Chris Morales

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Robbery

Posted by Chris Morales on Wed, Apr 19, 2017 @ 11:21 AM

Learn about robbery and how it differs from theft and burglary.

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Preservation of Evidence in Criminal Cases

Posted by Chris Morales on Tue, Apr 11, 2017 @ 01:54 PM

Law enforcement officers and prosecutors have a duty to preserve certain kinds of evidence. Learn what they have to keep, and what happens when they don't keep it.

The government has a duty to preserve certain types of evidence it collects during criminal investigations and prosecutions. This duty exists in order to protect a defendant’s rights to due process and a fair trial under the Sixth and 14th  Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. The duty relates to the requirement that the government disclose evidence it will use against the defendant at trial, as well as any evidence that is favorable to the defendant. The duty to preserve evidence begins once any state agency or actor has gathered and taken possession of evidence as part of a criminal investigation.

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Evading the Police

Posted by Chris Morales on Tue, Mar 14, 2017 @ 01:20 PM

Learn about the crime of evading (or eluding) a police officer by car, including its possible consequences.

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Children and the Capacity for Crime

Posted by Chris Morales on Fri, Mar 03, 2017 @ 07:00 AM

Depending on their age and experience, some children may be legally incapable of committing crime. But the modern trend is to hold virtually all minors accountable for their conduct.

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Breached Plea Bargains

Posted by Chris Morales on Mon, Feb 20, 2017 @ 10:35 AM

Learn what happens when the defense doesn't get what it bargained for.

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Children and the Capacity for Crime

Posted by Chris Morales on Thu, Feb 09, 2017 @ 01:10 PM

Depending on their age and experience, some children may be legally incapable of committing crime. But the modern trend is to hold virtually all minors accountable for their conduct.

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Warrant Execution and Unreasonable Police Behavior

Posted by Chris Morales on Tue, Jan 24, 2017 @ 01:32 PM

There are limits to the ways police officers can act while enforcing a warrant.

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2017 Human Trafficking Statutes

Posted by Chris Morales on Tue, Jan 10, 2017 @ 03:56 PM
 
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Willful Blindness and Criminal Liability

Posted by Chris Morales on Thu, Jan 05, 2017 @ 02:55 PM

Some people figure that, if they avoid true knowledge that they're doing something illegal, they can't be convicted. Not so fast.

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Bitcoin Digital Currency Hits Three-Year High of $1,000

Posted by Chris Morales on Tue, Jan 03, 2017 @ 04:29 PM

On January 2, the value of Bitcoin passed the $1,000 mark for the first time in three years. The website coinmarketcap.com, which monitors the value of various digital currencies, show that the current price of a Bitcoin is now $1,025 and that the value of all units in circulation is now worth $16bn.

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