Criminal Defense for Domestic Violence

Nothing is more intimate or more devastating than domestic violence. Domestic violence is defined as the physical, sexual or emotional assault of one individual by another in a marital, co-habitation, dating, or familial situation. Home is supposedly a safe haven, but not when domestic violence reigns.

There are many psychological studies about domestic violence, but no one theory covers all situations where it occurs. There are a variety of factors, both internal and external, that contribute to acts of domestic violence. Some say it is handed down to children, as those who are domestically violent also tend to come from a background of domestic violence. As such, it is a vicious cycle that is very difficult to halt, especially as victims are often reluctant to expose it because they feel ashamed or afraid.

According to the website of the Law Offices of Alexander & Associates based in Denton, it is prevalent in the U.S., annually affecting directly or indirectly in excess of a million individuals. However, because it is an intimate crime, it often goes unreported, and it can be very difficult to prove. Thus, domestic violence laws tend to be stringent, and mere allegations are taken very seriously by law enforcement. This is understandable, but it can lead to an excess of zeal.

Being charged with a crime like domestic violence can have far-reaching consequences for the life, reputation, and career of the defendant. This is a tragedy if the allegations are false, a rather nasty ploy of some spouses preparing the groundwork for a divorce, disgruntled teenagers, or a vengeful lover. This is a situation that must not be allowed to get out of control. The best way to do this is for a domestic violence defendant to engage the services of an experienced criminal defense lawyer to set the record straight and protect his or her rights in a criminal proceeding.

Surprising Consequences of Risperdal Use

Gynecomastia is the development of breasts in males that is most common at birth, during puberty, and in elderly men. It is thought to be caused by a hormonal imbalance that commonly occurs during these stages in male development. In pubertal males, it can persist for up to two years. This is called physiologic gynecomastia.

However, a male patient can develop man-boobs as a result of certain medications. Among the most well-known medications with gynecomastia as a side effect is Risperdal, generically risperdone, an atypical antipsychotic drug approved in the US by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of pediatric and adult schizophrenia, autism, and bipolar disorder.

The manifestation of breasts in Risperdal users is a common side effect, and it is a benign condition. This means that it does not pose health risks for the sufferer as serious as tachycardia, at least not in a physical sense. However, the presence of these breasts can prove to have a significant psychological effect.

It must be noted that Risperdal is an antipsychotic drug; ergo, users have already been diagnosed with a mental disorder and are seeking to achieve a normal mental state with the proper treatment. And, since its manufacturer has encouraged the off-label use of Risperdal, its side effects are more widespread than it should have been. Since breasts are primarily associated with females, a male with breasts is certain to come in for or at least dread some ridicule or teasing. This can have a devastating effect on an already fragile emotional state, which in turn can have a profound impact on the mental state.

Risperdal users definitely have larger health issues to contend with than gynecomastia, but it is a manifestation of serious oversight by the drug’s manufacturers. If you developed gynecomastia and other side effects by using Risperdal, you may have recourse to civil litigation to recover any financial and emotional damages. Consult with a product liability lawyer in your area with experience in handling Risperdal claims to find out more.

Wrongful Death of an Unborn Fetus

Wrongful death is defined as any human fatality resulting from the tortious or criminal act or wrongdoing of a third party. Whether there are consequences to the actor in criminal court, the plaintiffs in a wrongful death claim may sue the third party for financial compensation in civil court. This compensation could be for medical bills, loss of income, and funeral expenses. For example, if a driver hits a pedestrian and the pedestrian dies, the family may sue the driver for wrongful death even if the driver is acquitted of vehicular manslaughter. This is the difference between a civil trial and a criminal trial. In the criminal trial, the defendant is defending against criminal charges, while in a civil suit, they’re defending themselves from noncriminal accusations.

