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Do Defense Attorneys Feel Guilty . . . ?
Or Happy, When A Murderer Walks Away, Because Of Their Skills And Talents In The Court Room ?

Defense attorneys rarely know if their client actually committed the crime, and when they do know that the client did commit the crime they are still pleased with themselves for doing their job. The job of a defense attorney isn't to get someone off, but to get them the best defense possible, a defense that is in their client's best legal interest. If that means getting off someone who did it, well that's just part of the job.

What Kind Of Lawyer Do I Call For Corporate Discrimination?
If I Have Some Questions, Who Do I Call?

The naacp might be able to help, especially if it's racial discrimination. They represented my father, hes white. Discrimination is discrimination, and they've got the most experience in dealing with these types of cases, so they usually have the best lawyers. You could also try the EEOC, I believe they have an advice line. http://www.eeoc.gov/

I Have A Legal Question...?
If A Report Is Substantiated For Child Abuse And Neglect How Long Does That Stay On The Persons Record? I Am A Mother Trying To Find Childcare And This Lady Has A Substantiated Charge Or Whatever On Her Background Check. Does Something Like That Go Away After A Period Of Time? I Am Of Course Not Taking My Child There But I Am Worried If Other People Were Convicted And It Just Went Away? I Live In Missouri. Does The Record Follow You Everywhere You Go?

These laws differ in all states. Below I have put the laws of your state. There is never ever any assurance a record will not fall through the cracks of the system. Unless you are referred to the person OR you know and trust the person I wouldn't ever place my child in anyone's care. My wife died several years ago and I ate dirt with my son until he was old enough where he could say "Daddy. So and so did (whatever) to me." You have no idea how badly these systems work. I trust city workers as far as I can throw them to do any kind of work.

Establishment and Maintenance of Central Registries for Child Abuse Reports

To better understand this issue and to view it across States, see the Establishment and Maintenance of Central Registries for Child Abuse Reports: Summary of State Laws (PDF - 310 KB) publication.

Establishment
Citation: Ann. Stat. § 210.145
The Division of Family Services shall establish and maintain an information system operating at all times, capable of receiving and maintaining reports.

Purpose
Citation: Ann. Stat. § 210.145
The information system shall have the ability to receive reports over a single, statewide toll-free number.

Contents
Citation: Ann. Stat. § 210.145
The information system shall contain:
The results of all investigations, family assessments, and services
Identifying information on the subjects of the report and those responsible for the care of the child
Other relevant dispositional information


Maintenance
Citation: Ann. Stat. §§ 210.145; 210.152
The information system shall be updated within 30 days of the oral report, at regular intervals during the investigation, and at the completion of an investigation. For investigation reports in the central registry, identifying information shall be retained by the division.
For investigation reports made by a mandated reporter where insufficient evidence of abuse or neglect is found, identifying information shall be retained for 5 years from the conclusion of the investigation. For all other investigation reports where there is insufficient evidence, identifying information shall be retained for 2 years.

For reports where a family assessment and services approach was used, identifying information shall be retained by the division. For reports in which the division was unable to locate the child, identifying information shall be retained for 10 years from the date of the report.



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Review and Expunction of Central Registries and Reporting Records
To better understand this issue and to view it across States, see the Review and Expunction of Central Registries and Reporting Records: Summary of State Laws (PDF - 502 KB) publication.

Right of the Reported Person to Review and Challenge Records
Ann. Stat. § 210.152

Within 90 days after receipt of a report of abuse or neglect that is investigated, the alleged perpetrator named in the report and the parents of the child named in the report, if the alleged perpetrator is not a parent, shall be notified in writing of any determination made by the division based on the investigation. The notice shall advise either:
That the Division of Family Services has determined by a probable cause finding (prior to August 28, 2004) or by a preponderance of evidence (after August 28, 2004) that abuse or neglect exists and that the division shall retain all identifying information regarding the abuse or neglect; that such information shall remain confidential and will not be released except to law enforcement agencies or prosecuting or circuit attorneys or as provided in § 210.150; that the alleged perpetrator has 60 days from the date of receipt of the notice to seek reversal of the division's determination through a review by the child abuse and neglect review board
That the division has not made a probable cause finding or determined by a preponderance of the evidence that abuse or neglect exists
Any person named in an investigation as a perpetrator who is aggrieved by a determination of abuse or neglect by the division may seek an administrative review by the child abuse and neglect review board. Such a request for review shall be made within 60 days of notification of the division's decision. In those cases where criminal charges arising out of facts of the investigation are pending, the request for review shall be made within 60 days from the court's final disposition or dismissal of the charges.


In any action for administrative review, the child abuse and neglect review board shall sustain the division's determination if such determination was supported by evidence of probable cause prior to August 28, 2004, or is supported by a preponderance of evidence after August 28, 2004, and is not against the weight of such evidence. The child abuse and neglect review board hearing shall be closed to all persons except the parties, their attorneys, and those persons providing testimony on behalf of the parties.

If the alleged perpetrator is aggrieved by the decision of the child abuse and neglect review board, the alleged perpetrator may seek de novo judicial review in the circuit court. The request for a judicial review shall be made within 60 days of notification of the decision of the child abuse and neglect review board. In reviewing such decisions, the circuit court shall provide the alleged perpetrator the opportunity to appear and present testimony. The alleged perpetrator may subpoena any witnesses except the alleged victim or the reporter.

