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High Court rules that warrants are needed to search cellphones

The U.S. Supreme Court made another important ruling regarding privacy rights. This time it ruled unanimously that police officers needed search warrants before they could go through a suspect’s cell phone or tablet to look for additional information upon the suspect’s arrest. Generally, speaking, these searches are allowed after police establish “probable cause” or, in other words, they have a reasonable suspicion that a crime has been committed. 

Man suspended from teaching job after sexual assault charge

It can be difficult to remember in some cases that people who have been accused of crimes are not automatically guilty of them. They have the right to present a defense against the criminal charges they face, regardless of the kind of charges they are or the media attention surrounding them.

5 years after fatal stabbing, man returns to US to face trial

Depending on the circumstances, it can take several years for a case involving a violent crime to make its way to trial. This might be especially true if a suspect is unable to be reached for long periods of time. While fleeing after being charged isn't an automatic indicator of guilt in a particular case, it can make that perception difficult to overcome via a criminal defense strategy.

Assault by auto charge becomes vehicular homicide after man dies

If it is alleged that a New Jersey driver is at fault for injuring someone in an accident, they are likely to be charged. This is particularly true if the person is suspected of drunk driving at the tiem of the accident as well. If the victim's injuries are serious enough, then the charges could change if the injured person's condition takes a turn for the worse.

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