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Common Defenses for Drug Charges

Posted by on Feb 17, 2019 in Criminal Law | 0 comments

Recently, I’ve been thinking about how drug charges work here in the United States. It just seems like a pretty black and white issue to me. If a police officer catches you in possession of drugs, you’re going to get charged for possession. Why do so many people hire lawyers to fight their charges? I wanted to learn more so I started reading about drug possession lawyers on the Ian Inglis Attorney at Law website. The attorneys at this office help lots of people that are dealing with drug possession charges.

Apparently, it is possible for police officers to obtain evidence for a drug arrest by unlawful means. The fourth amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees citizens the right to due process of law. That means that police officers have to obey the law when they search your belongings and seize materials. If drugs are in plain sight, an officer has the right to seize these materials. But let’s say that an officer suspects you may have drugs in your trunk. If you don’t give him permission to search the car and he doesn’t obtain a warrant, he can’t search. If he does search anyway and finds drugs, these drugs cannot be used as evidence against you in court.

Lawyers also force crime analysis labs to get involved in certain cases. An officer may make an arrest if a substance appears to be cocaine or LSD, but that doesn’t mean that it is. Lawyers will fight for you in court and make sure that the seized materials are tested. Lawyers will then make these testers testify in court to prove the authenticity of the materials.

Many lawyers will put the burden of proof on a prosecutor. In order to be charged with possession of an illegal drug, it must be proved that you were the actual one in possession. If you were with a group of people while arrested, a lawyer will pressure the prosecutor to provide evidence as to why the drugs belonged to you as opposed to other members of the group.

Lawyers put pressure on officers to follow protocol to a T. Messing up at any point between arrest and trial can mean their clients walk free. Many lawyers will ask officers to provide the evidence at the time of trial. The reason they do this is because sometimes evidence in a drug case can often go missing. Drug paraphernalia must be transferred to different locations several times in the months between arrest and trial. If parts of the evidence are missing at the time of trial, they cannot be used as evidence against the party on trial.

If a friend of mine ever got arrested for a drug charge, I would certainly recommend that they hire a lawyer to help fight the charges. Even if the evidence is too much to overcome, a lawyer can help in the overall outcome. They can often get your sentence reduced or substituted for community service instead of jail time.

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Want to Make Your Marriage Better?

Posted by on Jul 10, 2018 in Relationship | 0 comments

There is more than one way for a couple to enjoy their marriage, and things that work in one marriage would not work in another. However, there are a few things that you can do to improve an existing marriage and make the love between you even stronger. Whether your marriage is on the rocks or you are looking to solidify your perfect union, here are some proven methods to make your marriage stronger:

Prioritize Your Marriage
Parents eagerly place their kids first, but doing so might be a mistake. When couples put their marriage as the highest priority, their kids tend to be better off, and their professional lives are less stressful. Even something as simple as a date night once a week can have lasting, positive effects on a marriage.

Communicate Your Needs
When couples first get married, they are likely to do a better job of fulfilling each other’s needs than they will eight years down the road. That’s because people change over time and so do their needs. Take the time to think of three things to suggest to one another and clearly define them. Then, and this is the important part, actually follow through and work on your partner’s three requests.

Have Fun
Kids are happy because they take the time to enjoy the smaller things in life and have fun while doing it. Your marriage is an adventure, so don’t look at it like an accomplished task that you can cross off the list. Spend time investing in one another’s happiness. Most successful couples have traditions that they maintain once a month or once a year, and it’s a great opportunity to remind yourself why you fell in love in the first place.

Let Things Go
If your attitude is to only give after you’ve gotten something from your partner, then you are making a huge mistake. Love is about sacrifice, and your marriage won’t always be easy. Everyone goes through ups and downs, and part of your responsibility is to be there for your loved one when they are down and help them get back up. Do your best to forgive your partner when they make a mistake and don’t keep score.

Speak Up
The events that took place are in the past, but talking about them can enable your partner to let it go. When you share your feelings with each other, it lets you feel more understood, and it helps your partner avoid mistakes in the future. After years of staying silent, sometimes it’s best to turn to professional help in order to break the ice again.

Compliment Your Partner
If you’ve told them a hundred times how thankful you are to be in their life, I guarantee you that they’ll happily hear it one hundred times more. Bringing attention to the smallest things you do for each other can be just as rewarding as an anniversary present, and it makes your partner feel appreciated.

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Our responsibility on the road

Posted by on Oct 3, 2017 in Car Accidents | 0 comments

When we think about someone driving drunk or under the influence of another substance, we usually conjure up a similar image: a man, alone, in the middle of the night, throwing a beer can out the window and swerving from side to side like a maniac because he’s either gone mad or is about to fall asleep.

That image is in some ways comforting because it removes us from the possibility of getting hurt by or having some responsibility for the people who drive drunk. After all, that image suggests we’re safe if we don’t stay out into the early hours of the morning, and that lonesome man isn’t someone we know, they’re someone out of control.

And yet, according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, there are more than 300,000 instances every day of driving under the influence. Not all of those, we can be sure, occur after 2 am.

And while we aren’t wrong to picture a man in that image—three times as many men drive drunk as women—the number of women per annum still isn’t low (167,327).

This man is also not necessarily some stranger you have no responsibility for. 17 million Americans drive drunk every year, that’s more than 5% of the overall population. Think of 20 people you know, one of them has probably driven drunk this year. What’s more, many people who drive drunk continue to do so even after they’ve been caught, even after they’ve had their licenses taken away. As many as 80% continue driving after that.

