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Temporary restraining orders may not be enough: Here's why

There are many times when people seek restraining orders against their spouses or others around them. They may feel that they're in danger or have become victims of domestic violence.

Did you know that over 8,000 people file for a temporary restraining order in Connecticut each year? It's true, but the unfortunate reality is that the state's system is flawed, and temporary restraining orders don't always go into effect.

What is 'mens rea?'

Criminal law is complicated, so it's no wonder you feel overwhelmed after being arrested. You aren't sure where to start. You're not sure how to protect yourself, and the people around you aren't being much help.

The first thing you should do is to contact an attorney. Your criminal defense attorney will help protect you against unfair treatment by the authorities and guide you through the judicial process.

Tetanus can cause serious complications after a dog bite

Of the concerns you should have if you're bitten by a dog, one of the most serious is the risk of tetanus. Tetanus is a serious condition that could lead to death without treatment.

Tetanus is caused by the bacteria Clostridium tetani. This bacteria is found in dust, saliva, manure and soil. Normally, it enters the body through cuts or open wounds. When the bacteria reproduce, a toxin spreads. Once the infection takes hold, it causes the muscles to tighten around the body. It may lead to lockjaw, which makes it impossible to swallow or open your mouth. As a result, tetanus is an emergency.

What can you do if you're not sure that you're the father?

Of all the things that cause conflict in a young child's life, one of the most important to address is paternity. Knowing whether you are the father of a child is important for you and for them as they grow up.

Children need to know where they come from. It gives them a strong sense of self. It also helps them understand their genetics and certain medical conditions or diseases that may run in the family.

What happens if you're arrested for legal opiate possession?

Right now, the opioid crisis is so serious that it's in the news, on the minds of the authorities and something that most people have become familiar with. People who use opioids can become addicted and dependent, turning to the illicit drug market to get the medications despite no longer needing them for a legitimate purpose.

As someone who uses opioids, it is important for you to make sure you are always carrying your medications in a prescription bottle or have a prescription on hand. If you are stopped and have opiates in your possession without a prescription, you could be accused of a drug crime.

Get help if you've been seriously hurt in a crash

A personal injury can be painful and debilitating. It may impact your ability to do the things you love to do and put a strain on your relationships. You may not be able to work your normal job and could find that you're unable to return to a job of any kind in the future.

Personal injuries aren't all permanent, but many take months or years to heal. Other injuries are permanent and change a person's life forever, resulting in a need for care around the clock. Some significant injuries that people may suffer from in car crashes include:

  • Severe whiplash
  • Shattered bones
  • Nerve damage
  • Brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries

Case moves forward despite violation of defendant's rights

In a criminal case, it is very important that attorney-client privilege is protected. When it isn't, it can ruin your case. Depending on how the information gets out, your attorney may be able to use the leak to your benefit, however.

For example, look at this case in Connecticut. A woman's home was searched after the death of her husband. During the investigation, documents were seized, some of which included a folder labeled "Criminal Defense Attorney." Knowing that these documents were between an attorney and their client, they, by law, should have been protected against seizure.

How can you hold another party liable for your injuries?

A personal injury isn't predictable, so when it happens, it can throw off your daily life significantly. From not being able to work to having to rely on others for support, it can be tiresome and frustrating to deal with an injury.

There are dozens of reasons why you might suffer an injury ranging from car crashes to medical malpractice, but one thing is always the same: You're hurt, and you need to be compensated for it. The right amount of compensation helps guarantee that you can afford medical care and be able to get the financial support you need while you can't work.

Turn to your attorney for the facts during a divorce

It can be hard to manage a divorce, and it can be made worse when your families want to keep getting involved. Of course, at the core, it's up to you and your spouse to decide how you want to handle the division of your property. However, there are times when you may want to have the law step in to help you.

Something to consider is how your spouse's family is acting. There have been legitimate cases where an estranged spouse's family has been aggressive and threatening to the spouse who is divorcing or being divorced from their family member. In those cases, make sure you call the police and keep a record of their behaviors. Your attorney can also help you seek restraining orders.

Do you have to seek medical care after an accident?

A personal injury could be anything from breaking an arm to suffering a severe brain injury from a blow to the head. In any case, it's a good idea to have a medical exam so that you have an idea of how serious your injury is and what kind of treatment plan you'll need to follow to recover. Additionally, getting medical care gives you the documentation you need to turn in a claim to the other party's insurance.

Here's an example. If you're involved in a car crash, then you have the option to go to the hospital or not. It's always recommended that you seek medical care since that will create the first piece of medical documentation about your injuries. If you don't go, the other party might argue that you were not injured at the time of the crash or that you said you were fine, which could threaten your insurance claim.

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