Florida Marijuana Possession

Arrested for marijuana possession in Florida?

Marijuana possession is one of the most common crimes faced by citizens in Florida. The intricacies of marijuana possession law make it extremely defendable, and with the right lawyer a charge such as this can be dismissed. According to the criminal defense lawyers at Flaherty Defense Firm, law enforcement can be especially overzealous when prosecuting marijuana possession cases, looking to make an example of those accused.

In Florida, the amount of marijuana you are arrested with is extremely important in deciding the legal classification of your case. Less than twenty grams is a first degree misdemeanor, and may result in one of several punishments. These include up to one year in jail, up to one thousand dollars in fines, and up to one year of driver’s license suspension. Smaller quantities such as this can often be plead out to a smaller sentence, but this type of deal requires the expertise and connection of a trained legal professional. Alternatively, possession of over twenty grams carries more extreme consequences. The potential prison time increases to five years, and the fines increase to five thousand dollars. A skilled lawyer is even more necessary in these cases, as they can reduce the penalties drastically.

Possession in Florida comes in two varieties, “Actual” and “Constructive”. Actual Possession means the marijuana is in the directly in possession of the person. This includes inside pockets or within reach, such as inside the glove compartment. Constructive Possession has a slightly different definition. The marijuana must be in a place the defendant has control over, or the defendant must have attempted to conceal it. Florida is somewhat unique in the fact that multiple people may be charged with “joint possession” of a substance. In this case, each person is considered to be in possession.

Dog Bite Injuries

Dog Bite Injuries – The Basics

Dogs are known as man’s best friend, but unfortunately, not all dogs are the sweet and cuddly pets that we know and love. In fact, dog bites account for about 90% of all animal bites in the United States. There are currently around 70 million dogs living in the US and an estimated 4.5 million dog bite incidents occur each year. In 2013 alone, 31 people died from causes related to a dog bite.

According to Spiros Law, P.C., some of the most common injuries and complications that come from dog bites include severe lacerations and puncture wounds, fractured bones, disfiguring scars, life-threatening infections, severe contusions, and nerve damage. About 27,000 dog bite victims undergo reconstructive surgery each year.

There are a few ways to avoid dog bite incidents. For example, stay away from dogs you don’t know and never leave a young child alone with a dog, whether it is familiar or not. When approaching a dog, it is best to do so slowly and give the dog a chance to approach you. Also, never approach or try to play with a dog that is eating or a female dog that is feeding her puppies. If you find yourself in a situation with an aggressive dog, do not panic or run and scream. The best thing to do here is back away slowly and avoid eye contact with the angry canine.

If you have been bitten by a dog and your injuries are not severe, you may feel like you can treat yourself at home and avoid the emergency room. However, it is always best to seek medical attention after a dog bite, especially if the dog was unfamiliar to you. If the bite is deep, you cannot stop the bleeding, or there are any signs of infection, seek medical help right away.

Drinking and Boating

The Danger of Drinking and Boating

Throughout the years there have been many high profile boating accidents. Miami Marlin’s pitcher José Fernández died in a boating accident off Miami Beach on February 25, 2016, joining thousands of other victims in 2016. Many of these accidents are the result of rough water conditions, but others are caused by driver recklessness or operator inattention. In order to avoid tragic consequences, it is important to stay informed on the risks and rules associated with open water boating.

First, the risks. Open motorboats are most frequently involved in accidents, with forty seven percent of all reported accidents occurring in these vessels. Additionally, causalities in open motorboats last year totaled sixteen hundred and seventy two. Common risk factors vary depending on the location and type of body of water. Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is extremely dangerous, and laws prohibiting this behavior are enforced just as strictly as drunk driving laws. Unfortunately, the nature of these crimes makes them hard to enforce. Driving too close to other boats is another common cause of accidents. In order to properly prepare and keep you and your loved ones safe, the lawyers at Clawson and Staubes, LLC: Injury Group recommend acquiring a nationally approved boating safety certificate.

Laws associated with boating are similar to rules of the road. In North Carolina, any person younger than fourteen years old may not operate a boat legally. If the driver is fourteen or fifteen years old, they must be accompanied by someone eighteen years or older. North Carolina law enforcement patrols the water to keep conditions safe, so it is crucial that you carry your boater education card. Not carrying this card could result in a hefty fine.

Do not get caught off guard when boating. Prepare and be safe.

Hypnotherapy as a Viable Alternative to Traditional Counseling

Traditional counseling undoubtedly has its benefits and continues to help many people. However, counseling can also be expensive, unsuccessful with certain issues, or may be medication-centric, which though not always negative and not the case with all counseling, does not fit the needs of every patient or their symptoms. Many people are therefore exploring new avenues of treatment for mental illness and other emotional or mental distress, including meditation and mindfulness, biofeedback and neurofeedback, and hypnosis or hypnotherapy. Hypnotherapy can be particularly helpful as it deals with the subconscious mind and works to make effective changes and realizations while the patient is in a suggestible state of mind.

Hypnosis allows for guided relaxation and concentration, which provides the needed focus and attention needed to change our perceptions and behaviors. Hypnotherapy is used to treat a number of issues, including many anxiety disorders, panic attacks, and addiction, among many others. People go to therapy when they are stuck at some point in their lives or with a previous form of treatment, and the same reasons and benefits apply to hypnotherapy. In the same way, hypnotherapy serves to move people out of the emotional and psychological ruts in which they find themselves, promoting lasting personal growth and healing that endures beyond the scope of medication.

Medication can provide relief for patients of mental illness, but only while the medication is currently being taken. In addition, medication effects every patient differently, sometimes takes months or years to work properly at the right dosage, and can even pose a risk of addiction if the users become dependent or start to abuse their prescription drugs. Given the potential risks of medication, hypnotherapy is a helpful alternative that provides much of the same benefits as traditional treatments without the negative side-effects. Many therapists and psychiatrists are also licensed to perform hypnosis, validating the practice further and making it more accessible to those already in treatment.

Employment Discrimination – Your Rights And The Law

Every individual has the right to employment and earn an income. This right is protected by various employment laws and anyone who stops an individual from practicing it can be accountable to the law. According to the website of Cary Kane, LLP, it is illegal for employers to discriminate prospective or current employees because of their race, color, gender, nationality, religion, or ethnic identity. Employment discrimination is prohibited under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Employment discrimination happens when an employer treats workers differently based on certain attributes which are not related to their job performance. In the government, employment discrimination is a violation of an individual’s right to equal protection an d due process. In the private sector, employment discrimination is prohibited by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Under the law, employers are not allowed to discriminate employees or job applicants in any aspect such as hiring and firing, compensation, assignment, or employee classification. Discrimination in transfer, promotion, layoff, or recall is also prohibited. Under the law, harassment becomes unlawful based on the following conditions: 1) when enduring the offensive conduct has become a condition for continued employment; 2) severe or pervasive conduct that has resulted to a hostile, intimidating, or abusive environment for the individual. An employee who is a victim of employment discrimination can make their employer liable by filing an employment discrimination claim against their employer.

These cases are handled by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or EEOC. The claim can be filed with the EEOC within 180 days. If the case was filed in a state that has enacted laws dealing with a similar issue, the deadline is extended t0 300 days. Regardless, prompt filing is necessary to make the employer liable. Initially, if the EEOC deems that there is discrimination. It will work with both the employee and the employer to attempt a settlement. If the attempt is unsuccessful, the EEOC will file a case or issue a “right to sue” letter allowing the employee to file a case. Even if the investigation of the EEOC led to a conclusion that no discrimination occured, it will still issue a right to sue letter.

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