Felons With Firearms

Did you know that being convicted of a felony means you can no longer possess a firearm? This law was put in place to prevent potentially dangerous ex-criminals from easily hurting someone again. While, in theory, prison is meant to be a transformative experience in which criminals reform from the behavior that put them in prison in the first place, going back to crime after being released is fairly common.

Recidivism, which is the tendency of former prisoners to commit crimes again, is extremely high, especially if rehabilitation, rather than mere punishment, is the goal of incarceration. According to a recent study taken from data from 30 states, 5 in 6 former prisoners will be arrested again within nine years of being released.

When talking about felons possessing firearms, it’s important to remember the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor. A misdemeanor is a crime that is punishable by a year or less in county jail and a fine. The only classification of crime less serious than a misdemeanor is an infraction (parking violations, etc.). Misdemeanors include:

  • Petty theft
  • Threatening assault
  • Possessing tobacco or alcohol as a minor
  • Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs

A felony is a crime that is punishable by a prison sentence of more than a year and is usually carried out in a high-security prison rather than a jail. Crimes that are considered felonies include:

  • Murder
  • Burglary
  • Kidnapping
  • Rape
  • Arson

People who commit felonies are, of course, known as felons, and there can be serious consequences for felons who have possession of firearms.

The main complication that comes with this law is that, according to this attorney, in the state of Texas, a firearm is defined as anything that can be used as a weapon. Naturally, you’re probably thinking that this is pretty vague. It is. Other rules that go along with this law complicate it even further. A convicted felon is also not allowed to be in the same car as someone who has a gun for hunting purposes, and they’re definitely not allowed to hunt themselves. Sometimes, felons will be able to own a firearm again by waiting five years and keeping the weapon inside their home. The only way for a felon to possess a firearm outside of the home is if they have a pardon from the governor, which is obviously given very infrequently. 

Because there are so many complications, there are naturally situations with a lot of gray areas. That’s why it’s so important for people who have been charged with this crime to get in contact with a lawyer immediately. If they don’t, they could end up back in prison for up to ten years, making recidivism rates even higher and further prolonging their opportunity at successful rehabilitation.

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How to Discuss Alzheimer’s Disease With Older Family

The conversation about your loved one potentially having Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, or other similar conditions that can affect their memory and quality of life is not a conversation that anyone wants to have. However, time marches forward whether we want it to or not. 

As a result, it is better to discuss the possibility openly and honestly, rather than silo away sensitive topics in the hope that by doing so, chances of contracting the conditions will be lower. But, unfortunately, there is very little information available to people on how to conduct conversations about Alzheimer’s or other diseases.

Does my family member have Alzheimer’s?

Before discussing conditions that your family member or trusted friend may or may not have, it is usually better to observe their behavior and see if the topic is even necessary to discuss. 

By observing their behavior and looking out for a few key behaviors, you can save yourself a whole lot of trouble. There is no point in talking about Alzheimer’s or dementia if a person’s health is in tip-top shape!

There are blood tests that can be taken to determine the existence of Alzheimer’s, and a few other physical symptoms can be observed to diagnose. However, most people are tipped off by behaviors or patterns that develop in the later years of a person’s life, including:

  • Inability to normally complete tasks that are routine or usually second-nature
  • Trouble with keeping track of time or remembering dates
  • Regular, sustained changes in personality
  • And, of course, continuous memory loss greater than the average memory loss that comes with aging

Look intently to your loved ones to see if they exhibit behaviors like these. If so, then politely and kindly discuss the possibility of seeing a doctor. Topics related to aging and disease are sensitive, and if too aggressive, the entire possibility of seeing a doctor can be disregarded.

As a result, it is in your family member’s best interest to approach the discussion with sensitivity and grace. Unless they pose a danger to themselves in the immediate term, the topic can be approached with a gentle touch, moving toward common ground.

The fact that this issue is scary to those who may be developing memory issues or Alzheimer’s, should always be remembered. The issue relates to logistics and security for outsiders, but for those developing the disease, issues of identity and soul are far more relevant. Let them grieve and adapt.

