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Our country is flooded with hundreds of millions of guns. Nearly half of U.S. homes own a firearm, and the country is paying the price. Gun massacres at the Aurora, Colo., theater and the Sikh temple in Wisconsin are just the latest in a long history of bloodbaths. There have been 50 U.S. rampage killings involving firearms in the last 25 years.
Twitter, Facebook and other forms of social media are transforming how cops and prosecutors do their jobs—and should make you think twice about your digital movements if you ever get in trouble with the law. A recent survey found that four out of five law enforcement officials use social media to help solve crimes.
If you’ve been accused of a crime, you have the right to legal counsel and can ask for your lawyer to be present while being questioned by the police or any time later in the process. The law surrounding your defense when accused of a crime is complicated, so a criminal defense attorney can be your greatest ally and advocate.
The Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects citizens against unreasonable searches. In certain situations, you may refuse to let the police search your vehicle. But a law enforcement officer with probable cause may search your car without your OK.
The Lawyers.com criminal law forums should be one of your first stops if you’re grappling with a criminal legal problem or issue. Covering topics including traffic citations, DUI, juvenile crimes, misdemeanors and felonies, these forums are the place to ask questions and get answers before you hire a criminal lawyer.