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Be Careful During Pending Investigations

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While you are always considered innocent until proven guilty in the eyes of the law, once a criminal charge has been placed on you, you are no longer free to roam as you once were. At least not without repercussions. If you are facing criminal charges, the best thing you can do while you are fighting them is to stay clear of any criminal activity. This may come as common sense to you, but many people believe as long as they do not get caught they are okay. Not only would additional charges during an ongoing investigation make matters much worse for you or the accused, but so would any type of suspicion of a crime. Much like adding insult to injury. Not only would staying away from any criminal activity help your current case, but it is also nice to avoid criminal offenses for your own peace of mind.

It is the job of law enforcement to find the individuals responsible for a crime, it is the job of the prosecution to prove these individuals committed the crime. This means, not only is law enforcement watching you, but so are prosecutors. So it is wise to remember not to speak with either without your attorney present. They do not want to see you free of charge, if they suspect you committed a criminal act, they are only trying to figure out how to prove this. And in many cases, with your encounters with them, anything you say can be used against you in the court of law, and you do not want to incriminate yourself. Especially when you are innocent.

Keep in mind it is also smart to understand that committing another criminal offense or speaking with law enforcement is not the only thing that can make your case worse while you are fighting criminal charges. The things you say and do may also affect you, much like social media. Things you say on the internet are forever, and there are several ways for anyone to gain access to your social media accounts by an alias or fake page.

Because there are people working against you when you are facing criminal charges, the best thing you can do is hire a skilled criminal defense attorney in Dekalb County, GA who will work for you. While law enforcement enforces the laws, it is the attorney that studies the law and will be able to review the details of your case and fight for justice on your behalf.

Contact Andrew R. Lynch, P.C. for their insight into criminal defense cases and pending investigations.

When The Police Reach Out To You

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When a police officer contacts you and mentions that you should come down to the police station in regard to any criminal charges or anything at all, it is expected of you to be startled; this could mean so many things. When you receive these calls, sometimes it means they already have what they need to arrest you and are giving you an opportunity to come clean. However, in many cases, they have nothing and hope to scare you into releasing information. In the event that you are contacted by the police, inform them that you have an attorney no matter what. At this time, it is best to hire an attorney to prepare you for what may come. That is the only information you should give without an attorney present, nothing else. No matter how the officers reach or contact you or what for, have them speak to your attorney after that initial conversation. They are already likely building a case against you and it is better to be safe than sorry.

In most cases, these phone calls are being recorded and can sometimes have information that leads you to incriminate yourself. You have a right to an attorney. Remember that these detectives, and police officers enforce the law, and if they feel the law is broken they are seeking an individual that can be held responsible. These individuals take advantage of the fact that you may not understand the law, and may try to abuse that fact, so allow your attorney to speak for you. In the event that you are not a suspect of a crime, understand that they are only trying to solve a crime, be it against you or someone else. Allow your attorney to dissect any facts or lies brought forth, they will treat your attorney with more respect due to their knowledge of the law.

Law enforcement, detectives, and even your attorney expect you to be nervous when you are in communication with the police. Even if you are not guilty, understand that you are innocent until it is proven otherwise. In the event that you or a loved one has been contacted by the police, be sure to refer them to your Decatur criminal law lawyer if you have one. If you do not hire an attorney, let them know that your attorney will contact them and seek legal counsel. Many criminal defense attorneys offer free consultations and will either let you know that something is legit and you need counsel, or if you may be fine without counsel at all. 

Contact Andrew R. Lynch, P.C. for their insight into criminal defense cases and when the police come to you.

Polygraph Test

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Taking a lie detector test may be very scary for some, especially if you do not understand how they work. It should be simple to understand the purpose of lie detector tests, to detect a lie being told. For this reason, much like speaking with a law enforcement officer without your attorney present, do not take or agree to take a lie detector test without your legal counsel present. While polygraph tests are taken sometimes for personal reasons, they are most commonly utilized in criminal investigations. These exams study and measure the individual’s heart rate, the way they are breathing, the blood pressure while they answer the questions and at which question certain changes occurred. A professional will be able to review the results and determine if any deception was indicated, deception meaning there was a lie told. The test administrator would ask questions that are pertinent to the case and use your results and answers to assist in the investigation. This test is not exactly one hundred percent accurate but does help solve a few concerns. The changes in your blood, heart, or breathing rate would help determine whether certain topics or questions were a concern for the individual taking the test.

