Dealing with a criminal charge can be extremely stressful. Much of the stress comes from the unfamiliarity of the legal system and the possibility of facing serious consequences such as jail time. When a person uses healthy techniques to deal with this stress, they think clearer and have better control over their emotions which makes the process of going through a legal situation easier.
When stress is mismanaged it can effect a person emotionally and sometimes physically. Generally this leads to poor decision making, decreased productivity, and lack of joy in life. Poor management of stress can even make a legal situation even worse; such as acquiring an additional criminal charge.
Some unhealthy ways of coping with stress include;
Drinking too much Alcohol
Using Drugs or Pills to Relax
Avoiding Friends or Family
Withdrawing from Activities
Sleeping all Day
Taking your Stress out on Others
Learning to deal with stress in a healthy manner can make a person feel more in control of their life. They have more control over their thoughts, emotions, and lifestyle.
Some healthy ways to deal with stress include;
Exercise, Yoga, Stretching, Dancing, Team Activities
Connecting with People, Talking to a Trusted Individual
Taking Good Care of Yourself, Eating Healthy, Adequate Sleep
Simply Give Your Mind a Break from the Stressor
Manage Your Time Well, Don’t Over Commit
Take Time to Relax
Engage in Activities You Enjoy such as; listening to music, reading, writing, walking, going out for dinner etc.
Avoid Excessive Caffeine, Sugar, Alcohol and Drugs
The legal process can be extremely stressful, however when the stress is managed, dealing with a criminal charge will be easier. When stress is handled in a healthy manner individuals are more resilient and can stand up to tough challenges. They are able to think clearer, make better decisions, and move forward with their lives.
Remember that people are all individuals and stress management is not a one-size-fits-all. That’s why it’s important for an individual to experiment with healthy stress management techniques and find out what works best for them!
Today was a good day for celebrity rapper 50 Cent, real name Curtis James Jackson III. Today in court, 50 Cent took a deal offered by the Los Angeles Prosecutors Office to plead guilty to only one of the five criminal charges that were filed against him for a domestic dispute back in June 2013. By doing so, 50 Cent avoided time in the slammer and the other four criminal charges were dismissed which included the misdemeanor domestic violence charge.
So what happened back in June? Allegedly, the 38 year-old rapper, actor, and entrepeneur, lost control of his emotions while at his baby’s mama’s LA condo. Daphie Joy, mother to 50 Cent’s second son, called LA police claiming 50 Cent kicked down a door, physically kick her, and caused damage by smashing and throwing items all over her house including chandeliers, a TV, a lamp, personal belongings, and then went crazy in her closet throwing things around. His temper tantrum that day caused an estimated amount of $7100.00 worth of damage.
Fifty Cent was arrested and charged with four counts of misdemeanor vandalism and one count of misdemeanor domestic violence. He plead not guilt to all charges during his first court appearance but the judge still imposed a no contact order against 50 Cent stating he must stay at least 100 yards away from Daphie Joy at all times. The judge also ordered Fifty to turn in all of his guns to authorities.
As of today, the “Get Rich or Die Tryin” rapper plead guilty to only one misdemeanor vandalism charge and was sentenced to three years of probation, 30 hours of community service, required counseling sessions, and repayment of $7100.00 to his baby’s mama Daphie Joy.
Remember “Teen Mom” reality star, Farrah Abraham denying she was DUI (driving under the influence) back in March when she was out partying with her sisters for St. Patty’s Day. And just days after the DUI arrest, Farrah released statements in her defense that she was sick and not drunk, “Because I’m sick, I could not give an accurate breathalyzer test.”
Apparently, Farrah’s DUI defense attorney did not want to use “Because I’m sick..” as the primary defense theory of the case. Instead, her criminal lawyer is having her plead guilty to the DUI charge on June 20th.
If the judge agrees with the recommendations made by her defense attorney and the prosecutors, Farrah will avoid jail time completely. Farrah will be placed on probation, have her driving privileges revoked, and pay $5oo.00 in fines. Another benefit with pleading guilty to the DUI charge, Farrah’s additional criminal charge of disorderly conduct will be dismissed.