Category Archives: Drug Crimes
When Can Police Conduct A “Stop And Frisk” In Indiana?
The Fourth Amendment protects individuals from unreasonable searches and seizures by the government. But there are a number of judicially created exceptions to this rule. One is for so-called Terry stops, named after a 1968 United States Supreme Court decision. A Terry stop is basically where the police briefly detain a person based on… Read More »
How Drug Dealing Can Lead To 40 Years In Prison In Indiana
Thousands of people are charged with possessing and dealing controlled substances–i.e., illegal drugs–each year. Many of these cases are quickly elevated to felony charges based on special circumstances. For example, under Indiana law if a person distributes cocaine, methamphetamine, or a similar controlled substance that results in someone’s death, that dealer can be charged… Read More »
Criminal Drug Possession Requires Actual Proof Of Drugs
In a criminal case, it doesn’t necessarily matter what the government thinks you did, but rather what the government can prove you did. Put another way, the state must prove all elements of the charged offense beyond a reasonable doubt. This includes the basic facts of the crime itself. Indiana Appeals Court Reverses Conviction… Read More »
What Are Your Rights When The Police Ask To Search Your Home?
The Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution protects all citizens from unreasonable searches of their homes by the police. In simple terms, this means that the police must normally obtain a search warrant or a suspect’s consent before performing a search of their residential property. If the police arrive at your home with… Read More »
Drug Possession Crimes And The Three Ps
Every year, law enforcement officers nationwide arrest over 1.8 million people for drug violations. That figure is higher than the number of arrests for assaults, DUIs, or any other type of crime. The vast majority of drug arrests, over 80 percent of them, are for simple possession. Police officers make lots of drug possession… Read More »
Tales from the Brown Desk – Episode 26 – Drug Possession in Indiana, Role of Criminal Defense Attorneys, & Florida Man
Weekly Criminal Law Podcast, Tales from the Brown Desk, brought to you by Rigney Law LLC. Tales from the Brown Desk is a free flowing conversation involving two foul-mouthed attorneys. It may include graphic descriptions of sexual activity, violence, and traffic law. It may not be suitable for children. Listener discretion advised. Episode 26…. Read More »
Criminal Law Podcast – Tales from the Brown Desk – Episode 5
Weekly Criminal Law Podcast, Tales from the Brown Desk, brought to you by Rigney Law LLC. Tales from the Brown Desk is a free flowing conversation involving two foul-mouthed attorneys. It may include graphic descriptions of sexual activity, violence, and traffic law. It may not be suitable for children. Listener discretion advised. Episode 5… Read More »