Over the last several years, a number of states across the United States have passed laws legalizing the medical use of marijuana. A handful of states have also made recreational use of marijuana legal or are considering legislation that would do so. The State of Nebraska, however, is not one of those states. The possession and/or use of marijuana remains illegal in Nebraska and it appears that will remain the case for the foreseeable future. In fact, marijuana arrests are up in Nebraska and experts believe that legalization in neighboring Colorado may be at least partially to blame. The Re-Legalization
For most people, being arrested is a traumatic experience. Finding yourself behind bars for the first time is not a pleasant experience. Understandably, if you find yourself in this position, your first concern is to get out of jail. With very few exceptions, everyone arrested and accused of a criminal offense has a bond set. If the bond is paid, the defendant is released from custody and allowed to remain out of custody while the case is pending unless he/she does something to warrant a return to custody. What happens if your bond is too high for you, or your
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Sexual Assault in Nebraska from Tom Petersen Any person who subjects another person to sexual penetration (a) without the consent of the victim, (b) who knew or should have known that the victim was mentally or physically incapable of resisting or appraising the nature of his or her conduct, or (c) when the actor is nineteen years of age or older and the victim is at least twelve but less than sixteen years of age is guilty of sexual assault in the first degree. Learn more about sexual assault in Nebraska in this presentation.
Unless you are already familiar with the criminal justice system, it can be extremely intimidating to find yourself involved in the investigation or prosecution of a crime. One of the biggest mistakes people who are unfamiliar with the system make is failing to know when it is time to hire a criminal defense lawyer. Sometimes, the need for representation is obvious. At other times, however, it may not be so clear. If you were just arrested and charged with murder, for example, the need for an attorney is apparent. What about in other situations though? Do you need a lawyer
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For the average person, being accused of a crime is a frightening event. To suddenly find yourself facing a conviction on your permanent record and possibly a term of imprisonment is reason enough to feel confused and overwhelmed. On top of that, you may feel like everyone involved is speaking a foreign language that you cannot even identify. To some extent, you are actually correct. Many of the terms that are commonly used in the American legal system are Latin or have Latin origins. There are also a number of terms that mean something slightly different than they do in
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If you are currently facing criminal charges, one of the most important decisions you must make is how to resolve your case. Unless the State decides to dismiss all charges against you, your options will be reduced to negotiating a guilty plea agreement with the State of Nebraska or taking your case to trial and allowing a judge or jury to decide your fate. If you have already made the decision to go with the latter of the two options, you now have an equally important decision to make – whether or not to testify at your trial. Deciding to
Sadly, abuse of the elderly is hardly new in the United States. It is, however, much more prevalent now than it was just a few decades ago. One of the major reasons for the increase in incidences of elder abuse in the U.S. is the rapid growth of the senior population. As the Baby Boomers begin their retirement years, the U.S. is poised to have more older Americans (age 65 and older) than their younger counterparts (age 21 and younger) for the first time in history. The dramatic increase in the size of the older demographic in the U.S. has
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If you have been charged with a criminal offense, one of the most important decisions you will have to make regarding your case is whether or not to take your case to trial. If you do decide to allow a judge or jury decide your fate, there will be much that needs to be done to prepare for your trial. Your attorney will need to question or depose witnesses that are scheduled to testify at trial as well as review all of the evidence the State plans to use against you. As the defendant, you may be wondering how criminal
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There was a time in the United States when accusations of domestic abuse were largely swept under the proverbial rug, both by the authorities and by society. Today, however, accusations of domestic violence is taken very seriously. If you have been accused of domestic violence in the State of Nebraska it is imperative that take the charges seriously and that you mount a defense because a conviction could have far-reaching and long-lasting negative consequences. As the defendant in a domestic assault prosecution, you will undoubtedly want to know how a criminal attorney will defend the charges against you. The
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Within the realm of criminal law, sex offenses are among the most serious offenses an individual can be charged with for several reasons. Accusations involving a sex offense will forever scar both the alleged perpetrator and victim. If convicted, the potential penalties, both judicial and non-judicial, for a sex offense can be harsh. If the crime gets media attention, everyone involved can expect to live in a fish bowl until the case is resolved. If you have been accused of a sex offense, it is imperative that you understand what you are facing, both in the courtroom and out. Because
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