Getting an Experienced DUI Lawyer to Assist You After Being Arrested

If you have been caught driving under the influence or you are being charged with the offence, you are reminded not to disregard it as something meaningless. It is a criminal charge. You must find an attorney who has a lot of experiences to handle your “drunk driving” case. Looking for a good attorney is important because you may be jailed if the case is not handled in a proper way.

In many people’s point of view, driving under influence is just a small matter. However, in United States, more harsh penalties and laws are being enforced year after year. For people who have been caught, they could end up paying a big fine or even be jailed. Their driving licenses may be suspended. The drivers could even end up with criminal conviction in the cases where the victims of the accidents were injured or killed. All the consequences could seriously affect the future of the drivers. You may lose your opportunities for employment or job promotion due to this incident. In order to reduce the negative effects, getting a knowledgeable attorney is a must. He or she will help to make your case smoother. He or she will be responsible to make the difference and dig you out from hardship.

Nowadays, looking for a DUI lawyer is not hard. By searching online, you will be able to review a number of attorneys’ backgrounds, credentials, experiences, and their previous case histories easily. In order to reduce your charges and protect your license, you are advised to put in more effort to look for excellent lawyers. You should only consider those qualified and licensed lawyers. Don’t waste your time with those practitioners. Based on the reliable records, those experienced attorneys are able to get the cases dismissed completely. If you don’t want to leave any bad or negative items on your record, you had better look for a great one to assist you.

The next issue you need to consider is the legal fee. You need to evaluate your financial position carefully to see how much you can afford to pay. At the same time, you need to find out the rates and payment conditions set by the attorneys. Discuss this matter in advance with a few attorneys so that you can make comparisons. Some lawyers require a big sum of upfront from their clients. You have to bear in mind that the more complicated the proceedings are, the higher cost you need to bear. For instance, if there is personal injury in your case, you will be required to pay higher legal fee.

If you are guilty of a serious drinking problem, do not expect the lawyer to help you to “runaway” from attending a mandatory alcoholic program or enroll into rehabilitation. You still need to follow the rules. You must change your drinking habit and stay on the right side of the legal system. A good lawyer is there to reduce your charges and you must be responsible not to drive anymore when you drink.

Prevent Lawyer Burn Out Syndrome Through Meditation

As an attorney who practiced in several fields of law in Florida and had my own Law Firm, I know that the law is an unforgiving profession and that the burn out syndrome is right around the corner for many of us.

Being a lawyer requires a commitment of tireless dedication and perfection. Society places a standard of extremely high expectations on lawyers, which in turn feeds our innate tendency to be perfectionists and competitive people. It’s that combination of our tendency to be perfectionists, society’s expectations, and the daily grind with clients, deadlines, judges, and staff that can catapult just about anyone into incredible amounts of stress, feelings of helplessness and depression. It’s no wonder that so many lawyers suffer from burnout syndrome!

It’s easy to see why the field of law has such a high percentage of drug and alcohol users who likely use these substances to shield themselves from their daily stress levels.

The amount of dedication necessary to succeed in this profession has led many lawyers to getting burned out and not performing at their highest efficiency levels. It also affects their social interactions with their staff, clients, judges, friends, and family members. I personally know more divorced lawyers than I would like to admit.

It really is a shame because we just never learned how to balance our professional lives with our personal lives. For some reason, they just never taught us that in school. As a result, we bring the stress in the workplace with us in our briefcase to open it up at home and continue experiencing it instead of focusing on our family during the few waking hours that we are at home and away from the office!

The good news is there is a solution to this problem… and the solution is free.

Don’t worry; it does not require health insurance, medicine, seeing a psychologist, or even leaving your house or office for that matter. It’s simple and it works; its meditation. Meditation is not a religion, it is not hypnosis, and it does not require you to be part of any sort of religion or culture or religious at all.

Take a moment and discover how meditation can help you prevent lawyer burn out syndrome, enable you to enjoy your profession, become more efficient at work, more emotionally and mentally present at home, and just happier in general.

No Lawyer Required – Small Claims Court

Your best friend, or someone you thought of as a friend, asked you for a loan of $2,500.00. You had the money, and you liked the guy, so you said okay. Two months have passed, and he bought a new house. You know he’s not hurting. You called him after you heard about the house and asked when he was going to pay you back. He said he had huge expenses now because of the new house. He said soon. Two weeks later you called again. Again he said soon. You just put the phone down. You’re tired of calling. He said soon again. What to do next?

This situation sounds like a case for small claims court. Here’s what you need to do:

1. Letter

Write your friend a letter. Tell him that he has two weeks to pay you back. Tell him you want to resolve his payment to you in a friendly manner, but if you do not receive a check within two weeks, you will see him in small claims court.

We’re hoping that the letter resolves the non-payment problem. If it does not, you’ll have to continue to step two.

2. File a claim

Go to your local small claims court and complete the forms. You can probably download the forms from your county’s small claims website. Submit the forms to the small claims court. The court will schedule a hearing.

3. Service of process

Your friend has become the defendant. He must be served at least 15 days before the hearing date if the defendant lives in San Francisco county. If the defendant does not live in the county, s/he must be served at least 20 days before the hearing date. A capable adult must serve a true copy of the claim. You cannot serve the defendant.

4. Evidence

You next gather all evidence to submit at the hearing. Evidence would include a copy of the cancelled check that you gave your friend and dates and notes of all phone calls that you made to him. You may want to take a photo of his new house.

5. At the hearing

Small claims courts are generally much more informal that other courts. The judge will ask you questions, and then s/he’ll ask your friend, the defendant, questions.

If you have presented the situation with evidence, the judge will probably rule in your favor.

You’ve won your case, and your friend is now going to pay you back, but suppose he doesn’t. Suppose he is a real jerk and has decided that he wants you to have to work just a little harder to get your money back.

6. Collecting a judgment

You have to collect the judgment. The defendant may pay the amount directly to the court. If the defendant does not have the money, the defendant may have to pay installments.

If your friend refuses to pay, you can complete an Application and Order for Appearance and Examination which would require your friend to appear in small claims court to have his income and resources examined.

You could also consider wage garnishment by completing a Writ of Execution. This writ could also levy your friend’s checking or other bank account.

If your friend has a business with a cash register, a sheriff can go to the business for a till tap. The sheriff can take enough money from the cash register to pay the judgment debt. The typical sheriff’s fee for a till tap is $85.00. We hope your friend doesn’t put you in this situation, but if you are ever in this situation, the purpose of small claims courts is to resolve small problems without the expense of an attorney. This is the do it yourself legal remedy.

Disclaimer: This article is not to be considered legal advice. If you need legal advice, seek out a licensed attorney. Remember that small claims courts do not require an attorney. If, however, the losing defendant appeals the small claims court’s decision, the new venue is a superior court. In a superior court, you will need an attorney.