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One thing that’s always stuck with me is the scene from “Ant Man” when Scott is working at Baskin-Robbins after being released from prison and then is fired once the company finds out about his criminal history. While “Baskin-Robbins always finds out” is a great line, the whole situation is one that many convicted criminals will find all too familiar.

In America, our criminal justice system is more concerned with punishment than rehabilitation. That means people who have committed crimes and gone to jail for them have an extremely hard time succeeding once they’re released. Prison is supposed to be a place that you only ever go once, but most of America’s criminals find themselves as prisoners multiple times. This is called recidivism: the tendency of a convicted criminal to return to jail after being released. America has the highest rate of incarceration in the world, making our criminal justice system one that is increasingly being scrutinized. The privatization of prisons contributes to this. So, what does all this mean for the people who are in and out of jail?

Well, for one, all of these statistics that point to the American criminal justice system neglecting rehabilitation means bad news for someone who is convicted of a crime. If you’re convicted and go to jail for what you did, you’ll likely go back to jail at some point, or at least be arrested again. You will also continue to be punished once you return to society because you’ll have a record that could prevent you from finding a good job or a good living situation.

Additionally, most people who are incarcerated in the United States are guilty of possession or trafficking of illegal drugs. Many of them have addictions, and many of them continue to do drugs while they’re in prison. Those prison sentences can be long, too. Even simple possession of a drug like cocaine can land the possessor in prison for years. It doesn’t always seem fair. Good criminal defense lawyers feel that same way.

A criminal defense lawyer may handle all sorts of cases, including DUIs, theft, drug crimes, assault, and white-collar crimes like tax fraud. Their job is to help their clients avoid maximum sentencing, or to prove their innocence. After all, the assumption is that everyone is innocent until proven guilty, and in some cases, people really can be convicted for crimes they had nothing to do with. Criminal defense lawyers try to make sure that doesn’t happen.

If you’re charged with a crime, it can be a really scary and uncertain time for you–especially if it’s your first time being arrested. Thankfully, there are a lot of resources for people who are in this position. Ian Inglis, a lawyer in Austin, Texas, has a resource guide for people facing charges on his homepage. Still, the first thing you should do is contact a lawyer so you can preserve your rights.

Family drama can quickly turn a child’s life upside-down. They may find themselves caught between two people they love, and they may not be sure how to process their emotions.

If you and your spouse are separating or currently undergoing divorce proceedings, it’s important to make sure that the child is handling it well. Here are some tips on how to make sure your child is processing everything well:

Be honest with your child.

Kids are incredibly perceptive, and they’ll quickly pick up on things. Make sure to have an open and honest dialogue with them so that they understand exactly what is going on around them. If they are kept in the dark they may begin to feel neglected and hurt. When explaining the situation, be sure to be as neutral as possible. Divorces are tricky, and it’s not uncommon for kids to latch onto one parent. If they do so, try to avoid saying nasty things about the other parent. Although it may be tempting to vent to your child, you should also keep in mind that your spouse is also the child’s parent. Be sure to always put the child first.

Make sure the child knows that it’s not their fault.

A child is something equally shared by both parents, so the kid might view themselves as the common denominator. Make sure to comfort your child and assure them that the divorce has nothing to do with them, and that both parents love them more than anything else in the world.

Try to maintain a sense of routine.

Divorce may seem to bring time to a standstill, but the world is still turning. If the child is involved in sports or other activities, try and have both parents show up to support them. It will mean the world to the child to know that they are still loved and cared for. Although it may be difficult to remain civil, just remember that you are doing what is best for the child.

Never force the child to pick sides.

If the kid is in a position where they feel like they are being pulled in two different directions, make sure they know that they will always be loved by both parents. Doing otherwise can lead to feelings of resentment and dissolve any trust between the parents and the child.

Even if you follow all of this advice perfectly, divorce can still be tricky. Going through this means you’re going to need some trustworthy backup. Portner Bond, PLLC specializes in family law and can help get you through this process quickly and seamlessly. The sooner everything is finalized, the sooner the family can create a new sense of normality.

Your child deserves to be surrounded by normalcy. Whatever your new normal may be, a quality lawyer can help you get back to it. Find a lawyer today to help your family remain as strong as possible!

I have recently become fascinated with cooking. I have poured over different recipes and techniques. I am always trying to learn more about what separates a good meal from a great meal. I am not the best chef myself, but researching cooking does not require a fleshed-out repertoire of staple recipes. It just requires passion and a propensity to learn more about the craft.

I mostly associate excellent cooking with cramped kitchens, in which professionals are bumping into each other to craft excellent meals for diners at a restaurant. You can thus understand my shock when I found out that some excellent icons of the food industry enjoy cooking outside in outdoor kitchens.

