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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5 Common And Dangerous Surgical Errors

Posted by on Jan 18, 2013 in Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury Law | 0 comments

Going into surgery can be frightening and can leave many wondering if they are safe. While most surgeries are performed by surgeons who are safe and careful, sometimes surgical errors do occur. Many surgical errors are due to accident, and are not maliciousness, but patients can still suffer terrible consequences as a result. Victims of surgical errors might be contending with huge medical costs because of the error, including emergency medical treatment, future surgeries, dependence on prescription medication, subsequent medical visits, and physical therapy costs. All of these costs can make daily living and paying bills difficult.

There are many ways that a surgery can go wrong, especially if a surgeon is not extremely careful in performing his or her duties. Some surgical errors, however, are seen more often than most. Five of the most common surgical errors are those that involve:

  1. Surgery on the incorrect site
  2. Surgery on the incorrect patient
  3. Anesthesia errors
  4. Leaving surgical tools in the body
  5. Failure to sterilize surgical equipment

All of these situations could have traumatic effects on an innocent patient, and should be avoided at all costs. Unfortunately, sometimes surgeons forget particular protocols, or neglect to give them the attention they deserve. Frequently, this inattention or negligence leads to serious surgical errors.

Facing the effects of surgical error can be scary and difficult, especially if youre dealing with costs of medical treatment after the error occurred. However, legal recourse is often available to those who suffer from medical malpractice, like surgical errors. If you or someone you care about has been victimized by a careless or negligent surgeon, you could qualify for legal compensation. Contact an experienced medical malpractice lawyer today to discuss the specific situation in which you find yourself and options for pursuing legal action against the person who put you there.


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