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July 2017 Archives

Dept. of Justice apparently gearing up for a marijuana crackdown

The presidential Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety, led by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, is meant to focus on the prevention and reduction of violent crime. To accomplish that, however, it appears it may be reconsidering federal marijuana policy, even as it stands in regards to states' rights.

Sessions reverses course, will increase DOJ asset seizures

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced another reversal of Obama-era criminal justice reform, against a tide of bipartisan opposition. He announced this week that he intends to increase the use of the controversial process of civil forfeiture in federal criminal cases. Moreover, he plans to reintroduce the secondary seizure by federal officials of assets seized by local police forces.

What is a crime of moral turpitude?

Any criminal conviction will have a lasting effect on your life and the opportunities you can enjoy. Even a misdemeanor can disqualify you from certain jobs and make it difficult to find housing. Some crimes are particularly problematic when they appear on your record. These offenses -- crimes of moral turpitude -- reflect actions that violate generally accepted social mores.

The nonlegal consequences of having a criminal record

When you face minor criminal charges, you may not think it is a big deal, especially if you maintain your innocence or the evidence against you is weak. However, even if you do not end up with a conviction, having a criminal record has consequences that reach beyond the courtroom for many years.

How one minor offense can change the life of an immigrant

Imagine for a moment that you are driving home from a friend's house late at night. You see the red and blue lights of a police car flashing in your rear view and pull over. After approaching your car, the officer notes that there are empty beer bottles in the backseat. What do you expect might happen?

Auto-brewery syndrome may be responsible for your DUI

If you were recently charged with a DUI in Texas, but do not believe you were intoxicated, you may be suffering from auto-brewery syndrome. Recognition of this disease and its potential to cause unfair drunk driving charges has been increasing as more and more doctors are becoming aware of it. We at The Law Office of Anthony B. Cantrell can help you determine if auto-brewery syndrome may be responsible for your DUI.