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Protecting Your Rights - Cellphone Snooping

Thumbnail image for Stingray.jpgWhen it comes to protecting your rights, are cellphones a good or a bad thing?  It's plain to see how cellphones have improved our lives, not only by making sure we never miss a call, but also by putting the internet, including GPS navigation, email, Google searches, and all of our other favorite apps, right in our pocket. However, the benefits of our Information Age also come with a downside. Since our phones track everything we do, the temptation is high for law enforcement to get their hands on that information. The federal government has already been caught secretly collecting email and phone communications in its effort to fight terrorism, but now, scrutiny is being focused on local and state law enforcement. A recent article in the American Criminal Law Review Online, discusses how police are secretly using devices in public, known as StingRays, to pull information out of cellphones without the phone owner's knowledge.

Protecting Your Rights While Traveling

Protecting your rights while traveling can be challenging.  Most travelers understand when their actions are tracked by law enforcement because of the government's role to prevent terrorism. However, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has also been carefully monitoring the movements of travelers for a very different reason: cold hard cash. As reported recently in the Detroit Free Press, the DEA is conducting an extensive surveillance program, separate from anti-terrorism efforts, specifically to target travelers suspected of carrying large amounts of cash, in order to seize it. If you have been targeted by the DEA and have had your property seized by the agency, you will need an experienced attorney who understands how the federal system operates in order to get your money back.

Protecting Your Rights - Client Satisfaction

What should you consider when hiring a Michigan criminal defense attorney in Detroit or the suburbs for protecting your rights?  The following are some of the factors: years of experience, former employment, professional memberships, academic success, standing in the legal community, and client satisfaction.

Protecting Your Rights: Never Speak Without Your Attorney

When you have attorneys protecting your rights, there is no need to speak to the police or media.  After Jodi Arias was found guilty of first-degree murder last month, during a television interview with KSAZ, she stated, "I would much rather die sooner than later." Apparently, Arias was surprised by the jury's verdict. She told the Phoenix television station, "[i]t was unexpected for me, yes, because there was no premeditation on my part," but she also stated, "I can see how things look that way."

Boston Marathon Bombing and Protecting Your Rights

What does the Boston Marathon Bombing tell us about Protecting Your Rights?

Protecting Your Rights: Where Did Privacy Go?

Protecting your rights is becoming more difficult for Michigan Criminal Defense lawyers.  It seems like every other week we're picking up the newspaper or listening to the evening news about a new way the government infringes on a person's privacy rights. As technology improves, not only do we need to worry about internet hackers, stalkers and identity thieves, but now we have to worry about the government as well.

Protecting your Rights: Personal Protection Orders (PPO)

Protecting your Rights is critically important when it comes to Personal Protection Orders in Michigan

How Often Do Police Investigate Domestic Violence Offenses?

In any criminal prosecution involving allegations that the defendant committed a violent crime such as aggravated assault or murder, important issues such as intent, self-defense and witness credibility come into play. In many cases, competing versions of events must be considered, and this issue is very likely to arise in domestic violence cases.

FBI Cracks Down on Pain Pill Distribution

Recently, federal agents searched six Walgreen stores and a distribution center in Florida as part of the federal crackdown on abuse of pain pills. Pain pills are one of the nations' most serious medical issues, accounting for nearly 15,000 deaths annually-surpassing those deaths resulting from heroin and cocaine combined.

BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU DELETE - You May Be Charged by the Feds

A few hours ago, the Justice Department announced charges against a former BP engineer who allegedly government investigation in connection with the massive Deepwater Horizon disaster.The former engineer's alleged criminal actions - deleting text messages between himself and his boss. The alleged crimes - Obstruction of Justice.This recent development in the government investigation highlights that when it comes to the government's interpretation of ones conduct in the workplace, nothing is private. This includes text messages, e-mails, memos, and other items between employer and employee that at one time may have been viewed as confidential.