Law Office of Elliott Kanter APC - July 2018

HOW MUCH SUNSHINE IS TOO MUCH?

KEEP YOUR FAMILY SAFE

SPEND LESS TIME IN THE SUN

To many people, summer is all about heading outside to enjoy the weather. But getting too much sun can be dangerous. To have a fun-filled summer with your family this year, remember that it’s essential to protect yourself from harmful UV rays.

or turns red, it’s a result of the epidermis reacting to damage caused by UV rays. Both are symptoms of harmed skin. While vitamin D is important, the sun does not contribute to its creation as much as you might think. Doris Day, a New York City dermatologist, explains that if your skin were to constantly produce vitamin D from being in the sun, it would reach toxic levels. Vitamin D is the only vitamin that your body can produce on its own, through a common form of cholesterol or 7-dehydrocholesterol. Spending time in the sun does help vitamin D form, but you need far less exposure than you think. Knowing how to protect yourself from UV rays is the first step to having a safe, fun-filled summer!

If you’re planning to spend a significant amount of time in the sun, consider your environment. Will there be plenty of shade? Will you have to bring your own? What’s the best way to step out of the sun for a few minutes? Wearing sunscreen and protective clothing are great ways to shield yourself from UV rays, but it’s important to avoid being in direct sunlight for long periods. Taking a break from the sun gives your body the time it needs to recuperate and helps prevent sunburn and heatstroke.

COVER UP

Covering your skin is one of the best ways to avoid skin damage. Wide-brimmed hats, long- sleeved shirts, and long pants or skirts can protect your skin from direct exposure to UV rays. While this tactic protects you from the sun, it offers poor defense against the heat. So, if you opt for cooler attire, it’s important to cover all exposed skin with a copious amount of sunscreen. Be sure to reapply every two hours for maximum skin protection.

COMMON MYTHS ABOUT SUN EXPOSURE

Many people think that a tan is better than a sunburn, but the result of tanning is still sun damage. When your skin tone changes due to the sun, regardless of whether it tans

PROPOSITIONS 47 AND 64 WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

On Nov. 4, 2014, California voters sent a clear message: Nonviolent drug offenders are not felons. The passage of the landmark Proposition 47 reduced the sentencing for possession of controlled substances from a felony to a misdemeanor. Two years later, Proposition 64 took things a step further, decriminalizing the possession of marijuana entirely. So what do these measures mean for those already serving or who have served time for former felonies? ARE SENTENCES AUTOMATICALLY REDUCED? Sentences can be reduced in certain situations. Here in San Diego County, the district attorney’s office took proactive steps to get ahead of the curve by reducing sentences and cleaning records of hundreds of people charged with drug possession. The individuals automatically selected were deemed “high priority” by the public defender’s office. However, the office estimates hundreds of thousands of cases are eligible for adjustment. HOW DO I GET MY CASE HEARD? If you are serving or have already served a federal sentence for possession of controlled substances or marijuana, you’ll need to do

some paperwork. Currently, those looking to adjust their sentence need to make a formal motion to do so. An expert San Diego criminal defense attorney can help you with this process, whether you are filing a motion for a reduced sentence or looking to get a marijuana possession charge expunged entirely. ARE ALL DRUG SENTENCES AFFECTED? No. These propositions only affected nonviolent possession charges. Felonies related to the sale of controlled substances are unaffected by these propositions. Furthermore, those found guilty of violent or sex- related crimes are not eligible for reduction or dismissal. WHAT IF I’M FACING A DRUG CHARGE RIGHT NOW? If you’ve been charged with a drug-related offense, the circumstances of your case can be the difference between a misdemeanor and a felony charge. There’s a lot of ambiguity between “possession” and “intent to sell.” An expert criminal defense attorney like Elliott Kanter can help you find the best avenue of defense against these serious charges.

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