Hartford Connecticut Legal Blog

Understand the importance of a restraining order

A restraining order sometimes becomes a necessity during or before divorce cases. The reality is that some people simply do not get along, or there is a conflict that leads to abuse or manipulation.

There are different types of restraining orders. There are protection orders that are temporary and permanent. Initially, when you seek a restraining or protective order, it will be temporary. Why? The court needs time to review the case.

Hit and run leaves 1 dead, later causes 1 shooting injury

Sometimes, drivers are dangerous when they're on the roads. They may intentionally flee if they cause an accident, leaving victims behind with injuries and struggling to survive.

That's what happened in a case out of Hartford. A man had fled after crashing his stolen pickup truck and killing a 22-year-old woman in the collision. The 25-year-old man had been speeding on Zion Street when he hit a Toyota Corolla, fatally injuring one. He admitted to using cocaine prior to the crash and had also been drinking beforehand.

Not all who take drugs do so willingly: Your defense

It's important for anyone accused of a crime to have the chance to defend themselves. Whether you're a minor or an adult, a criminal conviction can have a serious impact on your life moving forward. Depending on the type of conviction, you could face penalties including prison, heavy fines, the loss of a license or other serious punishments.

One of the most common things to be arrested for is driving while intoxicated and for using drugs. Sometimes, these things go hand-in-hand. For example, if you go to a club, you might drink and take a drug with it.

Understand protective orders and what you can or can't do

Family violence is a serious offense, and it must be approached in the right way. When anyone is in danger, they need to seek immediate protection through a restraining order, civil protection order or temporary protection order.

There are many kinds of protective orders. Most important is a temporary protective order, which arises after a criminal complaint. For example, if you call the police on your spouse for attacking you and your child, this is likely the protective order you'll seek.

Dog bite disaster: How to avoid a bite this summer

Dog bites are often thought to only come from aggressive, territorial or injured animals, but the reality is that any dog can bite or attack when threatened, hurt, sick or otherwise inclined to do so. Even an excited family pet can nip or bite in the wrong circumstances.

You don't want to have to deal with a bite, so it's a good idea to learn how to recognize when a dog may become aggressive and how to avoid a bite completely. Here are three tips that may help.

What caused the opioid epidemic?

Opioids come in one of two forms: legal prescription drugs and illicit drugs. Prescription opioids are used to treat pain and to help patients who are recovering from injuries. Illegal opiates include drugs such as heroin, which are said to have no medical value.

Some common prescription opioids include hydrocodone, morphine and methadone. Each has the potential for being abused. Similarly, illegal drugs, like heroin, are also addictive with the potential for abuse.

Mental health can be impacted by a personal injury

A personal injury can have an immediate effect on your life, and it can change you in many ways. People often think about the physical impact of personal injuries, but injuries can cause mental strain and impact as well.

After suffering from a personal injury, you may feel down, depressed or anxious. If you do, don't feel like you're alone. Mental health struggles are common after traumatic incidents.

Get the protection you need with a restraining order

People who want to get a protective or restraining order often worry that either order will not work. After all, how can a simple piece of paper or two actually guarantee your safety?

They can't -- but that doesn't mean that getting an order won't help, though. The threat of going to jail or facing a judge is enough to keep many people from violating court orders. In family law matters, knowing that violating the order could threaten custody rights could also make a parent listen to the order carefully.

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.

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