The Importance of Experience in a Criminal Defense Attorney

Feb 28, 2020 by

If you’ve been charged with a crime, you’ve probably heard how important it is that you hire a criminal defense attorney. This advice could not be any truer. Hiring a criminal defense attorney is your best chance at having the cases brought against you dropped or significantly reduced. 

What many people do not talk about, however, is how important it is to hire a criminal defense attorney with years of experience under their belt. The more experienced an attorney is, the more likely you are to see the results that you are looking for. Read about why having an experienced criminal defense attorney is so important down below.

Relationship with Prosecutors. Despite popular belief, most criminal trials do not end up making their way to trial. Rather, most criminal cases are dealt with through the bargaining process between prosecutors and defense attorneys. The more experience your criminal defense attorney has, the more likely they have cultivated a respectful working relationship with the prosecutors at the district attorney’s office. This working relationship will allow them to more easily strike a deal that helps you avoid stiff penalties.

Explanatory Ability. Criminal cases are a big deal — if you are convicted, you could be sent to jail for years and be forced to pay thousands of dollars in fines. With a criminal record, you could find it difficult to find housing and employment after your release. In short, your reputation could be completely tarnished.

Because the case can have such an impact on your future, it is important that you are kept up to date at each stage of your case. You never want to be left in the dark about what is happening. After all, if you’re paying someone, you deserve frequent communication about what is going on. An experienced criminal defense attorney understands this, and he or she will have the skills needed to explain what is going on in your case in an easy to understand manner because they have likely explained the same exact things for years during their career. You’ll never be confused about what is going on and will always know what is happening next. 

They’ve Seen it All. Experienced criminal defense attorneys have seen it all. They’ve represented clients who have committed some of the worst crimes imaginable, and you telling them about the details of a petty shoplifting crime isn’t going to phase them. Therefore, you may feel more comfortable divulging the information pertaining to your crime to an experienced attorney rather than a lawyer straight out of law school. 

And because experienced attorneys have seen it all, they know what defenses work and don’t work in court. While they will be sure to treat each and every case they take as unique, they have a working knowledge of how juries in your area operate and how to argue the case if it ever makes it to court.

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The Chaotic and Cool Electric Scooters

Apr 26, 2019 by

If you live in a city or near a college campus, you’ve seen them. They appear suddenly. They are energized at night. They wreak havoc. They cause chaos. They are connected to many, many injuries. Some deaths.

That’s right, I’m talking about electric scooters. The biggest electric scooter brands are Bird and Lime. But other brands, like Uber’s Jump or Spin, are also jumping into the fold. These scooters, most popular with millennials and urbanites, are just other services in a new economy prioritizing convenience and express delivery.

People can make money — mostly as a side gig but for some, as a full-time job — charging the electric scooters at night and returning them to populous areas before sunrise. This has established a system of self-sustainability wherein “chargers” refuel the electric batteries while contracted, amateur mechanics repair scooters with functional issues.

Unfortunately, these mechanics operate with no professional credentials or certification. In some cases, the people who are charged with repairing or fixing electric scooters have absolutely no experience solving mechanical issues. The issue, of course, is that human error will cause a scooter to malfunction and potentially endanger the rider and nearby pedestrians. These errors will only become more common with the increasing explosion of electric scooter brands.

However, the role of mechanics is just one of the many safety issues that these new devices represent. With very little oversight, these companies flood the markets and cities literally overnight. City councils and municipal boards have had to issue bans not because the devices are without merit, but because they need time to adjust parking ordinances as well as learn enforcement mechanisms for scooters driving on sidewalks, for example.

Another danger is car-scooter collisions. The dangerous phenomenon is especially prevalent in urban communities, swamped with electric scooters, with little to no bicycle infrastructure. A lack of bike lanes, narrow lanes, or confusing road configurations can and will lead to more car-scooter accidents wherein a negligent scooter rider or an inattentive driver will collide.

Many scooter accident injuries are particularly dangerous because of the inherent vulnerability of so many riders; helmets are not required nor are individual state laws necessitating them always enforced. In most collisions, a rider is thrown from their scooter. Being thrown to the ground at a high speed is obviously dangerous and even sometimes, fatal.

Other injuries include spinal cord injuries, bruised or broken bones, lacerations, cuts, sprained ankles, and broken wrists.

I did some research on liability for scooter accidents. The website for The Law Offices of Jeffrey R. Caffee argues that in most cases, scooter accident victims are pressured to assume responsibility in the accident, even if the facts of the case demonstrate that the car or truck drivers are to blame. They advise you to talk with a lawyer before you accept an offer for a settlement or compensation from an insurance company. Apparently, insurance companies have a history of short-changing — or trying to pay you as little as they can get away with — instead of focusing on paying you the money you deserve and need to recover from your accident.

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Green Cards Are Going to Get Harder to Get

Nov 9, 2018 by

The law hasn’t particularly changed, but the atmosphere around the law definitely has when it comes to green cards. Immigration has become a priority issue in recent years in America, and that means those who have green cards or intend to get green cards need to get legal assistance more than ever before.

Green cards make it possible for workers to come over and take important jobs. They also allow families to stay together. However, the process is by no means a simple one, and the current atmosphere around the process suggests that it may soon get even harder.

What does this mean for those who have a green card or who want to get one?

