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Would a proposed law improve the criminal justice system?

If you’ve seen anyone arrested on television or in the movies, you’ve probably heard an officer say, “You have the right to remain silent.” Shortly afterward, that officer will say, “You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided for you.”

How does the discovery process affect a criminal case?

In the movies and television shows, it’s common to see courtroom dramas turn on the testimony of a surprise witness. Maybe it’s an eyewitness who can place the defendant at the scene of the crime. Maybe it’s a forensic accountant who can trace the stolen cryptocurrency. But either way, this isn’t how things happen in real life.

The problems with eyewitness testimony

One of the most surprising things you might hear after being charged for a crime you didn’t commit is that someone saw you do it. How could that be possible? If you were walking out of a store when someone else was robbing it, or if you were miles away, how could someone say they’d seen you?

State representative charged with drunk driving and other crimes

State lawmakers have an important role to play in Indiana's government, but occasionally, some legislators exaggerate their importance and forget that the law applies to them, too. The Democratic legislator who represents most of Indianapolis was recently arrested for alcohol-related crimes and for impersonating a police officer.

Indiana unintentional accidents crimes

Sometimes mistakes are made. Mistakes can be relatively minor and not harm anyone except perhaps, the person who made the mistake. However, mistakes may be made that lead to the death of another person. If a person causes the death of another person, but had no intention of doing so, can they be charged with a crime?

Penalties associated with drunk driving in Indiana

In Indiana and the rest of the country, the highest blood alcohol concentration level with which a driver can operate a vehicle is 0.08. Operating a vehicle with BAC above this level is an offense. In fact, during zero-tolerance drives and for underage drivers, the BAC limit is 0.02. Also, if a driver's BAC is found to be more than 0.15, that driver can expect to face enhanced penalties. In Indiana, the term used for drunk driving offenses is "operating while intoxicated," or OWI.

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