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Nashville, Tennessee, and Crime

»Posted by on Feb 12, 2020 in Criminal Defense | 0 comments

Although you might not think it, Nashville, Tennessee, is one of the most crime-ridden cities in the United States. The general crime rate is 80% higher than the national average, and the city is no stranger to violent crime, either. The national average for violent crime in 2017 was 382.9 crimes per 100,000 people. In the same year, Nashville’s violent crime rate was 624.9 per 100,000 people, according to US News and World Report.

So, what does this mean? Is Nashville a bad place to live? I guess that is up for individual interpretation, but many people live and work happily in Tennessee’s capital city, despite the high crime rate.

Naturally, a high crime rate means that there are a lot of people in Nashville who are convicted of crimes every year. A lot of these people are guilty, but some may not be. Additionally, getting mixed up on “the wrong side” of the law is easy in a place where there is so much opportunity for it. Anyone can sit and judge someone else for their actions, but it’s a lot more beneficial to try to understand what really happened and the motivation behind it.

Criminal Defense Lawyers

Hate them or not, criminal defense lawyers are a necessary component of the justice system. People who are being charged with a crime are entitled to a fair trial, and a fair trial requires the services of a qualified and experienced lawyer. Everyone accused of committing a crime deserves legal representation. If the accused cannot hire a lawyer, they have the right to a public defender. Criminal defense lawyers handle all sorts of cases, but like any other lawyer, the exact types of cases they’re willing to take on depend on the firm. For example, the types of cases Horst Law in Nashville is prepared to deal with include:

  • Sex Offenses
    • Sexual Battery
    • Indecent Exposure
    • Spousal Rape
  • Domestic Violence
    • Domestic Assault
    • Aggravated Domestic Assault
    • Child Abuse
  • White Collar Crimes
    • Embezzlement
    • Securities Fraud
  • State and Federal Drug Crimes
    • Possession
    • Sale of a Controlled Substance
    • Drug Conspiracy

Many people facing criminal charges, especially if it’s their first time, are nervous and unsure. While you may take a look at that list and think the court should lock them up and throw away the key, but it’s important to remember that everyone is innocent until proven guilty. The ultimate goal of a trial is to find out the truth and then administer the correct punishment for the crime.

It’s also helpful to remember that in some cases, such as drug possession cases, the punishment mandated by law can be extremely harsh. Every case is different, which means that it’s not always fair to give everyone the same sentence. A criminal defense attorney’s job is to help their client, who may be facing unnecessarily harsh sentencing, get off a little easier.

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How to Survive Picture Day

»Posted by on Sep 1, 2019 in Photography Tips | 0 comments

Picture day is one of the most important days in anyone’s life. Whether you’re posing for your yearbook photo or getting your license, it’s important to put your best foot forward. The wrong photo can have major consequences on your social standing.

Of course, this doesn’t mean you should immediately freak out- after all, it is only just a photo. A picture is worth a thousand words, so you always make sure yours tells an accurate story. Although you can’t do much after the photo is taken, there are a few steps to make sure you’re looking picture-perfect.

Make sure your hair is tamed

Nothing ruins a photo quite like unruly hair. Ways you can keep your hair in check:

  • Simply running a brush or comb through your hair can do wonders, especially if it’s the end of a long day.
  • Bobby pins and hair bands are great for taming flyaways.
  • A small detangler and a wide-tooth comb.

These tools can make all the difference for someone with kinky curls!

Keep your teeth looking great

You’ve already got a beautiful smile- don’t be afraid to show it off! Make sure you don’t have any food stuck in there if you have braces you know how hard this can be. Go to the restroom prior to the photo and don’t be afraid to bust out the floss.

No matter how your teeth look, what really matters is their health. Proper dental hygiene can make or break how someone’s teeth look. However, if you feel like you could use brighter teeth or want to hide a gap, whitening treatments, and dental bonding offered by places like Babylon Dental Care can take your smile to the next level.

If you’re someone who’s inclined to wear lip color, make sure your lips are smooth and moisturized beforehand so you don’t end up with flaking color. A sugar scrub, a toothbrush, and your trust lip balm are going to be essential in keeping your lips in tip-top shape.

Check your makeup before

There’s nothing more embarrassing than getting a photo and seeing wonky makeup. Be sure to pick a foundation that matches your skin and apply it evenly to your face to avoid splotches. Also, blend down from your neck! It will be pretty easy to tell where your makeup starts and ends if you stop applying at the jawline.

If you’re going to touch up any eye makeup, be sure to carry a small tube of concealer with you. Loose eyeshadow and mascara can flake off and end up on the tops of your cheeks. A dab of concealer should be all you need to hide any smudges.


Getting your picture taken can be nerve-wracking, especially if it’s a photo that people will see on a regular basis. It’s going to be tempting to freeze up into a grimace or a neutral expression- don’t do it!

You also might have the urge to wear a smile that’s not “your own.” An unnatural smile will be obvious and awkward. There’s a reason you smile the way that you do- own it and embrace your smile!

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The Solution to Lonely Dogs

»Posted by on Apr 5, 2019 in Dog Walkers | 0 comments

One of my closest friends recently started a job in public accounting, and they are very stressed about their ability to take care of their dog while they work. He is single and will be living alone, and he has a high energy dog that requires a lot of exercise and mental engagement. His new job will make him work up to 80 hours a week, so he is sure that he can’t take care of the dog by himself. In order to relieve some of his stress as he finds an apartment to live in, I offered to do some research about how people take care of their pets when they have demanding work schedules. While I was doing this research, I came across the website for Walk!ATX, which is a business that offers personalized pet services. Walk! Atx offer a wide variety of services to help dog owners give their dogs the best care when they can’t do it themselves.