It means getting more legal help with the process. Green cards are already complicated. They cover a huge number of situations, and each situation has its own process. This process is long and involves a great deal of paperwork, as well as interviews and other expectations. Small mistakes can be very costly. In fact, they can be so costly that they cost you a green card altogether.

So, your best option is to go first and foremost to a green card attorney that can help you navigate the whole process from the first page of your first application all the way to citizenship. As green card lawyer William Jang points out, the green card process can involve significant delays in which no information is provided to the applicant. It can also involve appearances in court.

As this process draws more and more attention, it is likely that requirements will be ever more strictly enforced, leading to a greater likelihood that even the slightest misstep is severely punished. You don’t want to risk your career or the residency of a loved one. The only way to make sure you get everything right is by bringing your case to an experienced green card lawyer.

There’s also a further reason to work with a green card lawyer in the current political environment. A green card lawyer can ensure that your rights are respected once you’ve been granted a green card. As a resident of the U.S., you are entitled to the same legal protections as citizens, and if those rights are ever infringed, you’ll need to be able to defend your legal status against very serious legal opposition.

The immigration process in the United States has come to the forefront of the American political world, with very passionate opinions on all sides. Until the system has been conclusively changed or left as it is, it’s hard to know exactly how the green card process will go forward for you, your family, or your employees. It’s likely that getting a green card is going to continue to get harder, at least in the short-term. That means you’re best served by getting a green card lawyer to make sure you successfully navigate the process, no matter how strict it gets.

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No state competes with Kentucky

Oct 20, 2017 by

Kentucky is a great place to live. The bluegrass state takes a lot of flack, some of it fair, a lot of it overblown. Mostly, when you hear about Kentucky, you hear about basketball or a redneck joke.

There are plenty of rednecks in this area, but not all of those necks are red because of farm labor. Some of us have red necks because we spend our time riding the road.

Name for me a more beautiful piece of land to bike in this country of ours than Kentucky? You can’t. You might name some that compete, some that should be mentioned in the same sentence, but I won’t hear it if you think any place actually beats Kentucky.

We’ve got it all when it comes to views and vistas. We’ve got hills and mountains, we’ve got caves. We’ve got rivers and river valleys. We’ve got beautiful pastures. We’ve got cities. We’ve got open land. We’ve got bluegrass. Who else has that? No one. Kentucky’s got the copyright.

I bring this up because I recently got into a discussion with some bikers from Texas. Now that’s a state to make a biker weep: big and flat and boring all across. But they say different. Of course they do, if you’ve ever met anyone from Texas, they are positive to a ridiculous degree that everything is better in Texas.

But I’ve ridden their roads, and I can say it doesn’t match up to Kentucky. Texas is fine for what it is. It’s hot. It’s got cowboys. It’s got a few nice cities and a lot of space in between them to ride, but it doesn’t have the beauty of Kentucky. Kentucky’s in a class of its own. There’s just something about the environment.

Now, if these folks had been from Tennessee or West Virginia, I might be willing to concede a little more. Those states have a lot to brag about as well in terms of natural beauty, but Texas? Come on, it’s not even a competition.

I’m not saying we don’t have our faults here. We could use a few more of those Texas straight roads and some of that Texas space to really open up and ride like the wind. And we have our share of accidents and our share of problems like every state.

But none of that takes away from Kentucky’s unbeatable looks. She’s a ten. She’s perfect. And no other girl at the dance is even close.

I’ve got myself so worked up talking about her, and I think I’ve got to get out and take her in now. The leaves have changed, it’s early morning. I reckon I could get from Louisville to Bowling Green by lunch, and what a ride that’ll be.

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Benefits of Hiring a Long-term Disability Benefits Lawyer

Jul 20, 2017 by

No one plans on becoming disabled, yet many are forced to claim disability benefits at some point in their career. According to the Council for Disability Awareness, about one in four of today’s 20-year-olds have a chance of becoming disabled at some point before retirement. The average absence lasts 34.6 -36 months, which is long enough to deal a severe financial blow to those who are unable to work. In theory, long-term disability insurance confronts this problem by proving steady income payments to disabled individuals for a period of time. While payments typically comprise only 50-60% of the individual’s former salary, they often help with bill payments and medical expenses .

Unfortunately, long-term disability insurers are often reluctant to grant benefits to injured parties given the expense that it represents for their business. On occasion, insurers will deny appeals for invalid reasons, relying on the filer’s lack of legal literacy to avoid their claim. Thus, those who are denied long-term disability benefits by their insurer are advised to consult with a disability claim appeal lawyer, who can help them determine the validity of the insurer’s denial.

Reasons to hire a long-term disability lawyer

As the disability claim appeal lawyers with Fields Disability point out, it’s beneficial to hire a professional for the following reasons:

  • Lawyers understand the deadlines involved with the appeals process
  • Lawyers have experience with insurance company regulations and can craft a legal argument based on this experience
  • Lawyers are familiar with the potential interaction between long-term disability benefits, workers’ compensation benefits, and Social Security benefits
  • Lawyers can act as a buffer between you and the insurance company, allowing you to keep your personal life separate from your legal case

 

Overall, long-term disability lawyers can help alleviate your concerns by using their expertise to navigate the legal process and craft an excellent claim dispute.

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