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Sexting consequences often underestimated by teens

Say that a local teenager impulsively uploaded a graphic sexual image of himself or herself (or a peer) on a smartphone or social media site.

That’s not smart, right? We all know that as adults, and understand further that adverse implications will likely flow from such an act.

A DWI can have a drastic impact on your career

Do not assume that those DWI charges just mean a license suspension and a fine, and then it is all over. The reality is that your career could change forever when those flashing lights come on in the rear-view mirror.

You must consider the long-term impact. Yes, a fine is problematic for your current finances. Maybe it strains your budget a bit this month. But that pales in comparison to the economic impact if you lose your job or cannot land a job in the first place. That DWI could keep costing you for months or years after you get pulled over.

Black eye for FBI in agency assertions re phone encryption threat

Criminal investigators in Missouri and nationally will not fail to zero in on an individual’s smartphone when they suspect that person of having engaged in unlawful activity. Law enforcers view such devices as rich troves of information that can prove important during jury deliberations or in a judge’s sentencing decision.

In fact, evidence housed in a phone that can be lawfully accessed and used in court can absolutely make a prosecution’s case. That renders smartphones a focal point of scrutiny for police departments and investigatory task forces.

Is America’s proven emphasis on long prison terms misguided?

“[T]here’s really no sentence that’s too long when it comes to violent offenses,” says an American justice system commentator spotlighting a core belief held by legions of industry principals. That individual stresses that such a view has been “a dominant force in our criminal justice system for over 40 years,” back to the advent of the country’s War on Crime hardline stance against offenders.

As a recent BBC article notes, that philosophy has had notable effects. It has led to more people being imprisoned in the U.S. than in any other country. It has reportedly brought a 400% spike in the nation’s prison population since the 1970s. And it costs American taxpayers close to $60 billion yearly in upkeep costs.

Is it any wonder that doubt sometimes attaches in DWI arrests?

Missouri motorists who become entangled with law enforcers in cases alleging drunk driving or driving under the influence of drugs should be able to confidently rely upon the thorough advocacy of their legal advocates.

That is, they have a justifiable expectation that competent and aggressive legal representation will smartly and methodically explore every shred of potentially relevant evidence in their case. The materially important bottom line routinely depends upon that.

For children, jail time does not deter crime

The idea behind sending juvenile offenders to jail is simple: If they spend time behind bars, then they become less likely to commit crimes as adults. The authorities want to step in early to stop future crimes. They see jail time as a deterrent that makes children want to avoid breaking the law.

But does it work? Does spending months or even years behind bars actually make it less likely that young people will grow up and become adult offenders?

Report: St. Louis metro has notable overprescription problem

Seemingly, it is just about impossible to not see a breaking story every other day or so that points to America’s notable prescription drug problem. Reams of evidence point squarely to what is a national epidemic of sorts tied to the highly addictive powers of so-called opioids like oxycodone, fentanyl and hydrocodone.

We have contributed to the news flow at the St. Louis criminal defense firm of Rosenblum Schwartz & Fry. One of our recent blog posts highlighted the national scourge of overprescribed narcotic medicines. Our April 25 entry noted that the opioid problem is by all indications huge, and that “legions of Americans who languish behind bars following drug crimes convictions [can] all attest to its vast dimensions.”

IRS program shutdown might bring even harsher enforcement penalties

Many thousands of Americans with overseas financial holdings have long chafed under the IRS collection initiative termed the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program. Since the OVDP was launched in 2009, 56,000-plus taxpayers have reportedly stepped forward to comply with its reporting requirements in lieu of risking harsher sanctions for not doing so. The IRS states that it has collected more than $11 billion through the program.

And now it is scheduled to terminate, with September 28 being its announced cut-off date.

Bill Cosby found guilty of aggravated indecent assault

Comedian Bill Cosby has been found guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault stemming from an incident where he was accused of drugging and sexually assaulting a former Temple University employee. The jury comprised of five men and seven women voted unanimously to convict.

 The 80-year-old comedian was best known as “America’s Dad” for his role as Heathcliff Huxtable on the popular 1980’s sitcom, “The Cosby Show.” Before that, he developed a following through movie roles and standup comedy. In the early 2000’s he became a moral authority figure in the African-American community and even alienated many due to his views on millennials and how they apparently become complacent about social and economic progress.

Recent DOJ opioid proposal spotlights problem, penalties

How big is America’s prescription drug problem?

Concededly, it is huge. Indeed, safety regulators, criminal law enforcers, health groups and advocates for the legions of Americans who languish behind bars following drug crimes convictions all attest to its vast dimensions. It is often termed a “crisis.”

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