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Does Domestic Violence have to be Physical? What Are All the Different Types of Domestic violence?

Domestic Abuse Defined Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain control over another intimate partner.  Many believe that domestic violence can only be physical violence. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. Besides physical domestic violence, there are multiple other forms of non-violent domestic violence or domestic abuse.  It is also common that a victim experiences more than one form of domestic abuse within their abusive relationship.  Each is described below.  Physical abuse Physical abuse is the most commonly understood form of domestic violence. Physical abuse can include hitting, biting, slapping, battering,...

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When K-9 Units Cannot Detect Controlled Substances

What is the Law Enforcement K-9 Unit?  A K-9 unit is a specialized group of law enforcement officers who use service dogs to perform the responsibilities of a general police officer. General duties mean that the dog accompanies his handler on traffic stops or responding to calls or emergencies. The canine assists in apprehending suspects and in all other public engagements related to law enforcement, including controlled substance detection.  For more specified tasks, the K-9 units can detect illegal substances, chemicals or explosives; identify individuals in contact with such illicit substances; track and rescue kidnapped or missing persons; locate buried or submerged...

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New Marijuana Field Sobriety Tests

As marijuana becomes legal in more and more states, California included, there have been more instances of drivers being arrested for marijuana DUIs.  This has required law enforcement agencies and scientists to develop new ways to test a driver’s impairment while driving based on the amount of THC in their system. It’s not as easily tested as alcohol impairment with the breathalyzer.  No Scientific Standard Yet The main problem arises where there is no scientific standard for establishing impairment based on the amount of THC in the body.  THC is  the main component of pot that gets users high. The drug is metabolized...

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What Do Police Look For with a Marijuana DUI?

It is against the law to drive while under the influence of marijuana. These are called marijuana DUIs. So how do police officers know that you're driving while intoxicated?  As marijuana becomes legal in more and more states, California included, there have been more instances of drivers being arrested for marijuana DUIs.  No Scientific Standard Yet The main problem arises where there is no scientific standard for establishing impairment based on the amount of THC in the body.  THC is  the main component of pot that gets users high. The drug is metabolized very quickly, but remains in the body for a long...

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How Do Marijuana DUIs Work?

DUIs based on alcohol impairment are widely known to be illegal. But what about driving under the influence of marijuana? Can you get a DUI for being under the influence for marijuana? What about if marijuana is legal in the state in which you are driving? How much marijuana is okay to drive on?  Additionally, how do police officers know that you are driving under the influence of marijuana; and how can prosecutors prosecute a marijuana DUI?   Can You Still be Convicted of a Marijuana DUI?   Yes, there is such a thing as a marijuana DUI, and you can still be convicted of...

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