Finding A Skilled Lawyer No matter what your legal needs are you will see that there are countless lawyers in your area that advertise they are experts in your type of case. This will make the whole process of finding one with a lot of experience somewhat of a challenge. However, should you follow the following it will be easy to restrict your pursuit on the right one out of almost no time. Step one is to create a set of the lawyers which can be listed in the area that specialize in your situation. While you are which makes this list you need to only include those that you may have an effective vibe about based upon their advertisement. You can then narrow this list down by taking a little while evaluating their webpage. There you must be able to find the number of years they are practicing and several general information about their success rates. At this time your list must have shrunken further to those that you simply felt had professional websites plus an appropriate quantity of experience. You need to then make time to check out independent reviews of every attorney. Make sure to read the reviews rather than counting on their overall rating. The details in the reviews will give you a solid idea of the way they communicate with their clientele and the length of time they invest into each case they are working on. Finally, you will need to talk with no less than the very last three lawyers which have the credentials you would like. This gives you enough time to actually evaluate how interested they are in representing you and the case. It is actually crucial for you to follow most of these steps to ensure that you hire a company containing the best degree of experience to get you the best possible outcome.
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My Friend Just Got Her First Dwi (New York State), What Is She Looking At? Worst Case Scenario?
70% of first time DWI offenders in New York get their charge reduced to a DWUI if they hire a lawyer. And if they blew a .08-.14 on the breath test it will probably get reduced to that without a lawyer. Usually restricted license for 90 days, 500.00 fine, some points on her license. A lawyer will cost your friend between 1200.00 and 2000.00, add in the courts costs, fine, and hopefully she learns her lesson. If she is truely sorry and apologetic look for the lesser charge. Judges vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction and have quite a bit of room to play. One judge may treat DWI's like homicides, another may treat them like parking tickets.
Here is an outline.
First offense is a misdemeanor and will result in a criminal record.
If convicted of misdemeanor DWI, you will have your license revoked for a minimum of six months.
Mandatory fine of $500 to $1000.
Surcharges are added to misdemeanors ($160).
Maximum penalty = one year in the local county jail.
Operators with commercial licenses or operating commercial vehicles face stiffer penalties.
The highest blood alcohol level possible to still drive is a .04 % BAC. When you hit .05 percent you're driving while impaired.
When you hit .08 percent you're driving while intoxicated. A DWI conviction depends on a test of your BAC under Section 1192(2).
Arrest for “Driving While Impaired” (.05 to .07% BAC) usually results in a $300 - $500 fine, a 90 day license suspension, and a maximum of 15 days in county jail.
Just sitting behind the wheel of a running vehicle can constitute "driving" or "operating" a vehicle.
Zero Tolerance Law: A driver who is less than 21 years of age and who drives with a .02 BAC to .07 BAC gets $125 civil penalty. License is suspended for 6 months, with a $100 fee to terminate suspension.
A serious personal injury or a death will result in suspension of your privilege.
License can be suspended immediately for any refusal to submit to a breath test. (VTL Section 1194. 2). Suspension is possible.
If the Administrative Law Judge finds (as they almost always do) that the refusal was made even though the police officer informed him/her that it would result in a license suspension, the judge can and will revoke the license for a period of at least 6 months, plus a $300 civil penalty. In such a case, your license will be suspended pending a DMV hearing, which must be held within 15 days.
Ironically, if you refuse the BAC test, receive a revoked license, but are found “not guilty” you cannot revive a conditional license, because innocent drivers are not eligible to attend a Drinking Driving Program (see below). A dismissal of the criminal charge or a plea to any other charge outside the DUI charge will preclude the issuance of a conditional license
Looking For Lawyers In Florida For Low Income?
I Need A Lawyer That Charges Very Little Or That Does Volunteer Work. How Do I Find Them In Florida?
THE best way to find a lawyer is by word of mouth. Ask your: family, friends, coworkers, anyone you might know in the same situation, etc.