However, the rules change when it comes to the death of an unborn fetus. States have varying laws when it comes to the wrongful or unlawful death of a fetus, but there was a time when it was not possible at all to sue for wrongful death of an unborn fetus. This is because a fetus is not considered a separate entity from the mother until birth, so while the mother can sue for loss of consortium because of the death of the unborn child, there cannot be a wrongful death claim unless the mother also dies.

There are now states that consider a wrongful death claim for the unborn fetus as a subset of what is sometimes called feticide (fetus homicide) laws, including Texas and Michigan. However, the application of such laws can be highly complex, not only because of existing abortion laws but also because it can impact many future civil rights arguments. The status of an unborn fetus is not a simple matter; there are states where the law that require the fetus to draw at least one breath before any civil rights can be conferred to them.

When the death of an unborn child is the result of the negligence or willful wrongdoing of a third party, state law may allow eligible parties to sue for compensation.

Consequences of a Car Accident

The consequences of a car accident range from the annoying to the horrific. If you just spent the weekend buffing your car to a high shine and someone sideswipes you on your very first day out and scratches the paint, that’s annoying, but hardly even worth a call to your insurance company. You should always be so lucky. You would be one in about 10 million people who fail to report a minor crash.

Even then, there are a lot of reported car accidents in the US that end in injuries, even fatalities. It is estimated that about one person is injured every 14 seconds somewhere in the US, and one person dies every 48 minutes. And you don’t even have to be driving or even be in a vehicle to be involved in a car accident. Every year, about 60,000 pedestrians are hit by a car and even if the speed is 30 mph or lower, it often causes serious injury, maybe even permanent disability. In too many cases, the pedestrian dies without even knowing what hit him or her, especially in urban areas.

The consequences of a car accident directly impact the drivers/s, passengers, and pedestrians involved. It is often the physical and financial side that hurts the most no matter the severity of the incident. Even for minor injuries, the trip to the emergency room can set the patient back upwards of $1,000, and for the really severe injuries, the costs can be astronomical. Often, the accident victim has to pay out-of-pocket expenses for bills not covered by the insurance company.

The physical and financial pain is often followed by a psychological reaction, such as developing dystychiphobia (fear of accidents) or amaxophobia (fear of riding in a motorized vehicle). These are debilitating conditions, although they rarely occur. But when the accident turns out to have been caused by negligence by one of the parties, the emotional aspect can be overwhelming. The only consolation the hapless victims have is that in such cases, it may be possible to sue for compensation. In order not to be overwhelmed by these unwarranted consequences in a drunk driving or speeding car accident, for example, consult with a personal injury lawyer in your area.

How to Find a Reliable Professional in Your Area

There will always come a time when you need to have something done by a professional but you don’t know anyone who has done work for you before. A quick search in the local directory or the Internet specific to your area will probably yield a number of contacts, whether you are looking for a dentist or a dog walker. The biggest worry for most people is how to find a reliable one they can trust to do the job right.

There are some things you can take a chance on, but not when it comes to your teeth or pet. In most cases, you can’t really rely on what an advertisement says because it isn’t necessarily true. What most people do is to ask family, friends or colleagues for referrals. This works in two ways: they have served as your guinea pig so you can reasonably expect to have the same experience, and the referral will most likely be within a convenient distance from your home or workplace. The only problem with this method is that it usually restricts your options.

Some people go to the trouble of visiting the place of business such as a clinic, or interviewing the prospective professional. This way, they get a feel for the person and an inkling of the level of professionalism they can expect. The problem with that method is that too often people are swayed by window dressing or a charming manner, and don’t go deeper into the credentials or experience of the person who will do the work. This is why people get so easily gulled by con artists.

Another approach in how to find a reliable professional in your area is to use blogs, forums and business bureaus to investigate what people not known to you know or have experienced with specific professionals through feedback, reviews and ratings. These tend to be more objective, although some people are motivated by revenge if they feel they have been shortchanged, although in reality their expectations were unrealistic.

There is no surefire way of finding a reliable professional short of actually trying one out for size. However, any or all of these three methods can help you shorten the list of possible and find what you are looking for.