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Finding a Good Lawyer

Finding a Good Lawyer

| June 12, 2014

There are a number of times in our lives when we are thrust into a situation in which it will require the hiring of a licensed attorney. The main reason that attorneys are in demand is because the average person may not have the necessary skills or knowledge needed to successfully litigate a case pro se in the court of law.

Litigating a case on your own will leave you subject to not only embarrassment, but an unfavorable result from the court of law at the outcome of any trial you attempt to argue.

There are a number of resources available online to help people find a good lawyer with expertise in the area of law in question. Whether you are looking for a criminal law attorney, a personal injury lawyer, or a bankruptcy attorney, there should be a number of reviews, references, and recommendations of local lawyers who can help you with your case.

Creditor Harassment

Creditor Harassment

| June 9, 2014

Even the most responsible people sometimes find themselves in circumstances that make it difficult to pay their debts. Unemployment, an unexpected emergency, or a prolonged illness can eat into your savings or income and leave you in a position where you’re barely able to afford to keep a roof over your head. If this has happened to you, you are certainly not alone. At some point in their lives, most people find themselves in a position where they have credit cards or other bills that are overdue.

If you don’t know what to expect, things can get scary when the creditors start calling. This is why you need to know your rights and how to deal with collection agencies. The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) defines what creditors may and may not do when attempting to collect debts. Make no mistake about it, many collection agents will willfully violate this act in an attempt to get you to agree to pay them.Creditor Harassment

Below is a list of some of the deceptive and abusive practices that are prohibited under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act:

  • Calling before 8 am or after 9 pm
  • Continuing to call or send you letters after you’ve notified them in writing to cease contact. They may contact you one additional time to inform you that they are either pursuing legal action or ceasing collection efforts.
  • Contacting you at your place of employment after you’ve told them not to
  • Threatening arrest
  • Threatening legal action if they do not intend to sue you or are legally unable to do so (i.e., Statute of Limitations has expired)
  • Use of abusive or profane language
  • Discussing your debt with third parties other than your attorney or spouse
  • Deceitful practices such as a debt collector claiming to be law enforcement or an attorney
  • Misrepresenting the debt
  • Intentionally reporting false information to the credit bureaus

If a debt collector violates the FDCPA, you can file a civil suit against them for actual damages.

Below is a short video that explains how you should handle creditor harassment.

Criminally Charged? Get a Lawyer Quick!

Criminally Charged? Get a Lawyer Quick!

| May 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Houston Police Department wastes no time at all when it comes to arresting and charging people if they have probable cause indicating their involvement in a criminal offense.

The best thing to do if you are arrested by the police is to keep your mouth shut, not volunteer information, and don’t run or fight the police.Houston-Police-Department-300x188

Once you have made it to jail, its important that you bond out as soon as possible and talk with an attorney to find out what your best options may be when it comes to fighting the charge.

Sometimes, pleading not guilty and fighting the criminal charge accusations in the court of law is the best route to go, when in other cases it makes sense to plea out, accept probation, a fine, or a short time in county jail.

Regardless of what criminal offense you’ve been accused of, its best to always talk with a lawyer who has experience defending people who were in similar predicaments.

Race War Inside the Indiana Prison

Race War Inside the Indiana Prison

| May 15, 2014

In our attempt to shed light on the world of law and order, leaving out the end result of a criminal charge wouldn’t be fair to our readers. The penitentiary documentary list is a look at life inside an Indiana Prison. Although I’m sure no one wants to die in jail, it happens on a daily basis in American jails.

It always best not to get involved in the commission of criminal acts. By not involving yourself in criminal activity, you won’t have to live the life of that which is depicted in the prison documentary.

Why You Need a Criminal Defense Lawyer on Your Side

Why You Need a Criminal Defense Lawyer on Your Side

| May 5, 2014

Are you looking forward to a trial date in the Texas criminal justice system? If so, listen up, we have a number of tips to give you that may help in your trouble with the law in Texas.

