Caught Red-Handed? 4 Actions to Take After Being Arrested


If you ever find yourself caught in the act of breaking the law, you could find yourself getting arrested. This can be a very scary situation, particularly if you do not have any experience with the legal and justice systems. However, if you know what to do, you can help ensure that the situation works out as well as possible.

Be Cooperative

There is a difference between incriminating yourself and being cooperative. It’s generally best to avoid saying anything more than necessary until you have an attorney to help you. However, you should try to be polite and should obey the officers’ commands. In many cases, if you are respectful and cooperative, the police will be nicer to you, too. Plus, you can avoid getting additional charges or potentially putting yourself in a dangerous situation.

Ask for an Attorney

As soon as possible, it is smart to ask for any attorney. Your attorney can give you advice, can help you get a reduced bond and can otherwise help you with your case. Professionals, like Thomas A. Corletta, know how helpful it can be to have advice and counsel from someone who knows the law. When it comes to criminal cases, protecting yourself and being aware of all your options is a great blessing in such a situation.

Get Yourself Out

You probably do not want to stay in jail any longer than necessary. Depending on the crime and on a few other factors, you may be able to get out of jail on bond. Your attorney may even be able to help you get a reduced bond amount. If you or your family members do not have the cash to spend on bond, you may be able to work with a bail bondsman. A bail bondsman will generally want between 10 and 20 percent of your bond as a fee and will then post the rest of your bond in order to get you out of jail until your trial.

Behave Yourself

There may be special conditions that go along with getting out of jail on bond. Additionally, the last thing that you probably want is to get in additional trouble to go along with your current pending charge. This means that you should do everything that you can to avoid breaking the law. Depending on what you may have been arrested for, it can also be smart to look into substance abuse treatment, anger management counseling or other types of help. Not only can these things help you change your life in a positive way, but they can also help you look better in court when you go in front of the judge, too.

As you can see, if you are caught red-handed and are arrested, there are certain steps that you can take to make things better. These are a few of these steps that you will want to follow for best results.

Author’s Information: Bio: Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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What Does it Take to Become a Practicing Lawyer?


Many children and teenagers want to become lawyers when they get older. Whether it’s seeing a parent or relative go to work at a law firm every day or seeing depictions of glamorous lawyers in the media, many young people seem to think that the law is a dream career. While the law can certainly be the right career for many young people, they may need to look at some of the factors that make up a successful career in the legal field. This article will reveal 4 of the factors that a young person should consider before applying to law school.

The Money Factor

No one considering law school is unaware of the cost of law school these days. While the average law school student will have a debt of about $72,000 when they graduate, some law schools have students leaving with six-figure debt. Another factor to consider is that a law degree is no longer a sure path to the upper class in our society. While getting a law degree is still lucrative much of the time, you will need to balance the rising cost of a legal education with the idea of being out of the workforce for at least 3 years, and the loss of income that comes with that.

The Extra Education Factor

The competition for the jobs at prestigious law firms gets crazier every year. One way to stand out among the crowd of law school graduates is to earn a master’s degree in law school. While advanced education can separate you from the pack, you’ll have to decide for yourself if the extra debt is worth the additional opportunities you may get as a result of earning this degree.

The Public Speaking Factor

Most lawyers spend a lot of time presenting information to groups large and small. These groups include juries, judges, clients, arbitrators, and colleagues. If you have a fear of public speaking, take courses in college that include oral presentations in their work load. Most colleges and universities also offer public speaking courses for credit.

The Word Factor

Words are a lawyer’s bread and butter. Not only must a practicing attorney be comfortable making presentations in front of groups of all sizes, they must have a fluency with the written word. This is because a large part of an attorney’s job includes writing briefs, legal memos, motions, and other legal transactions. Written communication is such a large part of a lawyer’s job that those people who claim to hate writing or were not enthusiastic students in their English classes should look at other career paths.

Practicing law as an attorney is not as glamorous as Shonda Rhimes and her friends in Hollywood make it out to be. You have to put in a lot of thought about potential student debt, your strengths, weaknesses, and ability and willingness to work on said weaknesses before you can even begin to start the journey of a law career. But if you’re willing to really consider whether the legal industry is right for you, then it can often be a rewarding career path for those who do the hard work of research, skills assessment, and financial planning beforehand.

Author’s Information: Bio: Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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Case Study Adds to Evidence Energy Drinks May Be Harmful to Cardiovascular Health


Medical Daily reports that a “case study published in the Journal of Addiction Medicine adds to the evidence that proves energy drinks can be harmful to…cardiovascular health.” The patient in the case study had atrial fibrillation and consumed “320 milligrams of caffeine” in the form of energy drinks, “as well as several beers, each day.” The investigators theorized that energy drinks may “alter heart rhythm and increase blood pressure” not only from caffeine, but from other ingredients in them, such as taurine, or because people mix them with alcohol.

