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Five Points To Keep In Mind About Chicago Criminal Cases

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You should’ve been assigned a date for your first court session if you were arrested. If you’re like the bulk of people, this should be your first time in court, and you’re scared and unsure what to expect. To help you relax before your first court appearance, here are five things you should know.

Understand The Law:

It is a crucial point. Knowing the law is essential for making the best decision. Some people believe that knowing the law is only necessary to become a paralegal or an attorney, but this is not the case. Any profession in the criminal justice industry will necessitate some legal expertise.

Recognize And Comprehend The Roles Of The Judicial System:

Unfortunately, simply knowing the law isn’t enough. It would help if you also comprehended the judicial system’s duties and why it is critical for professionals in this sector to grasp the law and, more significantly, how it pertains to their line of work—understanding how the legal system works, such as when cases are moved to another department or institution.

There are additional talents that will be pretty valuable in Criminal Justice, in addition to the law and common sense. In the area of criminal justice, a large portion of the work is problem-solving.

Acquire Experience:

As previously stated, the majority of higher-paying positions in Criminal Justice are promoted from the inside. For high-level careers in Criminal Justice, make sure you have a strong résumé that demonstrates you have the necessary experience to take on greater responsibility.

It’s Not The Same As Television:

Some people have opted to pursue a profession in criminal justice due to television series they’ve watched. These shows can promote the criminal justice system so that it appears to be enjoyable and even glamorous to work in. Still, the fact is that the number and kind of crimes perpetrated throughout the world, including in your neighborhood, are staggering.

Whether you are anticipating prosecution, you should seek the advice of an experienced criminal defense lawyer as quickly as possible. An experienced attorney, such as Mitchell S. Sexner & Associates LLC, can clarify the unique court procedures in your jurisdiction. For more information, click here.

How to Test the Smell Proofness of Ziploc Bags

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Ziploc bags are a great way to store food and keep it fresh. You can also use them for other purposes like storing clothes, organizing items in your bedroom, or keeping valuables safe when traveling. Have you ever wondered if the Ziploc bag is really smell-proof? If so, this blog post will answer all of your questions!

This post will cover what makes a Ziploc bag smell-proof, how to test if the ziplock is truly odor-blocking, and some tips on storing food in these bags.

For any container or storage product to be considered fully scent-free, it must have an airtight seal with no leaks and prevent all outside odors from entering inside. The zipper of a Ziploc bag can create a leak that allows smells to escape, so this isn’t enough. 

To test whether your zippered plastic bag carries scents, you’ll need something close by that has intense aromas like coffee beans, spices such as curry powder, chocolate chips, or popcorn kernels. These items should not be edible, so they don’t leave a lingering scent.

Place one of the items on either side of your bag and seal it shut, then wait for at least 24 hours or as long as you can before opening it again. If there is no smell from any item in the containers, they will be considered odor-proving! It’s also important to store foods with strong smells like garlic shoots and onions together because if stored separately, their flavors could escape through the ziplock seals and mix, giving off an unpleasant taste when eaten later.

Avoid storing foods that spoil quickly, like fresh produce, dairy products, meats, etc., in Ziploc bags because the inside of these containers tends to have a lingering smell. If you don’t want to take any chances, stock up on vacuum sealer bags or cling wrap for your long-term storage needs!

You can follow these tips from Green Tech Packaging for a great experience while purchasing Ziploc bags for storing various food items and cannabis-related products to keep them fresh for a long period.

How Does It Feel To Live With A Spinal Cord Injury?

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Injuries are painful and can put you through a lot of pain from the inside out. While the effects of some injuries fade away within a few weeks or months, some can keep troubling your physical, mental, and financial health for many years. One such injury is spinal cord injury. According to WHO, close to half a million people suffer from spinal cord injury every year. Although hospitals in today’s time have better health facilities than ever before, the cost associated with this treatment can affect anyone’s financial condition badly.

Reasons For Spinal Cord Injury:

The primary reason for spinal cord injury can be damaged ligament, vertebrae, or disk of the spinal column. Often, it happens when people are involved in traumatic car accidents. Irrespective of whose mistake it was, make sure you treat this injury with utmost precaution so that no complications arise at a later stage. If you receive proper medical treatment, then you can recover from it within a few months. However, in the worst-case scenario, it may take up to a year or more to get back on your feet once again. 

