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How do you choose a defense attorney?

Criminal defense attorneys have a difficult job to do. They are here to protect you and guide you through the criminal justice system. They have to do their research and make sure they're educated on the most current laws and regulations that could affect your case.

Working with the right criminal defense attorney is the most important thing you can do for yourself. If you work with someone who is not familiar with setting up defenses for people who have committed crimes or been accused of committing crimes as you have, then you could find that your defense is not as strong as it should be.

Understand warrants and reasonable suspicion

Search and seizure is a procedure that is used by law enforcement. The police are able to search your property and to confiscate property if it's evidence of a crime. However, it's not as simple as just walking up to a person and looking through their things.

The police can be, and sometimes are, accused of unreasonable search and seizure. In those cases, people are accusing them of searching their homes, cars or bodies without reason to do so. Typically, search and seizure laws require a search warrant for the officer to perform a search without probable cause.

Get workers' compensation if you've been hurt on the job

Imagine going to work every day and knowing that there are hazards all around you. For the most part, you and your colleagues are familiar with the hazards and have been trained to avoid them. You always wear your personal protective gear, and you make sure to communicate well to avoid accidents.

Then imagine that you get a new co-worker. This person isn't as familiar with your workplace, and in their haste, they fail to communicate what they are doing. This leads to a workplace accident where are you and several others are injured.

2 hurt in police chase in Colleton County

Sometimes, police pursuits end in people getting hurt. Normally, the police will stop pursuing a suspect if they are approaching intersections or busy city areas, but sometimes, that doesn't stop accidents from happening.

Take, for example, a case that took place near Quail Drive and Mount Carmel Road in Colleton County. Officials reported that a Chevy Impala was attempting to flee from the police when it lost control and overturned. Both occupants were trapped inside.

Learn more about the importance of a good defense

Many people find themselves on the wrong side of the law. Whether it's drinking and driving, trespassing, using someone else's credit card or stealing, criminal actions have an impact. If you've been arrested, then you know that you could face harsh penalties for what you've done, even if you are truly apologetic.

Your criminal defense attorney's job is to help you maintain dignity and to be respected throughout the legal process. Your attorney will do a few things including:

  • Making sure you are treated fairly
  • Reducing the likelihood of bias affecting your case
  • Teaching you about the trial process and how your case may be handled
  • Providing a professional opinion on the possibility of reduced penalties or plea deals
  • Educating you on how to present yourself to the court and other parties involved in the case

Don't fear becoming the administrator of an estate: Learn more

Probate is a word that some people fear because it means that a person they love has passed away and the estate has to be dealt with. Keep in mind that it is an honor to be the administrator of an estate. It means that the person you love trusts you to carry out their wishes, even though they're not there to make sure you do.

If you are not from South Carolina, then it's important that you contact an attorney within the state to learn more about the probate process. During probate, you may need to fulfill several duties including:

  • Paying bills
  • Selling assets
  • Distributing assets to beneficiaries or heirs
  • Dealing with will contests
  • Paying taxes
  • Taking an inventory of assets
  • Working with the court and/or beneficiaries

Parents still get distracted with kids in the car

You have certainly seen those "Baby on Board" signs that people put on their cars. The implication is that other people should drive more safely around the car because they know that there is a child inside, and they don't want to injure the child.

That makes you think that parents, when driving with kids in the car, would set a perfect example as flawless, safe drivers. Unfortunately, that's not true.

Employers who won't file injury claims are breaking the law

If your employer is refusing to help you file a claim for workers' compensation, you may feel that you are in a no-win situation. If you keep pressing for the claim, you worry that you could lose your job in the future. If you don't keep pressing for the claim, you'll suffer the financial consequences.

There is a time limit for you to file your claim, known as the statute of limitations. If you go over this time without asserting your right to a claim, you will lose your right to file. Some employers may delay filing your claim in hopes that you will drop your claim or return to work prematurely, which saves them money.

What happens when a third party causes your workplace injury?

A workplace injury can be devastating. You may wonder when you can return to work, what your recovery period will look like and how you will make ends meet in the meantime. Filing a workers’ compensation claim is a great start to recovering the benefits you need. However, when a third party outside of your employer contributed to or caused your injuries, do you have other options?

South Carolina law requires employers to provide workers with access to workers’ compensation benefits in the event of a serious injury in the workplace. Receiving workers’ comp benefits makes you ineligible to sue your employer. You can, however, pursue a third-party injury claim after another party contributed to your injuries.

Auto accident results in 4 victims receiving medical treatment

It's always sad when a traffic accident involves children who suffer serious injuries like in the following case. No one wants to see children get hurt, and it can lead to devastation for everyone involved in the crash.

This auto accident that took place in Daniel Island, South Carolina, sent four people to the hospital. According to the officials in Charleston, the accident happened on SC-41 at the intersection of Halfway Creek Road when a van traveling west on Halfway Creek did not stop for a stop sign. It was then hit by an SUV that was heading north on SC-41.

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