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The value of body cameras for law enforcement officers

The tragic controversy currently unfolding in Ferguson is making many civil rights activists, legal experts and lawmakers question whether law enforcement officers should be broadly required to wear body cameras. The tapes contained within these cameras could prove invaluable to individuals compelled to mount a criminal defense in the wake of potentially unjust charges. They could also serve as a deterrent against police brutality and illegal conduct. However, they could also inspire serious privacy concerns.

College students, understand these criminal law basics

September is nearing. That means that teens and young adults all over the U.S. will be headed back to college within the coming weeks. The college years are often processed as a time for exploration. Students learn about themselves and their world as they study new subjects, meet new people and engage in new activities. It is important to understand that not all activities one might engage in while at college are necessarily legal, even if they seem to be and even if numerous peers are embracing these experiences.

Important DUI law basics you should understand

Whether you have already been charged with driving under the influence or you simply want to know how to avoid being arrested for this offense, there are a few DUI-related terms that every American adult should be familiar with. These terms help to briefly explain important matters of DUI law. Understanding them will help you to avoid drunk driving, to properly react should you ever find yourself arrested for drunk driving and/or to better understand the charges against you.

Understanding the consequences of underage DUI charges

It seems illogical that individuals between the ages of 18 and 20 can be drafted into military service, can vote and can choose to get married but they cannot legally drink. However, the fact that this reality is illogical does not mean that it should be ignored. Legally, Americans cannot drink alcohol until they turn 21-years-old. And as a result, when individuals younger than 21 are charged with drunk driving, some unique consequences can result.

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