Opioid abuse and addiction have caught the attention of the authorities from coast to coast -- and they're cracking down on everyone even remotely connected to opioid use. Whether you're involved with large-scale drug trafficking or you're merely an addict who sells a few pills to feed your own addiction, you could easily wind up serving time.
A West Virginia teenager has been arrested and charged with making terroristic threats against other students in his Cabell County high school. He's also been charged with stalking. According to authorities, the teen was keeping a "kill list" of people that he wanted to eliminate and had a letter threatening at least one individual on his phone.
Polygraph tests -- also called "lie detectors" -- have been around so long that they're a permanent part of the way American's picture law enforcement operations. In the movies and on television, the police can hook a suspect up to a polygraph machine and make a clean call about their guilt after just a few questions.
What's the difference between the possession of drugs and possession with the intent to distribute?
The United States has problems with its criminal justice system -- particularly when it comes to disadvantages faced by the poor once they're charged with a crime. The inability to make bail or afford private attorneys has created two classes of prisoners: The "haves" and the "have-nots."
Lady Justice is supposed to be blind -- but it seems that judges and juries definitely aren't when it comes to noticing whether or not a defendant in a felony trial is black or white.
A criminal conviction doesn't just mean fines and incarceration -- it also means a lifetime where that criminal record follows you everywhere you go. That can ultimately limit the opportunities you have and make it much harder to put your past where it belongs.
Some people have said that criminal trials are often won and lost long before the jury is seated. They're talking about the way pre-trial motions can affect the outcome of a case.
Getting charged with a federal crime is terrifying. However, many people fail to realize exactly how much trouble they're really in, thanks to the onslaught of mandatory minimum sentences.