The Supreme Judicial Court in Massachusetts has ruled that a documented “pattern of racial profiling of black males in the city of Boston,” makes an instinctive reaction to flee reasonable. “We do not eliminate flight as a factor in the reasonable suspicion analysis whenever a black male is the subject of an investigatory stop. However, in such circumstances, flight is not necessarily probative of a suspect’s state of mind or consciousness of guilty,” the decision reads. The law goes a long way to protecting common-sense reactions but fails in its scope. Why is this only limited to black males? Surely, given recent events of police shootings and unlawful civil forfeiture, everyone has an instinctive reaction to flee. Earlier, this office wrote a blog about a woman who had plead guilty to Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance after a flawed roadside chemical test read that her Advil was Crack Cocaine. Surely she now has an instinctive miss-trust of police. How about the Police in Mesa County who used a S.W.A.T. team to raid the wrong house? Surely that family has reason to flee from the police. The decision is a step in the right direction but is flawed and inherently racist. All peoples should have this protection. Fleeing the cops should not be used to demonstrate guilt or for reasonable suspicion that criminal activity is afoot. The Law Offices of Steven J. Pisani specialize in the field of Criminal Defense. We know that not all cops are out to protect society. If you have been wrongfully charged with an offense don’t hesitate to give our office a call.
Cite: Kenya Downs, PBS, 9/22/2016
For many, domestic violence conjures an image of a man assaulting his wife. This is a common and dangerous misconception. Domestic violence affects all people regardless of gender or sexual orientation. For example, two WNBA players will each be suspended seven games on charges of domestic violence. Brittney Griner, and Glory Johnson were reported to have committed domestic violence against each other on April 22nd in their new home. Likewise, in Colorado, the law does not distinguish between same sex or mixed sex couples; simply having an intimate relationship with the other party who is the victim to your crime may result in DV charges.
The Law Offices of Steven J. Pisani have extensive experience with domestic violence. If you or a loved one have been accused of domestic violence don’t hesitate to contact attorney Steven Pisani.
Cite: Associated Press, New York Post, May 15th 2015
On behalf of The Law Offices of Steven J. Pisani, LLC posted in Domestic Violence on Friday, December 6, 2013.
Some criminal charges are more personal than others. Domestic violence charges often fall under this umbrella because they usually involve situations in which an individual is accused of harming a family member or companion.
There is a difference between accusations of what occurred and what actually transpired. Ultimately, it is important to focus in on the key details of a case in order to uncover viable defenses and weaknesses in the prosecutions’ case.