Adoptions on the Rise

By on 2-09-2020 in Adoption

More and more children are being raised by their grandparents, according to studies conducted in 2017. Around 2.6 million children in the United States are being raised solely by their grandparents or relatives today, which is 3.5% of the country’s children and 8% more than in the year 2000. Some cite the opioid epidemic as the reason for this huge spike in the grandparent adoption, relative adoptions, and foster care situations.

Unfortunately, adoption is still a difficult process, even for a grandparent. There are fees, court hearings, and piles of paperwork to get through. Adoption can prove to be a traumatic time for both the child and their adoptive parents. Because of this, sometimes grandparents or other relatives do not formally adopt the child in question. There are many benefits to adoption, however, that may outweigh the initial difficulties.

For example, according to this family law firm operating out of The Woodlands, Texas, Texan grandparents may want to consider adopting their grandchildren for the decision-making, financial, and stability benefits. Grandparents who are trying to raise their grandchildren without having formally adopted them have no rights when it comes to making decisions about schools, doctors, and medical procedures. They also cannot claim them as dependents on their taxes or add them to their own insurance policy. Ultimately, however, the largest benefit of a grandparent adopting their grandchild is that it settles the matter, and provides a stable home and peace of mind for everyone involved.

Family Difficulties

If the child’s parents are going through a crisis or are simply unfit to parent, it can be really hard on other relatives, like grandparents, to watch their grandchildren go through such a stressful experience. Additionally, grandparents don’t want to see their grandchildren end up in foster care. There are thousands of children in foster care in the United States today who might never be adopted. While one of the goals of foster care is to eventually reunite the child with their parent, that isn’t always possible.

Even if a grandparent or relative adopting the child is the best thing for everyone, sometimes the parent will not want to admit that this is the case. Every case in which the adoption stays within the family is different, and it may be more difficult or less difficult than traditional adoption. An adoption lawyer is usually necessary in helping the adoptive party win the case. Of course, it’s not easy for a grandparent to admit that their child is not taking good care of their grandchild, so this adoption process is difficult for them, too. However, what is best for the child should always be the number one priority, and the truth will come out during the custody and adoption proceedings.

The Stressful Truth About Tranquilizers

By on 9-10-2019 in Criminal Defense

“Take a Xanax” or other similar refrains are used to indicate that a person is too stressed, and ought to mellow out or relax in order to do something or enjoy the moment. However, phrases referring to tranquilizers or benzodiazepines do not make clear the very serious nature of these drugs. 

Even the name itself, tranquilizers, makes the drugs seem calm, cool and collected. Their chemical name, benzodiazepines, are a little stiffer and indicative of how serious these concoctions can be in the improper hands.

Due to the urgent and serious nature of the opioid crisis, I will be using this article today to talk about the true nature of tranquilizer drugs, as well as the legal headache you may find yourself in if you possess or are under the influence of tranquilizer drugs.

What they are

You may not have heard of tranquilizer drugs. Perhaps even benzodiazepines sound unfamiliar to you. However, you have likely heard of some of these prescription pills, including:

  • Valium
  • Ativan
  • Xanax
  • Rohypnol

All of these drugs fit within the tranquilizer category of drugs and are often comprised of chemicals similar to diazepam or alprazolam. They share the common trait that they are relaxing and calming to the mind and body. Tranquilizers are often used for anxiety or panic conditions.

These types of prescriptions are used by doctors to treat panic or anxiety conditions but have also been diagnosed for anesthesia, nausea, and muscle relaxation. However, like anything in life, these drugs do have negative side effects.

The downsides and risks of tranquilizers

There are two main negative effects associated with tranquilizers: the usage of them with other substances, and their addictive nature. Firstly, many people who use recreational drugs do so while under the influence of other substances. Benzodiazepines are not inherently dangerous, but when they are taken to strengthen the influence of substances like heroin or other more dangerous drugs, then benzodiazepines are truly risky.

