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Charges follow fracas at University of Connecticut speech

In the current heated political climate, guest speakers at college campuses often provoke protests and sometimes even violence and other actions that result in criminal charges. This is particularly true when they espouse views that many people feel are offensive or perhaps even dangerous.

When is a police search legal?

If you're stopped by police on the street or in your car, or if they enter a residence where you happen to be, it's understandable that you panic. Often, people in these situations submit to anything a law enforcement officer asks or tells them to do.

Your case's characteristics must determine the type of defense

Criminal defense matters are often difficult to navigate. This poses an issue because your freedom and quality of life can be directly impacted by the outcome of the case. This is why many people turn to a defense attorney for assistance.

What does smuggling involve?

If you're bringing back gifts, souvenirs and other items from a trip overseas, chances are that you aren't violating the law. Bringing home a few tchotchkes from the Louvre shouldn't land you in jail. However, it's important to know what the government considers a customs violation.

What is 'insider trading?'

Everyone loves a good stock tip. It could be word about a merger that will send a company's stock soaring or news that a company's leading product will soon be recalled, sending the stock plummeting. However, when is it illegal for someone to leak that information, and when is it illegal to act on it?

Charged with hazing frat brothers or sorority sisters? Seek help

If you belong to a fraternity or sorority at a Connecticut college or university, you probably know quite a bit about hazing. While that doesn't mean that you have any primary knowledge of hazing incidents, surely you sat through lectures describing how the practices were forbidden both on and off campus.

Why you need a lawyer even if you haven't been arrested

Have you been notified by authorities that you're being investigated for alleged criminal activity, or do you believe that you may be the subject of an investigation? Perhaps police officers or other authorities have shown up at your home or workplace just to "chat."

Is 'hate speech' illegal?

There's been a lot of talk recently about just what constitutes "hate speech." Is one person's hate speech another person's "free speech," as guaranteed by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution?

Are you required to show police your identification?

There has been much controversy in recent years over so-called "stop and frisk" laws. These allow law enforcement officers to stop people at pat them down if they have "reasonable suspicion" of some sort of criminal activity.

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