About Civil Rights and How to Get Justice For an Infraction

A San Diego civil rights attorney may be the choice for you if your civil rights have been violated. All American citizens are guaranteed the same rights, according to the law. It is sometimes necessary to be represented by an attorney in order to ensure that these rights are upheld.

Without a legal system in place to see to it that people are treated fairly, many more people would have to deal with wrongful termination of employment, without any recourse. There are many people who have been fired from their jobs for reason such as needing time off for medical procedures, complaining about sexual harassment, and racial discrimination. None of these reasons qualify within the U.S. legal system as acceptable reasons for termination. Fortunately for these people, San Diego civil rights attorneys are available to help them keep their jobs and be treated fairly.

In the U.S., people are guaranteed the right to religious freedom. This entitles them to assemble as a group with the intention of worship. They also have the right to refuse medical treatment in order to uphold their religious beliefs. The fact is, that in the United States, the government has no place in governing over people’s religious selection or practice. According to the law, the two must be kept separate. San Diego lawyers are well aware of these facts and are available to make sure that the laws of our civil rights are upheld.

Perhaps one of the largest civil rights issues we still face today is discrimination based on race. There are some who believe that people of certain races are “lesser” or different than they, and may treat them with verbal or physical abuse and terrorism. These thoughts and actions are completely wrong and are prohibited by the Constitution. Any harmful or demeaning behavior toward people of different races is illegal and punishable by law. Anyone who has suffered from racial discrimination is strongly advised to seek the help of an attorney as soon as possible.

If you’re a resident of California and feel that you have suffered from discrimination or harassment, please know that seeking a lawyer can not only help you find justice, but it will also ensure that no one else has to suffer as you have.

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Understanding the Importance of a Probate Lawyer

Many people often neglect to make arrangements for their estate and finances in the event of their death. Failure to draft a will can cause a great deal of complexity when it comes to handling the deceased’s affairs and could result in the estate becoming “tied up” in legal proceedings for several years. San Diego probate lawyers specialize in the probate area of law, and understand the limitations and legal proceedings that probate entails.

Probate occurs when an individual estate has no will or set of legal instructions to direct the disposition of one’s affairs. Knowing how assets are going to be divided, debtors taken care of, property disposed of, charitable bequeaths are all handled by the probate court. This is done before the Superior Court of California for the County of San Diego in the Probate Court, which a San Diego lawyer could navigate with efficiency

Probate is of chief concern for the heirs and beneficiaries of individuals whose loved one dies without a will. Dying without a will, known as dying intestate, leaves it up to the probate court to decide what happens to the person’s estate. A person leaves an estate, whether there is money or assets or anything else that is tangible upon death. The San Diego probate lawyer understands the system for disposing of a decedent’s affairs and resolving the competing concerns of the heirs.

Settling matters such as these in a probate court can take anything from months to years. This is usually due to the amount of time it can take for heirs or beneficiaries to step forward, in the event that none can be easily located. Not only will a San Diego probate lawyer try to resolve the matter as fairly as possible, but they will resolve to get the process over as quickly and efficiently as they are able to.

A legal background in wills, estates, trusts and probate are a must for an attorney practicing probate law. Looking at a individuals background and credentials is helpful. Checking online legal directories and asking questions also helps to ensure that the San Diego probate lawyer you higher is competent.

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Driving Safety Near a School or School Bus

Driving near a school or a school bus can be dangerous if motorists don’t take proper precautions to ensure not just their own safety, but the safety of children in the vicinity. Here’s a guide to help you understand the right protocol to follow as a motorist in a school zone, or near a school bus.

