There was a time when retail crime meant something relatively minor, like shoplifting, or a hijacked truck. In recent years, however, stores around the country have demanded laws to protect them against major crimes by organized entities. This accounts for the wave of organized retail crime laws.
Following a spate of high-profile arrests of Mexican immigrants, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in 2013 that police must provide a Spanish translation when reading the Miranda rights to non-English speaking immigrants. The court also ruled that the translation must be correct and intelligible.
Michigan State researchers have found a way to reproduce fingerprints with a printer. The police were then able to use the fingerprints to unlock a murder victim's cell phone, recent news reports say.
Many people don't realize that a gun trust is a valuable tool during the estate planning process. It allows gun-owners to transfer their firearms to their heirs without having to worry about legal problems.
Unless an individual meets the requirements found in ORS 166.291, Oregon county sheriffs are required to issue concealed handgun licenses because Oregon is a "shall issue" state. Some situations arise, though, causing an individual to have a handgun license denied. If you believe you've received a denial without reasonable grounds, you do have legal recourse.
Intoxalock, a manufacturer of ignition interlock devices, has chosen Short Law Group in Portland as one of its attorney partners.
As a pervious post highlighted, some criminal offenders might seek to take measures to clear their criminal history. While taking the step to have a criminal conviction expunged could greatly benefit an offender, this process is not available for all criminal charges. Therefore, those accused of criminal charges should take the appropriate steps to fully understand their defense strategies no matter the severity of the charges.
Having a criminal history is not something residents in Oregon and elsewhere desire. However, when individuals are convicted of a criminal charge, he or she will have to suffer the consequences associated with the charges. A criminal record could mean personal and professional consequences such as difficulties obtaining a job, housing or financial aid for school. Therefore, it is important to consider options that could alleviate or reduce the impacts a criminal charge could have.
In Oregon as elsewhere, in some instances people are arrested immediately after some event has taken place. For example, a fight may immediately lead to assault charges. However, there are also many situations where police undertake an investigation before an arrest is made. In these cases, police may gather evidence from a variety of sources in order to get the information they need to bring charges.