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This story breaks your heart and makes you realize why lawyers are need in this world. A Michigan man could go to jail for failing to pay child support for a kid that is not his. Even though DNA tests have proven that the child is not his, Michigan State still swears that this man owes over $30,000 in child support simply because the child's mother listed the man as the father when SHE applied for welfare benefits. Under a crazy law in Michigan, this means that this man owes the money. This is one of the most outrageous legal stories I have heard. Maybe there is more to the story than what is being told in the media. Either way, the good news is that this man has an attorney that is helping him fight this nonsense.
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A little bit ago, New Jersey chose to enact a law that allowed criminal charges to be brought against the seller of drugs if the purchaser died from overdosing. This law is not used that often, because it can be often hard to prove. However, a recent case in South Jersey is trying it out. A South Jersey man sold heroin to another man, who later died from overdose. As a result, the seller was charged with the strict liability law for drug induced death and other related drug offenses. Prosecutors say the found cell phone records and other evidence that helped identify the suspect. In fact, the say the evidence shows the heroin was sold just hours before the death.
As a result of the charges, the seller faces up to 20 years in jail if convicted and is currently in jail on unrelated charges.
A new device called the Range-R operates like a stud finder. However, instead of looking for studs in the wall, it detects motion beyond the wall, including breathing as far as 50 feet away. In the past, the U.S. Supreme Court had determined that police cannot use high-tech equipment, such as this Range-R, to see inside people's homes without obtaining a search warrant first.
It is unknown at this time how often this device is being used or if it is being used properly in conjunction with a properly obtained warrant. However, it is known that at least 200 of these devices have been purchased by 50 law enforcement agencies.
Here is an interesting story as to how technology helps the police find criminals. A Texas man's truck was robbed. The thieves stole cash and an Ipad. However, the thieves either did not think about what happened next or did not understand technology well enough. In a moment of coincidence, the victim decided to check the "cloud" and see what photos were recently uploaded from his Ipad. Well, behold new photographs of men the victim didn't know and didn't take. It took a few seconds for the man to realize that these men must be the thieves that robbed his truck. The man contacted police and the thieves were located.
It's funny. When you finally get your own car that you have been waiting for your whole life, you are so excited. You are a proud owner and want to make this car yours. Maybe you keep it clean. Maybe you don't allow anyone to eat in the car. Maybe you decorate it by hanging dice, feathers, rosary beads or an air freshener from the rear view mirror. Did you know that hanging something from your rear view mirror actually gives the police a fall back excuse when they pull you over? Imagine this. You are young, driving down the road minding your own business. The police pull you over. When you ask why they are pulling you over, you get a response that makes no sense. They just thought you "looked" suspicious. Not that you ran a red light or made a wrong turn. You looked suspicious. You then get very nervous. They start to ask questions and want to search the car. By God, they find something when the search the car and now you are charged with possession of CDS in a motor vehicle. But wait, they didn't have a reason to stop you in the first place. Oh, but wait, you have dice hanging from your rear view mirror. I bet you will now have a ticket for having something obstructing your view and the report will now say that the officer pulled you over because of the obstruction. Now what they found will come in to play because they had a legitimate reason to pull you over. It now becomes your word against a police officer's word as to why the stop initially happened. Who do you think the judge is going to believe?
What could you do differently? Keep nothing hanging from your rear view mirror. Put the dice or other object in the back seat somewhere. Maybe put it by the back window. There is no ticket for that!