The dangers of representing yourself in a criminal case

There are many disadvantages in representing yourself, especially in criminal cases. When people in Hayward find themselves charged with committing a crime, they may be tempted to try to represent themselves in court. The reasons for this decision may be grounded in the desire to save money on a legal defense team, or the belief … Continue reading

U.S. Supreme Court rules on aiding and abetting case

The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled on a case involving charges of aiding and abetting a drug trafficking crime involving a firearm. Under what circumstances should an individual participating in a crime be responsible for the more serious actions of the others involved in the incident? The U.S. Supreme Court weighed in on the issue … Continue reading

Understanding the role of social media in criminal investigations

Law enforcement are beginning to use social media to look for evidence in criminal cases. In Carlsbad, California, a teenage girl was arrested after she was identified as the one who posted a threat targeting her high school. According to Reuters, the threat, which was anonymously posted on the social media site, Instagram, stated that … Continue reading

Warrants needed to search cellphones, says US Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that police officers must usually obtain a warrant before searching an arrestee’s cellphone. Take a moment to consider all of the information you currently have stored in your cellphone. If you are like many Americans, you probably have text messages and photos stored on your phone. In addition, you may … Continue reading