I did not know what outdoor kitchens were but surprisingly I found out information about it from the Chesterfield lawn care professionals of Midwest Lawn. Lawn care is heavily associated with extensive outdoor renovations and for one of the best lawn care companies in the area, outdoor kitchens are just one of the installations in which they have experience crafting.

The Difference in Opinion

For many, outdoor kitchens signify mosquitos, miserable humidity, and gross camping concoctions. For others, outdoor kitchens are the ultimate sign of relaxation, beauty and grace, and memory-making with loved ones. No wonder there is such a disparity between how people approach outdoor kitchens; the spaces vary wildly in quality and usage.

If your outdoor kitchen does not have mosquito repellent lamps in close proximity, I am confident that your food will be swamped by the pesky pests! And if you use the space in the worst, hottest days of the summer without any fans or a way to cool off, it is no surprise that you would associate it with miserable moisture.

Why Use an Outdoor Kitchen?

The reason that some people choose to use an outdoor kitchen, though, is clear: it can be a warm, inviting space for people to look at nature’s beauty, cook or grill food, and enjoy a wide-open space that only a front or back yard can offer. Since I am obsessed with learning about cooking, I did some research and found testimonials of several people discussing food as it relates to outdoor kitchens.

Apparently, some people think more highly of food based on the context in which it was made. That is pretty logical to me; you would not enjoy spaghetti in a cramped or chaotic space as much as you would if you were to eat in a gondola rowing down Venetian rivers, right? It only follows that burgers grilled outside accompanied by an ice cold beer and the sounds of children playing is tastier than a burger stiffly put on a plate in an overpriced bistro.

I suggest to anyone interested in spending more time outside or to anyone who is tempted to explore different cooking options to look at installing an outdoor kitchen in your front or back yard. Talk with professionals who have experience installing large spaces like a kitchen. If it works with your budget, you might just enjoy your food a whole lot more!

Driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI) is always a serious situation and involves serious penalties, but in most cases, the result is a misdemeanor charge. These are relatively less serious than felonies, and they may allow the individual to get by with a relatively minor punishment they can recover from in a relatively short period of time.

This isn’t always the case, though. Sometimes, a DUI or DWI can turn into a felony charge, and that brings with it far more serious potential costs. In particular, a felony charge for this crime carries with it a mandatory minimum prison sentence of 180 days. The sentence can include up to two years in prison and $10,000 in fines. These charges can completely destroy a previously successful and happy life.

In other words, you want to avoid this charge at all costs.

The best way to avoid this is to avoid drinking or using other substances and driving at all. Beyond that, the best thing you can do is to know more about the law in Texas so you can know if you are at risk of a felony charge if you are ever arrested on a DUI or DWI.

According to Lassiter Criminal Defense, Texas can change a misdemeanor DUI or DWI charge to a felony in all of these situations:

  • Being charged with a DUI or DWI while also driving without insurance
  • Being charged with a DUI or DWI while also driving without a license, either because no license was ever available or because a license has been suspended or revoked
  • Being charged with a DUI or DWI when you already have multiple convictions on your record
  • Being charged with a DUI or DWI when you had a minor in the vehicle with you
  • Being charged with a DUI or DWI after an accident that resulted in serious injuries or death for others
  • Being charged with a DUI or DWI in conjunction with a vehicular manslaughter charge

In all of the above situations, you will very likely face the far more serious penalties that come with a felony instead of a misdemeanor charge.

If you are arrested in one of these circumstances, the best chance you have is to find a good criminal defense lawyer that can help you fight the charges and avoid the penalties that come with a felony conviction. A lawyer can make sure you put the best possible defense forward, and they can help negotiate down charges in some circumstances.

DUIs and DWIs are an unfortunately common problem in Texas, and you should make every effort to avoid exposing yourself to the risks of an arrest in any circumstances. If that awful event does come to pass, though, you’ll need to know if you are looking at a misdemeanor or a felony so you can know what your potential penalties may be. At that point, you can find the right lawyer for your situation to avoid those difficulties.

All business owners dread the words “workman’s compensation.” For some (factory owners, construction company owners, etc.), it’s a constant concern, while for others (business owners located in offices), it’s just a vague fear in the back of their minds.

That’s not to say workman’s compensation is evil, no one would argue that. Instead, the problem is how much it costs. In serious cases, insurance rates will go up for the company, some many may come out of pocket for the company, and there may be a long-term absence, an employee who may be crucial but whom you can’t permanently replace.

To lower the chances of such a high cost, the best option is to limit the chance of accidents in your business. This is easier for some than for others, but try to look out for these five potential issues at your place of work.