Picking up or dropping off children at school:

  • Every school has a system to pick up and drop off children. Make sure you educate yourself on the rules of the school and adhere to them
  • Don’t double park because it reduces visibility for other drivers, and can endanger students
  • Park in the allotted areas (these have been designed keeping in mind the safety of students), and take permitted turns while navigating the school grounds. Avoid making U-turns and three-point turns.
  • While driving, watch out closely for children on bikes coming onto the roadway from between parked cars. Also keep a safe distance of at least 3ft between your vehicle and the motorcycle, and always check your side-view mirror before exiting your car
  • As a rule, ensure that your child is safely buckled in with the seat belt or in an age-appropriate child car seat before starting the car. Also, make sure your child enters or exits the car only via the ‘safety door’ which is the rear door on the kerb-side

Driving in a school zone:

  • Don’t exceed the 25mph speed limit imposed while driving in school zones. Most often this speed limit is imposed in school zones between 8 a.m. and 9.30 a.m., and 2.30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Motorists must adhere to this speed limit even if there are no children in sight
  • Slow down when approaching a school crossing
  • Do not proceed past the school crossing until the crossing supervisor’s hand-held sign is no longer displayed, or until he/she indicates that you can continue
  • If there is no crossing supervisor, but ‘CHILDREN CROSSING’ flags are displayed, the motorist must stop and wait until all the pedestrians have crossed the road
  • While driving through a school zone, avoid honking as it might scare children and cause them to stumble or fall in the way of oncoming traffic

Driving in the vicinity of a school bus:

  • Learn to understand the flashing light system on school buses.
  • If the overhead lights on the bus are flashing yellow, then prepare to stop. These lights indicate that the bus driver is planning to bring the vehicle to a halt to load or unload children.
  • If the overhead lights are flashing red, and the stop sign extended, it means that the bus has stopped and that children are getting on or off the bus. At this time all motorists, regardless of the direction in which they are moving, must come to a halt until the red lights stop flashing, the extended stop sign pulled back, and the bus resumes motion. In all 50 states of the U.S., it is mandatory for all vehicles on both sides of the road to come to a halt during this process. However, if a median divides the road, this may not be required.
  • If you are passing a school bus, make sure that there is plenty of visibility and space in the next lane. It is illegal in the U.S. to pass a bus on the right side, as this is where the loading and unloading of children occurs. Therefore, vehicles may pass the school bus on the left side on multiple lane roadways
  • Remember, though buses have large mirrors to assist the driver in his/her navigation, these vehicles also have huge blind spots. Stay cognizant of this, and pull back and slow down if you see a bus flash its blinkers, and allow it to move into the next lane.
  • Be especially vigilant near bus stops. Children may be playing at the bus stop to kill some time, or might be arriving late for their school bus and may inadvertently dart into oncoming traffic.
  • Bear in mind that buses stop frequently, so maintain at least 3ft distance between your car and the bus, to allow yourself enough time to come to a halt too
  • Do not park at or near a bus stop. In fact, maintain enough distance between your vehicle and the bus stop to allow children to enter and exit the bus with ease
  • Always remember that children can behave in an unpredictable, often rash, manner. In their haste or enthusiasm, they may not remember the safety concerns associated with walking on the road or picking up something they’ve dropped on the road. Therefore, it’s important to look very carefully to make sure the way is clear before navigating traffic behind a school bus.

These tips will help you drive in a safe, responsible manner while driving in a school zone, or near a school bus. If you would like to share your thoughts or suggestions of your own, we’d love to hear from you. Leave us a comment below!

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The Search For a Defense Attorney

If you watch much television, the odds are you seen a program where someone gets arrested and read their Miranda rights. Included in these is the right to an attorney, even if the court has to appoint one. This is a very important right in our country and if you are arrested in San Antonio, guilty or innocent, you will need to find and hire a San Antonio defense attorney.

Granted, it would be wonderful if every attorney was as talented as the fictitious Ben Matlock or Perry Mason, however in reality, all lawyers differ in regards to talent, perseverance, and overall passion for law and defending the rights of American citizens. Whether their client is guilty or innocent, a defense lawyer must not only have the skills to build a good defense for their client, but also be able to present that case effectively in trial. Unfortunately, some lawyers are simply more skilled and accomplished than others.

When you’re on the prowl for a good San Antonio attorney, the best way to get a good idea about the capability of a lawyer is to have a look at their history. For instance, read up about the results of their past cases and determine whether more cases are won or lost by this lawyer. Pay particular attention to the cases which are most similar to yours. You may find that some lawyers with exceptionally high win/lose ratios and well-known reputations will usually charge more for their service, especially if the attorney uses public advertising such as TV and radio commercials. But regardless of the lawyer’s price range, it is important that you do choose proper representation rather than attempting to represent yourself in trial, particularly if it is a criminal offense.

