38 articles found by Jeff Terrill
||Aiding a crime
Ellen worried about her nineteen year old son, Michael…
|| Dealing in school
Keep drugs away from our kids’ schools — everyone can likely agree with that goal, right? Tough penalties for the guy who gets caught pushing drugs on a kid makes sense, don’t you think?
||Don't just leave the scene
Thousands of traffic accidents occur every day. Fortunately, many don’t involve injuries. Some accidents involve damage to things other than vehicles. Street signs, mailboxes and fences are just a few examples of property that vehicles damage.
||Don’t wait for rock bottom
Over the years, I’ve met with hundreds of families struggling with a substance abuser or addict. In most cases, by the time the family meets with the lawyer, the addict has already gotten himself into legal trouble.
||Time on your side. Maybe.
How about all of this extra sunshine in the evening?
||Police officers: never really off the clock
Over the years, I’ve heard and read about many instances where off-duty police officers came to the aid of people in need of assistance. They could look the other way when trouble calls, but most don’t.
||Receiving stolen property
Under Indiana law, a person who knowingly exerts unauthorized control over property of another person, with the intent to deprive the other person of any part of its value or use, commits theft, a Class D felony.
||Protective order — part 2
A few weeks ago I wrote about protective orders and the crime of invasion of privacy. Due to the enthusiastic response I received (from one person), I decided to write more…
Have you ever bet on a game or participated in a fantasy football league? Ever played cards for money or entered a college basketball tournament office pool?
||Invasion of privacy
In Indiana, a person commits the crime of invasion of privacy when he knowingly or intentionally violates a no contact or protective order.
||The HTV Cliff
There’s been a lot of discussion about the proximity of our economy to a fiscal cliff. But there’s another type of cliff’s edge on which thousands of unaware Indiana valid drivers sit.
||The privilege of silence
Have you ever heard about someone “lawyering up” or “taking the 5th”? Under the Indiana Constitution, and the Constitution of the United States, we have a protection against self-incrimination. Stated differently, we can remain silent.
||Gateway drugs? “Hallway” drugs are the bigger threat
OK. It’s official. Recreational marijuana use is legal in Colorado and Washington. When the new law takes effect in a month, a person in Colorado who is at least 21 years of age will be able to legally possess up to one ounce (28 grams) of marijuana or harvest up to six plants.
||Surprise! Your license is suspended
One ticket and a little absent-mindedness can equal big problems when it comes to your ability to drive.
||Need a lawyer? Go with who you know
How do you find a good lawyer? Phonebook, Internet or television might work. But I have a better suggestion…
||Extra special education
Do you know a youngster who is struggling in school? Does that child receive poor grades despite putting forth effort?
||Refuse you lose
The Allen County Prosecutor’s Office recently announced a new policy for any suspected impaired driver who refuses to submit to a breath or blood test.
Most people in Indiana know that it’s illegal to possess or use marijuana within the state, but many don’t know that it’s against the law to drive a vehicle the day after or even a few weeks after a person last smoked marijuana.
Sometimes, people engage in a bit of mischief, acts that are usually defined as irritating or annoying. Webster’s Dictionary lists words such as “devilishness” and “rascality” as synonyms for mischief. Legally, mischievousness might get a person in trouble, but not all acts of mischief are criminal.
||Life in the fast lane
Did you know that you could go to jail for speeding? In Indiana, most traffic violations are not filed as criminal cases, but there’s a bunch of ways for an Indiana driver to commit a crime.
||Obstructed license plates
When my brother and I were kids, we joined forces on long car trips to see if we could spot a license plate from each state.
||New laws for 2012
Effective July 1, 2012, Indiana residents received a host of new laws. Two of the new changes to the criminal code apply to public intoxication and underage drinking.
How long do you think a candy bar would stay on the shelves if it were causing kids to be hospitalized?
My goal each week is to relay some information that might help you or your friends learn something about the law that you or they might not already know. This week I’m writing about a person and a different type of court.
||What's a "vehicle"?
We all know that alcohol and vehicles don’t mix.
||Corporal punishment in schools
A few days ago, I read an article about school paddling in the USA Today. The article’s bi-line mentioned that 19 states still allowed corporal punishment in schools.
||Bullying and accountability
Last year, my oldest child made a pledge in school that she would not engage in bullying.
||Hold the phone
Several days ago, I was driving while talking on my cell phone. I steered with my left hand and held the phone in my right.
Kids don’t just say funny things. They do funny things. And some of those funny things can put kids in danger or on the wrong side of the law.
||What you know — and maybe don’t know — about synthetic marijuana
You might already know a thing or two about synthetic marijuana. It’s commonly referred to as “Spice” or “K2.”
||The cost of locking up suspended drivers
Prisons are full and an extended stay in one is expensive.
||The costs of drinking and driving
I know you have heard it thousands of times…
||Expunging and sealing records
Mark is 28 now. When Mark was a senior in high school, he was stopped on his way home from school by a police officer because he was speeding on a country road.
||Cell phones and “sexting”
Do you have a cell phone? Do you know a teenager with a cell phone? Are you young enough that you have friends who are under the age of eighteen?
The question isn’t whether you have ever been battered. Instead, the question is how many times throughout your life have you been the victim of a battery.
||Drug dealer in your house?
Several weeks ago I wrote an article explaining just how easy it is for a drinker to commit the crime of public intoxication. You might be surprised to know that it might take even less effort to commit a drug crime.
||Pay our Judges Well
I’m an attorney. I deal with judges just about every day. I don’t always agree with their rulings and I can assure you they don’t always agree with me…
Attorneys who represent people accused of crimes are frequently asked, “how do you defend criminals?” Many people who have never been arrested or criminally prosecuted assume that those who have must be bad.