Secondly, benzodiazepines or tranquilizer drugs are physiologically addictive, as a result of their effects on our dopamine and serotonin production. Addicts should not be demonized nor villainized. However, having an addiction is not worth the temporary feelings of tranquilizer drugs. Addiction should be prevented if possible.

The element of potentially promoting addiction is, as Powderly Law Firm reports, why in some states such as Massachusetts, tranquilizer drugs are considered as contributors towards the terrible opioid crisis. And as you can imagine, the ties to the opioid crisis have led to a crackdown in enforcement and in drug-related lawmaking. 

If you have been arrested with tranquilizer drugs in your possession, you might be staring down a permanent record, hefty fines, and possibly even jail time. It can safely be assumed that you do not want to pay time or fines, so it is in your best interest to call a lawyer as soon as you are arrested for possessing or taking tranquilizer drugs. 

Working with a lawyer could spell the difference between doing hard time or getting services to treat your addiction. And if there is legal ambiguity around the nature of your situation, then a lawyer could even help you avoid unjust punishment altogether. 

The police lied about my drinking

By on 10-13-2017 in Criminal Defense

Tell me if this is fair: all I did was have an open beer in my car, and now I might lose my license.

Here’s the backstory: I was driving friends home after a party. I’d been drinking a bit, but I made sure to stay under the limit. I’ve had a bit of trouble in the past (all stupid college stuff), which had resulted in a DUI way back, so I know I have to be careful.

Anyway, I’d kept my drinking to a minimum, but my friends kept drinking. Which was fine, I thought. I dropped them all off, and then on the way home, a cop pulls me over for driving too slowly. Now, I was driving slowly so I would be safe since it was a back road and there’s a lot of animals out at night this time of year. But he didn’t care about that, I think he was just looking for someone to pick on, and it happened to be me.

I gave him the usual, good evening officer, what’s the problem, but by the time he was at my window, he already knew he had me. One of my friends forgot to take his beer with him, and there it was, sitting in the cupholder, incriminating me.

Have you been drinking, he asked.

I told him the truth: a bit, but that’s not mine and I’m sober now.

Of course, he didn’t take my word. He paraded me through all the standard tests, and then at the end, after I’d passed his humiliating games, he gave me the breathalyzer. I am almost positive he lied about the result. He said I was over, which is impossible. And he said it didn’t matter if the beer was mine or not, I was accountable for it. Of course, he thought it was mine. No way he believed me. Not this guy.

Anyway, he decided he’d go easy on me, or so he said, and he wasn’t going to arrest me. Instead, he gave me a ticket and told me to come into the station the next day. In the meantime, he waited with me while I called my parents, woke them up, explained, and had them come get me.

I think this guy just gets off on this sort of stuff, seeing a young guy squirm and struggle. He probably knew he had me good, especially after he ran my license.

So, I’ve been to the police station and back, and it looks certain I’ll lose my license. So, goodbye job, and goodbye life. I could kill my friend, but more than that, I could kill that officer for all this when I didn’t even do anything wrong.

My plan now is to fight this. I’ve got a number for a lawyer that I’ve heard is pretty good about this stuff, and I’m going to see if I have a case. Maybe I’ll be able to sue for these guys taking advantage of me. Even if not, I better get out of this. I don’t deserve this, especially after I’d cleaned myself up.

Common Accidents That Cause Brain Trauma

By on 6-09-2017 in Brain Trauma

Common Accidents That Cause Brain Trauma

Brain trauma may be sustained if a person hits his head on a surface or is hit in the head by something with enough force. Since the brain is a vital part of the body, damaging it can have negative consequences. Those who suffer from severe brain trauma may have difficulty speaking, reading, and writing. They may also suffer from sensory problems, like the partial or total loss of vision, smell, and hearing.

Those with milder forms of brain trauma may experience confusion, difficulty remembering the traumatic event, dizziness, sensitivity to lights and sounds, and even vomiting. According to the website of The Benton Law Firm, those who have sustained brain injuries from accidents may get compensation. This is more likely if the accidents have occurred because of somebody else’s negligence or recklessness.

