Many people are looking forward to celebrating Cinco de Mayo this year. It is the first time in several years that the holiday falls on a Saturday. For some, this means they will be able to really enjoy the holiday without having to worry about going to work the next day.
In these tough economic times, it is not surprising that some people become desperate and commit a variety of crimes in order to get money to make ends meet. Identity theft has become more prevalent. It is most often associated with credit card fraud, mortgage fraud and Ponzi schemes. Fraud against the government is a less publicized but is a no less serious form of white collar crime.
The month of December has traditionally been the deadliest month of the year because of drunk driving. To combat this epidemic, Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have joined forces to remind holiday travelers to drive sober or they’ll be pulled over.
Earlier this year, the United States Supreme Court ordered the state to address the issue of overcrowding in state prisons. According to Time Magazine, some prisons, like the California Institute of Men in Chino, have been operating at 200% of their capacities. As a result of the overcrowding, prisoners and guards were subjected to exceptionally dangerous conditions.
On Tuesday, lawmakers unanimously approved a bill securing Fourth Amendment protections for Californians arrested with cell phones. The new law would require police officers to obtain a search warrant before reviewing the contents of a cell phone seized during an arrest.
When you are facing criminal charges, an experienced lawyer can be of great assistance in protecting your rights. The federal and state criminal justice system can be confusing and intimidating. An attorney who understands the law and the criminal defense process can help you evaluate your options and make the right decisions.