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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.

Acting and behaving responsibly so as not to put anyone’s safety on the line is everyone’s duty besides being just what is expected of all of us. Thus, acts due to recklessness and negligence can be considered as either civil or criminal offenses which should be met with the specific punishment that these deserve, most especially if these cause injury on someone.

Any harm suffered by a person due to another’s careless behavior is called personal injury. Even if the injury were sustained through an accident, the law will still hold someone responsible – the party whose negligence has caused the accident and the injury it has resulted to.

There are various types of accident-related injuries, many of which happen on the road involving trucks. One really alarming news about road accidents, though, is the overwhelming rise in the number of road crashes that involve commercial vehicles, such as pick-ups, oil tankers and gravel trucks, in Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas.

Eagle Ford Shale boasts of a sedimentary rock formation which is famous for its production of great amounts of dry and wet gas, condensate, natural gas liquids or NGLs and oil. This gas and oil producing rig is recognized as the largest oil field discovered in the US during the last four decades. Unfortunately, with the oil boom in Eagle Ford Shale, which covers about 23 Texas counties, is a shocking increase in the number of road crashes, so that many have dubbed the area as “the death trap.”

For a period of three years, the number of truck accidents in Eagle Ford Shale and its surrounding counties has skyrocketed to more than 400%. Most affected are the counties of LaSalle, Dimmit and Karnes, where majority of the active oil wells are located. Congestion, exhausted oil workers (working on 16-hour shifts) and commercial truck drivers in a hurry to make deliveries, are believed to be the reasons behind the accidents. With more than 500 trucks a day (from less than 5 before 2008, the year oil was discovered in Eagle Ford Shale) now plying the area and its surrounding counties, truck accidents have become a common site in the area.

Some of the companies which have joined Petrohawk in conducting operations in Eagle Ford Shale, include Atlas, Apache, Anadarko, Lewis Petro, EOG, SM Energy, and Geo Southern. As the Texas oil boom is believed to hit its highest yet, this means more trucks, and probably more accidents, in next many years.

Truck accidents cause serious damage to property and can cause serious injuries that will forever change the victim’s way of life; it can even lead to the victim’s death. Though an accident, if the liable party is clearly a truck driver, or any employee, working for any of the companies conducting operations, then you can bring the guilty party to justice and legally receive compensation for your sufferings, financial losses and medical needs.



A premarital agreement makes clear to those entering into marriage how their assets and properties, acquired either before or during marriage, ought to be distributed in case of divorce, legal separation or the death of one of the partners. This type of agreement is actually a contract that is aimed at protecting the financial interests and future of both spouses, in case the marriage does not work out and gets dissolved.

Though some engaged couples find the premarital or prenuptial agreement a means of taking away romance in their relationship and substituting it with mistrust, many others see it as a wise financial security, opening up more rooms that will make the couple more financially generous and open to one another.

The practice of entering into a premarital agreement takes it roots during the early 19th century, a time when women, who entered into marriage, was recognized only as an “extension” of her husband. Back then, there was a law called coverture which required a woman to relinquish her legal rights to her husband upon marriage. Due to this law married women lost their rights to get an education without her husband’s consent, transfer properties, sell or own anything or even receive salaries for work that they themselves rendered. If ever allowed by her husband to work, she ought to surrender to him everything she earns. Even in divorce, there was no guarantee that she will get anything of what she might have worked so hard for.

The cruel effects of the coverture law were eradicated by the Married Women’s Property Act which introduced and enforced the prenuptial agreement in 1848. It was this Act that gave back to married women all their rights, during and after marriage. Some of the real and actual advantages of the agreement are: preservation of inheritance and family ties; security over both business and personal properties made before marriage; and, assured protection of the financial security of the children.

Premarital agreements also allow for swift court decision on division of properties during a divorce case, saving the couple from the headache, worry, money and time that lengthy discussions will require. Financial experts advise engaged couples, though, who will decide to enter into a premarital agreement, to discuss the issue honestly, openly and candidly, so as not to make it sound and appear hurting or insulting to anyone.

Seizures are usually results of brain damage or injury, which affect a person’s feelings and activities through sudden flows of electrical movements in the brain. While some seizures have very minimal effects, others can immobilize and render you fully exhausted or unconscious, making you remembering nothing just before and after an attack.

