The Orange County Sheriff's Department is asking for the public's help in identifying potential victims of sexual abuse that may have been preyed upon by a recently-arrested Orange County massage therapist. This request began circulating just one day after the 32-year-old Laguna Hills man's arrest on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, on suspicion of sexually assaulting one of his clients.
Juries are made up of average people who make important decisions regarding a particular case. Those who face criminal charges should understand how juries function. There are two types of juries, and both serve different purposes; a grand jury and a trial jury.
If you have been arrested for allegedly committing a crime, you have good reason to be worried about your future. But one thing that can help allay your fears is having an understanding of your rights as they are allotted to you by the U.S. Constitution.
Government agencies are very keen on getting individuals who they believe are committing serious crimes or who pose a threat to national security, off the streets and into a prison cell. But in their zealousness to pursue their view of justice, they can sometimes overstep their legal boundaries.
One of the best aspects of living in the United States is that our constitution guarantees us all freedom of speech. And when issues arise that cause us concern, we are able to freely assemble and express ourselves. But if you should decide to be part of a protest, you should educate yourself on how to avoid being arrested.
You do not have to be a direct participant in a crime to be arrested on charges that relate to the commission of a crime. By simply trying to impede the authorities in their attempt to investigate a crime you could be charged with what is known as obstruction of justice. By the same token, if you yourself are being investigated for a crime and you deliberately do or say something designed to keep the officers from the truth, you could also be charged with obstructing justice.
As you are likely aware, the election of Donald Trump has been greeted with tremendous passion among both those who are in favor of the new president-elect and those who view him unfavorably. And one of the offshoots of this controversial election has been an increased focus on hate crimes.
There are few things in life that can make you sweat like being stopped by the police. If an officer wants to ask you questions, you must quickly make some very important decisions. And you do not want to let your nerves get the better of you and tell the officer something that could eventually be presented in court as evidence against you.
Miranda rights are likely familiar because of the recitation in movies and television. The law was formed during the Supreme Court case of Miranda vs. Arizona. It is based on the Fifth Amendment and gives suspects certain rights before being questioned by the police. According to Miranda rights, law enforcement officers are required to recite the suspect’s rights to them before making an arrest.
Whenever a crime is committed, the onus is on the police to investigate the crime and provide the evidence to the court. There is a procedure that the police must follow when investigating crimes.