The police lied about my drinking

By on 8-05-2015 in DUI

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 8-05-2015 in DUI

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 8-05-2015 in DUI

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 8-05-2015 in DUI

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 8-05-2015 in DUI

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.