If you are a resident of Lancaster County, Nebraska, you may occasionally wonder why you see so many law enforcement vehicles on the area’s roadways. Although the county’s largest city (Lincoln) is hardly a one stop light town, neither is it the size of Omaha. So why does it seem as though you cannot drive through the county without seeing law enforcement vehicles that appear to be just waiting to pull someone over? The answer is Interstate 80. More specifically, the drugs that are so frequently transported along I-80. To illustrate the problem, an I-80 drug stop lawyer from Petersen
When times are tough, it can be very tempting to make some extra money by transporting drugs across town or across the country. The people who try and recruit drivers always make it sound so easy – and virtually risk-free. It isn’t risk-free of course, but the money can be enticing. Before you find yourself contemplating just such an offer, make sure you know what you could be facing if you are caught. A Nebraska I-80 drug stop lawyer explains how long you could go to jail for if convicted of trafficking drugs. State vs. Federal Trafficking In the U.S.
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Imagine landing in jail, charged with possession of a controlled substance or some other contraband, having never even touched the contraband. Imagine further that you are not the only person charged with possession of that same contraband. If you are like the average person you are likely wondering how that is possible. How can more than one person be charged with possession of the same item at the same time? Moreover, how can anyone be charged with possession of something they never even touched? The answer lies in the legal concept known as “constructive possession” as explained by a Nebraska
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Almost everyone has heard of the “right to remain silent.” Every law enforcement drama on television has shown a police officer informing a suspect of his right to remain silent at least once. Given that the public is, for the most part, aware of the existence of the right to remain silent, you might assume it is asserted and relied on regularly by people who come into contact with law enforcement officers. You would be incorrect. Despite how familiar people are with the concept of the right to remain silent, it is frequently not relied on when it should be.
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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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Were you recently arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance in Nebraska, but you did not have any drugs in your possession? If so, you may (understandably) be wondering how the State can possibly charge you, much less convict you, of possession of a controlled substance. Do not make the mistake of assume that they cannot convict you because the reality is that it is possible to convict you even if you did not have any drugs in your possession at the time of your arrest. A Nebraska drug crime lawyer explains how the State can use the
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The “War on Drugs” has been going now for almost 50 years in the United States. Since it started, both the federal government and most states governments have strengthened many of their drug-related criminal laws as well as increased the penalties for violating those laws. In the last couple of decades, however, a campaign to re-legalize marijuana has also been very active across the U.S. That campaign has resulted in the legalization of medical marijuana in over half of the states as well as legalizing the recreational use of marijuana in a handful of states, to date. If you are
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Since the War on Drugs began several decades ago, states across the U.S. have systematically increased the penalties for violations of drug-related criminal offenses. Everyone knows that the potential penalties you face if convicted of dealing drugs are dramatically harsher than those associated with a conviction for possession of drugs. How does a Nebraska drug crime attorney defend a claim of dealing? Is it possible to get an accusation of dealing reduced to possession? What Does Nebraska Law Say? Nebraska Revised Statute Section 28-416 governs criminal offenses related to dealing drugs. Specifically, Section 28-416(1) reads as follows: Except as authorized
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Since the War on Drugs began almost 50 years ago in the United States, most states have increased the severity of their drug related criminal offenses as well as ramped up the potential punishments for violating any of those laws. If you were recently arrested and charged with violating Nebraska’s “dealing” laws, you likely face the possibility of being sentenced to a lengthy term of imprisonment if you are ultimately convicted of that offense. Only an experienced Nebraska drug defense lawyer can discuss the specific facts and circumstances of your case with you; however, you may find it helpful to
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Contrary to what many people believe, not everyone who commits a criminal offense is a criminal. Some are average people who had a momentary lapse in judgment, some are people who suffer from mental illness, and still others are struggling with addiction. If you are facing criminal charges that stem from an underlying drug addiction, you may be wondering if completing a rehabilitation program will help your case. A Nebraska drug defense lawyer discusses the impact rehab may have on your case, and your life. Drug Addiction and Crime No one involved in the criminal justice system, nor in the
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