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Criminal Law: Property...In general, criminal law offenses can be broken into broad categories, including offenses against the person, offenses against the habitation (e.g., residence or dwelling), sex offenses, and property offenses. Among the property offenses are the common law theft crimes of larceny, embezzlement and...Read More
Mitigating FactorsIf you are unable to successfully raise a defense to a crime, you may still have the crime reduced to a lesser included offense or have the punishment decreased. Surprisingly, courts are usually quite receptive to mitigating factors. Factors of Mitigation No prior record Insignificant record Mental...Read More
Barring the Retroactive...The U.S. Supreme Court often announces “new rules” of constitutional interpretation. In 1989, the Court explained in Teague v. Lane that a “new rule” is generally one that “breaks new ground or imposes a new obligation on the States or the Federal Government.”...Read More
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