At the moment, there is no recognized cure for Alzheimer’s or other age-related memory conditions. Of course, there are ways to prevent or help stop the likelihood of developing the disease. As Silent Night Therapy discusses, one of the most promising Alzheimer’s prevention methods is excellent sleep hygiene, or getting the recommended amount of sleep on a routine basis. 

If you struggle with sleeping, there are sleep experts that can help you not only feel more rested in the morning, but may also help you prevent conditions so commonly associated with aging. This, too, should help you sleep better at night!

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What to Do After a Motorcycle Accident

As I drive around town, I have been seeing more and more motorcycles on the road, especially on nice days. I think that it would be fun to own a motorcycle, but my parents have always told me that they are dangerous. I decided to do a little bit of research on the dangers of riding and owning a motorcycle to see if it would be something that I would want to do. When I was doing my research, I came across the website for The Biker Lawyers, and it had a lot of information regarding motorcycle accidents, insurance claims, and lawsuits related to motorcycle accidents. Apparently, these lawyers are all bikers themselves that decided to represent other motorcyclists in order to help them recover from an accident. They have seen themselves how devastating a motorcycle accident can be for your health and your finances.

The website says that often the only way to secure justice and financial restitution is to take legal action in the event of a motorcycle accident. They recommend hiring experienced lawyers that are able to handle the full extent of the legal consequences that may result from a motorcycle accident. Ideally, you should hire lawyers that can handle the legal proceedings directly related to the accident itself as well as motorcycle accident insurance claims. Both of these practice areas require experienced attorneys because of the nature of motorcycle accidents relative to motor vehicle accidents. Accidents that occur in motor vehicles are typically much less severe because of their size and the amount of protection surrounding the driver, so injuries are less severe and less costly. Motorcycle accidents are much more likely to be serious problems, and it’s important to have a lawyer that gets it.

If you get injured while driving your motorcycle because of the negligence or recklessness of another party, it is crucial to hire a lawyer so that you can pursue compensation. The most common practice areas for motorcycle accidents do involve other drivers. Single-vehicle motorcycle accident cases are the most common, and these accidents make up the majority of the accidents, fatalities, and severe injuries that happen to motorcyclists. There are also lawyers that specialize in multiple-vehicle motorcycle accident cases. The other party does not necessarily have to be another driver. Experienced motorcycle accident lawyers have the ability to pursue suits based upon motorcycle malfunction in which the manufacturer or another party is at fault for the motorcycle accident. They can also pursue compensation for motorcycle accidents that are caused by roadway defects.

It was interesting to learn that there are law firms that specialize in motorcycle accident cases and that have success earning compensation for the victims of those crashes. It seems like the only right decision to make is to hire a lawyer in the event of an accident, regardless of who is at fault. I think that hiring a lawyer that specializes in motorcycle cases specifically would be an advantage if I were ever to find myself in a lawsuit related to a motorcycle accident.

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All-Risk Renter’s Insurance Is Great, But What Do You Do If the Insurance Company Won’t Pay?

A friend of mine recently had an issue with their renter’s insurance company. Very responsibly, she took out an all-risk policy, also called a comprehensive policy sometimes, and she kept up her payments diligently.

So, when there was a fire in the apartment next to hers, and most of her property was destroyed, she expected to get a quick response from her insurance company with a big check to get her life back on track. She’s still waiting.

In researching about this, I’ve discovered this is an unfortunately common issue for those who go to the trouble and expense of purchasing good insurance policies. Some insurance companies have a reputation for dragging their feet and trying to underpay, apparently.

So, what should you do? What should my friend do? That’s what I’ve been researching lately, and it seems there are a few things you can do to make sure you get the payout you deserve based off your policy.

First things first, you should understand your policy. My friend has had to become well-versed in insurance policies recently because she signed up for her policy based mostly on reputation instead of reading all the documents she was signing. She’s still covered, but those pages and pages of documents contained important information that she should have been aware of from the beginning.

Having a decent understanding of what you’re signing is always important. We all know that. Yet we constantly sign things without reading what we’re signing away. We sign up for social media without understanding what the companies will do with our data. We agree to terms for iTunes and apps without even reading the first line.

The same goes for insurance policies, and it leaves us very exposed.

