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Are Mandatory Minimum Sentences Putting the Right People in Prison?

Posted By The Law Offices of Jacqueline Goodman || 25-Jan-2014

The Costly Consequences of Mandatory Minimum Sentencing

Mandatory minimum sentencing has become a controversial topic within recent months, especially after Attorney General Eric Holder's August 2013 announcement that he would seek to cut mandatory minimums for drug offenders. The term "war on drugs" was coined in the 1980s by politicians who promised to get tough on crack cocaine offenders.

Inaccurate DUI Blood Alcohol Tests in Orange County Crime Lab

Posted By The Law Offices of Jacqueline Goodman || 10-Jan-2014

Criminal defense attorneys are well aware that some DUI cases can be won by challenging the results of chemical tests that record blood alcohol content (BAC). In fact, many in the non-legal field have heard tales of breathalyzer devices that record inaccurate readings for one reason or another, most commonly as a result of inadequate maintenance or calibration or improper test administration by law enforcement officers. Although blood tests are not infallible either, the general public tends to view them as being more accurate than breathalyzer devices used by officers in the field - perhaps because there is an element of "science" involved.

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