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13
Oct

There have been some major changes to the laws concerning the possession, sale, and manufacture of controlled substances this year. One major change concerns what level of offense a person can be charged with for breaking into a car or commercial building. Under certain circumstances, explained below, what used to be a misdemeanor or state […]

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27
Sep

Videos of police are prevalent in the news of late, whether it be video related to investigations (officer body-camera video of police allegedly planting evidence in Baltimore when investigating a drug case), traffic stops (Philando Castile video), or during apprehensions (Walter Scott video). In the latter two instances, video was taken by private citizens who […]

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07
Aug

I posted this to my website under Expunctions/Nondisclosures earlier today. I want to re-post it here, for a couple of reasons. First, it’s a great reminder that the law is organic—it moves forward, backwards, etc. all the time. Secondly, it’s a good reminder to all lawyers (especially newer lawyers) that you risk being ineffective if […]

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16
Jul

You might assume, as any rational person would, that if the police illegally stop your vehicle and then illegally search it, and find cash and a small amount of cocaine, that the police would not be able to use the illegal search to justify forfeiture of your car. You would reason that police should not […]

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12
Jun

On June 6, 2017, one of the nation’s largest databases of chemical signatures, NIST, announced that it had added 25,000 chemical signatures to its already massive database of 240,000 signatures. NIST stores the molecular “fingerprints” of various natural and man-made compounds and substances.   Why does this matter, and what does it have to do […]

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29
May

Most arrests for drug offenses do not arise from a carefully planned surveillance operation where police have sought warrants to place GPS trackers on vehicles, or collected trash outside the residence to go through later at the police station. In fact, most drug offenses emerge from routine traffic stops—speeding, no seat belt, failing to signal […]

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