Call your local (usually county) bar association. Ask for names of attorneys that handle your type of matter. (If money is a BIG problem, you could also ask for the phone number of your local LegalAid office. - the attorneys at LegalAid are "real" attorneys, but sometimes in the field of Law, how much you are willing to pay does affect the quality you get.)
When you call the law office(s), insist on speaking with the Lawyer. Just tell the Secretary the main idea of your matter - do not tell all the little details of your matter to the Secretary - save the details for the Attorney. When you get the Lawyer on the phone line, ask him/her:
- Do they give >>>FREE, initial consultations for the FIRST meeting? (most do, but not all - you have to ask, don't assume)
- How much do they charge?
- Could you make payments on your account?
- Can they help you? OR Refer you to someone who can help you?
(This is based on my knowledge, information, belief, and life experiences. This was intended as personal opinion, and not intended to be used as legal advice. Seeking advice over the Internet is not a good idea - the field of Law is too complex for that. Please be careful and do your research.)
First Offense Petty Theft Lawyers Keep Sending Me Letters, How Do I Get This To Stop?
Is There Anyway To Get These Vultures Off My Butt? Do I Need One? I Was Just Planning On Pleading Guilty And Paying The Fine And Community Service.
in some areas clearly lawyers have access to the latest list of offenses, for instance we got loads in the post when my husband got a ticket in NJ and they all got sent to our house in florida.
Just shred them and ignore them, as for needing a lawyer that's up to you of course and I would base it off how much the value of the items where.........
Husband Filed Divorce And Now I'M Homeless? How Is This Legal?
I'M 18 Years Old And I'Ve Been Together With My Husband Since I Was 12, Married Since December 2012. Please I Don'T Want To Hear Any &Quot;You'Re Too Young&Quot; Crap, I'M In A Really Bad Situation And I Don'T Know What Else To Do Or Where To Turn.
Currently I'M At A Friend'S House, But They Brought Me In Behind Their Parent'S Back, So I Can'T Stay Here.
My Husband Filed For Divorce Out Of No Where. I Had No Warning, Nor Any Clue That Anything Was Wrong. He Never Said A Word. His Mother Came By, Packed Up My Stuff, And All But Physically Pushed Me Out Of My Apartment Door. My Husband, Zac, Had My Name Removed From Our Lease And I Received An Eviction Notice Of Just Me With My Divorce Papers When They Were Served To Me.
I'Ve Been Homeless Now Since May 2Nd. I Was Even Raped One Of The Nights I Was Sleeping On A Park Bench. Yes Police Were Involved, But The Case Was Thrown Out Due To Lack Of Evidence.
I Don'T Have Any Family Because I Was In Foster Care Since I Was 8 Years Old. I Was Adopted When I Was 11, But My Adoptive Parents Emancipated Be On My 17Th Birthday.
I Don'T Know What To Do. I Have No Money, No Job, No Car... Nothing. I'Ve Already Pawned Every Valuable Item I Own, And That Money Was Used For Food. My Husband Had The Job, I Was A Stay At Home Wife. I Live In Texas, And My Husband And I Have Not Been Married Long Enough For Me To Be Able To File For Spousal Support.
The Town I Live In Doesn'T Have Any Shelters Or Anything Like That Available. All The Shelters Within A 50 Mile Radius That Accept Women Only Will Help Me If My Husband Had Beat Me.
Even Through All This Mess, All I Want Is My Husband. His Mother Is Blackmailing Him To File This Divorce. I Love Him More Than My Own Life. I Just Want To Go Home.
What Am I Supposed To Do?
Can your friend drive you to a social services office one day next week? I suspect you qualify for temporary assistance such as food stamps and etc. They can also help you find a job. And have you been to a local food bank or local churches? There is a lot of help available, you just have to figure out where to look.
Since you are 18 years old you can sign a lease. Once you have a job it will be much easier for you to find a place to live. Perhaps you can stay with your friend until that happens? Or with other friends? Churches might have ideas of where you can sleep, too.
P.S. Find out about legal aid near you to find yourself a free attorney who can help you with your divorce.
Do you have bus service? Is the social services office within walking distance? If not, CALL THEM. A social worker will be able to help you figure out how to get help.