Traffic Collisions

One of the most common causes of traumatic brain injuries is car accidents. Drivers and passengers may hit their head on hard objects inside the vehicle, such as headrests and windshields. They may also get hit by projectiles like broken mirrors. Motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians may also have vulnerable heads, as they may crash into pavements, rocks, and other hard surfaces.

Sports and Recreation

Sports that involve great physical contact, such as basketball, football, and hockey, can also cause traumatic brain injuries, especially if the players hit the heads of other players or land headfirst after diving for a ball or falling from a jump. Accidents on other activities, such as diving, can also damage the brain.

Slipping and Tripping

Slipping because of water, ice, snow, and debris on the floor may make the victim fall on his head or hit his head on hard objects while slipping. Tripping can also put the brain in danger. If a person trips on obstructions, he may suffer the same fate. It is best to watch out for slippery substances, obstacles that may be on your way, and poorly lit areas.


A person may be very vulnerable to injury in falling accidents, especially if the accidents happen from elevated spaces. The person may land headfirst, inflicting traumatic brain injuries. He may land back first, making him sustain injuries in the shoulder, spine, or hip areas. He may also extend his arms or legs and use them as shields to minimize impact, but this gesture can also break bones.

Embezzlement, a Pre-meditated White-Collar Methodical Crime

By on 2-17-2017 in Uncategorized

Embezzlement is one form of white-collar crime. It is committed when a person misappropriates assets that are entrusted to him/her. This pre-meditated and methodical crime, more likely, gets discovered only after a large portion of the funds (entrusted to a person) gets needed at one time or if a complete and independent accounting of all real and liquid assets is suddenly required – this is after millions or billions of dollars have already been embezzled.

Like the crime larceny, embezzlement also involves the taking of someone else’s property. However, unlike larceny, which anyone can commit, embezzlement is committed by someone to whom property has been entrusted. The crime of embezzlement is deliberately and methodically performed. By repeatedly embezzling only a small fraction or proportion of the total resources or funds and falsifying records in order to minimize risk of the detection, an embezzler can continue committing this crime for years or even decades without being detected. Some past embezzlement schemes are deemed very successful as these went on for many years before these were discovered. This is due to the embezzler’s skill in concealing the nature of the transactions or in gaining the full trust and confidence of investors or clients.

Laws on embezzlement may be federal or state-based. On the federal level, embezzlement laws target those who steal from the government. On the state level, laws go after public officials working for state and local governments, as well as people who do not work for the government.

An embezzlement case, under federal statute 18 USC 3282, may only be pursued within five years of the commission of the offense. Those convicted will be punished based on a point system. Base Offense Level, which is six, is the point assigned to those who have embezzled $5000 or less; the highest offense level is 36, which can be assigned to those who cause losses more than $400 million.

As explained by the law firm Horst Law, a criminal defense attorney “can explain, if you have knowledge that you’re being investigated for a crime or have already been charged, it’s important to consult with an attorney as soon as possible. Criminal suspects are afforded important constitutional protections such as a prohibition against unreasonable searches and seizure. These protections attach during phases of the investigation such as a search of your home or computer, arrest, questioning, etc. Your attorney can review the evidence against you and how it was obtained to determine whether any improprieties may form the basis for a defense.”

First Aid: Treating Burn Injuries Caused By Defective Products

By on 10-20-2016 in Defective Products

One of the world’s biggest manufacturers of electronic devices is currently at the receiving end of mounting complaints due to a major defect in one of their products. Samsung has already issued a recall for their Galaxy Note 7 smartphones after reports from consumers described incidents of the phone exploding and catching fire.

Considering that smartphones have become an integral part of most people’s lives, news of Samsung’s defective product is particularly alarming. Most people spend the entire day with their phones on hand or nearby. Accidents caused by an overheating or exploding battery can cause some serious burn injuries that would require first aid help.

