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When Police Alter Evidence, That Violates a Defendant’s Fifth Amendment Rights

By Hauter Law Firm, PC |

An alarming photo alteration procedure that was used in a photo lineup during a criminal investigation in preparation of going to trial has captured news headlines for the ethical and civil rights concerns associated with it.  Reportedly, police officers investigating a number of bank robberies felt that they knew who the perpetrator was, however,… Read More »

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North Carolina Governor Cooper Vetoes Bill Requiring That Sheriffs Do as US Immigration and Customs Enforcement Demands as Federal Government Continues to Punish Immigrants

By Hauter Law Firm, PC |

After the Senate and NC House members voted for the bill requiring sheriffs and other North Carolina law enforcement officials to abide by detention requests from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), in August, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed a bill that would have required that local law enforcement “comply” with federal immigration authorities… Read More »

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Litigation Filed Over Administration Violating Civil Rights of Immigrants

By Hauter Law Firm, PC |

In September, a civil rights lawsuit was filed to block the current administration from ending a deportation relief policy that allows some immigrants with serious medical conditions to stay in the United States in order to receive medical care. The lawsuit argues that the administration abruptly terminating the program is illegal. In addition, the… Read More »

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US Supreme Court to Hear Important Fourth Amendment Criminal Defense Case That Could Completely Transform an Officer’s Ability to Pull You Over for Reasonable Suspicion

By Hauter Law Firm, PC |

The US Supreme Court will soon hear a case that could have drastic ramifications for our Fourth Amendment rights when it comes to traffic stops. Specifically, the Court will have to answer the question of whether the owner of a car having their driver’s license suspended or revoked constitutes reasonable suspicion that would allow… Read More »

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Drunk Driving And Fourth Amendment Rights

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On June 27, the U.S. Supreme Court made an important decision concerning Fourth Amendment protection from search and seizure when it comes to police officers testing blood alcohol content in the enforcement of drunk driving laws. Ultimately, the case posed the question of when the government can order the breathalyzer and/or blood draw test… Read More »

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Facts & Misstatements About North Carolina’s Proposed ICE Cooperation Law

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There have been a number of misleading statements made about North Carolina House Bill 370, North Carolina’s proposed “ICE cooperation law,” which would require state sheriffs to detain someone who is wanted by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Below, we discuss some of these statements and how they affect criminal charges and immigration… Read More »

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Administration Implements Legally Questionable Rule Barring Migrants Seeking Asylum

By Hauter Law Firm, PC |

In mid-July, the Trump administration moved forward with a questionable immigration asylum rule requiring anyone passing through a third country (i.e. not their home country or the United States) seeking asylum in the United States to first apply for refugee status in that country rather than at the United States border. Due to its… Read More »

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Administration Expands Fast-Track Deportations Without Right to Go to Court

By Hauter Law Firm, PC |

In late July, the US government announced that it would be introducing a new fast track deportation process that bypasses immigration courts and allows for any migrants who cannot prove that they have been in the United States for longer than two years to be immediately deported. Prior to now, these expedited deportations could… Read More »

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U.S. Supreme Court Limits Police Powers to Seize Private Property & Criminalizing Individuals without a Conviction

By Hauter Law Firm, PC |

On February 20, the U.S. Supreme Court placed significant restrictions on the ability for law enforcement and prosecutors to seize property they seem to be in connection with crimes in a practice known as civil forfeiture. The practice has come under significant scrutiny as exposes have noted law enforcement agencies seizing significant assets under… Read More »

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North Carolina Proposes Placing GPS Monitors On Domestic Violence Offenders Who Have Already Served Their Time

By Hauter Law Firm, PC |

A new bill known as “Allison’s Law” introduced in North Carolina proposes to track domestic violence offenders using GPS devices. As a result, it has a number of civil rights and criminal defense advocates concerned that it goes too far in violating the rights of criminal defendants in North Carolina who have already served… Read More »

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