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Overview of UCMJ Article 32 procedures in a military court martial
Post On Oct. 03, 2015
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UCMJ Article 32 procedures in a military court martial are designed to give the accused due process rights, similar to a civilian grand jury or preliminary hearing. Overview Under the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, a person has an express right to a Grand Jury indictment before they can...

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7 Common Myths: Military Sexual Assaults (Article 120 UCMJ)
Post On Aug. 02, 2013
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Military Sexual Assaults are a hot issue in Congress and with senior commanders. Not surprisingly, a lot of bad information has infected military culture. If you are a military member, you owe it to yourself to know the facts. 1. If some one says they are raped or sexually assaulted, they are...

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Do You Need to Intend a DUI?

This is taken from a legal brief I submitted to the City of Seattle in 2010. At common law it was said that “to constitute a crime against human laws, there must be, first, a vitious will; and, secondly, an unlawful act consequent upon such a vitious will." State v. Eaton, 168 Wn.2d 476, 229 P.3d...

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Basic Guide to Maryland Drivers License Suspension and Revocation Hearings
Post On May 16, 2011
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Under Maryland law and regulation, the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) has the duty to administer the motorist license system and to call motorists in for a "Point System Conference" and send motorists to driver improvement programs or "DIP." More ominously, the MVA can suspend or even...

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Ohio Criminal Law Basics

Criminal law is one of the oldest of the major branches of law. It spells out rules of conduct for society to follow and provides for penalties when those rules are broken. The law also protects by shielding citizens from wrongful prosecutions and mistakes made by law enforcement officials,...

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To Sleep or Not to Sleep?
Post On Feb. 01, 2010
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DUI Ambien and "Sleep Driving" "Sleep driving" is defined by the FDA as "driving while not fully awake after ingestion of a sedative-hypnotic product, with no memory of the event." Ambien and other popular sleeping medications are sedative-hypnotic products that can cause this condition. Sleep...

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