Polygraph test results do not exactly solve crimes but the pressure they build assist in heading into the right direction, and many people are honest out of fear of being caught because they do not exactly understand how these tests work. Anxiety also causes these sudden changes and therefore may affect results. It is important to understand that just because you are asked to take a polygraph test, in most cases, you do not have to do so. This is why it is equally important to speak with a skilled criminal defense attorney when you are facing criminal charges and have been asked to adhere to a lie detector test, you may very well incriminate yourself. Remember that regardless of who asks, what they say will happen to you if you do not cooperate, and even if you do not have legal counsel, never agree without legal counsel’s advice. Also, depending on the facts of your case it may be best to hire legal counsel before making any decisions. If you or someone you know has been approached and asked to participate in a polygraph test, speak with a Decatur criminal lawyer for your defense as soon as possible so that all the best options are weighed before a decision is made.

Contact Andrew R. Lynch, P.C. for their insight into criminal defense cases and pre-sentences.

Can I appeal a divorce court order?

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Whether you are considering getting a divorce, or would like to reverse a court order, our divorce lawyer can help protect your best interests. A law firm focuses on the area of family law. If you are unsure of whether or not legal representation may benefit you, we invite you to call a divorce lawyer. Because a divorce may have long lasting effects, it’s important that your long term as well as short term needs are considered, and a knowledgeable divorce lawyer has the necessary skills to help ensure a positive resolution.

The Final Divorce Decree

The divorce court phase of the divorce process is the final aspect, and one in which the judge rules on the division of property, child custody and support payments, spousal maintenance, and other issues related to the termination of the marriage. Before you sign the final decree, it’s important that your divorce lawyer has ample opportunity to review it and make sure you are clear on the terms of the agreement and that your and your children’s best interests are considered.

Common Reasons for Appealing a Divorce Court’s Orders

There are a few common reasons for why you may wish to appeal the divorce court’s orders.

1.       You believe that one or more of the court’s orders are unfair to you and/or your children. As a result, you wish to have your divorce lawyer file an appeal and request a new hearing with the divorce court. (You will most likely get the same judge so the likelihood of them changing their orders is slim. However, your divorce lawyer can provide more specific guidance based on the circumstances of your situation.)

2.       Your or your spouse’s circumstances have measurably changed since the original divorce agreement was created, and you would like those changes taken into consideration. For instance, perhaps your spouse just earned a promotion and will be earning substantially more income than up until now. Or, maybe you just discovered you’re pregnant and you need the child support payment amounts increased as a result.

The Process of Appealing a Divorce Court’s Orders

If you do not already have a divorce lawyer, though it’s not required by law to have one, it’s important. In fact, even divorce lawyers will hire legal representation when terminating their marriage. A divorce lawyer can offer non-emotional, knowledgeable guidance during an especially difficult time. In addition, a divorce court judge is more likely to take you seriously if you have a divorce lawyer representing you.

If you have reason to believe that the divorce court made an unfair ruling, your divorce lawyer can file a motion to appeal one or more of the Court’s orders. Your lawyer will also request a new hearing to evaluate the reasons for your dissatisfaction. As mentioned, you will likely get the same judge but your divorce lawyer may be able to provide compelling reasons for why the Court should reverse their original order(s).

If the Court refuses to reverse or change their previous ruling, a divorce lawyer can file an appeal with the appellate court.

To find out more about how a law firm can help you through the process of terminating your marriage, contact a divorce law firm Plano, TX trusts.

Thanks to Scroggins Law Group, PLLC for their insight into divorce and appealing a divorce court order.

Ways to Help Increase Your Chances of Getting Child Custody

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It is a devastating feeling to go through a child custody case and to not be awarded physical custody of your children. If you have just gone through a child custody case and were not awarded with the custody you want, it is not impossible to get custody of your child. Noncustodial parents who want to get some type of custody of their children may want to hire a family law attorney to help with their case.

