An Overview of Different Types of Crimes

After you are charged with a criminal offense, the first thing you should do is reach out to a criminal defense attorney. The unfortunate truth is that the criminal law process in the United States is complicated and drawn out. You should also keep in mind that the criminal law process is nothing like you see on television in your favorite crime shows. Television shows and movies tend to glamorize the process.

Unsurprisingly, most people are not in a good state of mind after they have been charged with a crime. Whether you committed the crime or not you would be hard-pressed to represent yourself in court. You need legal representation so you have someone with a clear mind defend you.

Crimes fall into one of two categories. The crime you committed was either a felony or it was a misdemeanor. A felony is the more severe of the two. Felonies almost always lead to jail time. Felonies can include:

  • Kidnapping
  • Murder
  • Arson
  • Rape
  • Robbery

A misdemeanor is a less severe crime. It can, however, still result in jail time. Typically it is less than a year unless you have committed the same crime more than once. Some misdemeanors include:

  • Drug possession
  • Assault
  • Theft
  • Vandalism

One of the main goals of the defense lawyer that you hire will be to do what they can to get your charges reduced to a misdemeanor. A misdemeanor will do a whole lot less damage to your record and your future. Individuals who have a felony on their record have a hard time getting a place to live, getting a license, and even getting a job. The unfortunate truth is that some landlords do not want to rent to people with a felony on their record and some employers do not want to hire people with a felony on their record. Naturally, it does depend on the nature of your crime. If you have a felony that involves stealing or robbery, you can kiss having a job in retail or sales goodbye. No one is going to want to hire someone who has a record of committing crimes that involve stealing. is the best toronto criminal lawyer and criminal defence lawyers.…


Just One Shot

There are many ways to make an easy buck these days. Viral YouTube videos, dog walking, donate plasma—liquid part of the blood that carries the red and white cells, or selling rare pictures of celebrity kids. Yes, that’s right, money can be made taking elusive photos of other people’s children. Well, that’s unless the ways intended to acquire these rare pictures consist of ambushing them after camping outside of their home masquerading as an auto accident lawyer.


What’s so wrong about that?


Well, for one, it falls within the lines of harassment. Other than that, though, California has decided to crackdown on the overbearing paparazzi by boosting penalties, fines, and jail time for the act. The bill was introduced by Senator Kevin de Leon of Los Angeles, who didn’t have go very far to find the support he needed. A-List celebrities, such as Halle Berry and Jennifer Garner, were among those who pushed hard for this bill to put in place in order to protect their children and loved ones. The bill not only protects the children of celebrities but, also, other public figures, judges and police officers.


Doesn’t the press have the right to take those photos?


Of course, The First Amendment prohibits the government from interfering with the printing and distribution of information, which includes photos. Though, the recent bill wasn’t put in place to disallow paparazzi and others from taking pictures, it’s to improve their actions on how they decide to capture such photos. There is an abundance of paparazzi these days. Pictures don’t sell as well as they used to because now anyone can get those elusive shots that tabloids pine so desperately for. So what does the paparazzi do? They try to get the even more elusive shot by any means necessary; whether it’s following people to their homes, place of business, or their children’s school just to get the career-altering shot that guarantees them an enormous payday.


Why don’t more people get involved with this profession?


It’s not even a profession worth getting involved in anymore since, also included in the bill, parents or legal guardians of the harassed child can sue paparazzi for damages and fees. Taking most of, if not all, that highly coveted payday. The paparazzi will always be okay, though. There are still another 49 states that have both celebrities and public figures for them to make money off of.…

Fighting Smoke with Smoke

VapeFor a while, smokers had believed there was a small loophole around being able to smoke in public indoor locations—Electronic Cigarettes, also known as E-Cigs, until recently. Some states and local governments are starting to crackdown on the sale and even the usage of the rising non-tobacco based electronic cigarette.


What exactly is an Electronic Cigarette?


Electronic cigarettes are battery-powered devices that provide inhaled doses of nicotine through a vaporized solution contained in cartridges inserted into the device. No smoke or combustion is involved, the device emits only vapor when used.


What are the laws being created to hinder the E-Cig?


So far, the law quickly being pushed around most states prohibits the sale of e-cigarettes to minors. New Jersey law prohibits the use of an e-cigarette at the workplace or any other indoor public place. California may create a new law that requires you to own a tobacco retailer license in order to sell e-cigarettes. Some places, including Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, have already banned the use of e-cigarettes in their buildings.


Why such the fuss?