From the news release of the American Association for Justice.

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Former CareFlite Employees Allege Company Overbilled Medicare, Medicaid


The Dallas Morning News reports two former employees have filed a suit against CareFlite, “a nonprofit air and ground medical service provider,” alleging the company committed healthcare fraud by “charging the government for services that were ‘not medically necessary.’” They say CareFlite “and its billing vendor, Quick Med Claims, have overcharged Medicaid and Medicare for ambulance services since 2009.” The News notes that the lawsuit “was filed in 2013 but unsealed late last year when the U.S. attorney’s office declined to join the plaintiffs.”

From the news release of the American Association for Justice.

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Clearing The Bar: 4 Tips To Help You Get Into And Survive Law School


Before you can become a high-powered litigator, you’ll need to attend law school like the rest of the nation’s hopefuls. Here are just a few tips for starting and succeeding with your legal education.

Choose Your School

First things first: Where do you want to attend law school? Try to give yourself several options, including safety schools that you can fall back on if you aren’t accepted to your dream program. Consider the following as you make your shortlist:

– Courses

– Tuition

– School location

– Acceptance rate

– Admission requirements

– Availability of online classes

Know the Procedure

Applying to law school is a lengthy process that should be started as early as possible. The major hurdle in your way is the LSAT; before you even think about textbooks and lecture halls, you’ll need to take the LSAT, receive your scores and submit them to your intended school along with your law school application. Do your homework about dates and deadlines, and keep yourself organized so you make sure you don’t miss any important deadlines.

Find a Specialty

Most lawyers have “areas of practice” that they focus on more than any other. There can also be specialties within specialties. For example, two experts in personal injury law might specialize in dog bites and car accidents, respectively. If you have a calling for any particular type of law, make sure you nurture it while you’re still in school to get the education you’ll need to become an expert.

Take Advantage of Opportunities

Law school should be more than a place where you receive lessons. It should be a breeding ground of opportunities, advantages and internships. Which lawyers in your area are looking for help? Which firms are recruiting associates right out of school? Don’t be afraid to reach out to firms, like the Law Offices of Joshua L. Goldstein, P.C. and ask for opportunities to learn and improve your skillset. Initiative is one of the cornerstones of a successful lawyer.

These are just a few tips for finding and graduating from the right law school. At the end of the day, what really matters is your will to succeed, so stay focused and do your best.

Author Bio: Emma Sturgis is a freelance writer living in Boston, MA. When not writing, she enjoys reading and indoor rock climbing. Find her on Google +

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Pursuing a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit? 5 Things You Need to Know


Medical malpractice happens far too often. More than 200,000 people die from it every year in the United States. That’s nearly 10 times the number of annual deaths attributed to drunk driving. Since most medical malpractice cases pivot on the law of negligence, here are five things that you need to know about pursuing a medical malpractice claim.

The duty
You must show that you were a patient of the doctor or hospital that you want to sue. If you can’t show that you were a patient, that provider owes you no professional duty.

Breach of duty
Assuming you can prove that you were a patient, and a duty of care was owed to you, the next step is to prove that there was a breach of that duty. In medicine, there’s always a standard of care that the provider must follow. A deviation from that standard of care must be shown.

After establishing a breach of the duty owed to you by a deviation from the standard of care, you’re required to show that the injuries you claim were caused by the deviation. It’s a “but for” test. But for the deviation from the standard of care, the injuries never would have happened. The next step is to prove damages.

Damages in medical malpractice cases can be categorized as special, general and sometimes punitive. Special damages include bills for hospitals, doctors, therapists, medications and lost earnings. General damages are more difficult to quantify. They include pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, permanent disfigurement and permanent disability. You must have legally recognized damages. Punitive damages are only awarded in extraordinary and outrageous cases of medical malpractice. Medical malpractice attorneys like those at Otorowski, Johnston, Morrow and Golden, P.L.L.C. advise that causation and damages are the two most frequently disputed issues in medical malpractice cases.

You might have a case
If you can prove all four of the above elements, you might have a viable medical malpractice case. If you fail to prove any single one of the elements, your case will fall in its entirety. Even with a gross deviation from the standard of care, there might not be any damages. The highest degree of care and caution might be used to adhere to the standard of care, and there might be a bad result.

There are no guarantees. Medical malpractice cases ordinarily involve complicated litigation, and they’re quite expensive to pursue.

This article is from Lizzie Weakley, a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. She went to college at The Ohio State University where she studied communications. She enjoys the outdoors and long walks in the park with her four-year-old husky Snowball.

