What Are ‘Wobbler’ DUIs and Why Should You Care?

A “wobbler,” in criminal procedure parlance, is a crime that can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony. That discretion is normally left up to prosecutors, although in some states judges may reduce felonies to misdemeanors under certain circumstances. When it comes to DUIs, most drunk driving offenses are misdemeanors but may be …

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Are the Cops in Your Nest? How Smart Home Devices Are Turning Into Surveillance Tools

There is a rule of thumb in the data security realm that advises against hooking anything up to the internet that doesn’t need to be, the idea being that internet connectivity is a door through which most every hacker finds their way in. In fact, a group of researchers discovered a way that even Google’s …

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How DNA on a Stamp Can Lead to a Criminal Indictment

Earlier this month, a Wisconsin District Attorney filed felony charges against a DNA profile for a crime committed six years ago. The statue of limitations was about to expire the next day for anonymous threats made against a sitting judge, and the prosecution felt strongly this perpetrator should face the charges, whomever he or she …

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Life Sentences for Burglars Whose Home Invasion Led to Man’s Deadly Leap

Jose Raman Greer dialed 911 from his third-floor balcony while three men tried to kick in the door of his Atlanta apartment in December 2015. Fearing for his life, Greer jumped from the balcony, suffered multiple fractures, and later died during surgery at a local hospital. Two of those involved in the home invasion, Mark …

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