In addition to hiring a family law attorney, there are a few other tips you should know if you are trying to get custody of your child.

  1. Know your state’s laws. You should become familiar with your state’s child custody laws. This will ensure that you are aware of your rights as well as your children’s rights.
  2. Have a home study. If you are trying to get custody of your child, the court have require you to have a formal child custody evaluation. This would involve sending an evaluator to your house in order to see where you and your children would live and to talk with you about how you would provide for your children’s needs. It is understandable that this would be a seen as a scary idea. However, it is in your best interest to have an open mind and to be yourself throughout the full process.
  3. Provide character witnesses. It is advised to find a few key people that are able to speak to the involvement you have with your child as well as those who can provide evidence of your skills as a parent. Depending on the circumstances, the judge may want to speak with each witness in person or they could have to submit a written statement.

Factors to Help a Parent Get Custody of their Children

The court uses a number of factors when deciding the ability of each parent to get child custody. Some of the most common factors are:

  • The Children’s Best Interests: The first deciding factor a court uses when determining who should get child custody is what is in the best interest of the children.
  • Communication Between the Parents: The court views parents who are able to speak about their children’s upbringing with one another favorably.
  • Documentation: It is important for the parent trying to get child custody to be prepared with all necessary documents, including information on child support payments and visitation.
  • Courtroom Etiquette: How parents present themself in the courtroom could affect how the judge views each parent. It is important that parents dress appropriately to court and present themselves in a calm demeanor.
  • Involvement: If a parent wants to get child custody, they should remain involved in their children’s lives throughout the child custody process. By showing they are committed to being in their children’s lives in any capacity, a judge’s decision could be impacted.

If you and the parent of your children have a difference of opinion on custody, it may benefit you to hire a child custody lawyer in Plano, TX. By having a qualified professional on your side, they will work on your behalf to defend your rights while keeping your children’s best interests as their top priority.

Thanks to Scroggins Law Group, PLLC for their insight into family law and ways to increase your chances of getting custody custody.

Facing Criminal Charges

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Although you are guilty until proven innocent in a court of law, it is not wise to carry on as if you are not facing criminal charges when you are. This means, when you are facing criminal charges you may be being watched. So, it is best to move like a law-abiding citizen as much as possible. Although you may be innocent, there are small things that may not be in your best interest when you have pending criminal charges out against you. The best that you can do in this situation is to protect yourself at all times. And the only way to truly protect yourself is to stay on the right side of the law.

If you or someone you know is facing criminal charges, speak with a skilled criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Because you do not study the law, it is wise to have a knowledgeable attorney review the facts of your case and go over with you, your legal options and rights. When you are in this situation, no matter how tempting it is, always remember that it is not best to speak with anyone else regarding your case but your attorney. When you speak with other people outside of your legal team, you increase the chances of forgetting things you said, or possibly saying the wrong thing and being recorded and having things you say, incriminate you. Speaking out of term can backfire on you with the wrong people and it is necessary to remember you are almost always under the microscope once criminal charges are filed.

While it may be obvious to most, it is not obvious to all that no other criminal acts should be committed while facing criminal charges. This will not make your criminal situation any better. In fact, the commission of additional crimes while you are already facing criminal charges opens the possibility of getting the maximum sentence for your crimes.

You do not have to go through these criminal defenses cases alone. It is best to talk to and hire a skilled criminal defense attorney in Atlanta, GA to ensure that you are more careful in the process. Being charged with a criminal offense, especially if it is your first time, can be very scary. Hire an attorney and be as open as possible so that you are granted the possibility to build the defense strategy in regards to your situation.

Contact Andrew R. Lynch, P.C. for their insight into facing criminal charges and defense strategies.

Facts about Unemployment Fraud

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If you are charged with unemployment fraud it is likely because you were receiving government benefits for unemployment based on inaccurate information filed on your behalf. If this is done knowingly, you can be punished with jail time and/or fines.

Although it is a white-collar crime, unemployment fraud is still a very serious criminal offense. If you are charged with unemployment fraud, you can be punished much like any other individual charged with a crime. The tricky thing about unemployment fraud is, several other offenses can be pulled from this offense such as, falsifying documents as well.

