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What is the one-leg stand test?

When a person in Nebraska is stopped by a police officer, sheriff or other member of a law enforcement entity, there exists the potential that the officer may investigate them for suspected driving under the influence. Many things may make this line of questioning possible such as the presence of alcohol on a person's breath. When this sequence of investigation is initiated, three different field sobriety tests that are standardized for use by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration may be used. One of these is the one-leg stand test.

Defining consent in Nebraska

Upon hearing of accusations of sexual assault in Omaha, many may automatically assume that such offenses are perpetrated by deviants targeting random victims. In reality, however, rape and other sex crimes are often considered to be much more intimate. Data shared by DisasterCenter.com shows that as recently as 2015, there were 652 documented cases of rape in Nebraska alone. In many of those cases, the alleged victims likely knew their attackers. Those labeled as their attackers, however, may have not realized that the potential of their being accused of such a crime was present at all. They might have even reasonably believed that the encounters that led to them being charged were consensual.

Do police body cameras help or hurt criminal defense cases?

The use of body cameras by police is the latest hot button issue in the legal world. Body camera use by police is on the rise in Omaha, according to the World-HeraldRecent cases of police violence have raised the debate on whether or not body cameras are necessary and effective in law enforcement.

Officer resigns and pleads guilty to drunk driving

Nebraska residents have good reason to be concerned about the severity of the penalties associated with a drunk driving arrest and conviction. The state has very strict laws but at the same time it also allows every person the right to defend themselves. Plea agreements may also result in people receiving sentences lesser than they may have otherwise which could give them the chance to get back on track.

Age of alleged victim contributes to dropped charges

After being arrested and charged with virtually any crime, it can be understandable for a Nebraska resident to feel very worried and wonder whether or not they will be able to be treated fairly during the defense process. When a charge involves a sex crime and a minor, the worries are certainly understandable. However, the criminal justice system is set up to ensure that defendants have the ability to make sure their rights are protected at every step of the way.

Police body cameras in Nebraska

If you have been arrested for suspected involvement in a crime in Nebraska, you may have been aware that the officers were wearing cameras during the arrest process. It is important for you to have an understanding of how the state approaches the use of these police body cameras and the footage that they capture.

Douglas County jury convicts man of sex trafficking

Nebraska residents who are accused of serious crimes, including those allegedly involving people under the age of 18, must always try to remember that they have rights in the criminal defense process as well. Even if a person is convicted of a crime, there remains the possibility of appealing a decision, for example. Every criminal case is unique and this fact is another thing that makes it important to assume that every arrest leads to the same result.

Can you get a job with a criminal record?

If you are one of the many people in Nebraska who has ever been arrested or even convicted of a crime, you understandably may be concerned about your chances of getting a job or a new job if you have one now. While a criminal record may hinder a job search in some situations, it does not always have to.

Understanding criminal terminology

If you have been arrested for any type of offense in Nebraska, one of the things you may want to understand better are some of the terms used and exactly what they mean. Legal and criminal jargon can often be confusing for some people to understand, especially if you have never dealt with law enforcement or with the criminal justice system before.

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Success Stories

  • Defendant was charged with sexual assault of a minor. At the deposition of the alleged victim, our firm got the alleged victim to confess that she made the whole thing up. Charges were dropped against our client.
  • Defendant was charged with possessing a large quantity of marijuana. Following a complete investigation by our firm, the State agreed to dismiss all charges against our client.
  • Defendant was charged with embezzling more than $300,000.00, from a previous employer. At the deposition of the alleged victim, our firm highlighted a number of inconsistencies and questionable statements. The State agreed to dismiss all charges against our client.
  • Defendant was charged with child abuse resulting in death. Following the investigation of our firm, depositions of key witnesses and presentation of our findings to the prosecutor, the State agreed to dismiss the charges against our client.
  • Defendant was charged with carrying a concealed weapon. The matter proceeded to trial and the jury found our client Not Guilty.

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  • “Jim, Thank you for all of your help over the past couple weeks. I cannot emphasize enough how much better I have felt after receiving your help. Keeping my record clean as possible means a lot to me and I couldn’t have done it without you, thank you!” -TP
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