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The basics of a citizen's arrest

Everyone has heard of a citizen's arrest, but have you ever witnessed one? Do you know of anyone who has ever made a citizen's arrest? This is a real thing that citizens are allowed to do. But, is it something you should actually consider doing? Are you worried about the legal implications? Could you be accused of false imprisonment if you try to make a citizen's arrest? Let's take a look at the citizen's arrest so you have a clear picture.

Was there a necessity for the citizen's arrest? There needs to be one of four important reasons for the arrest to be present in order for the arrest to be considered necessary:

  1. Prevent someone from suffering physical harm from the subject
  2. Prevent the subject from harming themselves or someone else
  3. Preventing the subject from leaving before a police officer can take control of the scene
  4. Preventing loss or harm to property

What's the best way to avoid car accidents?

No one plans to be involved in a car accident, and everyone tries to avoid them as best as they can. However, are you really doing enough to prevent the chances of being in or causing a potentially fatal vehicle collision? Peruse the following four ways to avoid car accidents to make sure you're doing everything you can to stay safe:

Buy the safest vehicle possible and keep it properly maintained: Every year, vehicle manufacturers come out with new safety technology that dramatically improves the accident avoidance capabilities of vehicles on the road. Drivers may, therefore, want to consider investing in a newer vehicle to benefit from the latest technology. Drivers should also keep their vehicles maintained regularly so that they stop and maneuver as efficiently as possible.

3 things you need to know about the 4th amendment

The 4th amendment is one of the most important protections extended to citizens of the United States. While we expect law enforcement to support safety and act in the interest of the general public, this amendment prohibits them from violating rights in the process of doing so. Simply put, the 4th amendment was enacted to prevent law enforcement from conducting unjustified search and seizure.

The protections that you enjoy as a result prohibit police from overstepping bounds and violating your rights. Unfortunately, laws alone do not always protect citizens sufficiently. If your rights have been violated, you should consider seeking recourse and know these facts about the 4th amendment. 

How to file an injury report at work

If you are ever injured on the job in New York, you need to know how to file a report. Filing a report is one of the most important things you can do outside of seeking medical care. If you fail to file a report, your employer won't know about the incident or the injury you suffered. That means it will be difficult to acquire workers' compensation benefits, if you need them. Here's how you can file an injury report at work.

You should receive a medical exam and care even if the injury seems minor. After you receive medical care, you need to begin putting together a report about the injury.The report needs to be filed within days of the injury occurring so that you do not forget any of the pertinent details.

Examples of racial profiling by law enforcement

Racial profiling by law enforcement is a serious and ongoing issue. According to the ACLU, racial profiling is a term that describes when law enforcement officials target and discriminate against people because of their race, ethnicity, national origin or religion. 

Unfortunately, racial profiling leads to:

  • False arrests – unlawfully restraining an individual
  • Excessive force – unnecessary force by police that results in personal injury
  • Malicious prosecutions – facing court proceedings after illegal confinement
  • Prisoner mistreatment – mistreatment or neglect during incarceration

What does it mean for me to plead the fifth?

Being arrested for a crime is never an easy situation to find yourself in, regardless of your circumstances. You might not know what to expect. You could be worried about how you will be treated. You also might get so nervous that you simply begin talking about what happened. Under the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution, you have the right to plead the fifth so that you don't incriminate yourself.

One of the most important things you need to know about pleading the fifth is that if your case reaches trial, you do not have to testify if you choose not to do so. This means that the prosecution cannot force you to testify. The judge cannot force you to testify. Your own defense attorney cannot force you to testify. The decision of whether or not to testify in court is completely up to you based on the Fifth Amendment.

3 examples of excessive force by police

Dealing with law enforcement should not make anybody fear that their life is in danger. Too often, though, this is exactly what happens — and suspicions that you may be in danger turn out to be correct. Policing methods have been the subject of much media attention in recent months, and rightfully so. Too many law enforcement officers have been caught harming innocent victims for no reason.

What exactly qualifies as excessive force, though? This is a difficult question to answer. Police may argue justification for their methods while the general public disagrees. The following are some of examples of excessive force that may fall outside the parameters of justifiable treatment.

How to prevent back injuries on the job

Back injuries are quite common in just about every workplace. You don't have to work in construction or some other industry that has you moving around a lot to suffer a back injury. Simply sitting in front of a computer for too long can lead to back problems. Let's take a look at how you can prevent back injuries on the job.

Training is vital to the health and safety of every single employee. If you are not receiving proper training on the job, you could suffer a back injury. If training is offered and you decide to skip it, you could be hurting yourself should you get injured at work and then try to file a workers' compensation claim. Make sure you attend training and follow the safety procedures in place.

How to obtain medical care for a prisoner

Just because a loved one has been sentenced to prison for a crime doesn't mean that they lose their rights. One of the rights they are still entitled to is the receipt of medical care. If you believe that your loved one is not receiving the medical care they deserve while in prison, there are some steps you can take to ensure this changes.

Contact your loved one's physician who operates outside of the prison. They might be allowed to visit your family member in prison if their condition is serious enough. If visits from the doctor are not allowed, he or she might be able to call and speak with the prisoner.

How do I prove police misconduct?

Police misconduct is nothing new in New York. There have been stories in the news for decades about issues with police officers related to brutality, corruption and other issues. Victims of this misconduct often don't know how they can fight back without fear of further retaliation. If you believe you are the victim of police misconduct, you should read through this post to find out how you can prove it happened.

You need to document the incident in question as soon as possible. Write down or record your statement so you do not forget a single thing. Documenting what happened soon after the incident occurred will help you rehash the events clearly and without interference from anyone else.

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