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Hartford Connecticut Legal Blog

Why do people get addicted to heroin?

There are many drugs that are illegal, and they are not able to be in your possession or used by you without specific permissions from the government (clinical trials, for instance, or laboratory use). For example, heroin is illegal and has no known medical use in the United States. However, it used to be used to manage pain before it was discovered to be extremely addictive. As a result, people today may be prescribed pain medications in the form of opiates. That doesn't mean that heroin can be used or that it should be used by anyone since the risks are too high.

What is the major risk of heroin?

Teen who caused hit-and-run death to face trial

If you have followed the news of a teen accused of a fatal hit-and-run collision in Hartford, an update was released on Feb. 5. The teen's trial is coming up soon, during which he will be facing charges for the hit-and-run collision, which resulted in the victim suffering double amputations before her eventual death.

The original story tells how the teen took the lives of two people, one of which was killed when the teen shot them. The other was the victim of the hit-and-run crash.

Get to know the prenuptial agreement: Reasons not to sign

Most people discuss how important a prenuptial agreement is, and it can be a vital document in a divorce. However, if you're approached with a prenuptial agreement before marriage, you should wait before you decide if you want to sign it.

There are a few times when you won't want to sign a prenuptial agreement. For example, if it is obviously unfair, then you're unlikely to want to sign it. You also don't want to sign under duress or because you are too close to your wedding to let it stop you from getting married.

What are some things to do to protect yourself in court?

A good criminal defense makes a world of difference in a criminal case. As someone who is accused of a crime, a defense is important. While it's not your responsibility to prove your innocence, a defense does help you counteract anything the prosecution tries to use against you.

Along with an intelligent argument against the charges, there are a few things you can do to appear as an upstanding individual in court. Here are three additional considerations you should keep in mind.

Dog bite results in hospital visit for Connecticut man

When you're walking with a dog, you generally keep it on a short leash. Why? If it decides it wants to lunge at another person, it gives you a chance to retract the leash and protect the other person from your dog's attack.

Unfortunately, not all people consider the possibility of a pet attacking someone. Take for example this dog-bite incident in Connecticut. A man reported that he was bitten by a dog while he was jogging. He had been on a sidewalk adjacent to another person and their dog.

1 dead, 1 injured in Hubbard Park crash

A motorcyclist was killed and a driver was injured in another tragic incident in Connecticut. According to a report from Dec. 10, the police were called at around 5:13 p.m. on Sunday. There was a report that a motorcyclist and SUV had been involved in a collision.

Like with many other motorcycle crashes, this one also involved a motorcyclist striking the SUV's side. This time, the motorcyclist, a 53-year-old man, was heading west on West Main Street when an SUV started to make a left-hand turn into Hubbard Park's entrance.

Defend yourself if you're facing criminal charges

If you commit a crime or are accused of committing a crime, your first action should be to contact your attorney. You need to know that your interests are being protected, but without someone on your side and an education about the judicial system, it might be hard to do that.

A good criminal defense attorney is there from the moment you think you might be arrested until you go to trial or take a plea deal. Why is a criminal defense so important? It's the chance you have to make the best of your situation.

Hurt? Take the time to reach out to your attorney

A personal injury lawsuit is usually the last thing anyone wants to go through, especially after suffering a serious wound. It is important, though, that those who are responsible for other people's pain and suffering are held accountable.

With any personal injury, the person who is the victim needs time to recover. During that time, the clock is ticking for their personal injury case. They aren't focused on it, because they need to focus on rest and recovery, but the statute of limitations waits for no one.

What is an emergency ex-parte order of custody?

Every parent's worst nightmare is hearing or seeing that their child is hurt or in danger. What is even worse is when that danger is a result of a parent's involvement in that child's life.

If you find out that your child is in trouble or could be harmed by going with the other parent, then you have a right to file for an emergency ex-parte order of custody. This is allowed when there is a sincere belief that an immediate risk of physical or psychological harm could affect a child.

Opioids: An epidemic that requires care, not jail

As you may know, opioids are a serious problem in America today. They were overprescribed by medical professionals for a long time, meaning that many patients have become addicted to the substances despite following their doctor's orders.

The epidemic has increased for years. As of 2015, it was reported that over 2.5 million people were addicted to heroin or opioid pain relievers. Prescription and illicit opiates can both be problematic. Since 2000, it's believed that they have killed around 300,000 Americans due to overdoses. Approximately 91 people die each day as a result of overdosing on opioids in America.

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