The punishment, much like any other criminal offense, is based on the severity of the crime and the amount taken in these fraudulent claims; you can be charged for a misdemeanor or a felony. Your punishment can range from a few hundred dollars and probation, to thousands of dollars and prison time. Much like petty theft and grand theft, depending on the state, once a minimum amount is exceeded the punishment and classification increases.

Unbeknownst to many, although they are called “unemployment benefits”, under certain guidelines, you are still legally eligible to receive them while working. Receiving unemployment benefits while working becomes a crime when the individual receiving the benefits does not accurately report the time worked and wage at the job they are working. It is likely that that person is withholding this information for the sake of their benefits, and this is in fact illegal.

However, illegal or not, much like any other case, you are not guilty until that is proven in a court of law. Therefore, it is best to speak with and hire a criminal defense attorney that can represent you and build a case in your defense. The right attorney will be able to review the facts of your case and after examining the details, formulate a plan that can possibly have your charges dropped, reduced, or at least ensure the best possible outcome in your situation. And because you are innocent until proven otherwise, it is best to avoid any admission of guilt or make any statement without a lawyer present, because the punishment can be far more extreme than you expect.

If you or someone you know has been accused of unemployment fraud, it is in your best interest to peak with a skilled Decatur criminal lawyer.

Contact Andrew R. Lynch, P.C. for their insight into criminal defense and unemployment fraud.

Managing Business Disputes

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Operating a business is often no easy task. As a business owner, you will be responsible for operating in a variety of settings. It’s likely that you will be interfacing with customers, employees, contractors and other businesses on a fairly regular basis. It’s not uncommon for business disputes to arise as a result. A law firm is familiar with the challenges business owner’s today stand to face, especially without crucial legal guidance along the way. Business owners can often feel isolated and lost when it comes to the legalities of business ownership and management. With so much riding on the success of your business, it’s important to equip yourself with knowledge of business law to safeguard your business.

Become Knowledgeable with Employment Law

Disputes amongst employee and employer are among the most common business legal issues today. As a business owner and employer, it’s important that you have some knowledge base of employment law should you be operating a business that employs staff. Failure to do so could result in a disgruntled employee taking legal action for mistreatment. Key employment issues to have awareness around include:

  • Discrimination
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Family Medical Leave Act
  • Fair Labor Standards Act
  • Occupational Health and Safety Act (OSHA)

Unfortunately, you may unknowingly do something that is illegal. As a result, you may face a formal complaint from an employee or further legal action. Retaining an attorney can help ensure that you not only have knowledge of employment law but also clear policies and operating procedures in place that are aligned with employment laws.

A Clear Understanding of Contracts

Contractual agreements are a key component to conducting business. Whether you have agreed to something with a simple handshake, or have drawn up a more formalized agreement, contracts occur nearly every day. For a business owner, failing to uphold a deal, or, being taken advantage by someone in breach of contract, may result in litigation. A lawyer can prove beneficial for many reasons:

  • Educate you regarding the documentation to keep
  • Help to successfully draw up a business contract
  • Guide you through the process
  • Represent you should you need to take legal action, or are facing legal action

A poorly executed contract can be incredibly disruptive to the functioning of a business. If goods or services you purchased are not obtained in a timely manner, your business could be impacted. A law firm may be able to help you by taking a closer look at your case.

Have the Counsel of a Business Lawyer

Securing the services of business lawyers can provide business owners with important legal counsel. Many business owners believe that they may not require the help of an attorney unless they face legal proceedings. This is far from the truth. In fact, business lawyers can also work preventatively with business owners. Not only can we provide you with counsel, we can also insure that you take steps towards appropriately managing situations before they become larger issues that require litigation. Although business lawyers come at an expense, their counsel is worth their weight. This is especially true if their guidance helps your business to avoid legal issues later on.

Are you a business owner who has put off finding a business lawyer? Accessing an experienced business law lawyer Rockville, MD chooses doesn’t have to be as stressful as you may have been led to believe. Contact a law firm today so that a lawyer can provide you with clear straightforward rates and the guidance you deserve.

