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Federal criminal charges present unique challenges

As with all court cases, most criminal charges get filed in the state courts both in the Jackson area and scattered across the rest of Kentucky. Any criminal charge, from a first-time DUI all the way up to a serious sex crime or a murder charge, filed in state court should be taken seriously.

However, there are also many charges which federal authorities decide to prosecute through the United States Courts. These charges often involve illegal conduct which takes place over state lines, like being involved either in a larger drug operation or in unlawful sexual activity over the internet. Crimes against federal officials or institutions with ties to the federal government, including the post office and banks that are backed by federal funds, are also prosecuted in federal courts.

Cell phones are not the only hi-tech cause of distracted driving

There has been much focus on the part of law enforcement and advocacy groups when it comes to texting and driving and using cellular phones. While this concern is of course well-founded since texting and driving causes serious and even fatal accidents, cell phones are not the only cause of distracted driving.

In fact, according to one report, the drawback of many modern in-vehicle information systems, or IVISs, is that they tempt motorists to take their eyes and minds off the road. For those who may have not heard the term, an IVIS is the computer system many modern vehicles use to help people navigate via GPS, make hands-free phone calls, adjust the music and other features.

Is there a way to speed up the administrative hearing process?

Oftentimes, maybe even more often than not, residents of Kentucky who apply for disability benefits will have their applications denied at the initial stages. This even happens to people who genuinely have an illness or injury that prevents them from working.

At that point, the person applying for benefits will have to ask for, and wait for, a hearing in front of an administrative law judge. The wait can last months or even over a year, depending on the backlog in the system. In the meantime, a disabled person will have to figure out a way to provide for herself without federal Social Security Disability benefits.

Police charge 20 with various drug crimes

A coordinated effort among different law enforcement agencies called Operation River Sweep came to a climax with at least 20 people facing serious criminal charges related to drugs. The group of agencies, called the Northern Kentucky Drug Strike Force, focused their efforts on a city in Northern Kentucky.

According to reports, the police recovered over 350 grams of crystal methamphetamine which police said obviously came from outside of the state. Police also recovered illicitly distributed fentanyl, a painkiller. They said the drug was likely manufactured overseas, either in Mexico or in China.

We represent victims of careless teen drivers

Several previous posts on this blog have talked about the fact that, for a number of reasons, teen drivers pose some extra risk while they are out and about on the road. While some of this extra risk might be just due to inexperience, in many cases, there is also an element of bad or immature judgment involved.

For instance, one previous post talked about the fact that a handful of teens are not going to be careful on nights like prom or graduation and may even choose to drink and drive. Another post discussed problems that teen drivers in particular have with texting and driving or with speeding. These bad habits can, and sadly often do, endanger other motorists that are traveling on Kentucky's roads.

2019's 100 Deadliest Days have arrived

Historically, the time between Memorial Day and Labor Day are dubbed the 100 Deadliest Days on the road because traffic fatalities happen with greater frequency during this time.

While it might not be the only factor, some attribute this spike in the number of roadside deaths to the increased presence of teenage drivers on the roads of Kentucky and the other states.

Driving under the influence of drugs in Kentucky

When people in Jackson think about a DUI, the first thought that may come to their mind is someone getting pulled over and arrested, after a night at the bars or even at a family party or a sporting event. In short, a DUI is to their minds something related to alcohol use.

However, Kentucky's laws provide that driving under the influence of any chemical substance, including illegal drugs, prescription drugs illegally obtained, household inhalants like super glue, gasoline and the like and even one's own prescription medicine or over-the-counter cold and allergy medicines, can lead to a DUI charge.

Prom night can be a dangerous time for motorists

With the end of the school year in sight, many teenagers in Kentucky will be celebrating by attending prom and, perhaps, also going to parties to celebrate their graduation from high school.

While this is and should be a joyous occasion, it is sadly also a time in which teens frequently choose to ignore the state's laws against underage drinking and have a few alcoholic beverages.

Possible criminal charges for Social Security fraud

A previous post on this blog talked about how the Social Security Administration has plans to monitor the social media accounts of those who apply for disability benefits. The plan is for the federal government to be able to use Social Security applicants' activity on Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms to look for evidence that they have filed a false claim for Social Security Disability benefits. Applicants may say that they are unable to work when, in fact, their reported medical problems are either non-existent or, at best, grossly exaggerated.

At the federal level, prosecutors may file any number of criminal charges should they conclude that a person has made a false statement when applying for Social Security Disability benefits. Many of these charges are felonies and can land a person in prison for years. For example, making a false statement to obtain benefits can result in a fine, as well as five years in prison.

Can I do something if I lose my personal injury case?

Many attorneys offer to collect nothing in the way of a fee for their services if a Jackson, Kentucky, resident files a personal injury claim but winds up getting no compensation.

However, this is probably of little relief to the accident victim, who in all likelihood needed money from the claim in order to be able to pay medical bills, lost income and the like. Not getting compensation in a personal injury case, particularly if a judge or jury made a legal mistake, can mean that one is unfairly put in dire financial straits.

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