Avoiding a Child Molestation Conviction

Posted by on Oct 30, 2013 in Criminal Law | 0 comments

Child molesters are perhaps one of the most reviled groups of people, and this is a sentiment shared by people of all persuasions, perhaps understandably. According to an article on Horst Law’s website, even the mere allegation of improper contact with a child is enough to ruin a person’s name and reputation, never mind that everyone is presumed innocent until proven guilty. The fact is, most people are paranoid about protecting children from harm, and will regard any person accused of such a crime with deep suspicion.

It is therefore no laughing matter to be accused of child molestation. A man in California suspected of molesting a 4-year-old child was shot dead by the fiancé of the child’s mother, and both the mother and fiancé are now facing murder charges. It turns out that the child had not been molested after all.

This kind of vigilante behavior is a reaction to incidents which brought about laws targeting child molesters such as Megan’s Law, named after a 7-year-old New Jersey girl named Megan Kanka who was the raped and murdered by a convicted sex offender. This law requires all convicted sexual offenders, including child molesters, to be included in a national registry. The information contained therein, which includes the name and address of the offender and updated regularly, is made available to the public so that people can find out if one is living in their neighborhood.

Inclusion in this registry effectively opens up an individual to public vilification and harassment, or worse. It is crucial that an individual falsely accused of child molestation retains effective legal representation to avoid a conviction. It is not unknown for a child to make accusations against a strict teacher, for example, or any adult against whom the child has a grudge. While it would be wrong to discount the testimony of a child, such a serious charge needs to be thoroughly investigated to confirm the facts. A good defense lawyer would make sure that all the relevant facts of the case are brought to light and contextualized to protect the rights of the client.

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Consequences of Getting Caught Shoplifting

Posted by on Oct 4, 2013 in Criminal Law | 0 comments

Shoplifting is one of the things that most people think of as a small matter, something harmless; however, it can have a lot of impact and is a common element in the criminal history of drug addicts and countless inmates. It may seem like a victimless crime, but it is still considered stealing, and stealing entails a wide range of penalties. Although most shoplifters have various reasons why they do the act, the result is always negative. Because the general public takes lightly of it, shoplifting has become the most prevalent crime in the United States.

Shoplifting is theft or stealing, and is considered a criminal offence regardless of the item that has been stolen. However, state laws may vary on how to penalize the thief; generally, shoplifting is considered a misdemeanor and charged with petty theft or larceny if the amount of the stolen goods is between $200-$500, while those that exceed $500 can be counted as a felony and be charged with grand theft or grand larceny. Things such as past history records, proper identification, cooperation during arrest, value of the stolen merchandise, and other factors can affect the penalties that will be given, as determined by police and / or the prosecutor.

Shoplifting, or stealing from stores including employee and vendor theft, can cost retailers billions of dollars every year; statistics show that every year the loss is estimated to be $20 billion dollars. Many retails stores have gone out of business because of this problem. Shoplifting is a serious crime, and it can lead to serious juvenile crimes.

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Automobile Manufacturers Issue Huge Recall over Dangerous Airbags

Posted by on Apr 12, 2013 in Auto, Personal Injury Law | 0 comments

Six of the most popular automobile manufacturers have issued a huge recall over dangerous airbags whose inflator mechanisms do not work properly. Rather than filling the bags with air, these defective components launch plastic and metal bits through the airbag compartment.

The recall affects more than 3 million vehicles that were manufactured between the years 2001 and 2003. These include cars made by Honda, Nissan, Toyota, BMW, GM, and Mazda. You may notice that most of these vehicles are from the more popular Japanese manufacturers because they all received the airbag components from the same supplier, Takata Corporation. Many manufacturers use the same parts because it simplifies the manufacturing process and additionally cuts the cost per unit.

Luckily, no one has been hurt as a result of this defect so far. Automakers are replacing the defective airbags free of charge.

According to the Department of Transportation, airbags have saved more than 25,000 lives between 1987 and 2008. However, if you’ve been hurt as a result of a defective airbag, you may be able to hold the automobile’s manufacturer accountable for your injuries.

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Why Distracted Driving is Dangerous

Posted by on Mar 6, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Because driving is a daily activity, most people forget that it is, in all actuality, incredibly dangerous. Underneath your car’s shiny, clean exterior is a confluence of high-powered machinery. This should be more than enough to warrant constant caution from drivers when they operate this heavy equipment, but sadly most people most people fail to pay appropriate attention when operating such potentially dangerous, heavy machinery, putting themselves and others at risk.

Many people allow simple distractions to take their attention away from the road while operating a vehicle and fail to realize that when they do this, they are putting their lives and the lives of other people on the road at risk. There are many ways that a driver can allow him or herself to become distracted, including:

  • Eating
  • Looking at maps
  • Talking to passengers
  • Talking on a cell phone
  • Adjusting the radio

The most frequent cause of distracted driving accidents is texting. Texting requires attention from both a driver’s hands and eyes. A driver’s focus on the road should have to never compete with sending or reading a text message. Drivers who are using handheld devices are 300% more likely to be injured in car accidents.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration‘s distracted driving page, 387,000 people sustained injuries in car accidents that involved distracted drivers. The most troublesome aspect of distracted driving accidents is that the majority of them could have been prevented had the driver been paying adequate attention to the road.

Because it has become such a widespread problem and is so easily preventable, distracted driving is an issue of national concern. The NHTSA urges drivers to spread the word and do everything they can to cut down on driving distractions.


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Why do Dogs Bite?

Posted by on Feb 18, 2013 in Family, Personal Injury Law | 0 comments

According to DogsBite.org, every year, 1,000 people in the U.S. suffer dog bite injuries that are severe enough to require emergency medical treatment, costing an average of $18,000 per hospital stay. This is a significant amount of money and dog owners should be aware of the risk associated with keeping an animal in the house, especially if they have small children as well.

One way to help reduce this staggering amount of injuries is to understand common reasons dogs may feel the need to bite. Because it’s impossible for dogs to communicate with words, their owners have to be aware of their pets’ body language and social behaviors.

Sometimes, dogs bite because they’re protecting a possession, such as a toy. This can extend into its owner’s property too, which is a result of their loyalty. Other times, they bite because they feel their personal space has been invaded. Other reasons dogs may bite people include:

  • Being too excited while playing
  • A person has hurt it
  • Its chase instinct was activated by someone running past
  • It hasn’t figured out how and when to bite softly
  • It was startled

Often, you can tell when a dog will bite beforehand by the way its behaving. Dogs who are about to bite may lick or bite themselves before biting someone else and sometimes unhappiness may even show in their expressions. Knowing the warning signs of when a dog is about to bite can help reduce the chances that you or someone in your family will be a victim of a bite. Remember, if a dog attacks you without your provocation, you can hold its owner liable for the medical costs you accrue as a result.

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