July, 2019 - Protecting your rights never takes a vacation, even during the middle of a Michigan summer. Here at the Law Office of John Freeman, summer fishing is a part of the norm. Whether it is an afternoon trolling night-crawlers on the St. Clair River for Walleye, using wax worms to clobber monster Bluegill in Ohio, heading to Florida in search of salt-water sail fish, or remembering a giant lake trout caught through the ice in January, it is always important to be aware of your rights and to protect them.
As technology advances, more social media platforms are created. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat are just a few of the platforms that most people are using. You use them to post pictures and statuses about your life while also being able to comment on the posts of others. Be careful what you post, especially if it contains illegal activity. Law enforcement agencies are using social media to track down and identify criminals.
For many people, Protecting Your Rights means the Right to Hunt. With deer season right around the corner, the Michigan Natural Resources Commission (NRC) has approved a set of regulations targeting the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). CWD is a neurological disease that effects deer, elk, and moose. The disease produces small lesions on the animal's brain and results in trembling, drooling, extreme weight loss, abnormal behavior, and eventually death.
When 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 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.
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.
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."
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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.
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