Being charged with sexual assault and other sex-related crimes is a devastating experience for almost any defendant. In many cases, these cases become cases that involve your word against the other person's word. This is especially true if your case involves another adult who consented to the sexual contact and then recanted that consent later.
Sex trafficking is the sale, transport, harboring or recruitment of a human for the purpose of profiting from a sex act. The definition is paraphrased from the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, severe forms of sex trafficking might also include activities such as coercion and fraud.
When a defendant receives a guilty verdict, he or she can appeal the decision. The government does not have the same right of appeal; it cannot appeal a not guilty verdict. Both the defendant and the prosecution can, however, appeal a specific sentence.
Historically, you could be put in prison for owing money to a person or agency. Today in America, there are many other legal options for someone who is facing insurmountable debt, which is no longer considered a criminal affair. That is, unless the agency you owe is the Internal Revenue Service.
The Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act is a federal gun law that manages who can own or possess a gun in the United States. It is the Brady act that mandates the background checks that many talk about with regard to gun ownership, and the act has been a law since 1994.
Is selling heroin a violent crime? Prosecutors in the St. Louis area would say yes if someone dies of a heroin overdose. In fact, as part of a law enforcement initiative adopted in St. Louis, St. Charles, Franklin and Lincoln counties, police have begun investigating drug overdose deaths as homicides.