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What can lead to drug paraphernalia charges?

Having possession or selling drugs that are not prescribed such as marijuana, cocaine or heroin, is illegal in most states. But what is not so apparent to many is that it is actually possible to be prosecuted for drug charges even if drugs were not found in your possession. If you are found to be possessing items that are related to illegal drugs, you may be facing with drug paraphernalia charges.

This blog will offer a brief overview on what can lead to drug paraphernalia charges, and what the consequences of being found guilty are likely to be.

Lousiana car accidents: Tire through windshield kills mother

Responsible motor vehicle owners take many precautions to remain safe while traveling on Louisiana roadways. Despite regular car maintenance, vehicle safety features, proper restraint use and adherence to traffic laws, unfortunate tragic car accidents still occur. Recently, a family of five lost their mother after an unusual accident on the interstate.

The family was traveling eastbound late at night just inside the Louisiana state border when the accident occurred. Somehow, a tire and its metal wheel parts dislodged from a tractor-trailer traveling in the opposite direction. The wheel traveled across the interstate, crashing into the windshield of the family's vehicle and striking the 38-year-old mother.

Personal injury attorneys can advise cases of medical malpractice

Louisiana medical facilities have many required policies in place to prevent bed sores, skin breakdown and patient falls. Unfortunately, polices are only effective when enforced and implemented by medical staff. When staff fail to adhere to policy, patient harm may occur. A family in another state lost a loved one after a fatal fall, and the family is likely using a personal injury attorney to advise them in their medical malpractice lawsuit against the facility.

According to records, the 80-year-old patient, a Korean War veteran, suffered several strokes while in the facility's care. Due to the patient's diabetes, he also required a partial leg amputation. Between the amputation, strokes and multiple falls from wheelchairs and beds, the patient was considered to have a high risk for falls. Despite this risk, a nursing assistant did not secure his bed rail, and the patient suffered a fatal fall. In addition to multiple falls under the facility's care, the patient also suffered a bed sore and other skin breakdown due to alleged negligent repositioning.

Did you suffer a traumatic brain injury in your car crash?

There are a number of ways that people could sustain traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). The most common cause of TBIs is falling, followed by participation in sports. Many people end up striking their heads or having something hit them in the head during a car accident. That's why the Center for Disease Control lists motor vehicle accidents as the third leading cause of TBIs in the United States.

Car crashes were responsible for 14 percent of all TBI-related emergency room visits and 19 percent of TBI-related deaths in 2013. That is the most recent year for which the CDC has statistics available.

Family law attorneys can help prevent complicated divorces

Divorce can be painful, messy and complicated. The more a couple shares, the more complex a separation may be. Choosing a family law attorney in Louisiana can help guide an individual through the divorce by advising the client on actions to make it as smooth a process as possible. Recent speculation has been made that the bitter divorce involving the couple that began the fact checking website Snopes may be impacting the financial stability of the company.

The couple began the website in 2003 and each equally owned it and were the only two board members at the time. The website grew in popularity over the years with reports that even Facebook uses it to verify the credibility of stories posted on its social media website. The couple began their divorce proceedings in 2015, and the wife decided to sell her company shares to another technology company, and left her seat on the board vacant.

When the parents fight, the kids get sick

Sometimes, the only thing a couple can agree to is that the marriage should end. Arguments and disputes are commonplace in divorce, but when children are involved, taking the high road isn’t just about helping the kids in the short-term. Cordial co-parenting relationships are important during and after the divorce too.

Personal injury attorneys can advise when to file civil lawsuit

Louisiana motor vehicle drivers are not only responsible for their own safety while operating a vehicle, but also for the safety of any passengers they may be driving. Legally they must also abide by speed limits and traffic laws to ensure the safety of other travelers they may encounter on roadways. When drivers fails to ensure safety for themselves and others while operating a vehicle, accidents, personal injury and/or death may occur. In accidents where fatalities occur, families of deceased victims have the legal right to file a wrongful death lawsuit in civil court against drivers deemed negligent. Recently, a woman was arrested for vehicular homicide after a passenger in her car died following the crash of her car.

The 50-year-old woman was driving her car in the middle of day with the 59-year-old man riding in the front passenger seat. Reportedly, she was speeding, lost control and hit a pole. After hitting the pole, the vehicle ran off the road and crashed into another pole.

Criminal defense may change with new Louisiana laws

Louisiana has worn the unfortunate crown for the highest percentage of residents incarcerated for years. It is a title its lawmakers are likely not proud to own, and they have recently changed several laws that they hope will lower the state's prison population. Criminal defense attorneys and their defendants are hopeful that the new laws will reduce punishment and offer earlier parole for many prisoners.

According to statistics, almost 1 percent of Louisiana's population is imprisoned. Reportedly, Texas has altered how it handles crime and punishment, and Louisiana is choosing to follow its example. Ten laws were recently passed by the government that will offer many changes with an overall goal to lower the inmate population by 10 percent over a period of 10 years.

Louisiana car accidents: Road worker struck and killed

Under any circumstances, distracted driving is a dangerous habit. One of Louisiana's recent fatal car accidents may have been the result of a distracted driver. Sadly, a two-vehicle crash resulted in the death of an employee of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development.

A 25-year-old man was operating a dump truck and pulled it to a stop near an active road construction site. The truck was serving to operate yellow warning lights for the construction work occurring on the road. Unfortunately, another driver -- an 88-year-old man -- did not notice the warning lights or the stopped dump truck. The vehicle operated by the elderly driver struck a DOTD worker who was standing behind the stationary dump truck.

Louisana car accidents: Tree collision results in fatality

Louisiana drivers are surely aware that they may be held legally liable for any reckless driving that may injure another person. It may be forgotten that negligent drivers may also be financially responsible in car accidents when injuries occur to the passengers in their own vehicle due. Recently, a single car accident occurred in Lafayette, resulting in three injured persons and one death.

The accident happened at just about 2:30 a.m. after the driver drove off Interstate 10. At this time, the investigation has not revealed the reason the 30-year-old driver appears to have lost control of thee vehicle. The car veered off the road, struck a tree and rolled over. The impact of the collision ejected the driver and his three passengers from the vehicle. Apparently, all the occupants were not wearing seat belts.