The aftermath of an accident, whether on the road, at the workplace, or in a public or private area, is typically one of the most difficult times in the life of an individual or a family. We understand that many people find it difficult to pay for legal services, especially in the aftermath of a serious injury or wrongful death. That’s why we work on a contingency fee basis in personal injury cases. This means that we don’t get paid until our clients receive money through a settlement or a court’s award. We are here to be your representative with insurance companies and others with deep pockets to ensure that you receive the fair compensation you deserve regardless of financial status.
Representatives of insurance companies want to give victims the bare minimum in compensation; it’s their job. However, a good auto accident attorney knows the ins and outs of insurers representing negligent parties trying to minimize their financial exposure. We know what’s realistic to expect and we fight to obtain the best possible compensation for our clients with consistently outstanding outcomes. If you are looking for a truck accident lawyer in Baton Rouge, then you or a family member have most likely been badly harmed or killed. Large commercial truck accidents in particular almost always cause significant damage to both property and people.
The Russell Law Firm is dedicated to making sure that individuals, families, and survivors are well represented and obtain the compensation that is truly commensurate with the situation. ] or survivors may be able to obtain a significantly higher compensation than in other types of accidents. Losing a loved one is not only emotionally overwhelming but financially as well. While nothing can reverse a personal loss, a good attorney can help survivors achieve a level of financial security through civil litigation. Under Louisiana Law, a charge of DWI (driving while intoxicated) is issued when the driver of a vehicle is found to be operating under the influence of alcohol and/or other substances. Penalties for accused drivers have become increasingly severe over the years and the results can ruin an individual’s reputation and livelihood.
Strong legal representation for defendants can mitigate the personal harm and make the difference between a relatively light sentence and an extremely severe one. When facts warrant, penalties may be avoided entirely. In some cases, the Russel Law Firm can work to expunge a charge from a client’s record so that they can resume a normal life and career. Our highly-trained Baton Rouge attorneys can also work to either defeat or reduce the associated punishments with allegations such as a DWI while driving on a commercial driver’s license, DWI with a child in the vehicle, or vehicular homicide. In providing the best representation available, we may be able to significantly lessen the severity of the consequences. Divorce, child custody and visitation, spousal support, and community property partitions are serious matters that can make an enormous difference in the emotional and financial well-being of individuals and families. Going through a divorce is never pleasant, but our firm will do its best to make sure that you and/or your family will emerge from the experience as whole as possible.
If it is your first conviction, for a period of up to 6 months. If it is your second or subsequent, it must be for a period of 1 year. Before entering a plea to a petty theft charge, know whether or not the adjudication is going to be withheld. If it is not, that means you are going to adjudged guilty (or convicted), which will require your driver’s license to be suspended. 300 as settlement for their civil demand. It’s not necessarily a bad thing to pay this off - because you can later show it to the prosecutor, which may help in the criminal case. But companies are allowed to do this.
It’s totally legal. I have heard of instances where the company or the law firm demanding the money will reduce it if you ask. So that might be worth a shot. A fine, an impulse control course and court costs - maybe a little probation. Warning: be careful not to take a straight up fine offer if it includes an adjudication of guilt (in other words, being "convicted" of the crime). Being convicted of petit theft means you can never have it sealed or expunged off your record and will require your driver’s license be suspended. Collateral Consequences: Stigma of being arrested for a crime of dishonesty, Mandatory Driver’s License Suspension if convicted (6 months for first conviction, 1 year for second or subsequent conviction). Civil demand letter asking for a settlement payment to a civil law firm. Can I get pretrial diversion: Yes, with victim approval. No if you stole from your employer. Actual outcomes vary from case to case and this most likely outcome estimate should not be relied upon as definite. Most likely outcome: Same as above - maybe a little higher of a fine. Collateral Consequences: Same as above. Can I get pretrial diversion: Same as above. Defenses: Same as above. Related Offenses: Same as above. Don’t just hire a lawyer, hire a fighter to help you with your case.
The Stellute Law Firm has successfully recovered millions of dollars for its clients in a wide variety of personal injury cases for over 50 years. We realize that your life has been disrupted by an accident that is no fault of your own. Our clients come to us during difficult times, oftentimes complicated by an inability to work due to their injury and the inconvenience of multiple doctors' appointments. We recognize the frustration that our clients have during these times. The Stellute Law Firm and its staff will guide you through this process. We protect your best interests by preventing an insurance company taking advantage of you. Our priority is to give you close, personal attention and to walk you through every step of this process. We dedicate countless hours to prepare for trial or to reach a fair out of court settlement, to receive maximum compensation for you. Call Us Today and find out firsthand why The Stellute Law Firm is "The One to Know". We are proud that our Safety App is featured in the American Bar Association. Read the article and then let us know what you think.
