Of all the legal terms and phrases that have made their way into everyday vernacular, “Miranda” is undoubtedly one of the most well-known. Even the most law-abiding citizens have some idea what your “Miranda rights” refer to given how often the term is used in the news and on television shows. Despite how familiar the term is, however, there are some important misconceptions relating to what rights are included in your Miranda rights, when those rights apply, and what happens if you are not informed of those rights by a law enforcement officer. The Omaha criminal defense attorneys at Petersen
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Until very recently, it was relatively easy to abandon your true identity and become someone else. Moreover, even “stealing” someone else’s identity rarely resulted in harm to the victim of the theft because nothing was connected. With the advent of the internet and the computer age, however, that all began to change. Today, it is exponentially harder to protect against identity theft now that all our vital information can be accessed by the click of a button. In an effort to discourage would-be criminals, both the federal and state governments are continually increasing the penalties for computer-related crimes, including identity
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Over the last two decades, the United States – and much of the rest of the world – has become dependent on computers in all facets of daily life. The internet has become our information highway. The ubiquitous nature of computers has certainly enriched our lives; however, it has also led to a whole new type of criminal. “Computer crimes” is the fastest growing category of crimes in the U.S. Consequently, the laws are changing so fast that even the perpetrators may not know that what they are doing is illegal. An Omaha internet crime attorney at Petersen Law Office
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While it is true that no two drug-crime prosecutions contain the same set of facts and circumstances, arrests involving the sale or distribution of a controlled substance often follow a predictable pattern. That pattern involves an informant providing information to a law enforcement agency, usually in exchange for charges against the informant being dismissed or reduced, or a reduction in a sentence if the informant is already in jail or prison serving a sentence. Understanding the role an informant plays in a drug crime prosecution is vital for a defendant. With that in mind, a Nebraska drug defense attorney explains
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Not all criminal cases have a victim; however, in those that do, the alleged victim plays a critical role in the case. Whether the individual was allegedly the victim of a robbery, a domestic assault or any other type of crime, the importance of the victim’s cooperation is essentially the same. So what happens if the victim recants? The Omaha criminal attorneys at Petersen Law Office explain what typically happens when a victim recants or refuses to cooperate. The Importance of a Victim There are several different ways in which criminal offenses can be categorized. One way is to divide
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By now, most motorists are aware that drinking and driving is both dangerous and illegal. Most people are also at least vaguely familiar with the concept of chemical testing that typically occurs after a motorist has been arrested for driving under the influence (DUI). What happens though, if you refuse to submit to a chemical test? Nebraska, like most states, has an “implied consent” law that governs the answer to that question. An Omaha DUI defense lawyer from Petersen Law Office explains Nebraska’s implied consent law and how it might affect you if you are ever arrested for DUI. DUI
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There was a time when a conviction for “petty” theft, shoplifting, or another relatively minor theft crime was not something to be overly concerned about on your record. That is no longer the case in the United States. Today, we live in an electronic world where prospective employers and landlords insist on a clean background check before even considering an applicant. Therefore, a conviction for any theft offense can have serious negative consequences for your current and future employment and housing prospects. In addition, you could also face penalties that include a term of imprisonment and/or a lengthy period of
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In just two short decades, social media has blossomed to the point where it is an integral part of most people’s everyday life. The familiarity, however, can be deceiving. This is particularly true if you are a suspect or defendant in a criminal prosecution. In today’s day and age, law enforcement is also trolling social media, looking for evidence of criminal activity – and you might be surprised how many people manage to hand over evidence of their own crimes to the police by posting incriminating photos and/or statements on social media. Law Enforcement and Social Media According to a
Being accused of any criminal offense can have immediate negative consequences for the accused despite the fact that the American criminal justice system operates on the premise of “innocent until proven guilty.” Being accused of rape all but ensures those immediate negative consequences. If you are actually convicted of rape, you could also face serious judicially imposed penalties, including a lengthy term of incarceration. For these reasons, it is imperative that you hire an experienced Nebraska criminal defense attorney to defend you if you find yourself the accused in a criminal prosecution for rape. The good news is that there
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If you are currently a defendant in a criminal prosecution, one of the most important decisions you will be asked to make throughout your case is whether to waive your right to a trial by jury. Waiving your right to a jury trial is ultimately a decision that only you can make; however, you should spend sufficient time discussing your options with your defense attorney before making your final decision. In the meantime, an Omaha criminal defense attorney offers some factors you may wish to think about if you are considering waiving your right to a trial by jury. Your
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