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7 reasons teenagers get in legal trouble

As a parent, you know that it is tough to navigate your way through the teenage years. It's a roller coaster. You do the best you can, but you worry constantly about what could go wrong.

One thing you worry about is getting that call saying that your son or daughter has gotten arrested. For many parents, it comes out of nowhere and really takes them by surprise. Why do teens get into trouble with the law? Here are seven main reasons:

  1. The use of alcohol and drugs. Not only is this use itself illegal, but drugs and alcohol can alter a person's mental state. Your teen may become more impulsive and may do things that later, from a sober perspective, they can't believe they actually did.
  2. Peer pressure. Teens desperately want to fit in, and the peer group they spend time with has a massive influence on their decisions. Just a little pressure at the right time may make your teen do something they never wanted to do, something they regret forever.
  3. Low income. Teens without jobs, especially when they feel like their potential income situation will never change, may be more likely to commit crimes. They may do this to get money or other items that they want, seeing no other way to obtain them. This can lead to everything from petty theft to armed robbery.
  4. Isolation from peers. Unfortunately, some teens become social outcasts. This can lead to depression and emotional instability, which may in turn lead to criminal activity.
  5. Mental disorders. Many mental disorders do not get diagnosed for months or even years. They are not always as obvious as other types of sickness and disease. Without proper care and a good support system, teens may commit crimes and make poor decisions.
  6. No supervision. You cannot watch your teen all of the time, but teens that feel like they have absolutely no supervision are often most likely to break the law. The reason could be that they simply see this behavior as something they need to hide from their parents -- which they can do easily -- rather than something that is illegal. It is crucial for parents to stay involved in teens' lives.
  7. Trouble at home. Do not underestimate the ways that your behavior can impact a child's home life and his or her behavior. Always strive to give your teen a safe place where they feel welcomed and loved.

DUI checkpoints in North Carolina

Police in many states frequently use DUI checkpoints to pull over all drivers on a given stretch of road and test their individual sobriety. While not all states allow DUI checkpoints as a part of their state-level laws, North Carolina does, which poses very real consequences to anyone who has had a drink or two before driving and winds up in one.

If you recently received DUI charges because of a checkpoint, perhaps you are now quite sure that the practice is not even legal. After all, what about our constitutional rights against unreasonable search and seizure in the Fourth Amendment? How can the police legally stop a driver without probable cause?

Hospital workers, like nurses, have a high risk of job injury

Physicians' assistants complete a long educational process in the hopes of helping other people. Ironically, these caring and devoted professionals are often at increased risk of injury when they go to work.

While many people know that construction and manufacturing are dangerous careers, few consider that hospital workers actually have a higher rate of injury than those working in the construction or manufacturing industries. Being aware of the common causes of injuries can help keep hospital workers safer so that they can keep performing the jobs they love.

3 ways car crashes impact children's lives

When you get into a crash as an adult it's bad enough, but for children, it may be life-changing. The future could be full of fear about riding in vehicles. Kids can become anxious or depressed about losses over which they had no control.

For children who have been though significant crashes, getting them mental health services might become necessary. The emotional and physical strain of the crash on a child needs to be monitored to make sure he or she can grow up as normally as possible following the collision.

Mild brain injuries can end careers

A mild brain injury can occur many ways, from car accidents to simple work accidents that involve a blow to the head. These injuries are often tough to identify and diagnose, and may seem insignificant because they do not present visible symptoms. They are, however, serious injuries that may end a victim's career in short order if he or she does not properly address the matter.

A mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) is especially concerning for those who work in professional settings or must perform detailed tasks in their job, such as factory workers or medical care providers. Mild TBIs affect each victim differently, but some of the most common symptoms make it very difficult to remain focused and communicate clearly, jeopardizing the employment of the victim if his or her employer and colleagues do not know about the injury and understand its effects.

After a car accident, you must always seek medical attention

Surviving a car accident, even one that is relatively minor, may leave you with a false sense of security, especially if you believe at first that you did not receive any injuries in the accident. While this is possible, there are many injuries you may receive in a car accident that do not cause pain at first, but still may pose serious threats to your health.

Even if you believe that you are perfectly fine, it is always wise to seek out a thorough professional medical examination to make sure that you do not have any of these delayed onset injuries. In some cases, you may steer clear of some serious complications and long-term suffering by identifying and diagnosing an injury before it causes pain. In other instances, such an examination may save your life.

What to do in a traffic stop

Whenever you see the blue lights flashing behind you, you may also experience a moment of panic as you worry about how to minimize whatever damage is potentially on the way. This a normal fear, but it is important to remain calm and understand your rights so you can keep them protected throughout the interaction.

If you do receive a ticket or criminal charges during the traffic stop, then you should make sure that you understand your legal rights and build a defense as soon as you can. Your prosecution is already building its case against you, and the longer you wait to build your defense, the fewer options you may have.

The truth about neck injuries in the workplace

When you work a job day after day, it's no surprise that you develop aches and pains. Sometimes, those aches and pains are more than they appear, though. It's important to get medical care when you need it, and workers' compensation is there for you.

One common injury on the job is a neck injury with pain. Neck pain may start slow and develop over time. You may notice that your arm falls asleep more often or that your shoulders feel pinched. Maybe you notice it hurts to turn your head from side to side or up and down. Whatever the pain is causing, that injury is something you need to have looked at by a doctor.

Don't let a juvenile offense in NC ruin your child's future

Teenagers often don't fully consider the consequences and long-term implications of their actions. Their brains are in the process of developing and growing, which means they simply don't have the capacity to make decisions in the way an adult could. Impulsivity and a little recklessness can combine to put your child in a very precarious position.

It only takes one big mistake as a teenager to completely destroy someone's plans for the future. Youthful offenders in North Carolina have long faced very serious consequences for their teenage indiscretions. For many years, teenagers who were 16 or 17 faced adult penalties and criminal records for charges. Beginning in December of 2018, however, these younger defendants will face justice in the juvenile court system.

What to know about workers' compensation in North Carolina

Do you understand workers' compensation and your right to file a claim after a workplace accident? Unfortunately, many workers in North Carolina are unfamiliar with the workers' compensation process in North Carolina and the importance of filing a claim to receive benefits.

Frequently asked questions about workers' compensation

Workers' compensation can play a significant role after being injured in a work-related accident. To help you better understand the basics of workers' compensation, here is a list of common questions and answers you need to know. 

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