Phyllis Law - September 2019

What You Can Do to Help Is Your Child Being Bullied?

is a common tactic bullies use to avoid teachers. ● If their grades suddenly change, it may be the result of constant harassment. ● Anxious or depressed moods can be the result of bullying as well. If you spot one or more of these signs, it’s time to talk to your child about what’s happening to them at school. Listen When your child does open up, the best thing you can do is listen. It can be tempting to try to give them advice or question the way they handled the situation, but doing this can give your child the impression that it’s their own fault they are being bullied. Let them tell you the whole story, without judgment, and then help them come up with ideas on what to do next.

As we celebrate Labor Day in September, in appreciation of the American worker, I think it’s appropriate to talk about the importance of protecting your future career options. Criminal convictions can place you in jeopardy of getting the job you want and/or obtaining the licensing you desire. Felonies and “crimes involving moral turpitude” probably have the most negative impact on professional licensure and jobs. Crimes involving moral turpitude include the following: fraud, theft by taking, murder, solicitation, voluntary manslaughter, sale of narcotics or other illegal drugs, failure to file tax returns, use of bad checks, and false reporting of a crime. Crimes that are not classified as “involving moral turpitude” include these: public drunkenness, Protecting Your Career Options HowWeWork to Keep Your Future Bright A new school year is a prime opportunity for kids to make new friends among their classmates. Unfortunately, kids also form connections during the school year that aren’t always positive, and many children become the targets of school bullies. If you suspect your child is being bullied, there are a few things you can do to help. Know the Signs Kids usually don’t open up about being bullied right away. However, there are some common signs that your child is being harassed. Here are a few of them: ● If they’re refusing to go to school or ride the bus, they may be dreading their bully. ● If they’re rushing to the bathroom after school, it may indicate that they’re being bullied in the bathroom, which

Any criminal convictions may keep you from being able to enter the military, and no one on probation is eligible to join. Additionally, any conviction (even those that are not “crimes involving moral turpitude”) can limit your ability to get a job. Obviously, if you and another applicant are equally suited for a job and you are the only one with a criminal record, the job is going to the other candidate. This is precisely why it is so important to hire an attorney if you are ever arrested, even if it seems like a minor offense, like public drunkenness. There are opportunities to keep such arrests off your record through diversion, conditional discharge, first offender, or motion to suppress. These options are not available post-conviction. It is important to hire an attorney immediately upon arrest so all your options can be explored. At, we specialize in keeping records clean. We take it one step further and file motions to seal the record at the courthouse. This ensures that investigators hired to do background checks are not able to access records at the courthouse for cases that cannot be seen on a criminal record. Our firm's mission is to protect bright futures, and a big part of that is protecting your chance to pursue all your career goals. ways you can help your child to deal with bullies, so talk to them about what approach they would be most comfortable with, such as de-escalation strategies or a buddy system with their friends. As with most conflicts, the sooner you handle the situation, the better. Finding the Right Solution Once you’ve been informed that your child is being bullied, you should inform teachers as soon as possible. Apart from that, there are several

driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, carrying a concealed weapon, unlawfully selling liquor, fighting, battery, assault, criminal trespass, child abandonment, obstruction, and marijuana possession. Even though it is not classified as a “crime involving moral turpitude,” driving under the influence of alcohol, while only a misdemeanor, can have a devastating effect on those planning to obtain professional licensure or jobs that require you to drive a company vehicle. It is usually not an absolute bar from professional licensure, but you may have to jump through some additional hoops to obtain licensing, or if you already have a professional license, you could face temporary suspension. The more time that has passed since the arrest seems to make a difference in the outcome, but pilots and commercial drivers with DUI convictions will likely lose their jobs without any opportunity to work again in that field.

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