In jail, you are likely to find many different people from different backgrounds. Talk to some of them about who they have as attorneys. This will help you to decide on the best San Antonio criminal defense attorney for your case and increase the odds that you will get off or have a less than maximum sentence for the crime you are accused of committing.

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Can I Get Ticketed By an Off-Duty Police Officer?

We are thankful for our law enforcement personnel who sacrifice their lives every day to protect our rights and our safety. As citizens, we expect police officers to be honest, respectful, and un-biased figures of society, so that we may trust them to carry out their duties responsibly.

But sometimes, a cop can exhibit overconfidence and carry out personal agendas that are not necessarily a positive contribution to our communities. One common example of this involves off-duty cops and unmarked police vehicles. Continue reading to learn about your rights as a citizen in the case that you are pulled over by an off-duty police officer in an unmarked vehicle.

Off-Duty and Unmarked

Have ever been pulled over by an unmarked police vehicle? They appear to look like any other normal vehicle on the road, and then all of a sudden, you see their flashing lights and sirens in your rearview mirror. Unmarked police cars are purposeful and used in several types of investigations and routine applications. So if you are pulled over in one, by a cop that is actually on-duty, then you are being legally pulled over. However, if you were pulled over by an off-duty police officer in an unmarked vehicle and out of uniform, the situation changes.

According to Indiana Code ยง 9-30-2-2:

A law enforcement officer that is off the clock and driving in an unmarked vehicle does not have the authority to pull someone over and issue them a citation or ticket.

Accordingly, any evidence gathered by the police officer during an unauthorized stop is suppressible, and carries no weight in a court of law whatsoever. Many drivers have had their citations and tickets revoked under these circumstances, after an attorney successfully presented their argument regarding this Indiana Code.

How to Challenge an Illegal Ticket

It is important to understand the limits of a cop’s authority, and when and where they have jurisdiction. This way, you can know whether or not a ticket is being issued legally. If this has ever happened to you, you might want to consider challenging it, or expunging the violation altogether. Talk to a record expungement lawyer to see if you qualify.

Remember, an off-duty officer in an unmarked vehicle has just as much right to pull you over as you have the right to pull over the car in front of you. So if a cop on his way home from work wants to pull you over, keep this in mind. But of course, never keep driving. It is best to just stop and talk to the police officer. Do not argue, accept the ticket, and then immediately call a defense lawyer when you get home.

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What You Need to Know About the Increase in Traffic Fatalities in South Carolina

In response to a recent report issued by South Carolina Highway Patrol, there has been an increase in traffic fatalities in South Carolina. South Carolina has seen a whopping 25% increase in deaths caused by traffic automobile accidents.

According to the National Safety Council, traffic deaths in the U.S. from 2014 to 2016 increased by 18 percent. However, the state of South Carolina saw a 25 percent increase. In North Carolina, the number jumped to 26 percent during the same two-year time frame.

More traffic, increased distractions, and poor road conditions lead to higher traffic fatalities across the state of South Carolina. Remember, it is easy to call a death in a traffic accident a “fatality”-which is a generic term. But imagine if it were your loved one, or close friend, who died tragically in a preventable traffic accident. Deaths caused by auto wrecks are an unnecessary tragedy. All of us have to remember that it’s not just a “fatality”; in fact, it’s a the loss of a human being-the loss of a father, mother, son or daughter, brother or sister – in a preventable situation. As an auto accident lawyer, I witness how car wrecks affect the lives of real people in our community. And it’s a terrible, terrible preventable tragedy.

What are some of the reasons for these high statistics? The program Target Zero discusses the state of South Carolina’s goal of eliminating traffic related deaths to Zero. One of these factors is the increase in traffic due to tourism. Whether toting our gorgeous parks or our fabulous food, our state, especially the Upstate, has received a lot of positive media attention in the past couple of years. This has resulted in an increase in visitors.

Another contributing factor to the increased traffic could be attributed to people relocating here. In 2015, there was a 2.5 percent jump in the number of registered vehicles and a 2 percent rise in the number of driver’s licenses issued in South Carolina.