Thanks to The Law Office of Daniel J. Wright for their insight into business law and managing disputes.

What Must I Know Before My Child Custody Hearing?

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When two people who had shared children together split up, it is often one parent or the other who receives custody. In some cases, both parents may be awarded joint custody, where they each share a major role in providing for their child. Before walking into your child custody hearing, we highly recommend meeting with an attorney for assistance. Family law cases tend to be more emotionally challenging compared to other disputes handled in court. They can help you prepare for the hearing by providing information, support, and strategy when needed.

Your attorney will do whatever is within their power to see that you are able to continue having a positive and close relationship with your child.

How the Judge Determines Custody

There are many variables a judge is going to consider, before making the final decision about child custody. Factors the judge may use to evaluate what is best, could be things like access to quality education and healthcare, opportunity for hobbies, and which parent can support the child’s physical and emotional needs.

Many parents may worry that if they don’t make more than their former partner, that their chances of being awarded custody are less. However, this may not be the case. If the other parent makes more but doesn’t have enough time to dedicate to spending quality time, he or she may not be chosen for sole custody.

Standards of Best Interests

The family court is going to base their decision on what will be for the betterment of the child’s growth and health. Each state may have different standards on defining what exactly is best, so it is helpful if you consult with an attorney for laws that pertain to you specifically. Despite variances by state, in general the court wants to see that the child can maintain a relationship with each parent equally if possible.

Agreement Through Mediation

Parents who are reasonably amicable with each other and feel comfortable talking directly, may find mediation helpful in resolving the child custody dispute. If parents can work out an agreement that works for both of them, they can avoid the stress and costly fees associated with attending family court. In mediation, an unbiased third party representative is present to facilitate the conversation. If you have ever experienced violence or abuse from your former partner, an attorney may suggest that perhaps mediation is not the best option for you. Under no circumstances should your safety be in jeopardy during child custody negotiations.

We can imagine how much anguish you may be experiencing right now, at the thought that you may lose your child in the custody battle. Call today to book your appointment with a child custody modification lawyer Frisco, TX offers.

Thanks to Scroggins Law Group, PLLC for their insight into family law and what to know before your child custody hearing.

Failure To Report

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There are just some things that are expected of you as a member of society. Laws vary from state to state as it pertains to reporting crimes; it is not also required or illegal to not report a crime. This charge, however, can range from minor to major. Depending on the extremity of the crime committed, you can be charged with a misdemeanor or a felony for not reporting it. Murder is one criminal offense that law enforcement would expect to be reported to them. In the event that it is not reported, a prosecutor can and may attempt to charge you with Failure to Report.

This is not to be confused with helping to conceal a crime this is an entirely different criminal act and will be prosecuted accordingly. If you aide someone in covering up a crime, you will be charged with far more than “failure to report”, you are then open to the possibility of being charged with aiding and abetting, or an accessory after the fact.

You do not want to participate in any parts of the crime, assisting in hiding someone law enforcement is searching for, hiding evidence, or even assisting in a cover up story (better known as an alibi), is beyond failure to report. There is a fine line between aiding and abetting and failure to report, and your involvement in these criminal acts, although you “technically” did not commit the crime, can get you into a load of legal trouble.

While each state is different, if a child is involved, many states required and expect an individual to report the crime that physically, mentally, or even emotionally affected the child.  If there is any feeling that child abuse is occurring, it must be reported. While this is not as extreme as failing to report a murder, charges can still be sought after, but only on a misdemeanor level of punishing.

If you or someone you know has knowledge of a criminal activity that took place, and has not reported it to the appropriate authorities, it could be possible the police are already aware of your participation or lack thereof. The truth is, when you are not honest, you will almost have no way of knowing your name came up, or maybe even your face was shown on video footage obtained and it is clear that you were aware and chose to not report. While it is best to simply report crimes you are aware of, if you do not, speak with a skilled criminal defense attorney Dekalb County, GA offers in the event that you are charged with Failure to Report.

ContactAndrew R. Lynch, P.C. for their insight into criminal defense and hit and run cases.