Criminal Defense against Marijuana Possession

Being accused of a crime, whether it be a simple case of misdemeanor or something much more serious, such as DUI or possession of marijuana, can be a frightening experience, especially for people who committed the act without actually having intended to do so.

A drug crime, specifically, is an act in violation of federal laws, deserving lengthy jail terms and hefty fines. A drug-related crime includes selling, manufacturing, distribution and possession of illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia.

Despite its wide use, marijuana remains to be considered an illegal drug in the US. The Controlled Substances Act has classified marijuana as a Schedule I drug or a type of drug that has no legal medical value. This, of course, is contrary to the ruling of some states which recognize the medical value of the drug; some states have even decriminalized it for (private) recreational purposes. And though the Washington Initiative 502 has experimentally allowed marijuana, everything about it (manufacture, growth, possession, etc.) is still subject under certain conditions, like the possession of license and the person involved should be, at least, 21 years old.

Marijuana contains THC or delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, its key psychoactive ingredient. As any street drug does, marijuana also has many street names, including cannabis, grass, weed, pot, boom, Mary Jane, gangster, ganja, reefer, etc. For people who are caught with weed, the charges can be between misdemeanor and felony, with the amount of fines and length of jail term depending on the amount of the drug possessed. Nevertheless, these punishments are always better avoided due to their possible long-term effects.

On its website, the Dallas-based Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter, state how a criminal charge can completely alter an individual’s life. It can affect his/her employment, even finding a place where he/she can live. A charge relating to marijuana possession is a hard battle to fight, though. And one has to know and understand that not all lawyers are equally good, some being more determined and competent than others. These are the kinds of lawyers one would need when charged with a serious crime. It would be to one’s real benefit if he/she will make sure that the defense lawyer he/she will hire is of such caliber.

Unsafe Products: Yasmin and Testosterone Supplements

An article on the website of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck, P.A., speaks of the importance of pharmaceutical drugs for people who are ill, suffering from an injury or recovering from a surgery. Medicine, the article further says, has always been a part of medical treatment. Not all who take medicine get the desired beneficial results, though, for due to differences in overall health condition, metabolism and, past illnesses, what may be a cure to some, may serve as poison to others.

It is the task of pharmaceutical companies to produce safe and efficient drugs that will provide the cure to diseases, relieve ailments and keep people in good and healthy condition. Before these drugs are even allowed to be prescribed and released to the market, these will have to be tested and proven safe for use.

May pharmaceutical companies, which also fund the conduction of tests on their own drugs, however, keep the tests’ negative results to have the drug approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for distribution. Thus, there have been instances when reports of adverse cases are filed against particular drugs, for instead of providing cure for the illnesses these were intended to treat, these, rather, cause more severe illnesses which put patients in greater danger. Some drugs have even been linked to the unexpected death of patients some months after the drug’s use.

A couple of drugs that have been made available in the market and which have been prescribed to millions of users due to their known effectivity and the benefits these provide, are Yasmin and Testosterone supplements. Yasmin, an oral contraceptive from the German firm Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, was introduced in 2001. It was acknowledged as a truly effective contraceptive, preventing females, aged 14 and up, from getting pregnant. Yasmin was also said to effectively treat premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) and temperate acne.

It was not long, however, when reports of Yasmin side effects began to surface; the drug was linked to the death of 23 Canadian women and was found to increase the risk of developing gallbladder injuries, pulmonary embolism (blood clots blocking the pulmonary artery), deep vein thrombosis (blood clots in veins deep inside the body) stroke, heart attack and death.

Testosterone, on the hand, is the hormone that is responsible for different sexual characteristics, such as sexual function and sex drive, maturation of the prostate and various male sex organs, and growth and distribution of male hair, like facial hair. The introduction of testosterone supplements was approved by the FDA for males suffering from Hypogonadism, that is, low testosterone, or low T.

Testosterone supplements, though, have been linked to heart attacks, strokes, and even death. Despite this risk, the seductive television ads that make men think that the supplement is a fountain of youth, have  resulted in more than four million prescriptions. This turn of events has some medical and legal professionals guessing that Low T lawsuits are sure to increase in months to come.

Bad Hospitals and Bad Doctors: Realities Patients can Avoid if They Want To

In the US, each state has its own medical licensing board that is tasked to grant medical licenses to qualified and competent applicants, as well as protect its residents’ health, safety and general welfare, against doctors who fail to practice and live up to the standards of the medical field.

In the event of reports of doctor negligence, abuse, malpractice or unprofessional conduct, a medical licensing board has the authority to investigate and review any case filed against such doctors, discipline those who will be proven guilty, and hold in probation, suspend or revoke their license.

Such tasks, if strictly followed by each state’s medical licensing board, would be ways that may lead to the formation of ideal hospitals and health care clinics, and highly competent medical specialists. But this is far from what is real, as proven in a study by USA Today, a multi-platform media company that delivers news and information. The study actually reveals the continuous practice of thousands of doctors with records of serious misconduct. And, despite, having been disallowed by many health care institutions, HMOs and hospitals, from treating patients further, these doctors’ own state medical boards seem to be doing nothing, not even show any sign of moving to hold these doctors on probation.

Families of patients who have suffered more severe injuries or who have died due to the gross negligence and serious misconduct of these doctors suffer more in their own anger and misery for the very slow pacing of the law which ought to make these doctors pay for the horrid consequences of their acts.