In such action for administrative review, the child abuse and neglect review board shall notify the child or the parent, guardian, or legal representative of the child that a review has been requested.

When Records Must Be Expunged
Ann. Stat. § 210.152

For investigation reports where there is insufficient evidence of abuse or neglect, and the Division of Family Services determines that the allegation was made maliciously, for purposes of harassment, or in retaliation for the filing of a report, identifying information shall be expunged within 45 days from the conclusion of the investigation.

For investigation reports initiated by a mandated reporter, where insufficient evidence of abuse or neglect is found by the division, identifying information shall be retained for 5 years from the conclusion of the investigation.

For all other reports where there is insufficient evidence, identifying information shall be retained for 2 years. At the end of such time, the identifying information shall be removed from the records of the division and destroyed.

For reports in which the division is unable to locate the child alleged to have been abused or neglected, identifying information shall be retained for 10 years from the date of the report and then shall be removed from the records of the division.

What Exactly Is A Criminal Lawyer?
Like, What Situations Do They Handle? And Could You Give Me An Example Of A Situation That I Would Go Through If I Was A Criminal Lawyer?

Two uses of the phrase. The obvious "lawyer who IS a criminal" is the least common, but the most well known. You don't want to be that.

The more common is actually "criminal defense lawyer", meaning someone who does criminal defense work. In any prosecution in the US, and most other countries with a criminal justice system, there are two lawyers -- the prosecutor, who tries to prove the defendant is guilty, and the defense attorney who represents the defendant.

The goal of a criminal defense attorney, like all attorneys, is to get the best possible outcome for their client. This could include plea bargaining for better sentences or better facilities, getting medical or psychiatric treatment instead of or in addition to prison, or getting the client acquitted on the charges if possible.

Why Do Some Folks Hold Such Bad Stereotypes About Criminal Defense Attorneys, Until They Need One ...?
... If Charged With A Crime They Did Not Commit?

Because they don't know what it is all about until they need one...

I have been a defense attorney for some time, and the conversation is always the same when meeting someone new "How can you defend those people?"...The general public just does not understand that the system only works if there are two sides pushing against one another...they think that it is the defense attorney's job to decide whether or not the client is deserving of being defended...

THAT would be unethical and immoral...

An attorney has a duty to zealously advocate for the client. Sometimes that means taking him through trial in hopes of an acquittal..sometimes that means negotiating the best possible deal for the client. What DOESN'T come into play is whether I believe my client to be guilty or innocent. The day I start judging my clients is the day I don't belong in this business.

We get a lot of disdain from folks, but we are the last line of defense for the american public. Without us, the system would be a conveyor belt to prison...a cop decides you're guilty, and puts you on the path to jail...It is my job to hold the police and prosecutors to a high standard so that it isn't too easy for a person to have his freedom taken away.

And to the guy below who thinks that the public defender owes a duty to the public: You are completely wrong. The public defender is paid by the government because the defendant has a constitutional right to effective representation. A public defender has all of the same duties to his client that a private one does. The only difference is that he gets paid a lot less...

What Does The Title 'Senior Counsel' Mean At A Corporate Law Firm?
How High Is That In Terms Of The Rank Of The Individual In The Firm?

Senior Counsel is somewhat of an amorphous title at a law firm. Generally speaking it is a position that is higher than that of an Associate but lower than that of an Equity Partner.

To understand this better it helps to understand the other possible positions one may hold as a practicing lawyer in a law firm and they are as follows:

1. Associate - Sometimes the terms Junior and Senior precede this but basically this is an attorney that works for the firm on a salary.

2. Equity Partner - This is a lawyer who is a part owner in the law firm. As such he or she gets paid a percentage of the firm's net profit. In a successful law firm this is generally considered to be the ultimate career goal within the firm.

3. Contract Partner - This is a lawyer who does not have any ownership interest in the firm but is paid based on hours billed and the amount of client work he or she brings to the firm.

4. Senior Counsel - This is a lawyer that has a status that is higher than that of an associate but lower than that of an Equity Partner and in some firms, a Contract Partner. It is a title granted under numerous circumstances.

One of my friends was made Senior Counsel at a large prestigious law firm based on the fact that she was an extremely efficient, effective and well-liked senior associate within the firm but was not really partnership material because of her lack of client production and need to cutback hours to spend more time caring for her 3 children. Rather than lose her the firm offered to make her Senior Counsel, cut back her hours and have her paid on an hourly basis with full benefits.

Another friend was promoted to Senior Counsel because the firm was not prepared to offer him equity partnership but he needed to have a better title for marketing purposes as the only attorney who had the legal skills and ability to produce clients in a particular area of law, and because he needed more administrative control over his client relationships (which he was granted as part of the promotion). As part of that promotion he also received a percentage of all money collected for clients he produced for the firm.

In many firms when an Equity Partner's productivity goes down, he or she may often be downgraded to a Senior Counsel position. He or she may continue to draw income based on productivity, but is no longer an owner of the firm and generally speaking makes less money than when he or she was an Equity Partner. This is often an interim position prior to retirement for former older Equity Partners.