The other major piece of advice I’ve come across is that you really ought to consider getting a lawyer. My friend is considering that right now. Insurance is complicated, so even if you understand the policy as well as you can, you may need a lawyer to help you with the legal complexities behind your claim. One of the lawyers I saw in my research, Smith Kendall Attorneys & Counselors, point out that it can be too much to ask of yourself to take on insurance companies after already going through a traumatic situation. A good lawyer will have daily experience in dealing with these situations and won’t be struggling with trauma and stress from losing their apartment.

Besides, having a lawyer on your side surely tells the insurance company you mean business. That may speed up the process on its own.

It’s a shame these things happen at all. Insurance should pay what the situation calls for it. But if you’ve got to fight, you should do so on the best possible terms. So, get acquainted with your policy now, and get a lawyer if your insurance company won’t budge. That’s what I’m going to tell my friend, anyway.

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Obesity and Social Security Disability Insurance

Although some fat is normal and required for a healthy human body, obesity can cause serious health issues.
Individuals with a BMI over 30—the marker for obesity—may experience heart disease, stroke, sleep apnea, cancer, diabetes, and high blood pressure as a result of their weight. Most doctors agree that the more overweight someone is, the more likely they are to have serious health problems. People with a BMI of 40 (which marks morbid obesity) are twice as likely to die prematurely than someone at a healthy weight. Furthermore, those with an “apple” shape, meaning they carry the majority of their extra fat around their middle, may face even more medical issues than another obese person with a different body type.

Obesity may also cause existing issues to affect the obese person in a more extreme manner. For example, someone with arthritis who is also obese will experience more severe pain than someone with the same disease at a healthy weight.
Texas residents can attest to the difficulty of walking around in the summer heat. Obese Texans may have even more of a problem—excess fat can make walking harder, especially in muggy heat.

If you or a loved one are suffering from obesity, it may be possible to claim Social Security disability insurance. In order to file for SSDI successfully, an applicant must be able to prove that their obesity—either by itself, or combined with another illness—significantly limits their daily activities. For example, an obese person who is still able to cook their own meals and has no problem fulfilling their responsibilities may not be able to successfully claim benefits.

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Signs of Health Complications from an Oil Spill

Oil collection and storage is an important part of the U.S. economy, and much of this work happens just offshore. This can be an efficient use of space and resources, but when an oil spill happens, the threat can also be imminent for those living on or near the shore. Unfortunately, many people suffer the consequences of oil spills, including severe health consequences, because oil companies do not carefully regulate their operations. When a spill occurs, that oil can invade all surrounding water and land, and even animal life. If your life or livelihood is affected by a dangerous oil spill, the health consequences might be dire.

Symptoms of a Problem

There are many different health consequences that could result from an oil spill, some short-term, some long-term or permanent. These consequences might not immediately be noticeable to your or a loved one, but signs of a problem might arise. Some symptoms of a health problem associated with an oil spill might include:

  • Nausea / vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Extreme thirst / dehydration
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Sudden or extreme weight loss

Each of these conditions could be an indicator that you are ill, especially if an oil spill recently happened near where you live. But even people who live far away from oil spills can have their health affected, as the oil spill can leak into surrounding bodies of water and animal life, all of which might impact your home. However, those who suffer from the negligence of oil companies in an oil spill might have legal options for getting compensation.

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Injuries From Motorcycle Accidents

Even if you don’t think about it every day, everyone knows that motorcycle crashes can be dangerous. In fact, a motorcyclist is much likelier to be injured in an accident with a larger vehicle than the driver of the other vehicle. This is because a motorcyclist is fully exposed, whereas the other driver is protected with a kind of metal shield in the framing of the vehicle. Motorcycle accidents can result in terrible injuries to individual motorcyclists, ranging in severity from minor to life-threatening. Many of these accidents are caused by dangerous drivers who disregard the rights of motorcyclists.

Common Injuries

There are many different possible injuries that a motorcyclist might face in an accident with another vehicle. Some of these might be minor and easily treatable, while others are more debilitating and may require extensive medical attention. Such injuries can range from:

  • Lacerations
  • Bruising
  • Road rash
  • Burn injuries
  • Head / brain trauma
  • Spinal cord / back injury
  • Blood loss / loss of consciousness
  • Broken bones / fractures

All of these injuries could affect a motorcyclists who is hit by another driver, and depending on their severity, the motorcyclist could be facing a lot of medical bills and other costs. Many people cannot afford all of these costs, though the medical attention is necessary to fully recover. But sometimes the victims of a motorcycle crash who were not in the wrong can win financial compensation from the driver who caused their accident in the first place.

