Adoptions on the Rise

By on 8-07-2015 in Business

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 8-07-2015 in Business

“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 8-07-2015 in Business

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 8-07-2015 in Business

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.

Falls

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 8-07-2015 in Business

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.”