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Electronic bracelets: criminal law darling, yet subject to criticism

Some people asked to evaluate the nature and efficacy of electronic monitoring bracelets used to track the movements of criminal suspects and defendants can speak only in superlatives.

In short, they love the devices and see only a universal upside related to them. Ankle bracelets help to keep detention facility populations down by letting people on probation or awaiting trial live unconfined. They keep community populations safer because of the tracking ability afforded by sophisticated and mobile tech applications. They save the general public money (a bracelet is cheaper than a jail cell and related incarceration upkeep costs). And they benefit wearers, too, by impinging far more lightly on their freedoms than is the case with a behind-bars reality.

Slippery slope in criminal law: Take a plea or go to trial?

Imagine a California criminal suspect who is innocent of the charges he or she is facing, yet hesitates to go to trial. Many people similarly waver, owing to fears that a jury might see things negatively in their case and deliver a verdict marked by a draconian sentence.

Now imagine a scenario where issues surrounding innocence are less clear, but a defendant thinks that a jury verdict could yield an outcome superior to a plea bargain deal.

Legislative movement on felony murder law in California

Reference to terms such as “intent” or “deliberation” often attaches to the crime of murder. A favored expression under traditional common law is “malice aforethought.”

There are many other descriptors as well. They all coalesce around the assumption that murder must link closely with an individual’s purposeful action to cause the death of another human being.

The emergent spotlight on police lineups: California developments

“There’s no question, we just didn’t know any better back then.”

So says a police chief in one state who now acknowledges the shortcomings in many police lineups that have unquestionably led to legions of wrongly identified suspects over the years.

Why the sudden growing national concern with police lineups?

It’s not like simply choosing an individual to play on your team for a pick-up basketball game or making a quick choice from among multiple people volunteering their time at a community project.

“The goal,” says a principal with one prominent national advocacy group, “isn’t to pick someone, but to pick the right person.”

Notable DUI case tests warrantless search on home property

We note at the outset of today’s blog post that the following story occurs in a state outside California.

Having said that, though, we additionally stress that the legal question it poses and its accompanying material facts command wide relevance all across the country. We believe our readers might reasonably be interested in the details, given that a similar tale could easily unfold at any time throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and across Alameda County.

No doubt about this criminal law focus, target

It’s not hard to see where considerable time and effort is being expended in federal criminal investigations these days. Simply following what seems to be a clear money trail leads straight to the source.

That mother lode is at the intersection of drug crimes and health care fraud. When government officials and law enforcers issue announcements concerning investigative efforts targeting crime, they frequently allude to both subjects these days. And, in a prominent way, alleged wrongdoing concerning drug-linked activity increasingly ties in with accusations of criminal fraud.

White collar crime: an ever-wider prosecutorial focus for feds

The Law Office of John W. Noonan has advocated diligently for decades on behalf of defendants from California and nationally facing federal criminal charges.

We note on a relevant page of our website that it’s essentially a different game when it comes to alleged federal criminal activity. Investigatory teams are comparatively well-heeled when it comes to funding and resources. And federal sentencing guidelines frequently result in notably harsh outcomes for convicted individuals than can far surpass the penalties doled out in state matters.

SCOTUS expansion of digital privacy rights continues

Is the nation’s highest judicial tribunal being clear enough in the signals it is sending regarding individuals’ privacy rights in the so-called digital age?

Indication are that it clearly is, and both privacy advocates and 4th Amendment purists are applauding the string of successive U.S. Supreme Court outcomes that are chipping away at unbridled enforcement power.

Yes, teenagers, legal troubles can arise from sexting

Remember what it was like to be a teenager?

Most adults flash back occasionally to the wonder years, of course, especially those who now have kids of their own. Some readers of this blog likely had more than their fair share of challenges and setbacks while growing up, with others perhaps remembering little but upsides and strongly positive memories.

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