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September 2015 Archives

Volkswagen faces criminal investigation over emissions standard evasion, P.2

In our last post, we began speaking about the recent Volkswagen emissions scandal. As we mentioned, the company is currently under investigation for potential criminal liability for deliberately skirting environmental law. As a result, the company very likely could end up facing corporate criminal charges and a criminal fine. In addition, individual executives and employees could end up facing criminal charges for their role in the scandal

Volkswagen faces criminal investigation over emissions standard evasion, P.1

For automobile manufacturers, maintaining compliance with numerous regulations—while burdensome—is a necessary consequence of participating in an industry that is kept in check by environmental concerns. Among the many regulations automakers have to work with are limitations on emissions. Manufacturers are accountable for meeting emissions standards and can face civil and even criminal prosecution if they do not.

Work with skilled advocate when criminal case compromised by evidence tampering

Scrutinizing the accuracy and integrity of evidence is of the utmost importance when building a strong criminal defense case. In any criminal case, of course, the evidence must demonstrate beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant is guilty of the alleged crimes, each element of which must be supported by reliable evidence.

Why criminal defendants should work with an experienced attorney at their first appearance

Some of our readers probably know somebody who claims that they have been or are successful in weaseling their way out of a speeding or parking ticket, or criminal offenses. Whether one does this by playing dumb, sweet-talking or by offering bribes, it is obviously never a good idea. Regardless of the circumstances of the case, the best course of action is always to consult an experienced attorney and built the strongest possible defense case.

Vehicle search legality an important issue in criminal defense, P.2

In our last post, we began speaking about vehicle searches that occurred in two Florida drug cases in the last couple weeks. As we noted, the vehicle searches in both cases were preceded by the suspect or suspects giving consent to the vehicle search, something that is unnecessary and not necessarily desirable.

Vehicle search legality an important issue in criminal defense

There are a variety of ways and settings in which criminal suspects can be busted for dealing in drugs. One common context in which an individual may be busted is a traffic stop. In many cases, drug busts happen in connection with vehicle searches.

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