Common Defenses for Drug Crimes

With drug-related crimes on the rise in Cape Cod, often times law enforcement officials and courts may take shortcuts during the prosecuting proceedings in order to quickly handle the large number of cases. If accused of a drug-related crime, one should never assume that law enforcement officials followed all of the necessary procedures to secure a conviction. With the help of an attorney, one may be able to find faults in the process that could result in a case being dismissed.

Some of the most common mistakes made by police officers and prosecutors include unlawful search and seizure, failure to prove possession, lack of crime lab analysis, inability to produce confiscated drugs in court, and entrapment.

According to the website of James Powderly, only under certain circumstances are police allowed to have drug-related evidence in court during trial. Without a search warrant, prosecutors may use confiscated evidence only if the individual was being arrested, the defendant consented to a search, the contraband was in plane view of an office, or the contraband appeared during an emergency situation.

Of the previously mentioned mistakes prosecutors make, one of the most common is failure to produce the actual drugs a defendant is being charged for in court. Because confiscated drugs must go through several people before being booked into evidence, there is always a possibility that at some point in the process drugs were misplaced, mislabeled, or lost.

While some of these procedural mistakes may seem rare, the possibility of one occurring always exist. For example, in the recent past some Massachusetts drug lab chemists have been convicted of falsifying as many 190,000 drug results at the request of several state prosecutors.

As stated above, one should never assume that a prosecutor has the necessary evidence or followed the necessary steps to conclusively establish a conviction.

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Unsafe Motorcycle Helmets

Earlier this year, the NHTSA issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in order to help combat the increasing use and sale of unsafe motorcycle helmets. Columbia personal injury attorneys would probably know all too well that statistics show that most motorcycle-related deaths are due to head and traumatic brain injuries.

While the new proposal seeks to increase motorcycle helmet safety in general, it is specifically targeted at what the NHTSA refers to as “novelty helmets.” The NHTSA states that these helmets are poorly constructed, do not meet DOT safety standards, and are frequently marketed and sold for on-road use. The sale of these sub-standard helmets not only pose a threat to motorcyclist, but also the the manufacturers that negligently distribute them to unknowing consumers. If an individual is injured in accident as the result of the negligent actions of a third party, victims and their families may be able to seek retribution and compensation from the responsible party, which in this case would be helmet manufacturers.

It is crucial that these irresponsible helmet manufactures be better regulated to in order to avoid serious harm to innocent consumers. Statistics show that 56 percent of riders suffering from serious head injuries were wearing novelty helmets compared to 19 percent who were wearing DOT-certified head protection. According to the website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, motorcycle accidents can have life-changing consequences for victims and their families due to the fact that their relative lack of protection, even a relatively minor accident, can potentially result in severe injuries. Therefore, it is important the the limited protection motorcyclists do have meet safety standards and provide the much needed protection consumers expect.

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How to Choose the Right Medical Professional

Choosing the right medical professional is one of the most important decisions a person can make. Whether deciding on a primary care physician, a dentist, or a Des Moines med spa, here are a few tips to help you find which doctors will best meet your needs and offer the care and service you seek.

The first step to narrowing down your list of potential medical professionals is asking friends and relatives for referrals. If you currently have a preferred medical professional, and are planning on moving, it may helpful to ask your current doctor if they know someone in the area they recommend. Other places to search for recommendations are local county medical societies and your insurance company.

Once you have a set a medical professionals, the next step is to do some research. The first question you should ask is if a doctor is properly licensed. Many states have a division of licensing services on which the public can view any and all licenses a medical professional holds. If interested, you may also review a doctor’s education. Like licensing, some states have state physician profiles on which a doctor’s education is available to the public. Some doctors publish their educational background directly on their websites.

Other information you should take into consideration is whether a doctor is board-certified, if the doctor has a malpractice record, and if the doctor has be disciplined. Resources such as the American Board of Medical Specialties, your state’s physician profile website, and your local county clerk can provide you with this information. You’d probably prefer to entrust your oral health to a dentist who doesn’t have a bad reputation and a history of harming patients.

Lastly, some recommend seeking out any articles or research papers a medical professional has published and a list of professional and community service activities and awards. Often times, this information can be found directly on a medical professional’s website. In addition, some medical professionals, constantly update their website with blogs and articles. Reviewing these could also help determine whether a doctor offers the type of advice and medical care you seek.

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Aspirin May Help Prevent Mesothelioma According to New Study

A new study conducted by the University of Hawaii Cancer Center, aspirin has been shown to inhibit the growth of mesothelioma tumor cells which grow in the protective lining of the body’s internal organs affecting mostly the lungs and abdomen. The popular over-the-counter drug does this by blocking the effects of a key molecule that promotes growth in the disease.

Currently, some treatment options for mesothelioma patients include radiation, surgery, chemotherapy, acupuncture, holistic medicine, and changes in diet and nutrition.

Though clinical trials are in the beginning stages, researchers believe that aspirin may be a good option in terms of prevention for those who are at high risk of developing mesothelioma.

According to the website of the mesothelioma attorneys at Williams Kherkher, workers with the following careers have been shown to be at an increased risk of developing mesothelioma through asbestos exposure: construction workers, building contractors, factory employees, military personnel, and railroad workers.

Though it may have some minor effects, aspirin has been shown to not be as effective during the later stages of mesothelioma development. However, in the early stages, the medication has been shown to increase survival from 76.5 days to 96 days. More surprisingly, the study found a 30 percent reduction in mesothelioma contraction risk.

The study also tested a drug known as BoxA. The drug is an experimental medication that imitates the effects of aspirin on mesothelioma tumors. While the drug increased survival time to 142 days from aspirin’s 96 days, the drug was shown to have some side effects.

Researchers hope that further testing will provide them with further analyses in order to fine tune the experimental drug. Until then, they highly recommend aspirin for those that believe they may be at risk.

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