Don’t let the police take advantage of you

These days, it’s impossible to know whether you can trust the cops. While this point often descends into a political and racial issue, the truth is, no one can be positive their rights will be protected. This does not mean all cops are bad, or even most cops. It means mistakes can be made (and yes, sometimes, bad choices as well) by those who may have the power to decide the entire course of your life. So, you need to be aware of what the cops have the right to do, and what they don’t.

For instance, there is such a thing as “illegally obtained evidence.” This is evidence that the police intend to use against you which they have no legal right to use. People have a constitutional right against illegal search and seizure, that means, the police can’t just walk into your house and start searching for something if they don’t have a warrant or probable cause. While police will often try to stretch this second point, you should always contest it.

For instance, let’s say you have some drugs in your home. The police have no right to come in and look for those drugs, even if they suspect you have them. If they have no evidence, and they are unable to convince a judge to give them a warrant, no amount of suspicion gives them the right to enter your home and try to prove their hunch correct.

If the police do this, remember, you have a right to force them to dismiss this evidence against you. Remember the words “illegally obtained evidence.” They can make all the difference between a night in prison and several years.

When it comes to probable cause as well, remember that this does not include hunches. Again, if you have drugs in your home, and no one has called the police, and no one has seen anything, they have no right to enter without a warrant. Many times, cops will try to embellish the truth by saying something along the lines of: they saw you enter your home with a bag that looked like it said “this is drugs” on it. Police get away with these sorts of things all the time because people don’t know they have the right to push back on this point. Don’t let the police lie and trap you.

If you have been put in this position, remember, you have the right to a lawyer, and you should use that right. Lawyers are specialists in dealing with the tricks police play on civilians. If you have a good lawyer or even just a competent one, you have a good chance of forcing the police to play by the right rules.

Remember, this doesn’t mean all police are bad. Knowing your rights makes sure the police know to keep strictly to the laws that are set down for this country. Being tough with the police when you are suspected of a crime is not a sign you disrespect the police, it’s a sign you are taking care of your rights.

Social Events are more Impressive when Held on a Luxurious Floating Venue

Social events such as birthdays, architectural cruises, fundraisers, reunions, College formals, post proms, school outings, church events or promoter ticketed events, whether for 50 or 400 participants, can be more impressive when held on a luxurious floating venue and, with the guaranteed extraordinary experience, you are sure to have perfect attendance.

Chartering a luxurious yacht that will sail on Lake Michigan promises you the majestic Chicago Skyline as your backdrop. Furthermore, if you schedule your social event in late afternoon or evening, then, besides the beautiful sunset, you will also be treated with Chicago’s weekly summer fireworks or may even witness the annual Air and Water Show.

A private luxury yacht comes complete with attentive crew, 5 star catering and complete event facilities. It is also equipped with a full-service galley, as well as a state of the art sound system, offering endless cuisine and entertainment possibilities. An event coordination team on board will also be ready to assist you in customizing every detail to provide everyone with an unforgettable experience.

The Anita Dee yacht events, for instance, like many other charter yachts, guarantee that everything will be customized to meet your specific objectives. This includes the elegant decor and the exquisite cuisine – not one detail will be overlooked.

Your only concern, probably, before you charter a yacht, is make sure that it complies the U.S. Coast Guard’s boating safety guidelines, which say that vessels carrying passengers for-hire must meet more stringent requirements than a vessel used solely for recreational purposes. These requirements are designed to provide an added measure of protection for the public and are mentioned here only as a guideline. It is suggested that any vessel used for passenger service be inspected by the U.S. Coast Guard to insure compliance with these and other requirements.

The requirements include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • PFD’s (personal flotation devices) and ring buoys
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Ventilation of engine and/or fuel compartments
  • Heating and Cooking fuels
  • Insurance

 

 

What Causes Acid Reflux?

Acid reflux occurs when the acid from your stomach goes up into your esophagus. This may result into heartburn, or that burning sensation that is traveling from your stomach into your throat, or regurgitation, or that bitter taste of acid in your mouth.
But acid reflux can be more serious than you think. If you are suffering from excessive acid reflux, you may have gastroesophageal reflux disease. According to the website of GastroCare LI, this disease, also commonly known as GERD, can lead to complications such as cancer.
It can also lead to inconvenient health conditions, such as blackening of stool, bloating, excessive burping or hiccupping, unexplained losing of weight, and vomiting with blood.
What causes acid reflux anyway? One of the main culprits is hiatal hernia, a condition wherein the stomach bulges into the diaphragm through the hiatus, a muscle wall that separates the abdomen and chest.
But it is not always about physical conditions such as hiatal hernia, because sometimes, it is about the person’s habits and lifestyle. Below are just some that can result into acid reflux and gastroesophageal reflux disease.