With more traffic on the roadways of course there will be more traffic-related accidents. Nevertheless, there are still other reasons for wrecks. Distracted driving, drowsy driving, and drunk driving are still factors in fatality related auto accidents.

So, please be safe out there and be a defensive driver. And follow this simple advice: Slow down. Give plenty of distance between your car and other cars. Get off the cell phone or smart phone. Keep your eyes on the road. Keep two hands on the wheel. Never drink or drive or drive while tired. Take safe driving seriously.

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Understanding Liability and How You Can Claim Compensation

You will need a New York liability lawyer if you have recently been injured by a seller or a manufacturer of a product whose item might have somehow caused injury. You will probably need to hire a product liability attorney to assist you in evaluating your case and to decide whether or not your case or claim is really going to be successful. There are a number of ways you an go about finding the right product liability lawyer.

The other type of liability we’re going to talk about is called “premises liability.” When a person or business takes possession of property, it must be maintained in a manner in which there are no hazards which could cause injury to someone. If the premises is neglected and a person sustains injury from it, the owner must be held responsible. In other words, they are liable by law for the state of the premises.

Premises liability cases have a great deal of “bad PR” because they are claimed so frequently, and in some cases, only won by a technicality. But at the end of the day, it is up to the property owner to see that all hazards are either posted on a legible sign or made so that access is prohibited to people until the problem is mended.

If you decide that you’d like to file a liability claim, you will need to find a New York attorney. If you know any family members or friends who have recently gone though a similar case, it would be best to ask if they could recommend their lawyer. This is a great way to find a trustworthy candidate from a person who has first-hand experience working with the lawyer.

It is extremely important that you understand what you are getting in to when you file a New York liability case, or have one filed against you. The best way to ensure that you have a decent chance of coming out on top is to hire a lawyer to lead the way.

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Why Is a Driving Licence Check and Validation Important?

If you run a fleet management company, you will have drivers who work for your company. In this case, it is the employers responsibility to make sure that their employees hold a valid UK driving licence. A Driving licence validation can help protect employers from having to pay unnecessary penalties.

The status of a driving licence may change many times for a number of reasons. In some cases a driver may not even know about the status change. After the first validation of a licence has been done, the next validation is automatically scheduled. However, the frequency of this licence checking process is usually based on a driver’s risk profile. If the licence gets disqualified during the validation process, then the employer will be notified immediately.

Third-party licence checking services conduct the driving licence validation process using the Access to Driver Data (ADD) service. ADD gives real-time driving licence information through a business-to-business interface. ADD includes all the necessary information needed such as driver’s name, date of birth, address, and other driving details such as entitlement, disqualifications, and penalties. ADD provides 24/7 real-time driving licence data. ADD gives you a quick response with accurate licence/driver information. If there is no information available, it returns a simple response saying driver’s information is not available.

What Is Driver and Vehicle Information Solution (Davis)?

Davis is an expanded brand, which includes some additional information about the driver and vehicle. It is a cloud-based solution, which enables customers to add or remove various optional modules. It mainly covers four areas: the vehicle, its driver, Policies/Guidelines and driver/vehicle related services. The modular structure of Davis allows customers to utilize either a single service or a mixture of several services. This mix-and-match approach is highly beneficial to a business in that it allows them to add or remove modules when they want. Davis helps organizations to meet the regulations needed to avoid them receiving any unnecessary penalties.

Significance of the Licence Card Data Reader

Another service provided by a third-party licence checking service is a Card Reader (CDR). It captures all the licence/driver data in a single pass. Both sides can be read simultaneously. It just requires the software to be installed on a local PC to drive the reader. Using CDR, forged data can be detected easily. CDR is very user-friendly, and requires minimal training. Once the data is read, it is directly uploaded into the software. The CDR helps to speed the process up as it can read large amount of data in a short time.

Benefits of Driving Licence Checking and Validation

Driving licence validation can offer a lot of advantages to your company, some of them are listed below:

  1. Helps identify misinterpreted information and reduce the risk of forged documentation.
  2. Saves you time, because e-consent is valid for three years.
  3. Using the card data reader can validate international licences.
  4. Companies can avoid potential penalties.
  5. Business owners can have peace of mind. They can be confident about their employees driving licence and insurance information.
  6. Improves travel/road safety for everyone, including company, customer, and the driver.

