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New research: Six percent of prisoners are wrongfully convicted

Researchers have not had an accurate answer when asked, “how many prisoners are wrongfully convicted?” until now. A study was recently completed to estimate the average amount of wrongful convictions in the nation’s prison population. It has been estimated that three to five percent of capital crime charges result in wrongful convictions. However, this University of Pennsylvania study is the first of its kind for all other crimes, such as drug possession, theft and assault.

What can you do to adjust to life after prison?

You have just been released from prison and are now facing an uncertain future as you readjust to life. While serving your prison term, you made new goals for yourself and have committed to living a successful life in Oregon. Fortunately, there are things you can do to give yourself the best possible chance at living a successful life and putting your criminal past behind you for good. 

Sending the wrong person behind bars with false testimony

An innocent man recently walked out of prison after spending almost 18 years behind bars. David Robinson was released for a murder he did not commit in Missouri almost two decades after the fact. Many failed parts are typically involved in wrongful convictions, but testimonies are one of the most common. In this case, there was no physical evidence against David. The only thing that linked David to the murder of Sheila Box in 2001 was a false testimony.

What is a writ of habeas corpus?

If you have been arrested and are currently in prison in Oregon, you may believe that you are there unlawfully. However, as FindLaw explains, because the judge has not ruled in your case, you cannot appeal. You may still have an option for challenging the legality of your imprisonment through a writ of habeas corpus.

Facing DUI charges during a custody dispute

Our law office knows that parents face many challenges and there are certain experiences that can be especially tough, such as working through a dispute over the custody of your child. Unfortunately, additional hardships may arise during this time, such as drunk driving charges, which can be detrimental with regard to your case and may hurt your ability to spend time with your child. As a result, it is crucial for you to look into your different options and do your best to present your case well since so much is at stake.

Deportation of undocumented immigrants with convictions

In the wake of the Trump administration’s executive order to focus on deporting undocumented immigrants, many continue to face an unknown future. In 2017, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement received the order to target deportation nationwide. As stated in the order, the first people targeted by this initiative are those who have been convicted of a crime.

Memorial Day weekend and DUI charges

People find themselves accused of driving under the influence at all times of year, but there are certain occasions when these charges are more likely, such as during a holiday weekend. With Memorial Day weekend around the corner, many people are planning on celebrating with friends and relatives. Sometimes, these celebrations involve alcohol, which can increase the likelihood of someone getting behind the wheel intoxicated (even accidentally, in some instances). Unfortunately, drunk driving carries harsh consequences that can have a long-term impact on those charged with this offense and their loved ones.

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