Archive for July, 2009
The U.S. Bill of Rights guarantees you the right to an attorney in the event that you’re accused of a crime. However, this doesn’t mean that you can simply choose the first criminal attorney you come across and assume that you’ll get equal treatment. Having the right attorney can affect not only the outcome of the case, but your experience during the criminal proceedings. In order to choose the best criminal lawyer, you’ll need to carefully consider a few things.
Firstly you need to choose an attorney which has experience with cases which are similar to yours. If you are accused of armed robbery then you will want a different lawyer to if you were accused of battery. Some lawyers only specialize in divorce cases and these would not be able to help you with Criminal cases.
There are many lawyers who do have the educational background to handle your case type but there is a lot to say about education and real life learning experiences; education can only go so far but real life experiences gives you the knowledge for more alike situations down the road. Make sure that your criminal defense lawyer has dealt with similar cases like yours so they can use their education smarts and real life smarts in the courtroom to win your case. They’ll understand how they should proceed and not proceed. They know what results you’re going to want and the obstacles to avoid.
When you find an attorney who seems to have the background you’re looking for, discuss with them the basics of your case. During this process, pay attention to two things. First, consider how comfortable you are with the attorney. Do they listen carefully to what you have to say, or cut you off as though they’ve heard it a hundred times before? Remember that part of the job of a criminal lawyer is handle your legal issues, and part of their job is to help you through the process. Choose a lawyer that you feel comfortable working with.
As the economy tightens, overall criminal activities increase dramatically. This includes every type of crime from theft & embezzlement to workplace violence and corporate espionage. The American Bankruptcy Institute reports that consumer bankruptcy filings rose to 1.06 million in 2008, compared with 801,840 during 2007 & that trend will be far higher in 2009.
More and more, individuals are facing increased financial pressures; which leads to a sharp spike in all areas of crime and litigious behavior. As individuals struggle with foreclosures, layoffs, rising expenses, increasing medical costs, and more interpersonal stress, these factors increase the chance that employees will steal from employers, or leave the company taking company assets or other sensitive information with them. Expect IP theft and identity theft to reach record highs in the coming year, and take additional precautions to protect your business’ most valuable assets.
Businesses both large & small are heading into bankruptcy in record numbers: 28,322 businesses filed in 2008 and over 29,960 in the first three quarters of 2008 (according to the American Bankruptcy Institute), with no signs of slowing down in the near future. So it’s not surprising to see theft & litigious activity sky-rocketing. The US Chamber of Commerce estimates that employee theft costs businesses $40 billion dollars each year. This total is ten times the value of street crime losses annually in the USA. The US banking industry reports losses of well over $1billion annually which is well above the combined losses due to bank robberies. American businesses lose an estimated 5 percent of annual revenues to fraud resulting in staggering losses of around $638 billion (based on research by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners).