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Collateral Consequences of Criminal Convictions

Posted by on Mar 10, 2017 in Criminal Defense | 0 comments

Collateral Consequences of Criminal Convictions

Criminal convictions affect many aspects of your life, like employment, family, and reputation. But the consequences may vary depending on the jurisdiction, type, and duration.
Criminal convictions affect many aspects of your life, like employment, family, and reputation. Aside from the direct consequences such as fines, prison, and probation, there are additional penalties attached to criminal convictions. These penalties are called collateral consequences. Below are the most common forms of collateral consequences.


Those who are convicted of a criminal offense may suffer from disenfranchisement, or the exclusion from voting. Disenfranchisement can be permanent, or temporarily implemented until the convicted has served a sentence or completed a probation. This depends on the jurisdiction.

Limited employment opportunities

Most companies are very meticulous in their hiring process. They may be biased against those who have criminal convictions, limiting the employment opportunities of people who have them. Sometimes, the limited employment opportunity is a bigger financial consequence than the criminal punishment itself.

Limited housing opportunities

Government housing authorities and property owners may not allow those with criminal convictions on their premises, limiting the housing opportunities of people who have such convictions. These people are more likely to be in homes that have limited access to employment, medical services, and transportation infrastructure. This will affect the overall quality of their lives.

Loss of license

Professional licenses, such as for architects, engineers, medical practitioners, and lawyers, can be revoked or suspended because of a criminal conviction. Even simple licenses, such as for drivers, can also suffer the same fate, particularly because of reckless and negligent behaviors like driving under the influence and drug possession.
Even though these are the most common forms of collateral consequences, there are more out there that affect the lives of those who have been convicted. They may never be able to get pistol permits, federal student aid and loans, and government social insurance benefits. If you are not a U.S. citizen, a criminal conviction may have immigration consequences.

It is also important to note that being arrested for a crime does not necessarily mean that you are automatically guilty. You have the right to defend yourself from the possible consequences of criminal convictions, and the best way to do this is by getting legal help.

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Benefits of Self Storage

Posted by on Mar 9, 2017 in Self Storage | 0 comments

Benefits of Self Storage

Storage facilities are there to make sure that we have space for our stuff. They are not just for unwanted junk, but also for items that we still legitimately need, such as extra appliances, furniture, and even vehicles.
Storage facilities are actually not just for personal use. It can be utilized for business purposes, particularly those that have big inventories. But aside from the obvious extra space, what are the benefits of having a storage?

You can take your time

Space is an important factor in convenient living. Sometimes, neighborhoods and apartments have rules regarding the number of items residents have, to ensure that there is enough space for everybody and that the premises is free of clutter. If you have your own storage, you can take your time to determine which items you can retain or throw. You cannot say the same thing to places that have space concerns.

You can stay organized

Having extra storage is not just for excess stuff. Sometimes, it is also about organizing all you stuff. For example, you can put your winter clothes and gears in the storage during summer time. When the cold season arrives, you can take out these clothes and gears and store your summer items. Organizing makes your use of space more efficient.

You can secure valuable items

Storage facilities, such as the Mopac Self Storage, have features to ensure that your items are safe, like security cameras, personal access codes, and climate control units. This gives you peace of mind that your valuable items are in good hands. It is best not to store valuable items of the monetary sense, like cash and jewelry. But other valuable items like those with sentimental value, such as documents and picture albums, are recommended. Storage facilities ensure that they are safe from the common dangers in where you live, like burglary and residential fire.

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Reckless Driving Behaviors

Posted by on Mar 8, 2017 in Vehicle Accidents | 0 comments

Reckless Driving Behaviors

It only takes a single mistake for a traffic accident to happen, but for some reason, there are drivers out there who are being careless and negligent as if they are immune to such accidents. According to the Chicago car accident lawyers of Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, auto accidents that have resulted from the recklessness and negligence may be taken to court.
Though it is good to know that the law is at your side, preventing reckless driving behaviors outright is still the best option. Below is a list of the most common reckless driving behaviors so you can know how to avoid them.

Driving Aggressively

Aggressive driving behaviors include too much honking, speeding, tailgating, weaving between lanes, and other gestures that may aggravate or intimidate other motorists and pedestrians.
Too much honking can annoy other drivers and distract them from operating their vehicles safely. Speeding puts not only you but also the others around you at risk of collisions because of the limited reaction time available when a vehicle is going too fast. Tailgating is unsafe because of the limited room available to break safely. Weaving between lanes increases the risk of accidents because the others around you will have a hard time determining your current and future position.