Though not a disease, seizures manifest many other diseases; these neurological disorders oftentimes cause serious physical harm too. Determining whether a patient will suffer from seizures or not requires different tests, like EEG or electroencephalogram and neurological exam. Regardless of the result, if the brain injury, which causes your seizures, is a result of someone’s acts of carelessness or negligence, then that someone is required to help correct the injury he or she has caused.

New Jersey is one state where some of the nation’s top lawyers help people whose brain injuries are caused by someone else’s negligent acts, get the compensation that they deserve from the liable party. Due to the complexity of the law, the assistance of a personal injury lawyer, whose professional dedication and resolve in fighting for your best interest, becomes a necessity.

Seizures can recur, especially if you are suffering from a brain injury or any brain abnormality; if the seizure occurs at the time when the brain gets infected or upon getting injured during an accident, then the chances of developing epilepsy is increased.

There are different types of seizures and each requires a treatment a little different from one another. These types are divided into two main groups: primary generalized seizures and partial seizures.

Primary generalized seizures are those that simultaneously involve both sides of the brain; these start with an extensive electrical discharge. Under this type are:

Absence seizure is a brief episode of staring that lasts from 10 – 20 seconds; its ends as swiftly as it begins. Children, even normal ones, aged between 4 and 14 can experience absence seizure; those who experience it have higher rates of social, educational and behavioral problems, though. Its complex form involves signs, like rubbing the fingers together, slight tasting movement of the mouth, blinking of the eyes and muscle relaxation or contraction.

Atypical absence seizures usually last for about 5 to 30 seconds; it begins and ends slowly. An attack involves staring, lips slightly jerking or eyes blinking. This normally start before the age of six and continues into adulthood.

Myoclonic seizures involve short, shock-like jerking of the muscle or group of muscles and last for about a second or two. There may be just one or, sometimes, multiple jerks. These begin during childhood; attacks can happen anytime, though. Even non-epileptics may experience myoclonus – usually when you are just about to fall asleep or during hiccups. People of any age can experience a myoclonic seizure.

Atonic seizure, also known as drop seizure or drop attack, lasts for about 15 seconds. The muscles suddenly lose strength, causing the person, who stays conscious, to drop whatever he or she is holding before falling to the ground him /herself. Atonic seizure usually starts during childhood.

Tonic seizures usually occur during sleep and last about 20 seconds. If awake during an attack, a person will fall to the ground. Anyone can experience these seizures.

Clonic seizure involves rhythmic jerking of the arms and legs; it may affect both sides of the body. Though a rare kind of seizure, even babies can experience it. It may disappear on its own or may require prolonged medical treatment.

Tonic-clonic seizures last for about 1 to 3 minutes; medical help should be given to people whose seizure lasts for more than 5 minutes. If the seizure extends to more than half an hour, though, or if a person experiences 3 seizures without normal periods of interval, he or she ought to be given emergency treatment. Long or successive attack, called convulsive status epilepticus or the grand mal, is a dangerous condition. This is usually what we have in mind whenever the word seizure is mentioned. It can affect children and adults alike.

Partial seizures start with an electrical release in one area of the brain only. Often, no particular cause can be pin-pointed for this type of seizures though these can occur due to tumor, stroke, brain infection, head injury or genetic factors.

Simple partial seizure lasts for about 2 minutes. It affects people in different ways, depending on the part of the brain that is affected first. During an attack the person stays alert, remembering everything that happens. Anybody can experience this type of seizure which may be controlled through medication.

Complex partial seizures last for about 30 seconds to 2 minutes. An attack can render a person tired or confused for hours. Since it affects areas of the brain, the person losses awareness of everything, though his or her eyes may remain open; it can also wipe out from one’s mind memories of what took place before and after the attack. Anyone can have this seizure, but most especially those with brain infection, tumor, and head injury.

If your seizures are due to a brain injury that was caused by someone else and, make sure that you ask the assistance of any of the state’s highly-qualified seizure lawyers, whose help may win for you the claims that you seek for damages which include lost wages, out-of-pocket expenses and medical bills.