Common Myths About Sex Offenders

Lots of myths persist about sex offenders. Some are meant to scare people while others are downright wrong. Although a certain stigma is attached to sex offenders, it’s also important to consider that they might have already been reformed. Here are a few common myths about sex offenders.

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Myth: Sex offenders will never stop.

This is one of the biggest fears of society. However, according to a study of almost 10,000 offenders, only a little more than 5 percent were arrested again for the same or a similar offense. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, less than 70 percent of all other types of criminals are arrested again within five years. For sex offenders, only as much as 13 percent return to prison.

Myth: The treatment sex offenders receive is never effective.

This is another myth that condemns sex offenders to a life of obscurity. Studies show that treatment decreases recidivism by almost 40 percent and reduces re-arrest by almost 60 percent. In recent years, the reduction of re-arrest rates was as high as 90 percent.

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Myth: Strangers pose the biggest threat to children.

Recent studies show that less than 10 percent of sex crimes against children were committed by strangers. That means 9 out of every 10 people who commit such crimes are people who know the victims. In fact, some studies show an even more disturbing trend. Most perpetrators are either family members, or guardians, or some parental substitute.

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Complications In The Assessment Of Physical And Psychological Injuries

An injury, whether pro-actively or unintentionally inflicted, causes destabilization in a person’s well-being and regular course of living. Myriad possibilities of harm arise from varied sources, occasions as well as causes such as physical assault, slander, toxic prescription drugs, tainted food and road accidents. When an act engenders pain and suffering to an individual that can’t be faulted to his/her own recklessness, he/she may have a legitimate claim for damages from the culpable party.

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A claim for damages refers to the monetary compensation the plaintiff exacts as the amount it would cost him/her to return to his/her normal self, or what he/she has lost due to his/her sustained injury. In many instances, the aggrieved party seeks punitive measures other than financial indemnity, especially when circumstances strongly suggest commission of gross negligence or presence of malicious intent.

Injuries can be both physical and psychological. For injuries inflicted on one’s body, the victim has to present medical records and reports from his/her attending physicians. The defendant, on the other hand, is accorded by law the right to conduct another medical examination through his/her trusted doctors for verification of the gravity of the injuries and anticipated long-term impairment. Due compensation may cover current and future costs of treatment as well as loss of present and future earnings.

Psychological injuries may equally be debilitating as physical injuries. The stress and trauma the victim underwent always have high probability to foment anxiety, depression, neurosis and other adverse altered behavior that could hinder his/her normal functioning. The injured person’s legal representative has to solicit the expertise of a mental health expert to determine whether the victim manifests any of these and whether these are consequences of what he/she has gone through.

Claiming for damages always has the potential to be complicated and prosper into a protracted court trial, although in most cases, the parties always preferred out of court settlement. This is because time element is a crucial factor in assessing extent of injuries. Onset of psychological injuries varies depending on the victim’s mental and physical constitution. Further, the claims must be filed within the so-called statute of limitations which is not uniform per case, and per locale.

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The bottom line is to hire a good personal injury lawyer who will work for the interest of his/her client.

Beyond its record of litigation victories, Olympia Law PC takes pride in its reputation for taking client interest as the firm’s paramount concern. It has been proving quality legal services since 1997 and has established three offices located in Los Angeles, Irvine, and Glendale. For more legal reads, visit this page.

What domestic violence means in the state of California

In California, domestic violence happens when a person in specific types of relationships commits a criminal act. These relationships based on the California Penal code are either spouse, former spouse, cohabitant, former cohabitant, co-parent, or a partner in a dating relationship.

Depending on how severe the act of domestic violence was, a prosecutor can decide, based on the several sections of the Penal Code, the charges. For example, battery charges are more serious in domestic violence cases than in other types of cases.

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The maximum jail time for someone found guilty of battery and domestic violence is one year, with a $2,000 fine. Depending on the judge’s decision, the defendant can be ordered to participate in a batterers’ program instead of incarceration.

For those who intentionally (willfully) inflict physical injury on any of the partners mentioned earlier, then that it also a chargeable offense, especially if it leads to traumatic conditions. This is much more serious, and the sentence, more severe. Persons found guilty of willful infliction of bodily injury may face as many as four years of jail time and a hefty $6,000 fine. For those with a prior conviction, though, the punishment may be up to five years of jail time, with a $10,000 fine. The caveat though is that the previous conviction should have happened within the last seven years.

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Declaring Bankruptcy: Some Legal Implications

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Contrary to the usual stigma attached to bankruptcy, this need not be so bad at all times. In fact, declaring bankruptcy can even be considered as a strategic move in some situations. Thanks to a few legal implications, people are now more educated about bankruptcy, and are subsequently more confident in using it as a tool when their business or financial situation calls for it.

