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Drug sentencing guidelines implicate controversial policy issues

The penalties for many drug crimes can be surprisingly harsh, partly due to the federal sentencing scheme. For example, a charge of drug trafficking may implicate federal law and the sentencing guidelines promulgated by the U.S. Sentencing Commission.

Privacy helps both sides in a sexual assault investigation

When it comes to a sexual assault allegation, privacy is of the utmost concern -- for both parties. In the event of a conviction, a criminal defendant may face a felony on his or her record and mandatory sex offender registration. In addition, there may be federal rules addressing sexual harassment.

Drug enforcement efforts may also implicate civil forfeiture

Readers may be aware that there are both state and federal laws against the possession, delivery, manufacturing, sale, trafficking and/or distribution of drugs or other controlled substances. Given that overlap, it may make sense for local or state officials to partner with federal counterparts in enforcement efforts. 

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