Monthly Archives: March 2019

Mar 25, 2019

Is “Emoji Law” Actually a Thing?

By |March 25th, 2019|Criminal|0 Comments

The emoticon was born on September 19, 1982 when Professor Scott Fahlman of Carnegie Mellon suggested using the keyboard symbols :-) and :-( to express emotions online. This caught on, spread around the country, and eventually we were all using emoticons. However, beyond simple emojis like that, interpretations of other emojis can be rather subjective. In an interview with The Verge, Santa Clara University law professor Eric Goldman points out, “Emoji usually have dialects. They [...]

Mar 19, 2019

Traveling to Canada with a DUI Just Got More Difficult

By |March 19th, 2019|DUI|0 Comments

After the 2018 legalization of marijuana in Canada, the Canadian government also toughened up on its laws regarding driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol. This legislation took effect on December 18, 2018 – and has a major effect on visitors to Canada from Maryland and the rest of the United States. Before 2019 Before this year, non-Canadians who had ever been arrested or convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) were denied entry [...]

Mar 12, 2019

Justices Gorsuch and Sotomayor Are Fighting for Your Right to a Trial

By |March 12th, 2019|Criminal|0 Comments

The Sixth Amendment to the US Constitution provides “In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining [...]

Mar 6, 2019

U.S. Supreme Court Rules Against Excessive Fines & Property Seizures

By |March 6th, 2019|Criminal|0 Comments

On Wednesday, February 20, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled unanimously that states cannot impose excessive fees, fines, or forfeitures as criminal penalties. This decision clarifies that the Eighth Amendment, which prohibits excessive fines, applies to states as well as the federal government. The ability of authorities to seize private property used in a crime – civil asset forfeiture – has become a revenue source for states, as well as a way to [...]

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