Articles Criminal

DOJ Continues Drug Reform Through Marijuana Enforcement Policy

by Blue LLP

Posted on 30 Aug 2013


DOJ Continues Drug Reform Through Marijuana Enforcement Policy

Yesterday, the Department of Justice announced further guidance to its federal marijuana enforcement policy, based upon recent state ballot initiatives that legalize the possession of small amounts of the drug. Although marijuana is considered an illegal drug under the Controlled Substances Act, Colorado and Washington have enacted laws that legalize its recreational use. Additionally, for nearly two decades, several states have allowed use of the drug for medicinal purposes.

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Poll Indicates Half Oppose Mandatory Minimums

by Blue LLP

Posted on 29 Aug 2013


Poll Indicates Half Oppose Mandatory Minimums

A recent poll indicates that half of Americans oppose mandatory minimum sentences. Mandatory minimum sentences are common for federal drug crimes, and prevent judges, barring consent from the prosecutor, from imposing a sentence that is below the statutory minimum.

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Federal Probable Cause and Detention Hearings

by Blue LLP

Posted on 14 Aug 2012


Federal Probable Cause and Detention Hearings

In the federal criminal justice system, like North Carolina’s system, formal criminal proceedings are often initiated by what is called a criminal complaint. A criminal complaint is little more than a sworn statement by a law enforcement officer (or some other investigator) that accuses a suspect of breaking a federal law.

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Fair Sentencing Act and Life Without Parole for Juveniles

by Blue LLP

Posted on 8 Aug 2012


Fair Sentencing Act and Life Without Parole for Juveniles

A Look at Two Significant Criminal Law Cases Recently Decided by the Supreme Court

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The Perils of "Relevant Conduct" in Federal Sentencing

by Blue LLP

Posted on 9 Mar 2012


The concept of "Relevant Conduct" can result in a prison term that is much more that a defendant may initially anticipate.

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