Anyone who has watched a "cop show" on TV has heard them use the phrase "you have the right to remain silent." This is actually part of your Miranda rights that police are legally obligated to advise you of, if you are being arrested or formally questioned. This warning gives you the warning that anything you say may be used by prosecutors in the case against you. But many people wonder, do I really need to stay quiet? The answer to that is yes, you should not talk to police. It is in your best interest to exercise your right and talk to an attorney first.
April 2016 Archives
Americans are becoming increasingly critical of the way that our criminal justice system handles drug offenses and those who commit them. The nation's prisons are full of non-violent drug offenders (disproportionately minorities) serving lengthy sentences. The public now seems to understand that drug abuse and addiction are public health epidemics, not criminal cases.
"[N]ot pleased" is the word choice employed by one national genetics expert regarding the use of so-called "low copy number DNA analysis," which is a decidedly 21st-century tool used in some criminal investigations that has recently become embroiled in controversy.
Some criminal accusations are so shocking that, upon learning about them, it is tempting to assume that the person arrested for the crime is guilty. But an arrest is not a conviction, and many times further investigation leads to the charges getting dropped.