 

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Probate Lawyer Recommendations

For many people, the thought of creating a will is too depressing to face, therefore it gets put off. But what happens when a will gets put off too long, and a person dies without having ever made one? If an will is not created, the “estate” could be left for the probate court to divide up, which can take years! Believe it or not, this is a problem that many San Antonio probate lawyers face, and work very hard to try to resolve in a timely manner. So if it’s time for you to create a will, or if you need help claiming an estate from a deceased relative, please read on for a few lawyer recommendations.

Wilson, Bellamy, Brown and Wilson, LLP is a law firm that serves San Antonio and the surrounding areas. They handle all aspects of estate planning, from the writing of the will, to the probate of wills through the courts, to the litigation of contested wills. This San Antonio probate firm works with CPA’s and other tax specialists to ensure that there are no tax issues left to your inheritors. They guarantee to probate your will rapidly, sometimes in as short as two weeks.

Another great attorney to look into is the Law Office of Margaret who handles many areas of family law. This includes everything from adoption, to divorces, to estate planning. They are an excellent choice if you are simply looking to create and finalize a will.

G. Esther Cruz, Attorney at Law, is a Spanish speaking lawyers that specializes in real estate and probate actions for her clients. She will help her Spanish speaking clients to have a legal will written up and then when the time comes, read in a language that they can understand.

It can be quite difficult to not become depressed by talking about and preparing for death, but it can be even more upsetting to realize that the things you intend to leave to your children, grandchildren, or whomever may not go to them if you fail to draw up a legal document stating your wishes. Not only that, but any debts you incur could actually be passed down to your descendant. So, stop putting it off and speak to a San Antonio attorney about drawing up a will.

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Why Should We Hire Family Law Practice

Family law can be defined as a practice that is closely concerned with the legal issues that have to do with family relationships like child custody, divorce and adoption. The lawyers who practice in this area usually deal with divorce, child support and so on. There are those that choose to specialize in emancipation, paternity, and adoption or any matters that relate to divorce. Formal requirements have to be reasonable and that is usually determined by the state. This includes things like legal capacity, age and same sex marriages. The state is also responsible for setting out the procedures and the rules that govern divorce as well as other matters related to family law.

Important terms to family lawyers

Emancipation: this is a process of the court whereby a person or a minor is allowed to be self-supporting. This means that he assumes the responsibilities of an adult for his welfare and won’t be under the parents.

Marital property: this is the kind of property that was acquired by a spouse while they were married and that needs to be divided when they divorce.

Alimony: this is the allowance that is given to a spouse for support when they are legally divorced or separated or when they are awaiting either of the two.

Paternity: the descent or origin from father. Establishing paternity means that you are confirming who the biological father of the child is.

Prenuptial agreement: this is an agreement that is usually made between two parties before they get married. Here, future rights to property are given in case death or divorce occurs.

Why hire a family lawyer?

Many of the family lawyers offer their services during divorce proceedings and other matters that may be related to divorce. Family law is a broad practice however, and it includes areas like reproductive rights and foster care. Some of the reasons as to why you may need a family lawyer include:

Divorce: every partner hires a lawmaker who is responsible for the creation of a settlement plan so as not to go top trail. They are usually people who can be able to divide any marital property, proposing child custody scenarios, and also calculating spousal support.

Child support/ child custody: the court orders and agreements on settlement involve support and custody and can be included in divorce cases that are larger. These can be revisited if any conditions change like the financial standing of a parent.

Paternity: sometimes a mother can file such a case as they try to secure some child support payments from the father. Also, a father can file a paternity case so as to be able to have a kind of relationship with a child. DNA testing is used for the determination.

Adoption: foster care and adoption is both complex. The process can differ and usually factors like where a child is from and state laws can affect the process. A family lawyer can be able to handle all these. A foster parent can sometimes adopt a foster child. The entire foster process sometimes doesn’t require any kind of legal representation.

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