Involuntary Manslaughter Overview

Consider the following scenario: Dan comes home to find his wife in bed with Victor. Distraught, Dan heads to a local bar to drown his sorrows. After having five drinks, Dan jumps into his car and drives down the street at twice the posted speed limit. If Dan had killed Victor in a “heat of passion” at the time he […]

DUI or DWI Punishments and Penalties

As with any criminal charge, a person charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI) or driving under the influence (DUI) is presumed innocent until proven guilty. If guilt is established (often through the defendant’s own plea or after a jury trial), the penalty will depend on state law, as well as on any aggravating circumstances (such as the presence of an open bottle of liquor […]

Is DUI considered a criminal offense?

Driving under the influence or DUI is a criminal offense of driving a motor vehicle with an alcohol level which exceeds the legal limit. This offense is also applicable when the offender operates a machine while intoxicated. In some jurisdictions, a more rigid version of DUI is being implemented. In California, there are certain restrictions or prohibitions involving DUI. Minors, […]

Connection Between Drug Addiction, Alcoholism, and Violence

Drug and alcohol abuse have complicated effects on the human mind and human behavior; as far back as 1995, the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved described the relationship between substance abuse and violence as a case of “cause and consequence.” The connection between drug addiction, alcoholism, and violence crosses many thresholds (individual psychology, public health, and domestic violence, […]

What are the causes of Domestic Assault?

Domestic Violence is a pattern of behaviors that intimidate, manipulate, humiliate, isolate, frighten, terrorize, coerce, threaten, blame, hurt, injure, or wound someone; can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological actions or threats of actions used by one person to gain or maintain power and control over another or others. Domestic Violence includes: Physical Abuse: Hitting, slapping, shoving, grabbing, pinching, biting, […]

What’s the difference between burglary robbery and theft?

While people often use the terms “burglary” and “robbery” interchangeably, the words actually have meaningful differences. Burglary involves a person illegally entering a building in order to commit a crime while inside; robbery is generally when someone takes something of value directly from another person by the use of force or fear. The Crime of Robbery Robbery is a crime where […]

What Does It Mean To Be Sexually Harassed?

Sexual Harassment It is unlawful to harass a person (an applicant or employee) because of that person’s sex. Harassment can include “sexual harassment” or unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature. Harassment does not have to be of a sexual nature, however, and can include offensive remarks about a person’s […]

How long is a DUI on your record in Canada?

If you’re arrested for DUI in Canada and your breath alcohol concentration (BAC) is .08 or more, you’ll be charged with committing a criminal offence. Refusing the breathalyzer test won’t help; without a reasonable excuse, that is also a violation of the Criminal code. The repercussions of a criminal act vary by province, but they are always severe. Apart from the […]

What are the main causes of drug abuse?

Overview Drug addiction, also called substance use disorder, is a disease that affects a person’s brain and behavior and leads to an inability to control the use of a legal or illegal drug or medication. Substances such as alcohol, marijuana and nicotine also are considered drugs. When you’re addicted, you may continue using the drug despite the harm it causes. […]

The Different Types of Domestic Abuse

Domestic abuse is a growing problem that affects millions of people in all kinds of relationships including traditional marriages, same-sex partnerships, and even relationships where there is no sexual intimacy involved. While physical violence is the most blatant form of domestic abuse, sometimes called intimate partner violence, it not the only form of domestic abuse. The Main Types of Abuse Domestic abuse can […]