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    Crime and Punishment

    What is a warrant?

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    There are two types of warrants that deal with the juvenile justice and criminal systems in the United States. The first is an arrest warrant and the second is a search warrant. An arrest warrant is a court order issued by a judge or person …


    What is an incorrigible child?

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    In the juvenile justice system in the U.S., there are crimes referred to as “status offenses.” These are crimes that only a minor (someone under age 18) can commit. If found guilty of a status offense, you are referred to as an “incorrigible child.” Examples include runaway, curfew, truancy, …


    What does pleading “no contest” mean?

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    If you are charged with a crime or a delinquent act, you have certain rights guaranteed by the Constitution and the laws in your state. One of these is the right to plead not guilty to the offense. If that’s what you decide to do, the …


    Is salvia legal?

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    Although the federal government has not made salvia a controlled substance at this time and therefore, it remains legal within federal law, more than 20 states have banned it or limited its use. For example, in California it’s illegal to provide salvia to a minor, …


    Is smoking incense like K2 or Spice legal?

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    Synthetic cannabis or marijuana has become a popular item online and in smoke and head shops across the country in recent years.  However, the rising trend of smoking what has been considered “legal weed,” has gotten the attention of state legislatures which are considering the legality of this …


    What does the felony murder rule mean?

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    As you know, a felony is a crime that usually carries a sentence of more than a year in jail or prison. Examples of felonies include robbery, burglary, aggravated DUI, murder and sexual assaults. Some states also have what is called a “felony murder” rule.  This …


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