September 2019 Archives

Understanding the concept of "corruption of blood"

If you have a felony conviction on your public record, then you do not need to be told about the consequences you may face even after you have satisfied the demands of justice in Wheeling. An expungement can help get over the stigma associated with a criminal conviction, but often, even those clients that we here at the Scott C. Brown Law Office have helped to secure this benefit must still deal with certain social consequences. The question then becomes how far do those consequences go.

Do police need a warrant to use drug-sniffing dogs?

Law enforcement officials in Wheeling are often given a great deal of leeway when it comes to the discovery of potential crimes. At the same time, however, they must respect your rights (as well as those of others) during the course of an investigation. This includes the application of technology to your case. One type of "technology" that authorities have employed for years in the investigative process (particularly when looking into potential drug crimes) is the use of drug-sniffing dogs. You might think that scent (which is what police drugs primarily rely on when searching a property) is well within the public domain, which then begs the question of whether or not a warrant is needed to deploy drug-sniffing dogs on your property?

Adult drug court may work for you

People make mistakes, and sometimes, those mistakes have serious consequences. Unfortunately, those closest to the person may feel the effects of those consequences, as well.

Drug charges await 3 Putnam County residents

When news of someone being arrested in Ohio County breaks, many may often be surprised at how many criminal charges the accused is facing given the circumstances of their arrest. Often, something that may seem as simple as an alleged minor infraction can often result in a person facing a veritable mountain of interwoven charges. It is typically the unique circumstances of an arrest that dictate how many criminal complaints a person may be faced with. In some cases, they may all be justified. In others, however, people might start to question when the prosecution of one becomes too much. 

Jefferson County officials arrest man for making threats

The common assumption held by most in Ohio County may be that in order to be charged with a crime, one’s words must be supported by actions. One can talk about engaging in allegedly criminal activity, but unless they actually progress into doing it, they have done nothing. In some cases, that is not necessarily true. The details on what words and scenarios the state defines as meeting the standard of making terroristic threats have been detailed on this blog in the past. As has been mentioned, intent plays a key role in charging someone with this offense. 

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