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Man accused of hate crime over alleged anti-gay assault

An alleged assault resulted in one man's arrest at an Amazon.com location last year in Virginia. Now, the individual who assaulted his co-worker is being charged with a federal hate crime. The victim of the assault was gay, and prosecutors say that the attack occurred because the man was gay.

The 34-year-old Amazon worker was arrested last May on the charge of misdemeanor assault. He allegedly beat his co-worker at an Amazon fulfillment center located in Chesterfield. According to the victim, he was struck three to five times by his assailant. His face was heavily bloodied and he required medical attention as a result of the attack.

How common is drugged driving in the United States?

Drugged driving is just as dangerous as drunk driving. Drivers have lower reaction times, cannot judge time and distance effectively, and they have a higher chance of causing car crashes on the road. Consequently, Virginia law prohibits operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of a prescription, over-the-counter or illegal drug that inhibits motor skills and reaction times. Unfortunately, many drivers still engage in this dangerous behavior.

As for statistics on this kind of abuse, several organizations have conducted research to find out how prevalent it is. For example, the National Institute on Drug Abuse conducted the National Survey on Drug Use and Health in 2013, which looked at the frequency of driving while high on drugs, including over-the-counter, prescription and illicit drugs. The survey showed that approximately 9.9 million people drove while high on drugs in the year before the survey was performed. This figure represents approximately 3.8 percent of adults and teenagers in the United States.

Defending against Virginia Beach DUI charges

Let's say you were out with friends last Saturday night in Virginia Beach. You were drinking at a party and now it's 1 a.m. and you're driving home. You're tired after a long night, but certain that it's been long enough since your last drink and you did not drink too much alcohol to keep you from driving.

Suddenly, you see the familiar lights of a law enforcement officer in your rearview mirror. After pulling off to a safe place on the side of the road, you nervously fix your hair with your hands and spruce yourself up, trying to make sure you appear well put together for the officer.

Virginia family hit by devastating family on Christmas Eve

Although Virginia authorities did everything they could to reduce instances of DUI driving and DUI accidents this holiday season, not every family was immune to such tragedies. One Virginia family is still suffering physically and emotionally after their vehicle was hit by an allegedly DUI driver on Christmas Eve.

As of Dec. 27, three of the four family members who survived the collision were still in the hospital, and one of them was in critical condition. The crash claimed the life of a 50-year-old father, who was driving a car that contained his entire family, including his wife and his three children.

Truck accidents: Your injuries and right to compensation

The commercial driver's licensing program is more intense than a normal licensing program. In order to obtain the license for certain vehicles, the drivers must meet higher standards than a traditional driver. Commercial driver's license holders are also held to high standards when driving. The legal limit for drinking is lower for these drivers, and they must abide by special speed limits in some cases. These drivers also have limits to how long they can be behind the wheel.

A CDL license is required if a driver wants to drive a double or triple trailer. So, not just anyone can decide to move an 18-wheeler from one location to another; doing that could result in an accident due to misunderstanding of the way the vehicle works. Any trucks with tanks or trucks carrying hazardous materials also require CDL licensing. Passenger vehicles like buses or taxis may also require CDL licensing, although some, like moving trucks, may not depending on the size and weight.

What is the standard of care in medical care?

Going into a medical facility for treatment means that you are putting your life in the hands of the professionals at that facility. Doctors, nurses, and medical professionals are bound by the standards of care; however, not all standards of care are universal. If you have been cared for at a medical facility and feel that your care was subpar, you should take a few minutes to explore what is entailed in the standard of care.

What is standard of care?

Fighting traffic violation charges in Norfolk

A traffic violation is not just about the immediate fines, driver's education safety courses and points on your license, it can haunt you for years to come. A black spot on your driving record from a traffic violation could cause your insurance premiums to rise and in some cases it could interfere with your ability to get hired for certain kinds of jobs -- especially if those jobs involve driving.

For example, a reckless driving charge is considered to be a Class 1 misdemeanor in Virginia. That's a violation that could result in as much as a $2,500 fine and/or a year in jail. However, there are specific limitations regarding what is considered to be reckless driving and a prosecution must prove their case in court if a driver is to be convicted of the charge. For example, reckless driving is usually applicable if it can be proved that a driver was operating his or her car at a speed of over 20 mph, or at a speed of 80 mph or more.

Privacy violations for patients a concern for all hospitals

No matter who you are, your medical records should be kept private according to American laws. There are few reasons for anyone to look at your records other than for medical purposes. Even then, only your doctors or nurses who need that information should be able to access the files. What can you do if you find out others are accessing your files illegally? You may be able to make a claim or file charges against those responsible with the help of your attorney.

This problem is particularly common for those who are celebrities or in a position of power. A Dec. 19 report discusses this problem and how the use of electronic records systems opens people up to breaches of their privacy. However, there is a positive to the use of electronic systems; it's now easier than ever to track down those who violate your privacy rights.

Nursing home abuse and neglect might be hard to spot

Nursing home abuse is one of the most horrible crimes that is committed against the elderly population. Not only are these nursing home residents abused by the very people who are supposed to care for them, but they also have to deal with the healing process that comes after the abuse. Sadly, the issue of nursing home abuse is wide-spread. Anyone who has a loved one in a nursing home should be vigilant to look for the signs that his or her loved one is being abused.

There are several different types of nursing home abuse that you have to watch for. Some of these are easier to notice than others. Physical abuse, for example, will usually leave signs like bruising on the resident. Financial abuse is noticeable when you check the resident's bank account statements or review the way money is being spent.

Be careful driving this holiday season

During the Christmas holiday season, there will be a lot of parties to go to -- work parties, family parties, and parties with friends. However, Virginia drivers should be warned that police will be out in force looking for drunk or intoxicated drivers. Each year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration begins its holiday traffic safety campaign from Dec. 16 through Jan. 1.

The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign is in response to the increase in parties where drinking takes place during the holiday season. This increase in drinking leads to more DUI drivers on the road and more DUI-related injuries and deaths. According to NHTSA, 1180 people died from Dec. 18 to Dec. 31 in 2013 and a third of those deaths were caused by drunk drivers.

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