Valentine’s Day – Public Defenders Get Love & You Get Lawyer Hiring Advice

On a typical day I will field four or five calls from folks trying to get advice that I know have every intention of using a public defender.  I feel for these people.  Many times they are calling me because they have not spoken to their assigned public defender yet.  I’ve never been a public defender, ...

The Online Black Market: An Introduction

Prior to the Healthcare.gov debacle, stories about Snowden and the NSA collecting folks’ information were more prominent in the news. As a privacy advocate who tinkers with technology, I naturally followed these stories. When I was searching for a distribution of Linux to use for security testing I came across articles discussing online black markets ...

Dispelling an Entrapment Myth: I Was Framed!

Dispelling an Entrapment Myth:  I Was Framed!
This is really just an excuse to use this picture of when I got this person to stick his head through a picture frame, but let’s start with a scenario. You are browsing the Internet and you decide to respond to something that could potentially be illegal. Let’s say it is an ad on Craigslist ...

Translating Courtroom Pictures…

I guarantee that when you, I, and Fox News look at this, we all three see different things. Using my magic criminal defense attorney divining rod I can actually tell what is going on though, here’s how it begins: Gucci: “Oh shit. Everything about this process is totally foreign to me. Even my wonder bread ...

Best Legal or Criminal Defense Shows (Part 1)

I was having some pizza at Vino’s and Law and Order: Criminal Intent was on. You may assume I like this show because it is ostensibly related to what I do. You know what they say about assuming though. Frankly, most legal or criminal shows absolutely bore me or even get me riled up with ...

Most Boring, Generic Attorney Commercial Ever

Most Boring, Generic Attorney Commercial Ever
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How to Defend Aaron Hernandez

If you believe internet commentators, Aaron Hernandez is guilty and that’s all there is to it.  I see numerous opportunities for a defense attorney to make arguments to create reasonable doubt in this situation.  (Even cases close to me like the West Memphis Three, unless I read the whole file – I have no opinion, ...

Arrest Warrant Issued for NFL Player Aaron Hernandez

Arrest Warrant Issued for NFL Player Aaron Hernandez
New England Patriots Tight End Aaron Hernandez is presently facing “Obstruction of Justice” charges. Right now the comments on sports websites are more likely to presume he is guilty than innocent.  This is contrary to how we pretend our justice system works.  The media released some circumstantial “evidence.”  We do not know whether or not ...

Apps for Signing Contracts – New Technology to Test

Today alone I received calls from folks in half a dozen States. Typically we get an email address and send them a .word and .pdf of their contract. Our clients can sign them and return them to us via fax, email, or snail mail. This usually works, but sometimes time is of the essence. Many ...

What Happens When you are Charged with a Crime: An Arkansas Criminal Defense Attorneys Guide

If you are charged with a crime, you need to strongly consider obtaining counsel immediately.  Innocent people can be convicted.  Even if you think that you may be guilty you need to make sure an attorney provides a vigorous defense and forces the State to meet its burden of proof. First things first, you should ...