Finally, when you think about that man being alone, you may be wrong. Many states have strict laws for those who drive with others in the car when they’re drunk, particularly when they drive with children. The reason for this is obvious: first, it’s a horribly risky situation to put a child in, and second, the situation is unfortunately relatively common.

As heartbreaking as these statistics are, they do tell us one important thing: we’ve had impaired vision when it comes to drunk driving. Drunk driving is common, and those who are perpetrating it can be our friends, family, and neighbors. They can be driving at any hour, under the influence of any substance. And they can be driving with children in the car, endangering children in your car, and endangering children on sidewalks, in yards, and anywhere imaginable.

We all have a responsibility to be more vigilant over ourselves, our children, and everyone we know to make sure not only that we aren’t drinking and driving, but that no one else is. Also, that not just our children but no children are left in the vicinity of those who may be able to endanger them due to reckless behavior.

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Roof Collapse during Rollover Accidents due to Sub-standard Roof Pillars

Posted by on Jun 12, 2017 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

Besides head-on collisions, another motor vehicle-related accident, which always results to severe injuries or even wrongful death, is roof crush or roof collapse during a rollover accident. Rollover crashes severely injure at least 24,000 individuals and kill up to 10,000 in the US every year. Though any vehicle can roll over, taller and narrower ones, such as pickups, SUVs, vans and buses are those more prone to this type of accident due to their heavy tops and higher center of gravity.

It is true that most vehicles are designed with a reduced strength and size of roof and supporting structure. While this strategy will surely lessen vehicle cost and weight, it will also significantly diminish the safety of a driver and his/her passengers because weak roof structure is actually the main cause of car roofs crushing down on a driver’s head and spine. To protect vehicle occupants from getting injured due to a crushing roof, the government established the following roof crush resistance standards:

  • Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 216 (FMVSS 216)/49 CFR (Code of Federal Regulations) 571.216 – for multipurpose passenger vehicles (MPVs), passenger cars, buses and trucks with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) or gross vehicle mass (GVM) of 2,722 kilograms (6,000 pounds) or less;
  • Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 216a (FMVSS 216a)/49 CFR (Code of Federal Regulations) 571.216a (upgraded standard) – for multipurpose passenger vehicles (MPVs), passenger cars, buses and trucks with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) or gross vehicle mass (GVM) of 4,536 kilograms (10,000 pounds) or less. This does not apply to school buses, some convertibles, trucks built in two or more stages, and some others).

Roof pillar failure is the main reason behind roof collapse. Car pillars are the vertical structures that support the roof of a car. A car usually has six roof pillars which come in pairs: the A-pillars, B-pillars, and C-pillars. As these pillars’ main function is to support the vehicle and keep the roof from crushing down during a rollover accident, these serve as the best protection, therefore.

Outside, roof pillars should ensure reliable strength, while inside, it must provide a soft design to provide protection to unbelted car occupants. Various road safety agencies hold manufacturers liable for pillar collapse during rollover accidents. As explained by a Massachusetts personal injury attorney, when making a vehicle purchase, most customers don’t take into account the potential risks they may face as a result of their purchase. Indeed, most people reasonably expect that newly manufactured vehicles have been properly designed and tested before these become publicly available. Unfortunately, in far too many circumstances, defectively designed vehicles can and do make it onto the market, placing the lives and well-being of consumers in danger.

Defectively designed vehicles can cause a wide range of injuries, or even death. Because of the serious repercussions that many people suffer due to defective vehicles, personal injury lawyers believe that the manufacturers of these products should be held liable for the consequences faced by consumers. Fortunately, many people who are harmed by defective vehicles are able to hold the manufacturer or distributor responsible and get much-needed compensation due to product liability laws.

 

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Truck No-Zones

Posted by on Mar 11, 2017 in Truck Accidents | 0 comments

Trucks are the biggest and heaviest vehicles on the road. For this reason, they may also have devastating impacts when they are involved in traffic accidents. The worst truck accidents even involve innocent motorists, who obviously do not deserve to experience the hassles of accidents, such as injuries, medical costs, and repair and maintenance costs of their vehicles.

One of the most overlooked causes of truck accidents is called the no-zone. No-zones are blind spots around the trucks. Truck drivers should be aware of these no-zones and how they may cause collisions with other vehicles and pedestrians. But there are instances where truck drivers become negligent towards these blind spots, putting everybody around them at risk.

Front No-Zone

Trucks have designs where the driver and front passenger seats are elevated. For this reason, drivers may not be able to see what is directly in front of them or below their windshields. They should avoid being too close to vehicles in front of them and be mindful of crossing pedestrians who they may not be able to see.

Back No-Zone

Many trucks don’t have rear view mirrors, limiting the truckers’ capabilities to see what is behind them. Trailers and their loads can also be obstructions that may prevent truckers from seeing vehicles and motorcycles in their rear end. Sudden braking and turning maneuvers should be avoided to prevent motorists behind the truck from crashing into the truck’s rear end.

Side No-Zone

Trucks are long vehicles, so there is a tendency where the sidemirrors don’t fully see the entire sides of the trucks. This is true on both driver and front passenger side. If you are in another vehicle and you do not see the truck driver in the truck beside you, that truck driver likely doesn’t see you as well. It is best to acknowledge the existence of such blind spots to avoid collisions.

Accident Prevention

Those who have been involved in no-zone accidents may have a case against those responsible. But even though this proves that the law does not tolerate negligent truck drivers, everybody on the road should make the effort of avoiding no-zone accidents.

To fully prevent accidents from these blind spots, it is important to know that they exist and where they are situated, so everybody can avoid them at all costs.

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