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Why it's never good to talk to the police without an attorney

Many people that face criminal charges think that they will have a greater chance of reducing their penalties if they talk to the police directly about the incident in question. You should avoid resorting to this option without first seeking guidance from a criminal defense attorney. There are several reasons why simply walking into the police station and spilling your guts to the first cop that you encounter is a really bad idea, and it is important to know about them so you do not make your situation even more difficult.

Study: Many courts allow unscientific psychology tests as evidence

Recently, a report appeared in the journal Psychological Science in the Public Interest that indicated large variability in what psychological tests are being allowed in American courts. These tests are used in both civil and criminal cases and can have enormous impact. In a criminal case, a psychological test could influence everything from whether the defendant gets bail to their ultimate sentence.

In Iowa, African Americans are 7.3 times more likely to be arrested for weed

In its report "A Tale of two Countries: Racially Targeted Arrests in the Era of Marijuana Reform," the ACLU points out that marijuana arrests continue to clog the criminal justice system even though there is broad support for legalization. And, 9 out of 10 marijuana arrests continue to be for simple possession.

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