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5 Common Types of Drug Crimes

There are several different types of drug crimes prosecuted at the federal and state level. They can be confusing because some of the names sound like they should mean the same thing. Further adding to the confusion, some of the terms can mean different things depending on the jurisdiction. Here are some types of drug crimes frequently prosecuted. 1. Possession There are certain drugs that are illegal to possess in any amount, no matter how small. Examples include heroin and cocaine, as well as marijuana in some jurisdictions. If you have small amounts of drugs such as these, you can face possession charges. You may also face charges if you possess a controlled substance for which you do not have a valid prescription, such as narcotic painkillers. Even if you had a prescription at one point, once this runs out you are expected to dispose of the medication or risk trouble with the law. 2. Trafficking Trafficking charges also involve the illegal possession of a controlled substance. However, trafficking charges are more serious than possession charges because they involve larger amounts of drugs. If you possess drugs in large quantities, it appears to authorities that you may be planning to sell them, hence the more severe charges for trafficking. From the name, you may think that drug trafficking involves transporting them from one place to another. However, depending on the jurisdiction, that may involve different charges. 3. Distribution Distribution charges pertain to the movement of drugs from one place to another. This can happen on a small scale, such as a face-to-face transaction involving two people exchanging drugs for money. It can also happen on a larger scale, such as transporting drugs from one place to another via a boat, car, or plane, or shipping them through the mail. 4. Manufacturing Generally speaking, if you participate in any step of the process of producing a drug illegally, you could be charged with manufacturing. However, there are exceptions for marijuana in states where it is legal for medical or recreational use. Conviction on drug manufacturing charges also requires the prosecutor to prove intent on your part to produce the drug illegally. 5. Paraphernalia Paraphernalia charges involve possessing materials used to conceal, produce, prepare, or use drugs rather than the substances themselves. Even ordinary materials that have legal purposes, such as scales or spoons, may count as paraphernalia if found alongside...
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How To Get Your Medical Bills Paid After an Accident Involving an ATX Co-op Taxi

Car Accident Lawyer In Austin is a collection of taxi drivers known as ATX Co-op Taxi. If you get a ride from one of these drivers, you may expect to get from point A to point B without a problem. You may trust the organization as a whole, but accidents can always happen regardless of how reputable a group or a driver is. If you were involved in an accident with an ATX Co-op taxi, you might wonder how you’re going to get your medical bills paid. Filing a Claim After an accident with an ATX Co-op taxi, you may assume seeking compensation with an insurance claim will be easy, but it might not be. The cab company might imply the driver was solely at fault. The driver might imply the company has a responsibility to take care of the costs. Both the cab company and the driver might try to put the blame on you. In any case, it can get confusing. The good news is you may be able to seek compensation from both the driver and the company. If the driver was transporting a passenger when you were involved in the accident, the cab company could offer a certain amount of insurance coverage. If you don’t feel that coverage is enough to handle all the medical bills you’ll be paying, you could also file a claim with the driver’s personal auto insurance company. Suing the Liable Party There’s always the possibility of suing the liable party as well. Perhaps the driver was driving particularly recklessly or the cab company failed to communicate new company policies. If those situations led to the accident, you might have a reason to sue. Your lawyer can work with you to determine whether you have a case, and how strong your case is. Other Options While you’re waiting for a settlement, you’ll still need to pay your bills. Without payment, your medical providers could send your bills to collections, which could cause you a whole range of other financial issues. Some other options you have to get those bills paid include applying for Medicaid or Medicare, asking each provider for a discount or to get on a payment plan, utilizing PIP, or using your personal health insurance. Receiving Your Lawyer’s Assistance It’s never fun to deal with an auto accident, but when it involves a driver who works as an independent...
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Social Security Disability Questions Answered