Burn injuries caused by defective products usually require immediate medical attention. If you have been injured by an explosion caused by your defective mobile phone, you should head to the nearest emergency room to get your injuries properly examined. Remember that first aid treatment is only meant to ensure that you’re comfortable and that your injuries are properly contained before professional medical intervention.

First aid for your injury will depend on the severity of the burn you have suffered. In medicine, burn injuries are categorized in three ways. First degree burns refers to injuries that are superficial, only affecting the topmost layer of the skin. Second degree burns cause damage that goes deeper in to the skin, extending beyond the epidermis. Meanwhile, third degree burns are considered the most severe, with damage extending to most layers of the skin. You can identify the severity of a burn injury by taking note of how it appears. First degree burns cause redness and some swelling. Second degree burns cause blisters and some appearance of thickening in the injured skin. Lastly, third degree burns cause widespread thickness in the skin that may look charred, white, leathery, or waxy.

Treating first degree burns are the easiest, as they typically won’t require any more medical intervention. Simply submerge the injured skin under cool water for three to five minutes. Take note that the water needs to be cool and not cold in order to avoid further damage to the skin. You can then apply a generous amount of burn ointment or aloe cream to your injury and later cover it up with bandage or gauze.

For second degree burns, run the injured area of the skin under cool water for fifteen to thirty means, or until you notice the pain subsiding. If it’s possible, you should also try disinfecting the burn by washing it with mild soap and water. Before you see a doctor that can assess for any further damage, remember to bandage up your injury, being careful to avoid breaking open blisters. The same procedure follows for minor third degree burns. For major burn injury, contact 911 right away and do what you can to keep the burned area clean and protected by covering it with a cool and moist bandage or clean piece of cloth.

After your burns have been treated by a medical professional, you might want to consider taking the next course of action. To help protect other consumers from similar injuries, consider reaching out to a personal injury attorney to learn more about possible legal actions you can take. Those in Illinois may contact a Chicago accident lawyer for more information.

Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

By on 6-17-2016 in Bankruptcy

With the technology advancing as fast as it is today, startups are popping up in every nook, cranny, and niche of the market place. Starting these infant businesses are undoubtedly both exciting and fun, but they come with immense risk with The Wall Street Journal stating nearly 3 out of 4 new startups failing in 2012. While 3 out of 4 may sound terrifying to all new ambitious college students, there are many financial tactics that can be taken to prevent such failure. One in particular that tends to befuddle the public is filing chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Chapter 11 bankruptcy is typically labeled as a “reorganization” bankruptcy, and with it a business is able to reorganize both its business plan and its debts to repay the companies creditors. Furthermore, according to Bradford Law Offices, PLLC, companies that file for chapter 11 also have a higher possibility of obtaining loans at more favorable rates to help refinance debts. Perhaps the most significant aspect of chapter 11 however, is the ability to continue to operate business throughout the entire process. This gives CEO’s and company founders an honest chance to save the company that they helped create, and stopping business for any amount of time can prove detrimental for any growing startup.

While typically corporate behemoths file for chapter 11 bankruptcy, small businesses receive special attention when applying and can be a useful tool to continue normal operations. Small businesses do undergo a slightly different form of chapter 11 as they receive more government oversight and must provide additional financial information such as cash flows, projected cash receipts, and must also attend an initial interview with the U.S. trustee before a chapter 11 bankruptcy can be granted. Filing for bankruptcy is never an ideal situation for any company, but for startup founders that truly believe that their project can succeed filing for chapter 11 bankruptcy could be the last lifeline they need before creating something Awesome.

Insurance coverage available for motorcyclists in Illinois

By on 2-12-2016 in Vehicle Insurance

According to the website of the Texas Bar, the state of Illinois makes sure that all vehicle owners in the state are required to get insurance coverage for them to possibly avoid great financial difficulties. As such, motorcycle owners should also have insurance policies.