  • Slips

You may think some businesses are in the clear on this one, but slips can happen anywhere. In order to avoid the potential for injury, keep any potential spill areas well-marked. Educate your employees on the need to immediately clean up anything that spills on the floor. Ideally, in an office, use carpet everywhere and remove anything like sockets that might stick out from the wall. In warehouse, factories, and similar locations, it is insisted that all employees wear shoes with a strong grip and that they drink liquids in set, clearly marked locations.

  • Overexertion

This is one we’ve probably all had some training in, but we must remind employees to use common sense at all times. Don’t lift heavy objects without taking proper precautions. Get others to help if it feels too heavy. Lift with the legs. These simple points, illustrated in diagrams on the wall, ideally, can keep employees watchful of situations that might expose them to injury.

  • Being struck by an object

In a factory, this is a constant concern, but problems can arise in offices as well, where unsecured computers or even office supplies can strike employees. Insist that all heavy objects are securely stationed and that no one puts anything heavy on a high shelf or windowsill.

  • Repetitive motion

Whether it’s the same motion on the assembly line or the same movement of the mouse for hours every day, repetitive motion can cause longterm injuries. The best way to avoid these problems is to insist employees get up regularly to stretch and move around. That way their motions change up and give their bodies a chance to recover.

  • Workplace violence

It’s rare, but it does happen. Make sure to offer your employees an open-door policy when it comes to confrontation with their fellow workers. Giving employees every option to avoid violence is key to keeping the workplace not just safe but happy.

These points are all important to keeping the workplace safe and productive. And a word of warning, don’t think that it’s easier to simply outsmart employees when it comes to workman’s comp instead of putting in the effort beforehand. While this is a common technique among the less ethical business owners, sophisticated lawyers make very good careers out of making examples of such entrepreneurs. It’s better to avoid the problem now instead of trying to avoid responsibility later.

There are only about a hundred copies left of Action Comics 1, a comic book with thirteen pages that features Superman and Lois Lane, that has gone up for auction for $2.89 million. Sometimes, it pays to be a pack rat.

There are many instances like this that exist all over America. Probably not as extreme so as to having something cooped up and hidden away that costs almost three million dollars, but things of value nonetheless. Often, these things are subject to the harsh conditions of neglect and unconditioned weather. Units of self-storage facilities are meant to counteract instances such as that.

Self-storage facilities are often designed with customizable amenities that allow for your items and stored goods to be kept in peak conditions. Climate controlled storage units can keep belongings safe, whether the weather outside is a hundred degrees or even below freezing. Items will be kept in such a way that protects them from the uncontrollable forces of nature. If you allowed for these extra things to simply be stored in your home and allow for the elements to run its course onto them then you might lose these precious things. One should take this into consideration when putting valuable items in storage.

Units at facilities like this are not just for simple storage purposes but can also act as a quasi-extension of your household. Say that you are, perhaps, parents and your child has just moved out and cannot hope to bring everything with him or her? Storing them in a facility can be beneficial for both parties. This solution can be applied to various scenarios like perhaps you are temporarily moving states to a smaller place and need somewhere to store your goods without lugging them along with you?

People have been hoarding and keeping mementos for the possibility of treasuring them. Keeping them safe and in the best condition possible for as long as you can is a responsibility that self-storage facilities can provide dutiful aid for.

Fractional skin rejuvenation is a skin procedure meant to help remove skin conditions such as wrinkles and skin discoloration caused by aging. The process involves the use of lasers, intense pulsed light, or thermal methods or photodynamic therapy. Fractional rejuvenation removes a layer of skin tissue that enables new tissues to form. A machine is send short pulses of high-energy light that is absorbed by the water and chromophores, and changing to heat energy that destroys thin sections of the skin in layers.

There are several types of lasers used for skin rejuvenations, and the most common is CO2 (carbon dioxide) and erbium lasers. Fractional rejuvenations are generally precise and generate minimal damage to the tissues and skin around the treated area. Although it is commonly used on the face, other areas can be treated as well; however, areas such as the chest, the hands and the neck are usually avoided since the skin around these areas heal differently.

The newer procedures tend to have faster recovery times with little complications or side effects. For fractional rejuvenation, the area being treated in within the untreated areas, resulting to an obvious skin improvement with minimal bleeding or scabbing. Fractional rejuvenation treats microscopic columns of your skin, and is usually an out-patient surgical procedure.

If you are considering of getting a fractional rejuvenation treatment, there are some things that you must first consider. First, recovery can depend on the factors such as the depth and size of the area that is being treated. A full-faced fractional rejuvenation treatment may require longer recovery time than having a smaller area treated. Redness and swollen skin is to be expected, although they can be treated with cold packs as well as over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications, and the redness will stay for while the skin recovers.