This period is going to be crucial as you may lose your job or savings. So, it’s recommended that you handle it carefully. As far as the expenses for spinal cord injury treatment are concerned, you can take the legal route and sue the person who caused you this. Regardless of whether the other party agrees to pay or not, you have the option to file a lawsuit and get financial aid from his insurance service provider. 

This process may sound easy on paper, but in reality, you will face a lot of issues while trying to make the other person pay for his mistake. So, make sure you take the help from Caffee Accident & Injury Lawyers in this matter. This firm has a rich experience of dealing with such cases and holds a 100% track record. Connect with it through an email or call its customer service representative to know more about how it can come to your aid.

Bank Robbery Plans Foiled By Modern Day Tech

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The idea of bank robbery has been immortalized in American consciousness for decades. From movies, books, film, video games, music, robbers have been seen as everything as thugs to noble outlaw figures sticking it to an unjust society. The idea probably appeals to us for several reasons- the appeal of living outside of society’s norms and doing as we please, massive amounts of easy money, the thrill of the crime. Sadly, the reality is often very different than what’s depicted in fiction. Robbers are rarely the noble, swarthy figures depicted in films like Bonnie and Clyde or Inside Man. Rather, they’re desperate people looking for easy money, and they only rarely get away with it. Thanks to modern video surveillance, money tracking, and extensive communication networks between law enforcement mean the idea of sticking up a bank and fleeing into the wind is a thing of the past. Bank robberies have a 60% clearance rate, higher than almost any other felony.

Take this man in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. He robbed a bank at around 4:30 on a Wednesday. Within an hour, even though he’d fled the scene, police knew who he was to thanks to the cameras around the bank and criminal database they had to reference him. They quickly issued a warrant for his arrest and found a lead soon after that. They arrested him before noon on Thursday, not even 24 hours since he’d committed the robbery. No doubt he thought he’d be able to walk into the bank and get away scott free with the money. Instead, he’s going to be facing criminal charges in a Wisconsin court where, according to the criminal defense lawyers Kohler, Hart, and Powell, he may be looking at 25 years in prison, a $100,000 fine, and a revocation of his constitutional right to bear arms if he’s convicted. Due to the slew of evidence against him, he almost certainly will be.

Interestingly, the idea that you can get away with it isn’t the only part that the movies get wrong. The typical movie robbery involves a crew of ganger members running in guns blazing, ordering everyone to get on the ground, and telling the trembling worker to empty everything they have in the vault. In reality, over half of bank robberies are committed by people working alone, and in a third of them, the robber doesn’t even have a weapon! In fact, the most common way to rob a bank is simply giving the teller a note stating that they’re being robbed. Since most bank policies state to go along with the request in such a request, it seems like an easy, pain-free method… until the police show up, of course.

I doubt anyone reading this was planning to attempt a bank robbery, but if you were, hopefully, this piece has been enough to dissuade you. The rewards aren’t worth it, the risks are too great, and you’re far more likely to be on the front page news than a cool Butch Cassidy figure.

Common Causal Factors in Swimming Pool Accidents

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It is known that swimming pools are not the safest recreational spaces. They are known to even take lives. This fact should make property owners and swimming pool owners more careful. They should enforce more safety measures and procedures in their pools to ensure that nothing bad is going to happen. This can be particularly important if the swimming pool involved is open to the public.
According to the website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, those who have been injured in swimming pool accidents may hold the owners or managers accountable. They may even get compensation for the damages. In other words, owners and managers are morally and legally required to ensure the safety of their swimming pools.
But to effectively enforce safety regulations, they should know the common hazards associated with swimming pools first.


Fences, or any kind of barrier, should be installed around the swimming pool. They are there to make the pool not too accessible, so accidents that may arise from unwanted water contact are minimized. The people who are most vulnerable to the lack of barriers around swimming pools are curious, reckless, and unsupervised children, physically or mentally challenged persons, elderly, those who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and last but not the least – those who do not know how to swim.


Chlorine and other chemicals are necessary to ensure the cleanliness and purity of the water, but they have their downsides. Excessive use of them can be dangerous for those who are exposed to them. Victims may suffer from eye and skin irritation. It is even worse if they suffer from lung problems just because chemicals are not properly balanced in the water.

