after Texas border patrol agents smelled marijuana smoke coming from his tour bus. A search turned up a few joints, and the musician was charged despite holding a medical marijuana license. The case highlights several questions about enforcement of drug laws.
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DUI Suspect Spends Two Years in Solitary Confinement

A New Mexico jail has paid $22 million to a man who was arrested and spent two years in solitary confinement while authorities decided whether he was mentally fit to stand trial. Experts say detention facilities often aren’t equipped to handle inmates with mental illness, and their condition often deteriorates while in jail.
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Heading to NYC? Leave Your Gun at Home

Three Big Apple tourists recently learned a hard lesson: New York takes a tough stance on non-residents who arrive toting firearms. The visitors, who all arrived with guns that were legally licensed in their home states, were each arrested and face felony charges. That’s because NYC doesn’t recognize out-of-sate gun licenses.
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Supreme Court: Police Need a Search Warrant For Car GPS Device

The US Supreme Court has ruled that the government can’t put a GPS tracker on your car without a warrant. Law enforcement’s use of GPS without a warrant is a violation of our 4th Amendment rights, the court said. Privacy rights advocates have praised the ruling.
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