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December 2012 Archives

Medical pot: what's legal, what's not?

In Stamford and across the state, thousands each year still receive stiff fines and jail time for the possession, distribution, and growth of marijuana, which is federally designated as a "schedule 1" drug offense, bringing on the most stringent of sentences. However, like many states across the nation, Connecticut's approach to marijuana and the medically beneficial uses the drug may provide is maturing toward a more modern and comprehensive position.

Locked out? Breathalyzer ignition locks may expand

Numerous measures can comprise the sentencing for a drunk driving conviction. From the loss of a license, heavy fines, to jail time, judges and juries make deliberate attempts to keep those found guilty off the road and seriously impacted by their conviction. One additional measure that can dog a driver long after fines have been paid and time is served is the inclusion of an ignition lock device on their current or future vehicle(s)

Ex-offenders, victims debate juvenile parole

For those convicted of a juvenile crime, the consequences can be often no less severe than adult sentencing. Serious fines and incarceration can come as a result of a "guilty" verdict, at times steep enough to completely derail the life of a young person before they even arrive at adulthood.

Federal tax evasion law brings debate

Federal and state white collar crime laws carry sentencing that often surprises many by how extensive and severe the fines and possible prison times can prove. It's clear that the government takes offenses like tax evasion, fraud, identity theft, and embezzlement very seriously. Given that the means of white collar crime are by nature technology-based and fast-paced, the legal landscape these acts inhabit is also constantly adapting in order to better police potential offenders.