The legality of police investigation is an important topic right now in the United States, as it should be. Recent events that have gained national attention have highlighted not only the challenges police officers face in doing their work, but especially the fact that police officers can and do make mistakes of judgment.
In DWI defense, scrutinizing the evidence presented by prosecutors is one of the primary tasks for a defense attorney. This scrutiny involves not only the way the evidence is obtained but the evidentiary value of that evidence. A recent Texas DWI case demonstrates both of these points well.
Drunk driving can have a lot of consequences, but one of the consequences that can really hit offenders hard are the financial costs associated with a DWI conviction. For first-time offenders, thousands of dollars on fines, court costs, and other expenses may be heaped upon a driver. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, a DWI conviction can cost as much as $17,000, though this certainly varies from case to case.
In our last post, we began speaking about the general way the federal sentencing guidelines work. As we’ve already explained, one of the factors judges take into consideration when determining an offender’s sentencing range is the offense seriousness level, which is made up of the base offense level and specific characteristics of the offense.
In our last post, we began speaking about the Obama administration’s newest move to tweak and rework the federal criminal justice system’s approach to drug crimes. As we noted, actions taken by the administration in recent years sought, in particular, to ease up on the system’s handling of non-violent drug offenders.
On Tuesday, president Obama made headlines when he decided to exercise his commutation power to reduce prison sentences for 22 inmates in federal prisons. The event is unique not only because of President Obama’s conservative exercise of his pardon and commutation powers, but also because many of the inmates were serving out lengthy prison terms for non-violent drug offenses.