You can defend against kidnapping claims

You headed out of town with someone you just met recently. She seemed like an interesting person, and you had a good time while you were gone. What you didn't realize is that she'd told no one she was leaving, and she used you to make it seem like she'd been kidnapped. Now, she's claiming that yo...

Why it is important to reserve judgment in domestic abuse cases

Readers of our criminal defense blog at Patel Defense likely run across stories routinely that spotlight domestic violence incidents in which an assailant is identified, the case is heard, a jury acts and a criminal conviction is obtained. There is a flip side to such tales, which is perhaps most...

Why it is important to reserve judgment in domestic abuse cases

Readers of our criminal defense blog at Patel Defense likely run across stories routinely that spotlight domestic violence incidents in which an assailant is identified, the case is heard, a jury acts and a criminal conviction is obtained. There is a flip side to such tales, which is perhaps most...

Does anyone really believe forensics lab results are error-free?

Another day, another story. Forensic laboratory results derived from technical analysis of genetically sampled material (think centrally DNA) are sometimes remarkable for what they can reveal. A drop of blood can solve a crime. Sampled saliva can lead to a killer. A single fingerprint can prove t...

Cops using automatic license readers: Does that make you queasy?

For many years now (and, indeed, with increased momentum and stridency of opinion) in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001), a debate has raged across the country focused upon the surveillance of the general public by law enforcement agencies. That debate has raised this most fundamenta...

Police official expresses strong views on reasonableness

Even though the notion of "reasonableness" regarding citizens' treatment by law enforcement officials is a long-tenured and well-entrenched principle in the criminal law realm, most people don't have to know that to appreciate the need for reasoned behavior to be clearly on display in every police-c...

5 reasons kids shouldn’t face adult charges

Charging children as adults is a way to make sure they don't get lenient sentences for dramatic crimes. However, it ignores one crucial - and very simple - point: Kids aren't adults. Trying them as adults could open them up to more problems than it solves. Below are a few reasons that some experts b...

Could this happen in Indiana? One state drops BAC threshold

It's not as though most men and women in Indiana or anywhere else can imbibe more than an alcoholic beverage or two and safely assume that they are firmly under the drunk-driving threshold posited by the 0.08 blood-alcohol content standard operative across the United States. Put another way: For...