Though motorcycle owners in Illinois are by default covered by the required insurance policy, they might consider upgrading their policies as motorcycles are more likely prone to getting involved in accidents. Often motorcycle drivers and their occupants suffer incapacitating injuries when they got involved in accidents with other vehicles. Such injuries may happen even they wear helmets or leather jackets. Serious injuries like broken bones, lower limb injuries, concussions, brain injuries often require prolonged treatments. A 2012 data of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) revealed that there were 4,957 motorcyclists died in that year after being involved in road accidents. The recorded data is higher by 7 percent compared to the previous year. The NHTSA also said that compared to four-wheeled vehicles, motorcyclists are over 26 times at risk of dying in accidents. Factors like insufficient stability and limited body protection are often linked to motorcycle accidents.

Impacts of such accidents can be reduced when motorcyclists have decided to upgrade their insurance coverage. Motorcyclists in Illinois really have to consider having a well-crafted insurance policy as wearing a protective helmet is an option in the state. Insurance agencies can help motorcycle owners customize their insurance policies to suit their needs. Aside from medical payments, coverage options like towing services, repairs after having a collision, or some actions that resulted to motorcycle damage can be acquired.

Aside from proper care and protection on the road, motorcycle riders should make sure that they always carry their insurance card. At some point authorities like traffic personnel require motorcyclists to inspect their insurance card.

Fighting Wage Theft

By on 8-09-2015 in Business

Despite being one of the most progressive and diverse cities in the United States, New York is still suffering from many employment and wage issues that are still affecting their workers. One of the things that the workers are fighting for are the unpaid wages that minimum wage earners have been denied.

The report has accompanied the launch of a state legislation headed by Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal that intends to simply the process of collecting unpaid wages to workers. The bill proposes three improvements: (1) to grant every worker the right to a temporary lien on their employer’s property for unpaid work, (2) permitting workers who filed unpaid wage claims to temporarily hold the employer’s assets while litigation is ongoing if the lawsuit is likely to succeed, and (3) to facilitate the collection of wage theft judgments from the main owners of private companies easier for the workers. For a New York City overtime lawyer representing such workers, however, it can be a very difficult task.

Many of the employers who have are facing unpaid wage claims and have violated labor laws have simply refused to show up in court hearings and continued to ignore the laws, often creating fraudulent companies in order to bypass liability. According to the website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, some have even resorted to hiding their assets and properties to evade eventual judgments. And the problem is not in the state of New York alone. The fast food industry, despite being one of the fastest growing industries in the country, it considered the most susceptible to wage theft, with 9 out of 10 of their workers falling victim to wage theft.

Business Process Outsourcing

By on 8-07-2015 in Business

The exponential growth of the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry in the Philippines in the past 10 years has made it one of the leading contributors for the country’s Gross Domestic Product, or GDP. The Philippines is not one of the top call center destinations in the world, with Manila ranking as 3rd BPO haven. The upsurge growth of the BPO industry in the Philippines is showcased by the increasing revenues and job production as backed by recent investments. According to the website of Pinoy Partners Outsourcing Center, Inc., many companies who have chosen to embark on a BPO relationship with the Philippines have reinforced the country’s reputation an being a center of exceptional global, labor-intensive and IT-qualified outsourcing services. The Philippines are quickly becoming one of the busiest places to send to for offshore labor.

Aside from the growing call center companies and small start-ups that are establishing themselves in the Philippines, prevailing growth markets of non-voice services such as research and analytics for financial, legal and health care services have also been on the rise. The government recognizes the importance of these non-voice services, and understands that they are more likely a long-term operation because they are harder to pull out.

One of the reasons why the BPO industry is booming in the Philippines is due part to an ample amount of resources; employee and even applicants already come equipped with proficiency in the English language, both written and spoken. Many of the young employees are career-driven, a particularly appealing trait to international BPO companies. Because of the growth in the BPO industry, those who are employed there have become a great part of the country’s growing middle-class population, and thus have helped the rapid growth of other industries such as the transportation, food and hospitality services, and entertainment. This has greatly helped the economy, and the country overall. As you can see, outsourcing is profitable for those being outsourced and those outsourcing!