Also, I don't know about near you but there is a United Way Service called 211 where I live. You dial 211 and get connected to any available local services. Just pick up your friend's phone at hit 2 1 1 and see what happens.
You might also consider contacting a teen hotline for advice. Teen hotlines might be able to connect you to services.
NAMI is another option. NAMI might be able to provide you with some help because of your diagnosis of bipolar.
Some states have live away programs where you can get job training, housing, food, income and sometimes even education. For instance, in California there is the California Conservation Corps. You might want to find out what is available in your state.
Some states also have junior or community colleges where you can live in the residence halls. You would be able to receive financial aid (money) for food, books, etc. because of your lack of income, though your divorce may (or may not) need to be settled first. I have included a link for College of the Redwoods in California to give you an idea. Look for colleges in YOUR state if you do not live in California. (Most colleges charge more money to out-of-state students.) It might take you a few months to get started so this is not necessarily a solution for tomorrow but it would give you a lot of future stability.
Finally, if you obtain an attorney your husband might be willing to negotiate a quick settlement (giving you money) to avoid court. Most lawyers offer a free 30 minute consultation and many lawyers are willing to take a free case now and again...or can refer you to someone who will.
Take care, honey! Believe in yourself and believe in the world! You've had many bad experiences but there is still good in the world and you are strong. Be a good house guest while you are staying with your friend (no drugs, boys, alcohol, screaming or physical fights, etc.) and hopefully you can stay there for the short time it takes you to figure out something else. I've included links below, hopefully one of them will be just what you need!
What Are The Advantages And Disadvantages Of Having A Legal Will And A Living Will?
A legal will is to make sure your possessions go to your family, friends, charity choices, etc. If you don't have one your stuff could end up going to the state, which would be a big waste. The living will is to make sure you get the medical care you want even if you aren't able to make the decisions at the time. For example, if you don't want to be kept alive artificially that would be in the living will and doctors have to follow it even though you can't tell them at the time. The disadvantages to a legal will would only be if you made decisions that made your family unhappy. And the living will I guess the only problem would be if you changed your mind but forgot to change the living will and then couldn't tell the doctor your new wishes. But that would be a pretty extreme case. Mostly they are good things to have.
Do Criminal Defense Attorneys Have To Defend Someone They Know Is Guilty?
If The Criminal Tells You That &Quot;Yeah, I Did It&Quot;, What Is A Public Defender To Do? Will Private Defense Attorneys Still Take Their Client'S Cash? How Do These People Sleep At Night? I Guess Somebody Has To Defend Them, Right?
A public defender has to defend the client regardless. A private attorney has some wiggle room, but they must ask the Court for permission to withdraw and the Court will not let them do it if it will prejudice the client (for example, if the jury has already seen the lawyer and will wonder what happened or if the client can't get a new attorney in time to move the case along).
This is one reason why I couldn't do defense worked, though I have worked in a couple of different prosecutor's offices. Defense attorneys are often motivated by a belief in the principals that everyone is entitled to a zealous defense and only by forcing the prosecutor to prove their case, dotting every i and crossing every t, are they able to protect the ones who actually are innocent, and therefore their actions protect us all.
That said, defense attorneys don't always want to win. I've heard about defense attorneys who, after their clients were found guilty, said "good, he did it." But they still put forth a defense and did their best for their client as long as they were obligated.
Also, a defense attorney is still an office of the Court, like all lawyers. As such, they have certain obligations. For example, they cannot suborn perjury. They can't put someone on the stand and participate in what they know will be a lie. If a defense attorney KNOWS the defendant did it, the defense attorney cannot put them on the stand to say they didn't. However, the defendant has a right to testify in his own defense, so if the defense attorney knows the defendant did it, the defendant might testify, but the attorney won't participate. He'll either say nothing or ask simply "then what happened?" and let the client talk. That's why defense attorneys generally don't ask the defendant if they did it. They don't want to know, it makes their job harder. They only want to know what can be proven. They are obligated, though, to believe their clients against all possible doubt, even if it isn't reasonable. But if they truly know the client is guilty, they can't lie to the Court.