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How can a drug conviction hurt you?

When you're charged with drug-related crimes, the severity of a potential conviction may take a while to sink in. Fortunately, you have Nebraska legal professional McGoughlaw P.C., L.L.O., here to show you the intense impact that a conviction can have.

New tech gadget lets sheriff's scan vehicles for drugs

Residents in Nebraska who are ever stopped in cars by police or other law enforcement officers should always understand their rights when it comes to the questions asked and to potentially having their vehicles searched. While certainly officers are able to investigate potential crimes or illegal actions, suspected defendants also have rights and in these situations. Now, there are new ways that law enforcement might perform searches and this may be a big game changer for many.

Relapse sends man back to prison

While the President of the United States recently declared the country's opioid epidemic a public health emergency, many in Nebraska and other states continue to struggle with the difficulties associated with serious drug addiction. These difficulties include the toll on a person's physical and emotional health but extend to their friends and families as well. When people are thrown into jails or prisons rather that given help for this disease, many people end up suffering.

More people need help, not jail, for drug issues

Reports about people who are arrested for and charged with crimes involving opioid substances in Nebraska are nothing new. Sadly, these types of reports and situations may actually reflect another reality that has been growing in recent years. That reality is a growth in the number of people addicted to these opioid substances.

Drug makers targeted in investigation

In Nebraska as elsewhere in the United States, the increased use of and reliance on opioid medications and other prescription drugs has risen to levels that nobody may have been able to predict a couple of decades ago. While one may want to believe that these drugs really were originally designed to provide good care and relief to people facing serious pain or other medical problems, the reality may have proven to be something quite different.

False drug test lands man in prison for drywall powder

Few life events sting like a wrongful arrest. That feeling of accusation cuts deep, knowing that other people won't look at you the same way. It hurts more than your feelings. It damages your reputation, your relationships and your career. Allegations have serious consequences.

Consent and the reasonable expectation of privacy

Nebraskans have the right to be free from warrantless searches and seizures by government officials when they have a "reasonable expectation of privacy."  According to article I, section 7, of the Nebraska State Constitution, persons are afforded protection from "unreasonable searches and seizures" by the government just as they are protected under federal Constitutional law. A search or seizure is unreasonable if it cannot be justified when the law is applied to the factual circumstances surrounding the event.

Student athletes face drug offenses

If a person from Nebraska has experienced a criminal arrest, they can understandably be nervous about the eventual outcome of the incident. If an arrest takes place in another state, there can be even more concerns as some laws may be different from those in Nebraska. Two college football players from the University of Nebraska have been in this type of situation for the past few months.

What prescription drugs are most addictive?

If you are like most people in Nebraska, you have been given at least one prescription for a medication by a doctor at some point. However, did you know that many such drugs can be highly addictive? While not everyone who takes a prescription medication develops an addiction to it, those that do may be at risk not only of certain health hazards but also for being accused of criminal activity. The National Institute on Drug Abuse suggests that as many as one in five Americans have taken prescription medications for purposes other than their intended uses.

Man remains in jail, forensic testing continues

News stories recounting criminal raids or arrests can certainly paint a bleak picture for defendants in Nebraska. However, is is important for people facing these charges to remember that the media is all about trying to get ratings and views so they produce content that may entice this result. That means some stories do not include all of the facts known in a case as that might change the perception of the reader to be less enticing.

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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
  • “Jim, It's always a pleasure to see you in court. Your effective, professional representation of your clients is so helpful.” -LW
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