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Texting And Driving: Consequences And Prevention Tips

We’ve come to rely on our cellphones to keep us connected to friends and family. With text messaging, we can stay in touch with one another all the time. As good as that can be, there are moments when those connections can be a major distraction. An obvious example of this is while we’re driving. Taking our eyes off the road for even an instant can be extremely dangerous. Yet the compulsion to check our phones for text messages can force us to make some bad decisions. The risk of an accident increases significantly if we try to return a text while we should be keeping both hands on the wheel. If you attempt texting and driving, the consequences can be severe.

We can’t always control the timing of receiving texts, but we can control how we react to them. Some discipline and common sense can help you avoid being pulled over or getting into an accident. If you want to be safer behind the wheel or know someone who does, take a look at the accompanying checklist. It contains a number of useful tips for texting and driving prevention, as well as some common consequences of texting while behind the wheel.



The Reality of Being a Suspect When You Are Innocent

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Have you been named a suspect or a person of interest in a criminal investigation? Could either one impact your life?

The Scary Backlash of the National Sex Offender Registry: What You Need To Know

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Do you know anyone who has their name on the National Sex Offender Registry?

Let’s take a look at a podcast presented by American Public Media Reports. Season one of the In The Dark has one of the most critical parts of the creation of a National Sex Offender Registry. It is detailed in the Jacob Wetterling story.

What Happens When We Elect Our Law Enforcement Officers

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True crime lovers should listen to In the Dark. It’s a podcast put out by American Public Media, a non-profit public radio show dedicated to investigative journalism.

APM Reports has several interesting podcasts. One podcast, In the Dark, has followed in the footsteps of another exceptional piece of public radio reporting, Serial.

Season one of In the Dark chronicles the 27-year-old abduction case of 13-year-old Jacob Wetterling, from rural Minnesota. As In the Dark was beginning to air its first episode in 2016, Jacob’s abductor and killer confessed to the 1989 murder.

The podcast digs deeply into the investigation by the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office. It’s a clear and thorough glimpse behind the curtain of what a rural sheriff’s office says about itself.

Domestic Violence Lies, Divorce Truths and What You Need To Know

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Have you been charged with domestic violence?

There are some men out there who are using the legal system to get the upper hand in their divorce proceedings.

Involuntary Manslaughter Charges: The Flint Water Crisis

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The world watched as the lead poisoning and diseases started to spread in Flint, Michigan. Flint has been no stranger to tragedy. It was a once-bustling and beautiful town. Now, it’s more deserted than the city of Detroit.

Apparently, Flint also has more corruption than Detroit as well. The problem is a result of the city temporarily changing its water supply from the Detroit Water and Sewage Department to the Flint River. The water wasn’t treated. This lead to major corrosion of the lead pipes. Lead began leaching into the water supply.

The same water crisis is suspected to have caused the deaths of 12 people. A deadly bacteria that leached into the water supply is believed to have been the culprit.

Now, 15 criminal cases are waiting to advance to a preliminary exam; Criminal cases involving government officials who denied there was any problem for months.

Michigan Retail Fraud Forms: Charges, Penalties & Defense

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Did you know that retail fraud is more than just shoplifting? If you have been accused of one of the retail fraud forms in Michigan, it is critical that you contact an experienced attorney.

The Dirty Truth Behind Mugshots Exploitation

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“The commercialization of consumer and government data.”

That is what UC Hastings law professor Eumi Lee, as quoted in an article in The Guardian, says marks a turning point in criminal justice reform.

What do I mean?

Child Pornography and Snapchat – The Scary Truth

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Snapchat has a child pornography problem according to Bloomberg. You might say the U.S. has a child pornography problem, or maybe it’s just Michigan. Every week, we hear of several new arrests in the news. Arrests of men and women who were in some way engaging in child pornography, child sexual assault or both.

Mental Illness in Prison: What You Need To Know

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Something exonerated inmate, Damien Echols, said in one of his interviews about being on death row is alarming. He talked about some of the other inmates he had come into contact with during his long stay on death row.

There were several, Echols said, who were profoundly mentally ill and so out of touch with reality that he had no way of making a connection with them.

You may be wondering how our criminal justice system got to the point where we are putting men to death who have no touch with reality.