When a person is arrested for a crime, no matter how severe the accusation might seem, it is important that they understand their rights. These rights can help ensure a person receives a fair trial, and police officers don't abuse their power, which could lead to a wrongful conviction and imprisonment.
March 2013 Archives
When a person is accused of a crime, they might also face public scrutiny because arrests often become public information and publicized through the media. Despite being considered innocent until proven guilty, many news reports treat people of alleged crimes as guilty. Details used in the news report often come directly from police reports, which demonstrate the police and witness points of view, often not favoring an accused person.
A man in New Jersey was arrested late last year for protesting a bear hunt. The man has been arrested for protesting the hunt for the past three years, but he has said he will fight the charges this year, despite having paid fines for the last two incidents. He appeared in court this week for the first time since his charge, and says that he didn't do anything wrong, which is why he is fighting the charge this year.
Two men were arrested over the weekend for allegedly giving false bomb threats at Newark Liberty International Airport. Authorities often take these threats very seriously, and accusations of threats such as the ones in these cases should not be taken lightly. When a person is accused of a crime, it is assumed that they are innocent until proven guilty. In cases that are highly publicized such as these, people are subject to public scrutiny that might make it difficult for them to obtain a fair trial.
The state of New Jersey is allegedly withholding tax refunds for many residents because it wants to investigate them further among reports of growing tax refund fraud. According to a report, the state believes that many tax returns could be fraudulent because people have stolen identities of other people and are filing tax returns under their names.
The Supreme Court took up a case that might affect everyone's rights to privacy. The Court ruled that a positive alert by drug sniffing dogs could warrant a search on a person's vehicle even if an officer with the dog didn't have a real reason to investigate, other than having a suspicion.
A man was arrested in another state after police say he sent a text message to a 13-year-old boy, asking him if he wanted to buy drugs. The teen reportedly told a police officer at his school. Authorities say they then set up an undercover officer to buy drugs from the man. The man was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.
A man was arrested after a crash that resulted in a fire. Police accused the man of drunk driving in New Jersey before crashing into a tractor-trailer. The truck was parked on the side of a highway, but it isn't clear why. The man was taken to the hospital where police say he was treated for minor injuries and underwent blood alcohol testing.