According to the Social Security Administration, more than 11 million Americans are receiving social security disability. Unfortunately, in many situations, those pursuing social security disability benefits may have difficulty obtaining them. This is incredibly frustrating when a person is trying to focus on their medical condition and cannot receive the benefits they require. SSDI is a program provided to those who have paid into social security through their job over several years. Whether you are in the process of applying for SSDI or have received a denial, you will have many questions that you are looking for the answers to: What is the difference between jobs covered by social security and ones that are not? When pursuing social security disability, one of the first places to start will be determining the difference between jobs covered under social security and those that are not. While a large percentage of the workforce has jobs covered by social security, a person may be ineligible in some situations.  What is a substantial gainful activity? To measure whether a person is eligible for social security disability benefits, the Social Security Administration uses a term called substantial gainful activity (SGA). Substantial gainful activity is a person’s ability to work and earn a living. If a person has an income of over a certain amount, they may not qualify for social security disability benefits. To receive social security disability, a person must be unable to work due to impairments and bring in an income less than required.  What are work credits?  Through a person’s time working, they will earn work credits. To receive social security disability benefits, an employee must earn at least 20 work credits. These credits are obtained through working and paying taxes into social security. Each year, a person can earn up to 4 work credits. However, it’s essential to be aware that the work credits needed increase as a person ages over time. While 20 credits are standard, this can vary based on a person’s age. For example, a person under the age of 24 only needs six credits, while someone at the age of 50 requires 28 work credits.  What if I have not worked long enough to receive enough work credits? If you do not have the correct number of work credits, you will not qualify for social security disability benefits. In some cases, your lack of work experience may...
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How To Select a Fiduciary Adviser

Choosing a financial adviser that can serve as a fiduciary is an integral part of securing your financial future. A fiduciary should Manage Your Finances Act in Your Best Interest Avoid Conflict of Interest Have Proper Credential It is essential to take time and care when choosing who will manage your finances. Here are questions to ask before selecting a fiduciary adviser. What Services Do You Provide? Financial advisers can perform their services under two standards:  suitability or fiduciary. Under the suitability standard, their only requirement is to offer appropriate advice for your particular circumstances. Fiduciary advisors must put their clients’ best interests before their own. How Will I Pay For Services? Brokerage firms typically fall into the category of suitability, meaning they earn their fees through commissions on investments and work to make money for themselves and you. On the other hand, fiduciary services put the best interests of their clients first and earn flat fees for their work. This method of payment helps reduce conflicts of interest. Who Do My Friends and Family Use? Once you decide to use a fiduciary to manage your financial interests, you may wonder how to find one. The best way to start is by asking family or friends for recommendations. When it comes to personal finances, most people will be happy to share their positive experiences and just as willing to tell you what and whom you should avoid. What Are Their Credentials? Although getting referrals from people you trust is an excellent way to find a fiduciary, it is always best to undertake thorough due diligence. Before trusting others with your finances, check to see if they are members of the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA). This organization has stringent requirements for fee-only fiduciary financial advisers. How is My Money Invested? Hiring others to invest your money doesn’t mean you should not be in the loop concerning how they do this. The fiduciary you are considering should be willing to discuss all strategies regarding how to grow your money. How and When Will I Receive Updates?  If you hire someone else to manage your money, you will want to establish methods of communication and updates about investment strategies, returns, losses and anything that affects your finances. You should expect quarterly updates, at a minimum. A team consisting of a estate lawyer, like from the Yee Law Group, and a fiduciary adviser...
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How Can I Apply for Temporary Spousal Support?

The intention of temporary spousal support or “temporary alimony” is to reasonably maintain the same standard of living for both parties after divorce. An attorney can help you file a temporary alimony order, where a request is sent to the court about getting help paying for certain expenses or bills covered by the other spouse. To submit such written documentation, means that a “motion” is filed to the court regarding the issue. Upon receiving this paperwork, the court will likely schedule a hearing for both spouses to attend.  Reviewing Financial Information Before the court can rule on this request for temporary alimony, they will need to review imperative documents pertaining to each spouse’s finances. An attorney can give you information about what kinds of documents the court is likely to need. Both spouses are to fill out financial disclosure forms, which should be plenty of details about income, debts, expenses, and assets for the court to evaluate. This will give the court a good idea of each spouse’s financial standing.  Determining Whether Request is Granted After reviewing requested documents, the court will also consider the points made by each side. Based on the information provided, if the court believes that awarding temporary alimony is justified, then they will assign a monthly payment to the paying spouse. The outcome of a temporary spousal support hearing isn’t always certain, as it can be difficult to figure out what the judge will do, but an attorney can work relentlessly for your behalf.  The Use of a Formula In some states, courts use a formula to decide temporary spousal support. It is similar to what a judge may use for child support disputes too. However, if the state doesn’t use a formula for alimony, then the judge can attempt to be as fair as possible. The judge may strive to calculate an amount that reasonably satisfies the financial need of the recipient spouse, while not causing financial hardship to the other.  How Long a Temporary Spousal Support May Last Once the court issues a temporary spousal support verdict, it usually is in effect only until the divorce case ends. In some instances, it may carry on after the finalization of the divorce, essentially turning into long-term alimony. An attorney understands how confusing this all can be if you are not familiar with the topic of family law. We can hopefully put your mind...
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