Many people use a cloud-based service to back up their electronic devices including smart phones. This cloud-based storage may be scanned for illegal images involving children. A recent Daily Mail Article revealed that Apple Inc., the technology company responsible for manufacturing iPhone’s, scans photos uploaded to the iCloud storage system to detect and report images of child sexual abuse. While...
It can be nerve wracking to know you are heading to jail, but preparation can help ease the anxiety. First, it is helpful to understand the difference between jail and prison. Prisons are operated by the state or federal government and hold people convicted with sentences of over one year. Jails are operated by local governments or sheriffs and hold...
If your child has been charged with a criminal offense in juvenile court, there can be a lot to worry about. While criminal charges are enough to deal with alone, there may be additional ramifications from public access to criminal records. If a 16 or 17-year-old juvenile offender is charged with a felony offense, court proceedings are public, and the...
Forty-six states and the District of Columbia have passed revenge porn laws, but courts are increasingly considering the constitutionality of the statutes on First Amendment grounds. However, there is little cohesion among state revenge porn laws. Two recent cases in Illinois and Texas, People v. Austin and Ex Parte Jordan Bartlett Jones, have challenged revenge porn statutes on First Amendment...
Though no one believes they will ever be arrested nor wants to be stopped by the police, it happens. If and when it does, it is important to know your rights and what to say or what not to say when a police officer approaches you. First, always remain calm and cooperate – don’t try to argue, don’t run away....
On December 30, 2019, in White Settlement, Texas, a gunman walked into a church and opened fire, killing two people. Seconds after the shooting began, the church’s head of security fatally shot the gunman and the incident was over. The shooting raised questions about the intersection of the law between the right to carry, the right for private establishments to...
The holidays. A time of gift giving, celebrating, and spending time with loved ones. Alcohol pours and spirits rise as a new year approaches. However, the holidays can also bring about a significant amount of stress and tension. Experts say the end of the year creates a toxic storm, with alcohol mixing with financial stress and relatives being in close...
With winter temperatures and snow accumulating across the state of Minnesota, snowmobile and ice fishing season is underway. Getting a DWI can affect both your driver’s license and your ability to lawfully operate a recreational vehicle, such as a snowmobile, but also an ATV or boat. While driving under the influence of alcohol (DWI) has been a crime for quite...
There is a lot of information about pornography on the internet and the explosion of pornographic materials. A question often comes up as to what is legal and what is not legal when it comes to pornography. Possession of pornographic materials isn’t necessarily illegal, yet the law does regulate “obscene materials.” Depending on what is depicted in the photo or...
An Order for Protection (OFP) is a form of restraining order that is sought where abuse or threats of abuse are alleged. The requirements for an OFP are actual physical harm; threat of physical harm; interference with a 911 call; forced sexual contact; or any sexual contact if the person needing protection is a minor. An OFP limits the contact...
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