There may come an unfortunate time when a debtor can no longer realistically pay creditors. If this is the case, declaring bankruptcy is the debtor’s way of being protected, such that creditors cannot pursue legal action against them.

Without the declaration of bankruptcy, the creditor may demand for a payment of money, as this is the original point of the debt. But bankruptcy allows for the debtor to pay for his debt in the form of properties or other assets. This is another legality.

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Other items of ownership and entitlement are also spared from being used to pay off debts, in the event of a filed bankruptcy. These include property held in trust for someone else, property which has sentimental value, life assurance policies, and the properties of a non-bankrupt spouse.

The legal intricacies of bankruptcy are endless, and the best legal advisors know that its declaration allows for some advantages for their clients. Competent lawyers should assist thos filing for bankruptcy.

Olympia Law P.C. is devoted to, among others, representing clients in a number of bankruptcy proceedings. It also offers a comprehensive real estate litigation service and expertise in personal injury cases. Learn more about the the firm’s practice by visiting this website.

What People Need To Know About Defective Drugs Cases

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Sometimes, pharmaceutical drugs sold to the masses are defective. Instead of improving physical and mental wellbeing, they worsen existing conditions, or create new ones. Let’s take a look at some of the important things people need to know about defective drugs litigation:

Defective drugs cases are, more often than not, treated as personal injury cases. And as such, they require the expertise of personal injury lawyers.

The harmful conditions caused by defective drugs can range from the physical, to the psychological, to the emotional.

There are three major causes of harmful conditions: lack of pertinent information on medicine labels, lack of adequate warnings on the packaging, or intrinsic defects in the drugs.

The pertinent information on the packaging and labels include side-effects (all of them), and adverse effects on people with health conditions.

The Food and Drug Administration, or the FDA should oversee the testing of every single drug available. The FDA is also responsible for approving all these medicines.

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Victims of defective drugs can file cases against a number of people, from labs, manufacturers, doctors, hospitals, med reps, and more.

Defective drugs cases can also go hand-in-hand with medical malpractice and product liability lawsuits.

Olympia Law is a Los Angeles and Orange County-based law firm with expertise in personal injury litigation. For more on personal injury law, feel free to read supplemental articles on this blog.

Bankruptcy: Facts That Everyone Should Know

When the word bankruptcy is mentioned, the default reaction is more or less negative. Bankruptcy stirs up thoughts of destitution, homelessness, and overall poverty. But the truth is much more complicated than that. Here are a few facts about bankruptcy that people should know.

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  • Processes regarding bankruptcy are quite complex and technical. There are a number of forms and documents that need to be submitted when filing for bankruptcy. If people miss the deadline of a bankruptcy court, they may need to file the whole thing over again, which involves another payment of the fees.
  • Since the Bankruptcy Code changed in 2005, it has been more difficult for people to eliminate their debt, especially if they have money and assets that can still be used for payment.
  • Chapter 13 bankruptcy allows the court to tell the filer his or her income and expenses. The debt is then calculated with respect to the income and expenses, and how much a monthly repayment would be.
  • Legal experts do not recommend self-representation in bankruptcy court since the processes and laws can be mind-boggling. A lot of people who file for bankruptcy are unaware of the finer details that when overlooked, can lead to the case being dismissed entirely.
  • Bankruptcy courts only deal with bankruptcy cases and nothing else.

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A Brief Introductory Insight Into Personal Injury Lawsuits

Any injury to a person is considered a personal injury. Damages sustained by the body, mind, or emotions are personal injuries. Personal injury lawsuits are common in the United States. Personal injury claims often involve negligence of other people as the cause. So bodily harm, negligent infliction of emotional distress or NIED, and intentional infliction of emotional distress or IIED are all under the scope of personal injury.

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Personal injury claims come in many forms. Many are from road accidents. Others come from injuries sustained at work, or in the workplace, or at home. Holiday accidents are also common, such as ones experienced on cruise ships. Assault is also grounds for personal injury claims, as well as injuries sustained by defective products.

Personal injury also extends to the medical field as many claims brought about by medical negligence lead to accidents as well. Any medical or dental accident can be grounds for a personal injury claim.

Another legal area where personal injuries happen is the industrial sector. Industrial disease cases as they are called, include chest and respiratory ailments such as emphysema, bronchitis and asthma, asbestosis, infection of the airways, vision blurring and deadness due to occupation, physical strain, and skin diseases.

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Olympia Law P.C. is based in California with offices in Los Angeles, Glendale, and Irvine. The firm specializes in a number of cases including personal injury claims. More information about the firm and its services can be accessed here.