Blogs by Steven Titus & Associates, P.C.
Alternative sentencings have steadily expanded across the United States for the past few decades in order to rehabilitate criminal behavior and lower prison populations more effectively. The state of Wyoming is no different and has several programs in place to allow criminal offenders to avoid prison time while also ensuring the needs of their community are met. This includes everything from probation to substance abuse programs to community service. In addition to programs helping adult offenders move on from a conviction, minors are also eligible for similar programs that can help them avoid developing a criminal record.
Castle rustling brings to mind the Wild West, which is fitting given the state of Wyoming’s rich history of cowboy culture. In reality, it is actually an official law in Wyoming that is still enforced today and there are specific procedures for how these cases are evaluated.
One of the most unique amendments in the United States constitution is the sixth amendment. Under this statute, a defendant in a criminal trial has the right “to be confronted with the witnesses against” him or her. While this may seem standard in a criminal case, there are instances where the sixth amendment could be vital to reducing your charges or having your case dismissed, but only if you thoroughly understand how it works.
Warm weather comes with a boost in motorcycle traffic throughout Wyoming as riders get out and enjoy the open air. Generally, Wyoming’s summer would be filled with motorcycle riders, especially come August when riders would travel along I-90 to the Sturgis Rally in South Dakota. While it is unclear if COVID-19 restrictions will keep the event from taking place this year, residents of northeastern Wyoming should still be aware of how to drive around motorcyclists and avoid potentially deadly accidents.
We have all heard the age-old saying that we are more likely to get into a car accident near our home, but why is that? We would assume that unfamiliar roads would be the most likely environment for a car accident and that we would be more attentive in our own neighborhoods. Well, we have done a deep dive into the statistics behind this old saying to determine if it still holds up.
Wyoming is home to some of the most beautiful stretches of landscape in the country, often protected by state or national parks. From Bighorn National Forest to Keyhole State Park, residents and visitors have a wide variety of natural reserves to explore. However, every park comes with its own host of dangers.
Cop dramas and crime shows have made most people aware of the term “I plead the fifth,” but few actually know what the phrase refers to. It comes from the Fifth Amendment of the Constitution, which outlines several laws regarding due process and how an individual should be charged with a crime. When someone declares they are pleading the fifth, they are specifically referring to how the Constitution states that no individual “shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself.”
The open wilderness of Campbell County and Gillette offers a variety of trails and parks to explore by bike. Riders will often jump into gear to enjoy the clear trails and roads, but they should keep in mind all possible safety risks before heading out. Our local trails can be inviting for intrepid explorers, but our roads and highways are a different story and require a clear mind to avoid a serious accident.
Horseback riding a classic pastime in Wyoming and has played an important role in our state’s history and growth. It’s not uncommon to see riders along rural roads or even riding through town on your daily commute. But even for native residents of Wyoming, the rules of the riding on the roads may not be fully clear. Should riders be on paved roads? Do drivers need to yield to horses?
Depending on the situation, a court may implement a restraining or protection order to prevent a particular person from doing something to someone else. Despite some similarities, these two types of orders have different purposes in Wyoming and are issued under different circumstances.
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