If you have been charged with a sex-related crime in the Commonwealth of Virginia, then you are going to need a Virginia sex crimes lawyer on your side during the upcoming legal proceedings. A sex crimes attorney in Virginia will be there to help you mount an effective defense and move past your charges as quickly and efficiently as possible. A competent, compassionate criminal defense attorney understands the stressful situation you are in, and can help alleviate your stress by guiding you confidently through every aspect of the legal process. The law can be complex and difficult to understand. In the state of Virginia, sex-related crimes are no different. A Virginia sex crimes lawyer can explain your charges to you in full detail, but the following is a basic framework for understanding sex-related charges. Actual physical contact is often, but not always, necessary, and most sexual offenses are punishable by mandatory registration on the public Sex Offender Registry.
NASHVILLE, TN (JUNE 02, 2017) — A Nashville law firm has filed several lawsuits in Tennessee alleging fraud, breach of contract, and violations of the Tennessee Timeshare Act against Wyndham Vacation Ownership, Inc., the world’s largest timeshare company. Attorneys Aubrey Givens and Kristin Fecteau have seven lawsuits pending in State and Federal Court in Tennessee, alleging widespread abuse and consumer fraud by Wyndham and its subsidiaries. According to Complaints filed with the court the plaintiffs allege they are victims of fraud, deceptive trade practices, and were not advised of their right to rescind the deal until it went into effect. The allegations say that Wyndham sales people intentionally deceived, misled, and financially injured people who were buying Wyndham timeshares, especially targeting the elderly.
60,000. However, there is no such qualification if someone is 55 or older or is fully retired. The lawsuits filed with the court also claim that Wyndham does not disclose that timeshare points are an illiquid asset with no aftermarket, making it difficult if not impossible for people to resell their Wyndham timeshares. Additionally, the court documents allege that Wyndham sales agents are intentionally verbally telling people things that are untrue, only to have them sign voluminous, fine-print documents that directly contradict the representations made to them during the sales presentation. The four lawsuits pending in Federal Court can be viewed by logging onto PACER, which is the Federal Court online access system. The Federal cases are: Devine v. Wyndham Worldwide Operations, Inc., et. Hogle v. Wyndham Worldwide Operations, Inc., et. Coggins, et. al v. Wyndham Worldwide Operations, Inc., et. Sanford v. Wyndham Worldwide Operations, Inc., et.
In a Daytona Beach DUI case you have important rights. Rights can be waived so you must exercise your rights to defend against a DUI charge. Daytona Beach DUI attorney Kevin J. Pitts understands your rights and will make sure that your rights are defended. One of the most important elements in a DUI case is the initial traffic stop. If the stop is suppressed the evidence obtained from the stop would be suppressed and could not be used as evidence in a DUI case. If the state has no evidence to use against you then they would be unable to prove your case.
Although the facts of each case are unique if a stop motion is effectively drafted and argued the scales of justice can be tipped in your favor. Many stops that appear to be reasonable actually end up being illegal when the case law and statutes are closely reviewed by an experienced Daytona Beach DUI lawyer. Here's a few examples of Daytona Beach DUI stops that look like they are valid but can potentially be suppressed ; Failure to maintain a single lane. If you were outside the lane then you failed to maintain a single lane but upon review of the statute the failure to maintain a lane must affect traffic. Failure to use a turn signal or blinker. Traffic also must be effected for this statute.
Driving on the shoulder or fog line. An examination of section 3B.06 of the Federal Manual plainly provides that a solid white edge line is not intended to prohibit vehicular action, but is meant to serve as an instructive guide or warning to drivers. One cannot violate a statute, unless one engages in conduct which is prohibited by it. 18 Fla. L. Weekly Supp. 76a. Failure to stop at a stop bar when at a steady red light. Vehicular traffic facing a steady red signal shall stop before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection or, if none, then before entering the intersection and shall remain standing until a green indication is shown.Fla. L. Weekly Supp. 1168a. This is some of the examples of Florida DUI stops that a Daytona Beach DUI attorney could argue. Many other stops can be challenged. Attorney Kevin J. Pitts also handles Daytona Beach BUI cases. In recent years there has been a drastic increase in boating under the influence charges in Daytona Beach and the surrounding areas. The cases are more difficult to prosecute than a DUI. Field sobriety exercises do not work as well on uneven boat ramps, gravel parking lots and after spending a day on the water with waves. The prosecutor also cannot say that you agreed to a driver's license suspension if you refuse a breath or urine test.
