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An unauthorized driver’s right to privacy in a rental car

The U.S. Supreme Court issued an important decision on Fourth Amendment rights for rental car drivers. If a driver who is not listed on a rental contract—but who has permission from the authorized driver to use the car—gets pulled over, are they protected from unreasonable search and seizure?

What happens to my immigration status if I plead guilty?

If you’re an immigrant in the United States and are charged with a crime, it’s particularly important to understand how your actions following your arrest could affect your immigration status. Legal advice that applies to a U.S. citizen may not serve your best interests.

Are children’s Miranda rights sufficiently protected in Illinois?

One evening in southern Illinois, a 17-year-old boy named Anthony sat at home. Suddenly, the police arrived, arresting Anthony in front of his family—without explaining why. Anthony has an IQ of 60—which places his cognition on par with a nine year old. The police officers understood his disadvantage. Nonetheless, once at the station, they got him to sign away his right to counsel and to remain silent.

Can the police use drug-sniffing dogs at a traffic stop?

You're driving down the road, on your way to work, when you get pulled over for failing to signal a lane change. The police officer approaches your vehicle, asks for your driver's license and vehicle registration and runs a background check. So far, this process is probably exactly what you'd expect.

How can I get my sentence reduced?

If you’ve been charged with a crime, you may be feeling hopeless at the prospect of spending a certain amount of your future behind bars. However, while the law assigns certain penalties to certain types of crimes, there is still some flexibility for reducing your sentence—both before and after conviction.

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