There are number of top flight criminal defense attorneys in Houston like David Breston, and Mark Bennett. One thing that any one of these 3 Houston criminal defense attorneys will tell you is that judges and prosecutors are extra ferocious when it comes to the criminally accused attempting to represent themselves in the court of law.

Is The Evidence Against You Lawful?

For one thing, your case may qualify to be thrown out of court. Only a trained and experienced criminal defense lawyer will know when to ask the presiding judge to throw your case out of court.

Do You Know How To Choose a Jury?

Secondly, vior dire. Choosing a jury will come into play in the event that you intend to take your case to trial. Only the best criminal defense attorneys will have high aptitude and skill in picking jurors that will return from deliberation with favorable results from the defendant.

Do You Know any Expert Witnesses?

Another thing is expert witnesses. Do you know any? Will they even talk to know if you can find an expert with the fundamental prudence in such a way that the outcome of your trial can be affected?

This and a number of other reasons is why you need a good criminal defense lawyer if you are facing a felony criminal trial in the State of Texas. The State of Texas prides itself in death penalties, and handing down harsh criminal penalties on people found guilty of violating the law of the land.

Always retain a smart, saavy, criminal justice counselor when going to trial in Texas. Your life may depend on it.

When You Need a Criminal Defense Attorney in Houston

When You Need a Criminal Defense Attorney in Houston

| April 23, 2014

Being charged for a criminal offense in Houston is no laughing matter as the weight of the law usually comes down hard on those charged with felony offenses in the State of Texas.

Its more important than ever to have a board certified criminal defense attorney in Houston on your side if you are too come out of court with a favorable disposition for your case. Tad Nelson is ready to have a sit down consultation about your case as well as go over possible defense strategies.

If you’ve been arrested by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office or the Houston Police Department, contact attorney Tad Nelson at 713-802-1631 to schedule a meeting. Houston Criminal Law Guru Tad Nelson is a board certified criminal defense attorney specializing in felony cases, cocaine possession cases, drug crimes, sex crimes, and he also handles immigration cases.

Looking for a private search engine? Try Startpage.

Looking for a private search engine? Try Startpage.

| April 18, 2014

We all know that Google tracks everything that you do, from your home IP Address (they know who you are), on its properties. This includes search. See the video below for a visual example of the potential power this represents for Google, and the potential threat it is to you.

Looking for an Alternative to Google? Try Startpage.

By using Startpage for search you get the quality of Google Search results, without results tailor made to fit what think you want to see based on your previous searches, or by divulging you deepest secrets to a major “for profit” corporation in the form of search queries from you home. It doesn’t matter whether you are signed in or out of Google, they know who you are.

How To Hire a Criminal Justice Lawyer

How To Hire a Criminal Justice Lawyer

| April 1, 2014

Houston Area Law Enforcement Officials are Motivated

Houston’s main law enforcement personnel (The Houston Police Department and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office) are more ferocious than ever in their “crime fighting” efforts. As a result of this harshly applied manpower, many good people are finding themselves charged with criminal offenses in the Houston area.

Most alleged criminal offenders who are facing misdemeanor cases and felonies have no way of knowing if they’ve hired, at bare minimum, a reasonably decent criminal defense attorney to assist them with their case.

Make no bones about it, having any attorney on your side during a defense against criminal allegations is better than having no attorney at all, by far. However, most people end up with mediocre to low-end attorneys in their corner and would never be the wiser.

Most people don’t have dealings with attorneys on a regular basis, don’t understand the legal community, and quite frankly, have no idea of the intricacies involved with being a darn good criminal justice lawyer. Therefore, they have no idea of the steps they can take to find out if the lawyer they are considering is bad, good, a rookie, a joke, or a great lawyer.

Sadly, most of these people end up putting a criminal defense attorney on retainer because of a word of mouth referral, or as a result of them being captured by flashy law-firm advertising schemes during a vulnerable time in their life.

All without regard for the skill-set and trial experience of the lawyer in question.

Is The Attorney Board Certified By The Texas Board of Legal Specialization?

