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December 2016 Archives

What can your defense attorney do at the lineup to help you?

In a previous blog entry, we've discussed some of the numerous the problems with eyewitness identifications. Let's address a specific issue involving eyewitnesses that many defendants have to overcome: the lineup.

DREAMers may face trouble ahead

Immigrants to the U.S. have been considerably concerned about the changes in policy that the upcoming Trump administration may make to policies and initiatives that were put in place by the last administration. In particular, those who have benefited from the Obama Administration's DREAM Act, which stands for the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors, may be in for a sharp reversal in fortunes.

Proving derivative citizenship

One of the most complicated areas of immigration law is derivative citizenship. Derivative citizenship refers to any situation where someone becomes a citizen either at birth or sometime after birth but before age 18 through the actions of their parents or other relatives.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and corporate fraud

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has made corporate fraud one if its highest enforcement initiatives. The FBI is the lead government agency that investigates this kind of white collar crime, and in those efforts, it focuses primarily on fraud that involves accounting schemes, obstruction of justice and self-dealing by executives.

What Happens If You Refuse A Blood Or Breath Test In Rhode Island?

Almost everyone understands the dangers of driving while under the influence. If you are under the influence of either drugs or alcohol, you have markedly impaired reaction times behind the wheel and can put other people on the road, including the other people in your car, in grave danger. For this reason, there is a strict blood alcohol content limit of 0.08 for people behind the wheel. If you test over this limit while operating a motor vehicle, will be charged with driving under the influence. People who are suspected of driving while under the influence are often tested either via breathalyzer, urine test, or blood test to determine a person's BAC level. What happens if people refuse to take these tests in Rhode Island?

The Jones Act protects seamen in cases of negligence

The Jones Act is an important federal law that protects seamen when they are filing lawsuits against their employers. The act governs both wrongful death and personal injury claims. It gives crew members and officers the right to sue their employers for negligence if it resulted in injuries or death while at sea.

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