Driving Under the Influence

Driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs, and anything that can cause impairment is very dangerous. The physical effects, such as comprehension problems, coordination issues, and vision issues, can potentially result into a traffic accident.
Comprehension is important on the road so you can make proper judgment, particularly on road signs, vehicle speeds and positions, and turns. Coordination is important because the interaction between the hands, feet, and eyes, comprises almost the entire driving experience. Having perfect vision is also important because of obvious reasons.

Maneuvering Poorly

There is a reason why your vehicle has turn signals and brake lights. They are not a design flaw. They are there to let the others around you know what you are about to do or doing in your vehicle, which is particularly important in terms of positioning. If you do not use your turn signals, you are giving the motorists and pedestrians around you limited reaction time. Having defective brake lights pose a similar threat.
Poor maneuvering is not just about lights. You should also take into consideration the proper and safe manner of turning itself, the use of side and rear view mirrors, and blindspots.
You don’t deserve to get injured because of a reckless driver, so it is best to seek help from professionals, such as the Law Offices of Yvonne Fraser. But as said earlier, prevention is still the better option. So if you see drivers doing these reckless behaviors, be wary, and if possible, completely avoid them.

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The Rise of Alternative Prosthetics

Posted by on Feb 16, 2017 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

According to Mazin & Associates, PC, an amputation injury is an injury that involves the loss of one or several body parts. A myriad of factors can contribute to the loss of limbs. According to U.S. National Library of Medicine, these include but are not limited to cancer, diabetes, tragic accidents, and birth defects. Prosthesis or an instrument that replaces the missing appendage offers the amputee the ability to perform daily tasks like walking or eating. Improvements in technology have inspired an abundant amount of research concentrated on the creation of lifelike limbs that mirror, and in some cases, restore the functionality of their natural equivalents. Still, a prosthetic need not appear realistic in form.

The Alternative Limb Project, a project created by prosthetic designer Sophie de Oliveira Barata, celebrates the notion of artificiality. Her custom designs prove there are virtually no limits when it comes to artificial limbs. A bionic arm and leg straight from a sci-fi game and a lifelike arm with equally realistic snakes wrapped tightly around the forearm are among a few of her unique designs. The possibilities are endless; still, imagination has its limits. An impressive, creative design must not come at the expense of functionality. Why are these constructions important? Rather than merely imitating the appearance of skin, these creative artificial limbs empower through customization. Formerly powerless to the factors that removed his or her appendage, the individual can regain autonomy through these incredible creations. The prosthetic is now an extension that mirrors personality. He or she can bare their arms, proudly. This does not undermine the pride of those who genuinely wish for and possess realistic appearing limbs. Still, most insurance companies only cover the expense of realistic prosthetics. Fortunately, individuals like Sophie raise awareness and ultimately advocate for customizable prosthetic in hopes that more insurance companies will cover such a cost.

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Determining Medical Malpractice Liability For Hospital Acquired Infection

Posted by on Oct 7, 2016 in Medical Malpractice | 0 comments

The spread of infection in the hospital is common but it can be easily treated and may not pose any danger to the patients. However, if the infection was acquired due to the negligence of the medical personnel that is a different story. According to the website of The Abel Law Firm, medical professionals have a duty of care especially when performing surgical procedures.

Hospital acquired infection (HAI) is an infection that occurs in a hospital patient not associated with the patient’s admitted diagnosis or health issue. It the infection happens in 48 hours after being admitted, it is likely HAI. Such infections can be acquired in three ways and they are called risk factors:

Patient Risk Factors

Patient risk factors include the duration of the patient’s stay in a clinical setting, the severity of illness or injury for which the patient was admitted, and the function and capacity of the immune system during their visit.

Organizational Risk Factors

These factors include hospital cleanliness and treatment setting in general, which includes the filtration of the HVAC system, concentration of patient beds, cleanliness of water systems, cleanliness of building surfaces, and sterility of medical devices.

Iatrogenic Risk Factors

These factors include performance of care by doctors, hospital staff, nurses, and other care providers. This includes the frequency of hand washing, antibiotic use, and care during invasive procedures.

So who can be held liable for hospital acquired infection? Determining liability in hospital acquired infection can prove to be challenging in the legal perspective. An investigation on the specific circumstances, the reason for improper treatment, and possible preventive measures need to be administered. When a hospital is involved in a case, determining liability can be a challenge. If the doctor who performed the procedure is an independent contractor, then the hospital may not be deemed liable for the hospital acquired infection.

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