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Treatment and better futures focus of court program

People who have been arrested for and charged with criminal offenses related to drugs in Nebraska may often have related addiction or drug abuse problems. This is something that is slowly but eventually being recognized by lawmakers and those in the criminal justice system. One manifestation of this recognition is the development of drug courts or problem-solving courts as they may also be called.

Nebraska's drug schedules

The topic of recreational drug use can be a hot button one in Omaha and throughout the rest of the United States. On one side, some may argue that people should be free to do what they please provided it causes no physical or financial harm to others. On the other, there are those who point out that abusing drugs makes one a danger to both him or herself and others. Just how common is drug use in the U.S.? According to data shared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 10 percent of the population over the age of 12 admits to doing it. 

Couple arrested outside of Lincoln familiar to local authorities

As the legalization of marijuana has occurred in several states, confusion has also arisen over how its possession and/or sale is treated legally across the country. Those living in states where recreational use of cannabis is allowed may not understand that transporting it into states where it is not could result in criminal penalties. In such a case, ignorance regarding local state laws may not stand up as a sufficient argument. 

What is Nebraska's stance on marijuana?

If you are a Nebraska resident who enjoys smoking an occasional joint in the privacy of your own home, it is unlikely that you will face legal consequences for doing so. For the most part, what you do in your home is your private business and law enforcement will not interfere with your doing it, such as “busting” you for possession of marijuana. However, as FindLaw points out, possessing even one ounce or less of marijuana is still a misdemeanor in Nebraska. You will face a $300 fine if law enforcement catches you with it outside your home and this is your first offense. You may also have to enroll in a drug prevention class.

Report by investigator's wife leads to arrest and charges

Nebraska residents who are arrested for suspected drug crimes may find themselves in such a situation due to some unusual circumstances. These cases, despite how they may be reported in the local media, can often be very complex. Many fine details could potentially change a citizen's, judge's or jury member's view of the defendant's actual guilt or innocence.

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.

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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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