Based in Northern California Bay Area, the sex crimes defense lawyer at Leon J. Mezzetti, Jr., P.C. 30 years of experience defending individuals against charges of sexual crimes. Before starting his criminal defense practice in 1977, Leon Mezzetti worked as a Deputy District Attorney, so he is familiar with the tactics prosecutors use in sex crimes cases. We know how to investigate your case thoroughly to find holes in the case or evidence that can that can help in defending your case. In addition, Mr. Mezzetti is a skilled negotiator, and can often negotiate a favorable plea bargain in seemingly hopeless cases.
Roger P. Foley is a West Palm Beach Criminal Defense attorney, which practices primarily in Palm Beach, Broward, and Martin Counties. We are available to defend criminal State or Federal Court cases in West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale and anywhere throughout the State of Florida. If you are facing these types of charges, our firm should be considered when selecting your legal team. State criminal cases have various phases: Pre-Arrest, Arrest, First Appearance/ Bond Hearing, Arraignment, Discovery, Plea Discussions, Motion Hearings, Trial, and Appeal. A well-trained West Palm Beach criminal lawyer can help you through each part of the process. Shortly after an arrest is made, and usually within 24 hours, you will have what is referred to as your "first appearance," at which the Judge will set your bond.
Most bail bond amounts are already determined based on the crime charged so it is recommended that you keep calm and quiet and allow bond to be set. Talking about the case is definitely a mistake. This Judge is not interested in your version of the facts in the case, he is simply there to set your bond. Anything you say will be used against you. The Judge does have discretion to raise or lower the amount of your bond, but most charges are set using a scheduled bond amount. In layman’s terms, the Judge has a list of crimes and their corresponding bond amounts.
The Judge looks for the crime you are charged with, reads the amount next to it, and that becomes your bond amount. Keep quiet if you have not yet retained a lawyer. Do not worry if you do not have an attorney at this First Appearance/Bond Hearing. It is preferred but not essential. Once the amount is set, your friends and/or family will be able to bond you out. Keep in mind that not all crimes are guaranteed to receive a bond. Once you are bonded out of jail, it is definitely the time to retain a criminal defense attorney - your arraignment will soon arrive.
Hiring an experienced and aggressive West Palm Beach Criminal attorney prior to your arraignment increases your odds of reducing or eliminating the charges. Ask questions about this process, in person, with Criminal Defense Trial Lawyer, Roger P. Foley, at your free 30-minute initial consultation. Immediately after your arrest and during your free consultation, ask us about pre-trial diversion programs. Each county in Florida has different programs, so a diversion program that is available in Palm Beach County may not be available in Broward County. If you have questions about criminal diversions programs in Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, and Saint Lucie counties, one of our Palm Beach Gardens drug crime lawyers at The Law Offices of Roger P. Foley will help answer them.
The Arraignment is the first court hearing where the formal charges are read to you. 3. Apply for a Pre-Trial Diversion Program. Accepting a time served sentence or plea bargain at the Arraignment is malpractice, in our opinion, and should never be done, unless it is the entering of a pre-trial diversion program that results in dismissal of the charges. Any other plea-bargain, without reviewing the discovery, ignores any and all defenses available in your case. The Discovery Process allows your criminal defense attorney to review all the evidence the State has against you. A skilled and seasoned criminal lawyer will always review the discovery so that the defenses in the case can be prepared. When the State Attorney forwards the Discovery materials to our office, they often forward it with a plea bargain offer.
The offer to plea bargain is an offer to accept a negotiated sentence in your case and forgo any defenses. The principle behind a plea bargain is that you will generally be offered a lighter sentence than you would receive if you were found guilty at trial. Plea-bargaining also speeds up the judicial process. Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, Anthony Kennedy, noted in an opinion in 2012 that 94% of State cases and 98% of Federal cases are plea-bargained. Why are so many cases plea-bargained by Defendants? 1. The Defendants are actually guilty. 2. Defendants are scared of risking incarceration, if they have a probation offer or increased incarceration if being offered a jail or prison sentence, if they lose at trial. 3. Defendants cannot afford the financial burden of trial.
4. The police lie or exaggerate what occurred to enhance the likelihood of conviction and the Defendant does not trust that a judge or jury will believe their version of events over that of law enforcement. 5. Their defense lawyers are lazy, incompetent or uncaring as to the result. Dispositive Motions, such as Motions to Suppress and Motions to Dismiss, are extremely important in the practice of criminal law. A Motion to Suppress is a written request asking the Judge to eliminate evidence in your case based on mistakes made by the police. The common mistakes made by law enforcement relate to the 4th (Search and Seizure) and 14th (Due Process) Amendments of the Constitution.