  • Bending or lying down after eating
  • Eating too close to bedtime
  • Excessive drinking of substances with alcohol, coffee, and soft drinks
  • Excessive eating of products with chocolate, citrus, garlic, spice, and too much fat
  • Smoking

Of course, acid reflux can be prevented by changing habits and lifestyles as well. Avoid lying down or any kind of positioning that can disrupt the flow of food in your digestive system. This can also include not using tight belts and clothing. Avoid food and drinks that can be deemed unhealthy, not just to prevent acid reflux, but for your overall health.
This means that acid reflux and gastroesophageal reflux disease are preventable, especially if you avoid destructive habits and lifestyles.

The Causes of Spinal Cord Injury

Spinal cord injuries can be devastating. Damage to the spinal cord can result in permanent changes to one’s strength, sensation and function in body parts below the point of injury. The ability to maintain control of limbs after a spinal cord injury depends on the location of the injury and the severity of the damage. The severity of spinal cord injuries can be split up into two categories: complete and incomplete. A complete injury refers to when all sensation and function is lost below the point of injury. In an incomplete injury, there is still some motor or sensory function below the point on the spine where damage occurred.

Spinal cord injuries can be caused by damage to either the vertebrae, discs, or ligaments in the spinal column. The majority of spinal injuries happen suddenly, from traumatic incidents such as a car crash or gunshot. Some spinal injuries, however, are not traumatic and are a result of arthritis, cancer, infections, or inflammation.

According to Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC, the leading cause of spinal cord injuries is automobile accidents, which account for about 35%. In people over the age of 65, the most common cause of spinal cord injury is slip and fall accidents. Another common cause is acts of violence like stabbings or gunshots, which account for about 15% of all spinal cord injuries. Sports and recreational activities cause about 9% of spinal injuries and most often occur in contact sports like football. Another major factor in spinal cord injuries is alcohol. According to Mayo Clinic, alcohol plays in a role about 1 in every 4 injuries to the spine.

Collision between Moving Boats

On the evening of March 1, 2008, in the entrance to Useless Inlet which is located near Bamfield, a Province of British Columbia, a 26-foot Tiara boat named “Big Water” collided with another vessel, the “Attacker,” which was also a Tiara boat which was 27 feet in length. The collision resulted to the death of the woman passenger (the only passenger) of the “Big Water” vessel.

During the trial, it was established that, prior to the collision, “Big Water,” which was entering Useless Inlet, was traveling at 26.6 mph with no navigation or running lights; the “Attacker,” then leaving Useless Inlet, had its running lights on as it traveled at 32.5 mph.

Due to the almost complete darkness, the two vessels failed to avoid a violent collision that significantly damaged both of the vessels’ upper parts. “Big Water’s” woman passenger was said to have suffered a severe, fatal trauma to her body, aside from getting ejected from the vessel into the water.

The court’s decision said that the operator of the “Big Water” operated his vessel at an unsafe speed, without navigation lights, and without keeping a proper look-out in a narrow channel where there was risk of collision: this is operation of a vessel in a manner that is dangerous to the public. With regard to the observance of standard of care in the operation of a vessel, the court ruled that the “Big Water” operator displayed a reckless disregard of extreme risk and in the circumstances, exhibited a marked departure from the norm.

Another incident, which occurred on August 23, 2008, involved two pleasure craft vessels that collided in a channel that was 150 to 200 meters wide which had little traffic; both vessels were traveling at about 40 mph and proceeding on parallel courses. The collision occurred after one of the vessels suddenly swerved and stopped, but not after it sprayed water on the operator of the other vessel and put itself in front of this other vessel. During the court hearing, the trial judge ruled that the operator of the vehicle that swerved was 100% at fault for the collision since his unforeseen and unpredictable reckless action was the real and lone cause of the accident.

According to San Diego sea injury lawyer Ritters and Associates, boating accidents can be very serious and may cause serious injuries to individuals involved in the accident. This is why boat owners and operators are required to act responsibly and carefully while operating their vessels in order to avoid an accident. Unfortunately, not all people comply, resulting in accidents which can cause severe injuries or death.

Being represented by a highly-skilled sea injury lawyer in a trial that would probe into the details of incidences leading to an accident (to determine fault and seek compensation) can be to the advantage of an injured victim.

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