Risperdal, an antipsychotic drug prescribed for people suffering from manic depression (bipolar disorder) and schizophrenia, is also given to children who are showing the early symptoms of autism. Although not actually FDA-approved, many doctors are also prescribing Risperdal to their patients who have other conditions that are not listed on the label.

Risperdal comes in various forms: tablets, orally disintegrating tablets, and oral solutions. It is taken by mouth, and depending on the strength, the colors of each tablet vary: dark yellow for .25 mg, red-brown for .50 mg, white for 1mg, orange for 2mg, yellow for 3mg, and green for 4mg. All tablets are shaped as capsules and have the “Janssen” printed on one side, and the strength of dosage on the other side. These tables should be stored on a controlled room temperature away from direct heat, sunlight and moisture.

It is taken with or without food, depending on your doctor’s orders, either once or twice a day. Doses are based on the medical condition, response to treatment, age, and other medications that are also taken. Just as with any prescriptions, be sure to inform the doctor (and pharmacist) about all the other products, whether they are prescriptions drugs, over-the-counter, and herbal. It is important to follow your doctor’s instructions to the letter in order to prevent or lower the risks of having side effects: the doctor may prescribe a lower dose and gradually increase it.

Taking the liquid form may require you to use the special measuring device provided; this is so that you have the exact amount of dose, since using a spoon can give you the wrong amount of dosage. If approved and directed, you can mix the treatment with other liquids (such as water, juices, coffee, or low-fat milk: it should not be mixed with cola or tea, however) and drink all the mixture immediately. Putting a mixture of your treatment and liquid aside for future use is not recommended. If you have inquiries and further questions, or if you are experiencing symptoms that seem to disturb you, consult with your doctor or pharmacist immediately.

The use of drugs is always an iffy situation; even the best of them will always have side effects under certain circumstances or for a particular population. However, when the potential adverse effects of a drug outweigh its benefits, it makes no sense to continue its use. This is the case with the anti-fungal drug Diflucan (fluconazole).

Diflucan is an oral fluconazole preparation which was prescribed for vaginal candidiasis, a yeast infection that commonly plague pregnant women, when topical antifungal preparations were found to be ineffective. Most physicians, however, hesitate to prescribe any oral medication to pregnant women unless it is necessary because of the unknown effects it may have on the unborn child.

Recent studies largely disprove earlier indications that Diflucan may be linked to birth defects when the product was prescribed in small doses. This is not to say that there is no danger of birth defects; it is just significantly more likely in high doses. Despite these findings, however, physicians are still reluctant to prescribe it because the product is still thought to increase the risk of developing tetralogy of Fallot, an unlikely name for a rare congenital heart problem in whatever dosage.

Dogs can sometimes be the most loving pets in the house and the bond that can exist between a dog and its owner can be so deep. In the US alone, millions of families and individuals own dogs; so many of these are so loving and friendly that even strangers can come close to stroke them.

There are certain breeds of dogs that are hostile too, though, which sometimes attack or bite even their owners, especially when they become too playful or feel threatened. Some dog attacks or bites only have minor effects; others, though, can cause severe injuries, which can either be physically and / or psychologically traumatic. Some serious injuries that dog bites can cause include laceration, infection, nerve damage, broken bones, disfigurement and paralysis; there are bites that even require reconstructive surgery.

About 800,000 dog bites are recorded in the US every year and half of its victims are children, boys mostly. While children aged between 5 and 9 are the ones mostly bitten, the ones who suffer the greatest trauma are children aged 4 or younger as the injury bites that they suffer from are usually on the head or neck.

Due to the alarming high number of dog bite victims, the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has tried to finds means that will effectively and significantly decrease their number. Published articles discussing rabies, dog bite prevention and things to consider when getting a dog, aimed at educating dog owners, especially non-dog experts, are available online for easy access.

When a dog attacks, there is no telling what specific injury its victim will suffer. Sometimes, despite minor injuries, the time required until the wound heals can cause a working victim time off from work, while requiring him or her to pay medication and treatment. The more serious effect, however, is the trauma caused by the bad experience. It can lead to depression, fits of compulsive rage, flashback to traumatic event and even excessive fear, especially in children. Surely, these will heal, but the length of time required can be much longer and the therapy treatment needed can be quite expensive.

No matter how domesticated your dog is, it always your duty, as its owner, to make sure that there will never be any chance of it attacking anyone. Ensuring that your yard is escape-free or putting your dog on a leash, whenever you take it for a walk, are ways to prevent it from biting or attacking anyone.

In the event, though, that you are bitten by somebody else’s dog, know that you can seek legal counsel for help on how you can be compensated for whatever suffering and damages you will be subjected to.