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Drug Sales Reps Arrested for Allegedly Paying Physicians to Prescribe Fentanyl


USA Today reports that two employees of Arizona-based Insys Therapeutics were arrested “for allegedly paying [physicians] to prescribe fentanyl.” The arrests “drew a strong reaction from law enforcement and other doctors, who note that pharmaceutical companies have aggressively marketed risky and addictive [pain medications] in recent years and have paid more than $1 billion to settle charges of illegal marketing.”

From the news release of the American Association for Justice.

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E-Cigarettes Cause Similar Increase in Aortic Stiffness, Blood Pressure as Tobacco Cigarettes


Healio reports that a research letter published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found e-cigarettes “increase aortic stiffness and BP in a similar manner to tobacco cigarettes.” The study followed 24 participants and found that those who smoked e-cigarettes for five minutes ended up presenting with a large pulse wave velocity increase (0.19 m/s) after 15 minutes, while traditional cigarette smokers did so faster. The article reports that those who smoked e-cigarettes for 30 minutes “induced a larger and more prolonged pulse wave velocity increase (0.36 m/s peak immediately after smoking),” while, “tobacco cigarettes also were associated with pulse wave velocity increase (0.44 m/s immediately after smoking, sustained for entire period).” Smokers of both cigarette types had increased systolic BP. The researchers wrote, “With the strong tendency of [e-cigarettes] to spread worldwide, especially within younger ages, our findings have important implications that could aid recommendations regarding the use of [e-cigarette]

From the news release of the American Association for Justice.

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E-Cigarettes Appear to Emit Two Previously Unreported Chemicals at Varying Rates


In continuing coverage, the Washington Post reports a study published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology found that some e-cigarettes release two chemicals, propylene glycol and glycerin, that had gone previously undetected by researchers and regulators. While study author Hugo Destaillats said “you’re better off using e-cigarettes” than conventional cigarettes, he emphasized that even though e-cigarettes can be useful for helping smokers quit, “it doesn’t mean that they’re healthy. Regular cigarettes are super unhealthy. E-cigarettes are just unhealthy.”

MedPage Today reports the study also found that e-cigarettes “emit toxic chemicals at different rates depending on” certain factors. Researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory found that amounts of dangerous chemicals emitted went up with vaporizer model, age, temperature, and the amount of time the vaporizer was in use.

From the news release of the American Association for Justice.

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4 Signs Your Loved One’s Death Was the Result of Negligence


Death may be a natural progression of life but in some cases it may have been preventable. Medical negligence can lead to fatalities, and losing a loved one that way can be a hard thing to process. A wrongful death resulting from negligence by a medical practitioner may warrant compensation depending on many factors.

Medical practitioners and institutions can be held responsible for Toledo wrongful deaths. Proving a case of fatal medical negligence can be highly complicated because some treatments carry inherent risks. You may only suspect that medical negligence took place but may not have a way to prove it. What are the indicators that yours is a case of negligence?

There Was a Duty

When a patient goes to a hospital or other facility, there is an expectation of service delivery in exchange for payment. It means that a patient is owed a duty of health care by the staff working at the hospital. As with any field of practice, certain standards govern the delivery of services. If a doctor or other practitioner does not meet the necessary level of care, such as providing suitable tests for diagnosis, then that is a sign of negligence.

Breach of Duty

When a doctor uses simple tests to give the diagnosis without further examinations, then there may be a breach of duty. For an event to be termed as medical negligence, there must be an indication that a doctor did not follow their duty. A violation of the standards of care expected by a patient is another element of negligence.

Compensable Injury

When a doctor uses insufficient information to give a diagnosis and base their treatment plans, something is bound to go wrong. Because there was a misdiagnosis, the medication or surgery that a patient undergoes will be wrong, therefore, the condition will keep getting worse. This problem leads to injuries because the original medical condition remains untreated.

Injury and Damage

As the situation deteriorates, so does the health of your loved one. After going for follow up treatment or a second opinion, it comes up that a critical diagnosis was missed. Because a medical condition did not receive due attention, the patient succumbs to the illness or injuries.

Medical negligence is very serious and should never go unpunished. Carefully document the progression of your loved one’s symptoms throughout the process for further proof and indication of what went wrong. A wrongful death attorney has the expertise to pursue such a case and claim compensation for damages.

Meghan Belnap is a freelance writer who enjoys spending time with her family. She also enjoys being in the outdoors and exploring new opportunities whenever they arise. Meghan also enjoys researching new topics that help to expand her horizons. You can often find her buried in a good book or out looking for an adventure. You can connect with her on Facebook right here and Twitter right here.

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