Slippery Products

This is not surprising. After all, water is already slippery. But there is another product that may be a slipping and falling hazard in or around swimming pools – mold. Victims of slipping accidents may sustain head traumas, spinal cord injuries, and fractures. They may even fall into the water and drown if they have fallen into the deep end of the pool.

Warning Signs

Some dangers can be avoided with common sense. But sometimes, when people are having fun, they tend to lose common sense and focus on recreation. This is where warning signs become useful. It is important to install signs that show possible hazards in the area, even if these hazards are obvious. Arguably the most important sign is regarding water depth.

Your Disabled Child can Receive Supplemental Security Income Benefits from Social Security

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The Supplemental Security Income (SSI), a U.S. Federal government that was created by the Social Security Administration (SSA) in 1974, was designed to provide cash benefits to:

  • Disabled adults who have limited income and resources;
  • People 65 years old or older who are without disabilities, but who meet the financial limits set under the federal benefit rate (FBR); and,
  • Disabled children who are younger than age 18 and who have limited income and resources;

This Supplemental Security Income was designed to help improve the quality of life of its recipients’ by helping provide for their basic needs, which include food, clothing, and shelter. Unlike the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), the other federal program, which the SSA introduced in 1956 and which requires that disabled applicants should have worked long or recently enough and have earned the required number of credits through payment of the monthly Social Security taxes or Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) taxes, the SSI neither requires employment history nor credits earned. This is how it has been made possible to include disabled children, who have limited income and resources, in its list of possible beneficiaries. To determine whether a child is, indeed, qualified to receive SSI benefits, it may first be necessary to know what the Social Security Administration actually considers as disability and what, specifically, does it mean by limited income and resources. Disability, as defined by the SSA (for SSI purposes), is any physical or mental impairment, (including an emotional or learning problem), or a combination of conditions which:

  • Results in severe functional limitations;
  • Has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months; and,
  • Can be expected to result in death.

Income and resources, on the other hand, refers to the income and resources of the family members with whom the child lives. The 2016 income limit set under the federal benefit rate (FBR) is $1,130 per month (this amount may change every year). Eligibility also requires that a child must not be working. Some examples of medical conditions that may qualify a child to receiving benefits include: HIV infection, total blindness, total deafness, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, muscular dystrophy, and severe intellectual disability (for children 7 years old or older) and those born with a birth weight that is below 2 pounds and 10 ounces.

Seat Belt: A Device That can Either Save or Take Away Lives

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If the same problem has been reported of vehicles of the same design, especially if any of the reports mention the occurrence of an accident due to the (reported) problem, then it may be necessary to recall the vehicle in question. A vehicle recalls, as pointed out by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), becomes necessary if:

  • The defect poses a risk to the safety of the driver and passenger, and anyone else on the road; and,
  • The vehicle or any of its parts fail to comply with the minimum safety performance requirement set by the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS). These safety standards make sure that a vehicle can be operated safely and that the driver and passengers would have enough protection from serious injury or death in the event of a crash. There are standards for the vehicle itself as well as for its specific parts, like tires, brakes, lighting, child restraints, air bags and safety belts, among others.

Vehicle recalls can occur due to complaints of consumers to the Office of Defects Investigation (ODI), a department of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). One example of a complaint is regarding defective safety belts or seat belts.

Due to consumer complaint, Chrysler, in particular, had to recall in October of 2014 about 184,215 of its SUVs around the globe; this is besides the more than 850,000 vehicles which Ford had to recall one month earlier due to the same problem.

Seat belts, which prevent drivers and passengers from hitting with great force any of a car’s interior parts, such as a door window, dashboard, or windshield, are considered the best protection during car accidents. These crash-safety devices protect car occupants from possible serious injuries during primary impact, that is when a car hits another vehicle or a solid road fixture. Though seat belts may save thousands of lives, these, in some instances, can also be the cause of serious injuries or death due to defects.

A defective or malfunctioning seat belt can be a result of poor manufacturing design. Every year, at least 10,000 individuals, who die in car crashes, are said to have died due to faulty seat belts. Examples of seat belt defects, according to a Milwaukee accident lawyer, include tight or ill-fitting seat belts, improper constriction or loose seat belts, and poorly crafted seat belts which is due to weak materials o weak construction.