There are a number of methods one can employ to find out if the attorney you are considering putting on retainer to represent you, or the attorney you’ve already hired, is a novice, or an expert in criminal law amongst other law fields.

Check to see if the attorney you are considering is Board Certified as an expert in criminal law.

The Texas Board of Legal Specialization, authorized by the Supreme Court of Texas, offers explicit certifications for legal expert status in 21 specific areas of the law.

If the attorney you have hired to assist you in fighting your Houston criminal case is board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, chances are you’ve hire one of the best criminal defense attorneys in Texas to help you fight the charge.

The numbers are clear when it comes to making a keen determination on who the best and brightest in the criminal law field are. By some counts, there are over 84,000 lawyers licensed to practice law in the State of Texas, but less than 10% of these lawyers are board certified as experts in their field of practice by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

A Direct Quote From the TBLS

There are over 70,000 attorneys licensed to practice in Texas. Only 7,000 have earned the right to be publicly recognized as Board Certified specialists in one of 21 select areas of law. Source

Notice the language: “Earned The Right”

This isn’t a membership that can be bought and paid for.

It has to be earned.

Having a Board Certified criminal defense attorney on your side means you have a lawyer that doesn’t attempt to dabble in multiple areas of the law acting as a “jack of all trades” and a master of none. It means you have a specialist expert criminal attorney on your side that will exhaust all efforts, known and unknown, to help you win at trial if the case goes that far.

Does Your Attorney Win Criminal Trials?

Results speak for themselves. If you don’t already know that you are in the company of a top lawyer who wins 95% of his cases, or gains good results from the courts 95% of the time on behalf of his clients, then you probably are not in the company of a good lawyer.

To put it lightly, stars shine.

If your lawyer doesn’t have a lot to say about their previous trial experience, cases they’ve won, instances of having evidence suppressed, or interesting stories of how they have won criminal cases in the court of law, chances are they haven’t.

A good confirmation indicator that the attorney may be a novice would be if the lawyer continues to bring up case dismissals with light talk of gripping courtroom trials.

Is Your Attorney a Professional?

Unfortunately, there are some lawyers out there who have had disciplinary sanctions enacted upon them.

If you want to find out if your lawyer, or the criminal justice attorney you may be considering for your case has a disciplinary problem, then it behooves you to visit the website of the State Bar of Texas and look up your attorney by name, and see what record shows for that attorney as far as disciplinary entries are concerned.

Upon uncovering any evidence of professional misconduct on the part of your attorney, you can safely take the position that the attorney in question may be dishonest, incompetent, or unequipped professionally to be able to put up a strong case on behalf of their client.

Shy Away From Court Appointed Attorneys

Nothing against public defenders, also known as court appointed lawyers, but these well intentioned attorneys are often overworked, tired, not as respected as top shelf lawyers, frowned upon, generally fresh out of law school or poor performers in a private practice, and underpaid.

This type of professional climate can result in the public defender feeling compelled to strike a deal with the district attorney to the ultimate detriment of the person they are supposed to be defending hand, tooth, and nail.

After all, they are human.

Need to talk with a lawyer?

Being charged with a felony or a misdemeanor criminal offense in the State of Texas can be a scary situation, but rest assured it isn’t the end of the world.

A good criminal defense lawyer will handle the following types of criminal law cases;

  • Drug Crimes
  • Marijuana Possession Cases
  • Cocaine Possession Crimes
  • Federal Drug Conspiracy Cases and Drug Trafficking Allegations.
  • Meth lab operation cases
  • Capital Murder Cases
  • Sex Crimes
  • Aggravated Sexual Assault Crimes
  • Failure to Register as a Sex Offender
  • Family Violence, Assault, Evading Arrest
  • Child Endangerment Cases
  • DWI
  • DUI
  • Felony DWI
  • Vehicular Manslaughter
  • Internet Crimes
  • White Collar Crimes
  • Shoplifting, Robbery
  • Probation Violation
  • Record Sealing, Expungement, Expunction
  • All Federal Crimes
  • All Capital Cases
  • All Felonies
  • All Misdemeanors