There is a wide range of services available for dog owners to choose from, but the most popular is dog walking. This company has a team of experienced dog walkers that will come to your home and give your dog anything from a short bathroom break to a four-hour hike on a trail. They cater to your dog’s energy, breed, size and age to make sure your dog has a happy and tiring walking experience. They also offer group walks with discounts for additional dogs that might be in your pack. Walk! Atx will even walk your dogs before and after work hours, on weekends, and even on Christmas Day, for an extra fee.

In addition to walking, Walk! Atx provides a number of other services that can help out a stressed dog owner that is running short on time. They can pet sit for you, which means they will go to your house and let your dog out and feed or water them, but this also includes watering your plants and taking the trash out. The company also offers boarding services where your dog can stay at their facility with other dogs and go on long group walks, get bathed, and do tricks for treats. Additionally, they offer dog training courses that focus on obedience and communication with your dog, and you and your dog will learn five basic commands, including come, heal, sit, stay, and down. Finally, they offer pet taxi services, so if you are sending your dog to be boarded or even to the vet, someone will come to your house and give your dog a lift, just like a ride-sharing program but with more supervision.

Reading all of the services available on the website for Walk! Atx showed me all of the different ways that dog owners can care for their dogs when they do not have enough free time to devote as much energy toward their pets as they would have liked. I am sure that all of this information will put my friend at ease and make his transition toward his new job in accounting much less stressful.

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You Don’t Have to Resign Yourself to a Lazy, Out of Shape Dog

»Posted by on Oct 14, 2018 in Pet Care | 0 comments

We all love dogs. They make great companions. Unfortunately, while you might be able to give all the love your dog needs, you may not be able to find the time to give your dog the exercise they need. This is a common problem for business-involved individuals and families. The dog gets pets and cuddles in the morning and evening, but no one is available for anything but a quick trip outside.

Not giving dogs the full amount of exercise they require can cause serious issues. The dog could become anxious and misbehave, leading to property damage. They can also become overweight and unhealthy because they aren’t able to get out and walk off their calories.

Watching a dog become anxious or gain weight because we don’t have time to meet their needs can be heartbreaking. It can make it feel like there’s only one option: either choose your schedule or your dog.

Thankfully, you don’t have to choose between working and having a dog (as if you could ever make that choice anyway). There are plenty of ways you can get that extra long walk in with your pet.

You can consider a reasonable schedule reorganization, for example. Get up earlier and do your workout with your dog. You can do some fast walking or jogging with your dog, thus helping both of you stay fit.

You might also consider sharing the responsibility with a neighbor. You could switch off evenings with your neighbor taking your dog and their dog for a long walk one night and then you taking them the next.

While those options sound great, there are plenty of people who can’t make those compromises work. There’s no need to feel hopeless, though. There are now businesses that are designed to help people just like you.

These businesses are designed to help you take care of your pets in a natural way that doesn’t require your pets going anywhere they aren’t comfortable. Your pet can stay at home and someone will come attend to them.

In Austin, there are services like Walk ATX which offer pet walking for any amount of time, and all for a very reasonable rate. Your city is sure to have their own services as well. Shop around and find the best option from the company with the best reviews.

With the help of one of these services, you can make sure your dog is staying healthy and feeling good, even when you lack the time to take care of them fully in this way. Your dog can start being outside for the full afternoon, enjoying the sun and getting all that extra energy out, so that by the time you get home, they’re tired and ready for those cuddles you both need.

Whatever option you choose, there are ways you can take care of the exercise needs for your pets. With a little creativity or a little research, you can make sure everyone in the house is as healthy and happy as they need to be.

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Long-Term Care and End-of-Life Planning

»Posted by on May 10, 2017 in Elder Law | 0 comments

Long-Term Care and End-of-Life Planning

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common root of dementia in older people. It is an irremediable, progressive brain disease that slowly destroys an individual’s memory, thinking capabilities, capability to perform even the simplest daily activities. Once this disease leads to the most severe stage of dementia, it will render a person totally dependent on others even on the most basic tasks.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that scientists are still in the dark with regard to the real cause of Alzheimer’s disease. They can only assume that there is probably not just a single cause, but several factors that may affect each person differently, such as:

  • Age, which is the best known risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease;
  • Family history;
  • Education, diet, and environment;
  • The possibility of increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease due to factors that lead to heart disease and stroke, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and low levels of the vitamin folate.

Based on the 2017 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures from the Alzheimer’s Association, it is estimated that 5.5 million Americans of all ages are suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. About 5.3 million of them are 65 and older, while approximately 200,000 are under age 65 and have younger-onset Alzheimer’s.

Because Alzheimer’s disease causes a person to lose his or her ability to think clearly, medical and legal experts advise those recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s to study and update their financial and health care plans while they still have the ability to make clear and meaningful decisions. These plans usually include the drafting of a living trust, a will and instructions that will ensure the carrying out of their health care and financial wishes during the later stages of the disease.

The legality of documents to be prepared naturally calls for the assistance of a knowledgeable lawyer who is familiar with the laws of the state where the patient resides. Besides making sure that all plans are made in compliance with the state’s laws, the law firm Peck Ritchey, LLC, also says that these plans should cover all elder concerns, including planning for health care decisions and end-of-life issues; long-term care planning; general estate planning and administration; and guardianship.

Being diagnosed with an Alzheimer’s disease is emotionally wrenching, but so will leaving your loved ones with a bleak future. This is why a patient diagnosed with Alzheimer’s will need all the medical and legal assistance that he/she needs to make sure that everything will be in place when the disease casts its full effects and takes his/her life eventually. Though the days ahead may be filled with worry and/or fear, this may somehow be lessened, knowing that the financial future of your loved ones is already taken care of.

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