There’s no definitive reason why these laws and regulations are being drafted and created to impede the rise of a documented successful smoking-reduction product. Maybe that’s the actual reason. The growth of a product, that contains ten times less nicotine than tobacco smoke, starting to deter longtime smokers and even new smokers away from the traditional cigarette may not be something that states and local lawmakers want to take place so they have to do what they possibly can to regulate its fast paced growth.


Other things to know about E-cigs


The Food and Drug Administration, known as the FDA, has not studied or released any guidelines on usage or risk regarding e-cigarettes at all. Which has played a pivotal role in the rising laws and restrictions being proposed and passed by lawmakers throughout the country.


However, like traditional cigarettes, e-cigarettes are somewhat expensive to purchase. Some people consider them to be mini hookahs, while others consider them to be a pain. Surprisingly enough, not many people, including smokers, necessarily like smoking of any sort indoors. Which has probably played another key role in the recent local and state restrictions of the product. Even through all the recent bumps, e-cigarettes continue to be a very lucrative business and a different path to quitting smoking altogether.…


Divided We Stand, United We get Evicted

After college, many find themselves exhausted, drained, and happy to have finally graduated. That’s until they realize they have school loans due soon and, in some cases, in need of an affordable place to stay. Many times they settle on finding themselves a roommate or two to split rent and other costs, such as furniture or luxuries like roller blinds, without totally realizing what they’re truly getting into.


How much trouble could a potential roommate be?


A lot, if you don’t screen them properly. Having a roommate means sharing your intimate space and life with someone. Creating a joint partnership to uphold your end of the tenant-landlord agreement. Roommates that violate or don’t adhere to certain rules put in place by the landlord cannot only get themselves evicted but you, the uninvolved party, as well. The landlord has the right to remove all tenants due to one tenant’s mishaps. One tenant being late or not being able to pay their rent is included in the eviction of all tenants. So try to find an ideal roommate that understands and knows how to take care of their responsibilities.


Ways to protect yourself


First and foremost, ask for a separate rental agreement so that you’re not confined or bound to any agreement where violations or evictions aren’t necessarily effected by you. Secondly, documenting everything helps any conflicts or issues with roommates or landlords if any shall occur. And, once again, screen your roommates. This point cannot be stressed enough. Ask them as many questions as possible pertaining to how their finances are, what they like to do, what are some of their habits, or what they potentially like in a roommate as well. This helps immensely.


What else should you know?


Read your rental agreement carefully and, possibly, have another trusted eye read it over as well so you have a full understanding of what you’re getting into. Pay close attention to how your security deposit is handled throughout the course of your stay, especially when living with a roommate. Roommates that leave before the rental agreement is over may not be subjected to some of the charges that can be deducted from a deposit. Though, legally, they’re still responsible for certain fees, if charged, well after moving out. So keep documentation and a steady knowledge about your living arrangement and rights when it comes to living with someone else under joint circumstances.


Can You Hear Me Now!?

Cellphones can be considered as one of the greatest inventions of all time, but can also be considered as one of the greatest detriments. Mostly due to the fact that cellphones are one of the leading causes of both car accidents and robbery in recent history, despite of what a dynamics ax reseller would say.


How do cellphones cause car accidents?


Pretty easy actually, more and more drivers each day like to believe that they’re really good at multitasking. Thinking that they can drive while talking or texting on the phone. Forgetting that it just takes that split second of you taking your eyes off the road to possibly cause yourself, and others, serious harm. Due to the amount of accidents accrued over a course of time, numerous states have implemented laws to protect the driver and others. Around 12 states ban you from using hand-held cellphones and 41 states ban you from texting while driving. And, of course, 37 states ban any kind of cellphone usage for teens while driving.


What do cellphones have to do with robbery?


Cellphones are very expensive. In a world where there’s a huge gap between the rich and the poor, some can’t obviously afford the nicer selection of cellphones and feel like their best bet to acquire one is to rob someone else for theirs. People that are caught for doing so are charged with grand theft, which is a felony and is punishable by up to 25 years in prison.


How to resolve these issues?


If planning to talk on the phone while driving, consider buying a Bluetooth headset or program so that you can do so while keeping your eyes on the road. Do not text at all. Numerous cellphones have the option to talk to text, which companies encourage most to use if the cellphone has that option. If those options do not work, then just make a complete stop before using a cellphone to place any calls or text.


One can never truly know if, or when, they can become the victim of a robbery. In any case, to lessen the chances, try to limit the usage of the cellphone in public and try to keep watch of your surroundings at all times. It only takes a few seconds for a potential robber to snatch your prized possession and run off. Make sure to never play hero either, phone companies have insurance and you can certainly get another.