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October 2015 Archives

When social media impacts the criminal process, P.2

In our last post, we began looking at the issue of social media as used in both criminal investigation and prosecution. As we mentioned, two important sets of issues that can come up with use of social media in criminal prosecution are evidentiary issues and constitutional issues.

When social media impacts the criminal process, P.1

As the use of social media has increased in recent years, we’ve been seeing a corresponding increase in the use of social media communications in the criminal process. This includes not only the use of social media communications in criminal prosecution, but also in law enforcement. Consider, for example, the recent case of a Lakeland woman who broadcasted herself driving home while intoxicated via the social media app Periscope.

When a police investigation turns illegal, consult an experienced criminal defense attorney

One of the topics we write about rather frequently on this blog is the importance of working with an experienced criminal defense attorney when one faces charges based on a questionable police investigation. This is a particularly important issue in cases involve drug offenses.

Volkswagen faces criminal investigation over emissions standard evasion, P.3

We’ve been looking in recent posts at the challenges currently surrounding Volswagen following the company’s admission that it intentionally developed technology that allowed it to avoid responsibility for meeting federal emission standards. As we wrote last time, it is possible that the company will face criminal penalties under the Clean Air Act, but due to a loophole in the law it may not be possible for prosecutors to secure those penalties.

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