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3 reasons you may want to skip the self-checkout line at Walmart

No one likes to wait in line, especially in Walmart. After wading through the throng of shoppers in narrow aisles, the last thing you want to do is wait in line behind them.

Enter the self-checkout solution. More stores in the Orlando metro-area have installed a section of checkout stations designed to keep customers moving. However, the self-checkout line comes with a price and it may include handcuffs. Consider these three reasons you should avoid scanning your groceries yourself.

Should you refuse to talk to police?

Your rights are important to you, but they are also important to all Americans. That is why most criminal defense attorneys practice law. Their sole professional mission is to protect the rights that preserve your freedom.

Regardless of the charges you might face, whether they involve violent crimes, drug trafficking or embezzlement, police officers and investigators tend to the same interrogation tactics. There is very little variation in the intent, but these inquiries may take many forms: both direct and indirect. Your best hope to deal with all of them is probably to remain silent. Here are some examples.

Signs a loved one is addicted to heroin

Heroin use is becoming more commonplace as the opioid epidemic spreads. According to an exclusive investigation by The Palm Beach Post, Florida ignited the national heroin crisis in 2011. The reporting shows that more and more drug users are turning to heroin. 

It can be scary to see heroin abuse being so widespread. The epidemic may directly affect you or your loved ones. If you have concerns about someone you know using or overdosing on heroin, it is vital to know the warning signs. 

Can a DUI impact medical licenses?

Despite intense campaigns, many people around Florida still choose to drink and drive. One Florida resident, who works for Palm Beach County Fire Rescue, faced arrest after ramming his car into five other vehicles while intoxicated. 

Getting a DUI can impact your professional life, whether you work for Fire Rescue or work as an RN. Many people require a license to do their jobs, and in some cases, you can lose that license after a DUI arrest. Nurses, doctors and other medical professionals may not be able to work in our state after a DUI, so that is one more reason to never get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol. 

Heroin possession charges in Florida's opioid epidemic

Prior to the rampant opioid epidemic in the United States, heroin possession was a charge that people did not often hear about. Nowadays, however, this criminal charge has become far more prevalent due to the increased use of opioids.

As this epidemic continues to rage across the country, the scope of the problem of heroin possession charges is correspondingly increasing. In fact, it is not uncommon to find first-time offenders with no previous criminal record coming into the criminal justice system with heroin possession charges. This can understandably be a bewildering process for those facing charges. If you find yourself in this situation, you should not despair but rather inform yourself about the risks and consequences of heroin possession charges and how you can move forward with a strong defense.

An arrest for drunk driving is no laughing matter

Unfortunately, law enforcement officers must deal with drunk drivers every day and every night in the state of Florida.

Some incidents have their humorous side, such as the following two stories from the summer of 2018. Once drivers sober up, however, they find that a DUI charge is no laughing matter.

When drug charges land you in federal court

If you face allegations of drug crimes such as possession or trafficking, you may wonder whether you will end up in state or federal court and what the difference is between the two.

Florida and federal laws prohibit various types of drug offenses. In fact, a person accused of drug crimes can face both state and federal charges based on the same actions.

Examining rights and the illegal possession of drugs

The federal government is cracking down on the production of prescription opioids to help stop addiction, trafficking and illegal possession. However, if law enforcement arrested you for illegal possession of a drug like Xanax or oxycodone, the immediate questions from a legal point of view concern the circumstances and procedures. For example, did the police violate your rights?

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Why the holidays contribute to substance abuse

While the holiday season brings some joyful moments, it can also be difficult. If someone struggles with a substance abuse problem, the holidays can exacerbate it. Cities across America are seeing a spike in drug overdoses due to the stress of the holiday season. 

The holidays are not the most wonderful time of the year for everyone. Here is some insight into why the holidays can cause an increase in drug or alcohol abuse.

How to help someone who suffers from an addiction to heroin

If someone you know is struggling with a heroin addiction, you may have no idea what to do. You may feel a combination of sadness, disappointment and helplessness. It can be difficult to know how to help a heroin addict, even if it is a close friend or family member. 

Heroin is a powerfully addictive substance that can have severe health and legal consequences for your loved one. Here are some tips on how to assist someone you care about through this battle. 

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