They say marriages are made in heaven. No one knows how long their marriage will last but once reached the breaking point, the couple decides to separate. Separation means that the married couple is simply living apart. The law does not require a married couple to live together. A Legal separation is a court order that mandates the rights and duties of a couple while they are still married, but living apart. A legal separation isn’t a divorce. A benefit of a legal separation is that it is the last chance to save a marriage by revising spouses’ mistakes and coming to an agreement.
Every person has the right to defend themselves and the lives of persons they love in cases of personal attacks. Self-defense is the right to prevent suffering force or violence through the use of a sufficient level of counteracting force or violence.
It is universally accepted that a person may protect themselves from harm under the appropriate circumstances even if such protection would normally constitute a crime. All states and the federal government permit the use of a Self-defense Argument when accused of a violent crime.
Domestic or family violence can happen to anyone. This problem is very often denied or excused, especially in the cases when the abuse is of psychological nature.
Domestic or family violence occurs when one person is taking control over the other and dominates him or her. Domestic violence includes:
- physical violence
- verbal threats of physical violence
- emotional/psychological abuse
It is estimated that abuse of drugs and alcohol costs society over $110 billion each year through criminal behavior, unforeseen injuries and death, dependency treatments and other. This is the reason why state and federal laws prohibit the use, possession, trafficking and manufacture of drugs.
Drug manufacture is the process of production, preparation or conversion of controlled substances by means of chemical processes. Drug cultivation means that the person is growing plants that are included in the group of controlled substances, these usually are marijuana, opium or hallucinogenic plants. Drug manufacturing or cultivation is regarded as a more serious crime as drug possession, because it is mostly linked to drug distribution.
Nowadays people get divorced daily. The reasons can be different but the result is always the same in the couples that already have children. The most important question that arise during and after the process of divorce is, who is going to have custody of the child/children.
Child custody is a legal term that defines the relationship between the child and the parent, where the parent has the right to make decisions for the child and take care of him/her. The decision with which parent the child will reside is made, based on the child’s best interests. That means that the interests of the parents, child’s wishes and child’s relationship with each parent are taken into consideration. Sometimes, people other than child’s parents can obtain custody, including relatives such as grandparents, aunts, uncles, close family friends, or other people who wish to get custody of a child. It is usually called “non-parental” or “third party” custody.
Having to go to court for a plant might seem a bit much, especially when the plant we are discussing is marijuana. Understanding the laws of this popular plant is so complicated that even local law enforcement in the state of California can’t seem to understand how to handle this decriminalized herb. Marijuana leading to increase in DUI charges in California has become an issue to the court system and to the individuals receiving the DUI.
Most DUI cases end up leaving the defendant in jail for approximately 3 days while the judge gets to hear the case and decide what the sentencing will be. Facing legal actions for being high on a plant that is known to ease tension should be a crime itself, due to the fact that more and more doctors are being summoned to court after dealing with patients all day to clarify that the defendant is in fact under the prescription of marijuana, and is allowed to smoke this non harmful plant. Driving under the influence of marijuana according to the State of Colorado and Washington is an acceptable thing, and although the Feds never really approved the use of marijuana, state law seems to be passing all kinds of legalities that tells the individual how to operate after smoking marijuana. However, given that the plant has not been fully legalized in California, it is leading to the increase in DUI arrests.
Property crimes have been always a central problem in every society and culture throughout the history. Property crimes consist of taking someone else’s money or property without using force.
Property crimes include:
Robbery is not regarded as a property crime, because it involves the use of force or threat of force, that’s why it is categorized as violent crime.
According to the FBI Crime Statistics there were in 2012, 8,975,438 property crimes with $15,5 billion calculated damages.
It is also good to have somebody who takes care about you. Usually parents are those who look after a child, guide him and are responsible for him. Unfortunately children can loose their parents due to different circumstances. In these cases courts are empowered to appoint a guardian for the child or person that needs special protection.
Guardianship is a legal relationship where a guardian is a person who looks after:
- children whose parents can no longer take care of them
- persons over 18 years old who are mentally or physically incapacitated
Medical identity theft is one of the fraud crimes that has increased over the past years in the United States. According to the Ponemon Institute 1.84 million people were victims of medical identity theft in 2013 with an estimated total cost of $28,6 billion.
It is illegal to use a person’s identity or personal health information to receive health care services. Some people intentionally commit fraud against “themselves” by allowing uninsured people to use their health insurance to obtain care. This is called “Robin Hood” crimes and it constituted 30% of medical ID theft in 2013.
There are different reasons for stealing someone else’s medical identity:
- obtain prescription drugs to sell them
- get free treatment
- falsify or inflate treatment claims
According to Childhelp, a report of child abuse is made every ten seconds. More than four (4) children die every day as a result of child abuse. Approximately 70% of children that die from abuse are under the age of 4.
Child abuse is regarded as failure to act on the part of the parent or caretaker that results in death, serious physical or emotional harm, sexual abuse or exploitation. Child abuse can occur not only in child’s home but also at schools, kindergartens or other organizations the child interacts with.