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Is DNA reliable evidence?

For decades, the news media and Hollywood would have you believe that DNA evidence is some sort of miracle. When it first became a legally admissible type of evidence, there was a lot of buzz over it. People have been cleared of crimes and released from prison after serving decades for crimes they did not commit all because of DNA evidence. So, it sounds wonderful. It seems like it can solve any crime. However, that is not entirely true.

According to JSTOR Daily, DNA is rather complex. There is no denying that it has done amazing things, but it is not a miracle answer to finding out who committed a crime. There are several issues with this type of evidence that could lead to it convicting the wrong person.

Serious mistakes with child safety

One of your primary desires as parents is to keep your children safe. As the world grows ever more stressful, pressure comes from all directions. It is hard to think about every object that may prove harmful to your child when the family is rushing to and from work, day care, grocery shopping or school activities.

As children age, they become aware of danger and learn basic safety rules. Younger children, however, are completely dependent on you to protect them. It may sound impossible, but it can only take seconds for your child to enter a danger zone. Small children move very quickly and erratically; they can run to the wrong place in the brief time it takes you to locate your cellphone on the kitchen counter and answer it.

Understanding the consequences of large truck collisions

Motor vehicle collisions of any kind can be devastating, but those involving large trucks can be especially tragic. These accidents frequently claim lives due to the size of large trucks, and even when victims do not pass away they frequently sustain serious injuries that permanently disrupt their lives. Whether a large truck driver has difficulty slowing down due to the size of their vehicle or they slam into another vehicle at a high rate of speed, these accidents often bring significant consequences in Connecticut and across the U.S. As a result, truck drivers and all other drivers should do what they can to avoid a crash.

Sometimes, large truck wrecks involve drivers recklessly operating a small passenger vehicle, such as someone who does not switch lanes properly. Many other wrecks involve negligent truck drivers, whether a trucker is under the influence, suffering from driver fatigue or distracted by their phone. Regardless of why a large truck accident happens, those involved may face a long road ahead. Injuries not only bring physical pain, but they can also lead to financial hardship because of hospital costs and taking time off of work to recover. Some people are never able to work again and they miss out on many aspects of life they used to enjoy.

What are the child safety seat requirements?

Protecting your children is something you do every day as a parent. It should not be something you slack on when it comes to riding in a vehicle. Studies have shown repeatedly that child safety seats save lives. Anytime you put your child in a car, he or she must be in the correct child safety seat based on his or her age and weight. Connecticut law is very specific about these guidelines, and it is your responsibility as a parent to know and understand them.

There are three types of child safety seats. These include front facing, rear facing and booster seats. According to Safe Kids Connecticut, a rear-facing seat is the first type you will use. Newborns and children up to the age of two who weigh 30 pounds or less should ride in a rear-facing seat. Do note that many seats can be rear or front facing, so make sure that you are positioning the seat correctly in your vehicle based on age and weight.

How can I make my home safe for my elderly parents?

There comes a time in everyone's life when they realize their parents are getting older. This may also be a time when you have to decide where your parents will live if they can no longer live alone. For many people in Connecticut, this means the parents move in with their children. If you are in this situation, you may need to make some changes in your home to make it safer for your parents. Specifically, according to AARP, you want to eliminate any hazards that could lead to falls.

Falls are a top risk for seniors. They often suffer from balance issues, and their bodies do not handle a fall as well as a younger person. You have to be alert and do a good scan of your home to find and fix anything that could lead to a fall. Some of these hazards may not always be easy to recognize.

Dealing with anxiety over your divorce

Ending a marriage can be hard, and this is particularly true for couples who have a significant amount of wealth or a number of kids. Even those who do not have any children and live more modestly may have a great deal of uncertainty and face various challenges as they work through the divorce process. However, there are ways that people can make their divorce easier, such as addressing negative emotions they are experiencing in a healthy manner. For example, if you have anxiety due to an upcoming divorce, or even if you are already in the midst of the process, there are ways you may be able to deal with these emotions.

Anxiety due to divorce is not uncommon, so you can rest assured knowing that you are not alone. First, it is important to look into some of the sources of your concern. For example, are you worried about the outcome of a dispute over child custody? Or, do you have concerns about the financial repercussions of ending your marriage? These are important questions and you may be able to give yourself peace of mind by carefully examining your options, laws that are relevant to your situation and more information on any family law topic that you are dealing with.

5 signs your doctor misdiagnosed your condition

Most medical professionals work diligently to treat patients. Because doctors are human, though, they often make mistakes. If you have not received proper care, you may need to act quickly to protect yourself.

Here are five signs your doctor may have misdiagnosed your medical condition. 

What are Connecticut's dog bite laws?

If a dog attacks you and causes you injury in Connecticut, the law is on your side. You should not have to worry about medical bills or other expenses coming from the incident. Furthermore, the trauma you suffered should not go unrecognized. You deserve damages, and the law assists with that by holding parties responsible and ensuring you have some recourse.

According to the Connecticut General Assembly, the dog owner holds the liability for any attack. You do not have to prove negligence on his or her behalf. In some cases, a landlord of a property where the incident occurred can also be liable. Of course, you are not completely without fault in some instances. If you were trespassing, abusing, teasing or otherwise instigating the dog, then you hold the liability, not the owner. The exception is if you are under the age of seven. In that case, the owner is liable regardless of the situation.

How are jury members chosen?

If you have a criminal accusation against you in Connecticut, you have the right to a jury trial. This right comes from the U.S. Constitution. You may choose between a bench trial, which is where a judge hears your case, or a jury trial, where a group of people from the community hears your case. In the bench trial, the judge makes the determination of guilt while in a jury trial, the jury makes that decision. If you choose a jury trial, the court must find people to sit on the jury.

According to the State of Connecticut Judicial Branch, there are four places the court pulls from to put together a list of jurors for your trial. Anyone who pays state income taxes or receives unemployment make up two of the pools. Any person who registers to vote also joins a jury pool. The last pool comes from a list of people who have a driver's license or state ID.

What are some mistakes in divorce?

Getting a divorce is never an easy process, but you may make things harder on yourself if you make mistakes along the way. While your attorney in Connecticut will be there to assist and guide you, there are some things out of your attorney's control that are left completely up to you. CNBC explains there are certain things you may control that you may do wrong, which could lead to trouble in your divorce.

One of those things is dipping into your retirement funds to pay for your living expenses or divorce-related expenses. You want to leave your retirement alone. Besides costly fees, you need this money down the road to live, so using it now is a bad choice.

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