Without evidence in your case, it makes it difficult for the State to convict you of the crime. A Criminal Trial is a court proceeding wherein the State places all the evidence in your case before a jury, a sworn body of people convened to decide the guilt or innocence of the accused. The jury will listen to all the evidence and make a factual determination and declare a verdict of Guilty or Not Guilty. A trial is often expensive and is usually an all or nothing resolution. It is often been termed "a roll of the dice," as juries often do the unexpected.
However, if you are innocent, no errors in the law were committed, and no diversion programs are available, then it is the only way to win your case. The Law Offices of Roger P. Foley has provided the above information to educate potential clients as to what expect during the criminal process. Not all lawyers operate in the same manner and all potential clients should make their own comparison and determine the best defense lawyer for their case. Remember, if charged criminally, you are allowed to choose your own attorney. Pick a criminal defense attorney that has passion, experience, aggression, knowledge, education and the ability to properly defend your case. Contact our office and meet with R. P. Foley and decide whether he has the traits and abilities you are looking for in a defense lawyer.
If you or someone you care about have been arrested or are being investigated for a Criminal Statute violation, then call our office. When you have been arrested and the prosecution believes a drug crime, or any other crime, has been committed, call our office to speak with an experienced Palm Beach Gardens drug crime lawyer. When your words are being twisted and ignored, call our office. When you need someone that will step in and fight to prove your innocence, call the The Law Offices of Roger P. Foley. The Law Offices of Roger P. Foley, P.A. Drug Crimes, Theft Crimes, DUI, Domestic Violence Crimes, Violent Crimes, Juvenile Crimes, Weapons Crimes, Sex Crimes, Economic Crimes, Internet Crimes, and White Collar Crime. Accept our offer for a free 30-minute consultation with Mr. Foley prior to hiring another criminal defense lawyer. He will evaluate your case and discuss your options with you. His priority is doing what is best for his clients. Legal Disclaimer: This information is not intended to create, and receipt or viewing of this information does not constitute an attorney-client relationship nor is it intended to be legal advice for any individual case or situation. The hiring of a lawyer is an important decision that should not be based solely upon advertisements. You should consult an attorney regarding your individual case.
The link will take you to Ms. Zekman's piece. Judge Hubbard was one of the judges retained in office at the November election just concluded. She was unanimously recommended for retention by the Chicago Bar Association and each of the member groups of the Alliance of Bar Associations for Judicial Screening. The person involved in the altercation with Judge Hubbard, a man by the name of David Nicosia, was charged with aggravated battery and a hate crime as a result of this incident. He was acquitted of these charges this past August after a bench trial before Judge James Obbish. The implication of the Channel 2 report was that Judge Hubbard was not seriously injured in the altercation.
However, the defendant's acquittal in the criminal case is not conclusive on whether Judge Hubbard was in fact injured or whether Mr. Nicosia is legally responsible for those injuries. Judge Hubbard has sued Nicosia for damages. She is represented by Power, Rogers, and Smith LLP in the 2016 Law Division case. Mr. Nicosia is represented by Breen & Pugh, the firm that represented him in the criminal case. This, presumably, is because Mr. Nicosia's insurer has asserted a reservation of rights and agreed to allow Mr. Nicosia to choose his own attorney to avoid a potential conflict of interests. Criminal defense attorney Thomas M. Breen is prominently featured in Zekman's report. Nothing here advances the story in any particular; however, the Channel 2 piece about Judge Hubbard was recently raised in a comment submitted to this blog. So there are apparently rumors circulating; these are the known facts, as best as I can ascertain them.
After being arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs in Kentucky, consider hiring a DUI attorney. If you're convicted of your DUI charge, an attorney may be able to simplify the process and work with the court to reduce your penalties. NOTE: The content of this website is intended solely for informational purposes. It is not a source of legal advice and should not be used as such. Continue reading for information about hiring a DUI attorney in Kentucky. While searching for DUI lawyers in your area, make sure to select the right one to represent you.
Ask for a referral. Someone you know might be able to recommend a good DUI lawyer they've used before. Find a lawyer with experience. Hire someone who has a successful track record in DUI/DWI cases. Stay local. A lawyer who has familiarity with local Kentucky courts and law enforcement may be able to get you a better outcome. Contact multiple DUI attorneys before deciding on one. Consultations are usually free. Meeting more DUI attorneys will help your chances of finding a strong candidate. Inquire about your attorney's fees. Know exactly how much you must pay your DUI attorney, and when your payment is due.
In Kentucky, the charges you face for a DUI will depend on your age, driving history, and the severity of your DUI. Driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or higher. Driving with a BAC of 0.02% or more (if you are younger than 21 years old). Driving a commercial vehicle with a BAC of 0.04% or higher. Refusing a BAC test. A DUI attorney can help you through your case. It may be a good idea to hire a lawyer that has had experience handling a case similar to yours, to increase your chance of a favorable outcome.