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Selling counterfeit goods online: How much trouble can it be?

Once upon a time, you had to look in some pretty shady places if you wanted to buy a fake Rolex or some other high-priced item. Even just a few years ago, you might have to figure out how to get on the "Dark Net" if you wanted to buy some high-quality knock-off goods.

Today, you can probably find what you're looking for on Instagram. If you can't find it there, it's probably on eBay or Amazon. The problem of counterfeit goods -- of varying qualities -- has become so bad that many sellers are hawking their fakes right out in the open. Shops specializing in counterfeit goods pop up, dump their knock-offs as quickly as possible and disappear again all the time.

Misdemeanors and felonies: Know the difference

Where criminal charges are concerned, there can be a fine line between a misdemeanor and a felony. If you find yourself facing charges, it's important to understand as much as possible about your situation. That's the best way to evaluate your options moving forward.

What's a misdemeanor?

Get rid of unused prescriptions on April 27

Do you have a lot of unused prescription pills sitting around? More than likely, if you suffer from chronic health issues or have even had the occasional surgery, you have leftover pills of some kind sitting in a box or a bag.

It's time to get rid of them. April 27, 2019, is Medication Take-Back Day in Fort Lauderdale and throughout the nation. The local police department is coordinating the event, and all medications collected will be destroyed in a way that is legal and safe for the environment.

How to prevent your teen from abusing prescription drugs

When you have small children, you likely take precautions to keep medications away from them to prevent poisoning or overdoses. You may have a more relaxed approach when your children become teenagers. But prescription drug abuse among teenagers is the most prevalent problem out of these two.

Adolescents are the most likely group to misuse or abuse drugs. Approximately 20 percent of teens in the U.S. have abused prescription medications. This can result in both medical and legal trouble for you and your teen. So how do you keep your teens safe from prescription drugs? Here are a few tips. 

3 DUI myths to stop believing

It is no secret that drunk driving is a serious problem. Approximately 10,000 lives are lost in the U.S. every year due to drunk driving accidents. Even when impairment does not result in bodily injury or death, it can end with harsh punishment and consequences, such as hundreds or thousands of dollars in fines, imprisonment, impounding your car, driver's license revocation and rising auto insurance rates.

Unfortunately, there are many popular myths about drunk driving that can lead people to make questionable decisions. Do not buy into the harmful misconceptions below. 

Volvo taking proactive steps to end drunk driving

Here's a possible future scenario: You go out to dinner and have a couple of mimosas over the course of the meal. You're sure you're below the legal limit, and you certainly don't feel intoxicated -- so you see no problem with driving yourself home.

Your car, on the other hand, has a different opinion. Shortly after you start the engine, your car's artificial intelligence (AI) system takes over. It guides your car gently into the nearest parking lot and turns off the ignition and you can't turn it back on again until the car decides that you're sober.

4 things a defense attorney can do in drug trafficking cases

Defense attorneys have an important job. Since no two drug crime cases are exactly the same, an experienced defense attorney knows that it's critical to look at every aspect of a drug case in order to craft a solid defense strategy.

Here are some of the things that a defense attorney can do for you if you've been charged with drug trafficking:

How much does a Florida DUI raise your auto insurance rates?

As a resident of Florida facing a driving under the influence charge, you may have serious concerns about the consequences and how a conviction may otherwise impact many aspects of your life. A Florida DUI conviction typically brings with it substantial penalties. While some of these penalties come from the state’s criminal justice system, there are also serious consequences that come from outside of it.

More specifically, while Florida’s first-time DUI offenders may have to pay fines, serve time, perform community service and surrender their licenses, they will also typically face certain hardships relating to crimes that come from outside the justice system. One such hardship you will almost surely face following a DUI conviction, per Insure.com, is a sharp increase in automotive insurance costs.

Could your loved one be addicted to opioids?

Many authorities feel the current opioid addiction crisis that's sweeping the country is a man-made problem. It started a few decades ago when the drug companies assured doctors and patients alike that opioid pain relievers like oxycontin carried a low risk of addiction.

We now know that's not true. Numerous people have become addicted to prescription painkillers as a result of doctors prescribing them too often, for too many reasons and for far too long. According to the 2017 figures from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, some 11.4 million people have misused prescription opioids. Forty percent of opioid-related deaths involve a prescription.

Understanding the law restoring felon voting rights in Florida

Laws change all the time at the local, state and federal level. This may make it hard to keep track of new statutes and stay on the right side of the legal system. 

There are numerous new Florida laws in effect in 2019 that cover a multitude of issues, from felon voting rights to the minimum wage. The new law restoring voting rights to felons is perhaps one of the biggest landmark pieces of legislation in the history of the nation. More than five million citizens voted in favor of this measure, which is more votes than any candidate received.

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