4 Ways To Help Your Lawyer Help You When you really need a legal professional for any excuse, you need to work closely with them in order to win your case. No matter how competent they can be, they're going to need your help. Listed below are four important approaches to help your legal team assist you to win: 1. Be Totally Honest And Up Your lawyers need and expect your complete cooperation - whatever information you're going to reveal for them. Privilege means anything you say is held in confidence, so don't hold anything back. Your legal team has to know everything in advance - particularly information other side could find out about and surprise you with later. 2. Provide Meticulous Records Keep an ongoing and factual account of information associated with your case. Whether it's witnesses or payments being made, provide your attorneys with all the current data they need to assist them to win. 3. Appear Early For All Engagements Never be late when you're appearing before a court and prevent wasting the attorney's time, too, because they are on time, each time. In reality, because you may need to discuss last minute details or be extra prepared for the way it is you're facing, it's smart to arrive early. 4. Demonstrate That You May Have Your Act Together If you've been involved in any type of crime, it's important so that you can prove to a legal court that you simply both regret the actions and they are making strides toward boosting your life. By way of example, if you're facing a DUI, volunteer to get a rehab program. Be sincere and linked to the cities the judge is presiding over. Working more closely together with your legal team increases your odds of absolute success. Follow these tips, listen closely to how you're advised and ultimately, you must win your case.
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Some Legal Advice Please And Thank You.?
I Am 18 Years Of Age, And Before This I Have Never Been In Any Trouble With The Law. I Was Arrested For Lying To A Police Officer And Lying On Legal Documents. I Am In The State Of Georgia, And I Lied Because I Was Robbed Of Marijuana And I Told The Police I Was Robbed Of Money. I Called The Police Because I Was In Need Of Medical Attention. I Can Not Afford A Lawyer, And I Am Not Fully Aware Of My Rights. I Was Wondering How Serious Of A Crime This Is, And What Can I Do To Keep From Going To Jail?
Chances are fairly good you would not get any jail time for this offense. Frankly, jails are over crowded and they simply don't have room for a first time, non-violent offender.
As far as your rights? You have the right to remain silent. Exercise that right and don't discuss this with anyone. If you are charged (meaning you get a court date), you will go to court and plead "not guilty." Then you will probably have the opportunity to apply for a public defender. If you get an envelope from the prosecutor's office that offers you something like a "deferred prosecution" you should take the paperwork to the public defender's office and apply for assistance. You need to fully understand the ramifications of pleading guilty to this offense.
That you will not do any jail time is the least of your worries - long term, that is. Providing false information to a police office and lying on a legal document is a crime of moral turpitude. This will have serious and potentially life long ramifications for you. You will probably NEVER be able to get a job that requires any type of security clearance or background investigation. In a he said/she said situation in court (small claims court, divorce court, etc.), your word will simply not be good enough.
Need Attorney Advice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?
I Am 16 Years Old And I Buy And Resell Electronics On Craigslist.
I Bought A Laptop From Someone That Was Password Locked And Had No Charger.
I Got A Charger, Reset The Password And Listed It On Craigslist.
Apparently I Sold It Back To The Original Owner Who Had It Stolen From Him.
A Few Hours Later As I Am Driving I Get Pulled Over And Arrested For Possession Of Stolen Property.
I Explained The Story To The Cops And I Voluntarily Let Them Search My Car And I Return The Money For The Laptop.
The Police Said That They Put In The Report That I Co-Operated.
Now I Am Faced With Trafficking Stolen Property In The First Degree.
I Still Had The Address Of The Guy I Bought It From And I Gave That To The Police.
My Court Date Is In 2 Weeks, In The Mean Time I Am Sure That There Will Be An Investigation.
Now, My Question Is That Should I Pay For An Attorney Or Will A Public One Be Enough?
I Also Heard That You Can Get Your Record Sealed At 18?
I Just Need Some Advice. Thanks Ahead Of Time.
It sounds like you are doing your best to cooperate fully and didn't intend to do anything improper. Unfortunately, I believe that the stolen property charge is a strict liability crime, that is, one that applies regardless of your intentions. Nevertheless, your good will can only help you.
I do think that you should plan to find an attorney. If you qualify for a public defender, they generally are quite good, although your mileage may vary based on where you live. Most public defenders have a great deal of courtroom experience and often are quite skilled. I can't pretend to give you expert legal advice, but it doesn't sound like your case is terribly complex. You shouldn't go it alone, but a solid public defender probably will be able to do right by you.
I'm sorry that you're stuck in an unfortunate position here, and I hope it works out all right. Good luck.
If You Are Paying Your Ex-Wife Alimony, Can Alimony Be Discontinuted If She Becomes Pregnant By Her Live-In?
If He Is Paying Child Support And Alimony To Ex-Wife, Which All The Money Goes Towards Her Rent And Bills,Can Alimony Discontinue If She Becomes Pregnant By Her Live-In Boyfriend. Lawyer Says If Proof He Lives There Alimony Is Discontinued, But There Is No Way Of Proving Since His Name Isn'T On Any Of The Bills. It'S Clear As Day He Does Live There Too. So Basically Ex-Husband Would Be Paying For Rent And All Utilities For Ex-Wife,Her Boyfriend, Their Baby, And His Two Kids? Does That Make Any Sense?
Usually divorce decrees stop alimony upon re-marriage, and one could argue that this is the equivalent of re-marriage, but you will need proof -- your lawyer is correct. About child support -- that is almost never stopped so long as the child is a minor. However, ask your lawyer about that!
Is Law Office Foundation Certificate, The Same As A Paralegal Certificate?