On its website, the personal injury lawyers of the Atlanta-based Ausband & Dumont Law Firm speaks of the right to justice of victims of personal injuries, which are injuries that result from the careless, reckless or negligent act of others. Part of this justice is compensating the victims (and/or their families) for the present and future financial concerns resulting from the injury.

There are thousands of good doctors, this is a fact. But to say that there are also thousands of bad doctors is another (fearful) fact that no one can deny. It is, therefore, highly important that you know who your doctor really is, as well as the overall reputation of the clinic or hospital where he/she is connected. A number of websites now openly and courageously identify bad doctors and bad hospitals, while a few other websites mention hospitals which have been proven as providing good performance in terms of quality patient care and in the number of their reliable medical personnel.

Not all doctors are committed, or have the same level of commitment, to their profession; not all hospitals provide quality care too. The next time you need medical care, make sure that your health care provider will provide real care, not make you more sick.

Essential Factors when Appealing for a Long Term Disability Claim

An injury or illness that causes long term disability can lead to financial burdens for a lot of people and their families. Very often, however, despite the obvious illness and medical proofs, many disability benefit claims still get rejected by insurance providers, which apply strict scrutiny in evaluating the worthiness of each insurance claim.

An article posted in the website of the Hankey Law Office, P.C., speaks of the same careful examination of claims documents by those applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Furthermore, the firm states that, aside from being a complicated task, it may take months before applications get to be evaluated and either approved or rejected.

Though some applications may really turn out as nothing more than fraudulent claims and, therefore, rightfully rejected, many others get denied simply due to technical reasons, which may mean a signature missed, a skipped box, incorrect process in filing of application, and so forth – mistakes often committed by applicants due to the length and complexity of claims documents.

With regard to approved applications, SS members or policy holders (of private insurance firms) usually complain because of the small amount on their behalf – an amount that may be too little compared to what is stipulated in their policies. Thus, just to be able afford medical treatment, as well as address family needs, some resort to selling their properties after all savings have been depleted.

Delving deeper to determine the real cause of rejection of claims, especially by private insurance firms, many legal and financial experts say that everything is simply based on the firm’s intent to remain profitable. Thus, it tries to find mistakes in applications in a manner that is quite aggressive. There are insurance firms that employ tactics, like much delay in the approval and release of the benefit, undue termination of the claimant’s policy or misclassification of illness or injury. A case of insurance bad faith is how experts call it; it involves the violation of the policy that the insurance provider drafted and which it signed with the policy holder.

In the event of a claims denial, undue termination of the policy or if the insured knows and feels that the amount of the benefit released is so much lower that what he/she should have received, the applicant is allowed to fully examine the denied claim and appeal the decision.

An appeal is a formal request for a re-evaluation of the unfavorable decision arrived at by an insurer. There are essential things, besides hiring a legal counsel who has expertise in insurance benefit claims, that an appellant must do to avoid losing an appeal. These include:

  • Filing the appeal within the allowed time frame
  • Preparing all the necessary and relevant documents, such as medical record, medical abstract, letter from the employer, opinion of a medical expert, and others
  • Readying oneself to argue against any misrepresentation or misuse of evidence or inadequate in-house medical review, by the insurer

Trauma – A Serious Consequence of a Car Accident

A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to show that motor vehicle accident is one of the leading causes of injuries and deaths in the US, especially for individuals aged 1 – 34 years.

Obviously, driver education is not enough to make every driver observe road safety rules. This is why the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has moved to implement more laws, enforce these laws more firmly and impose heftier fines and harsher punishment on violators. Laws such as use of seatbelt, anti-drunk driving, speed limit and prohibition of the use of a handheld phone while driving (drivers of commercial vehicles, like trucks, are required to use a Bluetooth headset).

Motor vehicle accidents present a greater danger than anyone can imagine. These can cause loss of lives and severe injuries which may very well alter the lives of the victims (for the rest of their lives). NHTSA states that it is quite fortunate that not all car crashes result to severe injuries. The cause of an equally-serious problem to many accident victims, however, is not the injury sustained, but the experience of undergoing a life-threatening experience; thus, a number of individuals who have been involved in motor vehicle accidents develop phobia, fear and long-term anxiety after their tragic experience.

Psychiatrists and psychologists both agree that trauma or fear of riding a car again, up to about two weeks after an accident, is a normal reaction and should be expected. CDC’s Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARSTM), reports that the ones who usually develop the trauma are passengers, rather than drivers. But while adult passengers may be able to easily avoid riding cars (until they have overcome the trauma), the case is different with regard to very young children, whose parents decide whether they should ride or not.

And while many are able to overcome the trauma caused by the accident, some suffer from it longer and more persistently, ending up experiencing sleep problems, anxiety and depression, which soon affect their behavior pattern, relationships and even work.

Even the regular psychiatric sessions required to help traumatized victims overcome their shocking experience can lead to another set of problems resulting from financial difficulties. Preferring medical treatment over payment of bills from credit cards and mortgage, a number of victims often find themselves in overwhelming debts, with bankruptcy as the only means of legal solution. If you have been considering bankruptcy, contact the Birmingham Bankruptcy Lawyer today to learn more.

One essential thing that accident victims should do following an accident is to have a lawyer who will represent, and negotiate for, them. Though the injury sustained may be there to stay, the compensation that the law entitles victims to receive will enable them to undergo the treatment they need. If you have been injured in an accident like this, make sure to contact a Houston personal injury lawyer to figure out your options.