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Benefits of Buying Used

The decision to purchase a vehicle can be exciting and overwhelming, because there are so many options for potential buyers to consider. The age-old question for most is “Do I buy new or used?” The answer to this question will, of course, vary by person, but it can help to know more about each one. When buying a new car, you usually have a fairly upfront understanding of the bells and whistles, but not many people know as much about buying a used vehicle. Better understanding of the benefits of buying used might help make this decision easier for you when you ultimate decide to purchase.

Several Key Benefits

According to the website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, there are a lot of key benefits that can come with purchasing a used vehicle, as opposed to a new vehicle. Many people misunderstand the used car buying process and this steers them away from purchasing used; however, with more knowledge about how you can benefit from buying used, you might decide that this is the route for you. Some benefits might include:

  • Saving money. Used cars are almost always less expensive than new ones.
  • Getting exactly what you want. You can afford to be a little particular in getting the features that mean the most to you.
  • Variety. There are a lot more used cars for sale than new ones, so more to choose from.
  • History. You can (usually) access vehicle history for every used car.
  • In some places, such as Chicago, the cost of car insurance for a used car is less than the cost of insuring a new vehicle.

All of these benefits have led many to choose to buy a used car over a new car, and there are many more that buyers might also enjoy, with the perfect vehicle.

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Charges of Drug Possession

Being charged with a crime can be daunting, particularly when those charges involve drug crimes. Drug possession is one type of drug-related crime that people might face, and it can be generally understood to refer to having any amount of illegal narcotic or substance in one’s possession. This charge is different from other drug crimes like intent-to-distribute or drug manufacturing, but it can still come with hefty legal penalties if one is convicted. A conviction for drug possession might involve penalties like fines up to $25,000, or jail time up to 3 years. The penalties, of course, vary, depending on one’s circumstances, but not everyone is facing a certain conviction if they are charged with drug possession.

Penalty Distinctions

It’s very important to remember that penalties for certain drug possession charges will depend on several key things. These distinctions between crimes are critical for mounting a proper defense against the charges against a person. Penalties may vary based on:

  • The amount of the drug in possession
  • The previous offenses of a defendant (if any)
  • The type of drug in possession
  • Any potential damage that was done because of the possession

Based on the circumstances surrounding a person’s charges, he or she could be facing strikingly different penalties if convicted. But conviction is not a certainty when a person is charged with drug possession, because the burden of proof is on the court. It must prove, beyond reasonable doubt, that a defendant is guilty of drug possession. Even then, sometimes penalties might be lessened significantly through the right legal defense.

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The Effects of Erb’s Palsy

A baby’s birth can be clouded by dark events, especially when medical practitioners are not careful during delivery. Sometimes care is not attended to sufficiently, and dangerous birth injuries are the result. One common birth injury associated with medical error in the delivery room is Erb’s Palsy. This condition results when a baby’s brachial plexus is damaged, which affects the nerves located in the upper arm and shoulder.

Though most parents are not immediately aware that their baby has been hurt, there may be signs that Erb’s Palsy has resulted from negligence. These signs could include a lack of movement, lack of response, or general weakness in the arm or shoulder. Living with Erb’s Palsy can be hard for both a baby and his or her parents, not just physically but financially as well.

Effects of Erb’s Palsy

Erb’s Palsy can affect a person with the condition in a number of ways, and a newborn has limited defenses with which to battle this condition. Some of the possible effects of this condition might include:

  • Numbness in the arm
  • Weakness in the arm
  • Partial paralysis
  • Total paralysis
  • Muscle atrophy

All of these effects might result from a baby getting Erb’s Palsy from an unsafe delivery. In many cases, such deliveries are the result of negligence or recklessness on behalf of the supervising medical staff. Whatever the cause of Erb’s Palsy, if a practitioner is implicated, then you and your family might have legal options available to you.

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