I Am Currently Looking To Get Enrolled Into A Paralegal Program, And I Have Realized That The Options Are A Certificate, Associates, And Bachelors Degree. Personally I Would Like To Obtain The Certificate First, Get Employed, Then Further My Education In The Field. My Question Is, The College I Am Thinking Of Going Through Offers A Law Office Foundation Certificate And I Am Wondering If This Is The Same As A Paralegal Certificate?
I have never even heard of a "law office foundation certificate". You need to be very careful of these "law schools" - a lot of them are just scams. Any classes that you take should be ABA approved.
"Certificates" are a waste of time and/or money. In today's tight job market, legal employers want their employees to have BACHELORS degrees.
Please be aware of what you are proposing on getting yourself into. Please do more research first. Reminder: We are in a World-wide Recession. Consider career paths that have available jobs.<<<<<<<
Warning> Jobs in the field of Law are drying up fast!! This is just not a good field to invest time and/or money into. This is a SHRINKING, crumbling, and dying vocational field. Many reasons. Many people today (mistakenly) think they can do their own legal work, thanks to the Internet. Also, we simply already have way too many Legal Professionals - we have an absolute glut!! ("Legal Professionals" includes, but is not limited to: Attorneys/Lawyers, Paralegals, Legal Assistants, Legal Secretaries, Bailiffs, Court Reporters, etc, etc)
There are no jobs in this vocational field. My family, coworkers, friends, acqaintances, etc. are being laid off left and right in this vocational field.
Regarding being a Paralegal: Employers (usually law firms) in the field of Law today want employees with Bachelors degrees from traditional colleges/universities. Those "certificates" you see advertised aren't worth the paper they are printed on - they are generally scams. (I found this out the hard way.)
Cost of law school to be lawyer, approx $150,000+.
Be prepared to take on a lot of debt.
Even if you finish law school, you won't be able to find a job when you are done. Since this vocational field is shrinking, many new attorneys/lawyers are, themselves, having to work "down" as Paralegals, Legal Assistants, Legal Secretaries, Bailiffs, Court Reporters, etc, etc, to simply try to keep some of their bills paid <<this would be your competition. And the competition is fierce!!
Now... the law schools know this, but they won't tell you the truth >that the job market/economy is just saturated with way too many Legal Professionals. Instead the schools will feed you a fairytale and will lie to you. The root of the problem is we have too many law schools. We are in a recession, and the schools are fighting for their own survival - they will tell students anything to get to the students' money. (Which is why they won't tell you the truth about the job market for the field of Law.) And these schools continue to recruit and churn out even more graduates.............Remember: law schools are BUSINESSES - their top concern is making money for themselves.
If you don't believe me, then just do a search here on Yahoo Answers to see what other posters are saying about the current status of the field of Law. Call some local law firms - ask to speak to the Manager of Human Resources - ask them if they are hiring; ask them what they think about job availability in the field of Law..................
In the book "So You Want to be a Lawyer?" by Marianne Calabrese and Susanne Calabrese (ISBN 0-88391-136-1): "The United States has more lawyers than any other country in the world. About 38,000 students graduate >each year< from the 200+ law schools in the United States. The competition is very keen for jobs and clients." - Even Associate Justice Antonin Scalia (who served on the U.s. Supreme Court for more than 20 years) says there are too many lawyers. (9/14/2008)
Check out these websites: http://informeddecisionmaking.blogspot.c...
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If you want a job when you are done with your studies, consider and look into the fields of >>>Healthcare or Information Technology! I spoke to a career counselor from Jobs and Family Services, and HE told me that these areas are where the jobs are, and future job availability! and scholarships!
(This is based on my current knowledge, information, belief, and life experiences. This was intended as personal opinion, and not intended to be used as legal advice. Please be careful and do your research.)
Lawyer For Juvenile (And Maybe Trial)?
Our Daughter Was Recently Charged With A Mip And Domestic Violence For The Second Time In Less Than A Year And A Half (She'S 16). She Asked For A Court Appointed Lawyer, And Seems To Be Under The Mistaken Impression That An Attorney Can Force The Court To Do What They Want. I'M Wondering What Might Happen If She Decides She Wants To Go To Trial. The Evidence Against Her Is Pretty Strong, Plus The Fact That She Was Charged For The Same Things Last Year. She Was Given Lengthy Probation The Last Time.
Why not let her use the attorney? He won't make her punishment any worse. Her mistaken impression will be firmly corrected.
If she goes to trial, the attorney might be a help in getting her the best outcome possible.
Convicted on a second offense, I would expect time in juvenile detention, and then parole. Especially since, if her probation was lengthy enough that she is still on probation. She will have to do the time remaining on the first sentence, plus the sentence imposed this time.
Same-Sex Pregnancy... Legal Rights.?
My Girlfriend Is Pregnant With Our Child (Same-Sex Pregnancy).
In The United States, What Will I Have To Do As The Non-Carrying Parent? What Paperwork Do I Need To Fill Out, Is It Possible To Have Both Her & My Name On The Birth Certificate, Etc, Etc
What Do I Need To Do To Legally Be Recognized As Our Son's Other Parent?
You must adopt the child to have legal rights as a parent.
The birth certificate can only contain the info of the biological parents. It cannot be amended to anything else.
Adoption proceedings take a while, so you may want your girlfriend to make a will naming you the guardian, so you have grounds for custody, in the event of a tragedy.
Congrats and best wishes!
EDIT: If the "father" is a donor, that part's left blank. (If the biological father is named, he would have to sign off his parental rights.)
For info on filing adoption proceedings, you can contact a private adoption lawyer, any adoption agency, or the Colorado Department of Human Services. The procedure varies by jurisdiction, but they will know what the steps are. It generally takes at least a year between filing and formalizing.
It's not free. It can be expensive. A couple I know in your situation set up an account for saving up the money. Then when friends and family asked what they wanted for the baby, they asked for a donation, in lieu of a gift.