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The age of consent in Nebraska

It seems that in the past several years, Nebraska residents have heard about a large number of situations in which young people are alleging that an older person inappropriately engaged in sexual activity with them or perhaps at least attempted to do so. Whether or not this is more prevalent today than in past generations is hard to say. Among the many things people should learn about in these situations is when a person can legally agree to participate in sexual activity.

Media pushes for release of information by state

Regardless of any individual person's belief about the death penalty, voters in Nebraska have collectively allowed it to remain in effect. Along with this one might believe would come the ability for the public to learn about some of the details involved in any execution that might take place. That, however, is not what is happening currently and many are upset about this. One entity has even filed a complaint against the state about this matter.

3 ways you might inadvertently commit a gun crime in Omaha

In Nebraska, as well as most states in the Midwest, owning guns is a way of life. Like many citizens, you might want a handgun or rifle for hunting and home defense. Nebraska gun laws are relatively friendly for gun owners, but you need to understand that in many areas you will need a handgun permit, as well as special permits for carrying a firearm in the open. At McGoughLaw P.C., L.L.O., we feel it is essential to warn well-meaning gun owners that they may be committing an offense by not understanding local gun laws.

Young and in love? Some actions can have severe consequences

Romeo and Juliet is a classic love story with the saddest of endings. Because of their feuding families, they were unable to fulfill their desire for togetherness. Fulfillment of their physical longings was limited to a kiss, and Shakespeare even framed that in the context of a sin.

Two charges levied on man said to have stolen car

When a person in Nebraska is placed under arrest for any type of crimes, officers are required to have sufficient evidence with which to support placing that person under arrest. The type of evidence that is required obviously varies by the type of offense that a person is accused of but nonetheless this is essential to a criminal case.

What might interfere with a field sobriety test?

If you have driven for any length of time in West Virginia or even in any other state you are likely aware that police officers might ask drivers to perform certain tasks if they suspect that the drivers might be drunk. These are generally referred to as field sobriety tests even though they are not able to or even meant to conclusively prove that a person is either drunk or sober. They are used to provide enough evidence to suggest that a person might be drunk so that an officer can legitimately place them under arrest.

Elderly woman charged with drunk driving

Many people in Nebraska may well have an image in their minds of the stereotype person who gets arrested for and charged with drunk driving. Quite typically, this image is not very positive and essentially assumes that only very irresponsible people would ever be facing this type of criminal charge. The stereotype may also make people think that only young drivers are arrested for driving under the influence. That could actually not be further from the truth.

New facility for work-release inmates

Nebraska residents who have been convicted of crimes or who may have loved ones in the state prison system know that overcrowding in the state's facility has been a serious problem. In fact, when the residence rate reached 160 percent of capacity, Nebraska had the second-highest inmate capacity rate of any state in the nation.

Drug crime sentencing not yet resolved

In Nebraska, state lawmakers have been at odds with law enforcement teams and criminal prosecutors for some time now regarding sentencing guidelines for select offenses and there appears to be no end in sight to the issue just yet. Specifically, the groups are arguing over whether or not there should be mandatory minimum sentences for some drug crimes. Some more serious offenses are not included in the debate.

How can I find a job after prison?

If you have been convicted of a criminal offense in Nebraska and were ordered to spend some time in a jail or a prison, one concern you may have is about how you will ever find a job again once your sentence has been served. Certainly it can be challenging to get a job with a criminal record but it need not be impossible. With a plan and the right help, you may be able to get yourself on a good path of employment and a more positive future.

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  • 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.
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