Whatever the defect of a seat belt is, this device that was intended to increase your safety has become a device that causes you additional injuries during a car accident. Negligent manufacturers who sell or lease vehicles with defective seat belts need to be held responsible for the damage they cause.

What You Need To Know About Truck No-Zone Spots

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In most instances, accidents involving trucks and other small vehicles will be devastating resulting to injuries or worst deaths. One of the most common causes of crashes and accidents with these huge vehicles is the failure to recognize the truck’s “no zone” spot. Figures revealed by the US Department of Transportation revealed that more than 413,000 car accidents were due to truck blind spots. From this number, there were 160,000 deaths.

According to the website of Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC, truck drivers are trained to recognize their no zone spots. By definition, a no zone spot is an area around the truck that is invisible to the driver. They are also called “No Zone” because they are the area where vehicles are not advised to travel. In this article, we shall delve on truck blind spots so that you can avoid colliding with them.

Side No Zones

Trucks have huge no zone spots on both sides. To avoid accidents, make sure that you can see the drivers face in your rear-view mirror to ensure visibility. This way, the truck driver can easily react whenever they need to switch lane or make a quick maneuver.

Rear No Zones

Trucks also have huge no zones behind them which contributes to truck drivers not being able to see vehicles traveling behind them. So it is best not to stay too close behind them to avoid rear-end collisions.

Front No Zones

Trucks need two times as much time to stop than other passenger vehicles. Cars and other smaller vehicles are advised to avoid passing too closely.

Wide Right Turns

With their enormous size, trucks demand a larger turning radius. For this reason, they need to swing wide to the left to make a successful right turn. So avoid passing on the right because the truck driver will not see you.

Recognizing the truck’s blind spots and avoiding them is a great way to prevent collisions with trucks. Stay at a safe distance so you can easily react in case the truck driver makes a sudden maneuver.

What You Should Do After a Crash

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Crowe & Mulvey, LLP state on their website that millions of people in the country are affected by vehicular accidents every year. In fact, according to the Association for Safe International Road Travel, every year, at least 37,000 people are killed while 2.35 million are injured or disabled in the United States following a car crash.

While an automobile accident is one of the most common causes of personal injury, proving who is at fault is actually difficult to do. There will be plenty of versions of the story including your own, the other party’s, and the witnesses’. In a law court, this dilemma will only thicken the plot and lengthen the legal proceedings. So, if you were involved in a car accident, how do you determine which person is at fault?

The determination of fault differ in each state, but in almost every case, the driver who had violated a traffic law will be more liable after an accident. The citation for violations automatically has a significant bearing for the person at fault. There are, of course, exceptions. When a car cut numerous lanes and caused the cars behind to abruptly stop and crash on each other, the driver of the first car may be cited, but the one who failed to properly stop will be largely at fault.

One tip on how to prove who is at fault for a crash is to collect substantial evidence right after the accident, if possible—it could be in the form of recording the other driver’s comments, or it could be in the form of taking pictures and talking to possible witnesses.

Outsourcing for Small Business

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Outsourcing was once a practice only seen as possible for Fortune 500 companies. However, as the economy evolves, it is becoming a viable option for smaller companies as well. One of the most popular countries to outsource to is the Philippines, as they speak English and other languages and are accustomed to Western culture, according to Pinoy Partners Outsourcing Center, Inc. There are an additional number of benefits to outsourcing work to the Philippines.

The most appealing benefit of outsourcing work for companies is the cost benefit. This can include cutting office setup costs, only having to hire relevant talent, and faster hire times. Outsourcing benefits also include a general lower cost of labor and operational costs. However, outsourcing benefits can stretch beyond cost. If a business is trying to grow or improve a certain aspect of their business, by outsourcing to a country like the Philippines, businesses can defer mundane and time consuming tasks to focus more on their business model. Some businesses may even find the companies they outsource to be more well-versed and trained in a specific area than their workers are. One of the most appealing benefits of outsourcing is gaining leverage is the international economy. This can include an increased general knowledge of global businesses and gaining access to international resources. These benefits just tap into the wide range of how outsourcing can help a company prosper.

Outsourcing is a widely misunderstood practice, previously not believed to be possible for smaller businesses. However, with increased talent in countries like the Philippines, outsourcing work is becoming not only possible option for companies, but one that can increase growth in businesses.