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Where Will You Turn for Legal Help?

Have you ever been in need of legal help but truly did not know where to turn?

Unfortunately, countless individuals and families run into that pressing scenario on a daily basis.

Whether it is a crime they are alleged to have committed or one that is hanging over the head of a family member, needing legal assistance at a moment’s notice can be downright scary.

For one, the mere thought of having a charge or charges over you is scary enough. Then throw in the fact that you may not have a current legal provider, meaning the situation can become even more fearful.

Whether you have been pulled over for an alleged DWI, allegedly assaulted and/or injured someone, or something as simple as a divorce that needs the attention of legal minds, knowing where to reach out for help is important.

So, where will you turn for legal help if your time comes?

Select a Lawyer Who Truly Cares

You can literally throw a dozen lawyers’ names in a hat near or where you live and come up with someone who can defend you in court. That said is that really the way you want to go about such an important decision?

The better way to approach the matter is by doing some research, looking for someone who not only has a record of successfully defending his or her clients, but also takes the time to listen to you and craft a case best suited to you winning a dismissal or can’t miss plea deal.

With that in mind, suppose you were stopped recently for an alleged DWI offense.

Do you know the seriousness of such a charge?

For starters, not only could you be facing a significant monetary fine and loss your driver’s license for a period of time, but you could also be going to prison longer than you would like.

When faced with such punishments, having the right legal team on your side becomes a necessity, not a choice.

If you’re looking for the best DWI attorney in the world or someone else with the legal backing to represent you, keep these pointers in mind:

  • Background – First and foremost, what kind of experience does the lawyer you are thinking of representing you have? Does he or she have years of experience that they can apply to your case? If they are new to the field, you don’t necessarily want to discount them, but you should consider that their lack of experience in courtrooms could play a role in your being found guilty or not guilty;
  • Personality – For anyone who has either been in court or watched court proceedings on television (not actors by the way), you will soon notice that lawyers come in all shapes and sizes. Some are rather quiet while getting their points across, others have a more demonstrative approach to getting a jury and/or judge to hear where they are coming from. Either way, consider a lawyer’s personality when meeting with them. He or she must have your well-being at the top of the priority list, be they vocally and physically soft or strong. In some cases, a more laid-back approach will win you your freedom, while sometimes the situation calls for a heavier-handed approach. Also look to see if they are at all judgmental of the decisions you have made. A DWI is certainly nothing to brag about, but maybe there was a reason (other than lots of drinking) that you got pulled over in the first place. If you were on prescription drugs and mixed one or more of them with one glass of wine or beer, your driving could certainly be impaired;
  • Decisions – Finally, is the lawyer you are thinking of hiring good at coming to the best possible result for his or her client? Remember, one wrong decision during the case could backfire on you, so make sure you have input in any decision-making moments of the case. If it looks like a plea deal is your best possible option, certainly consider taking it, knowing that the alternative could prove much worse when all is said and done.

Knowing where to turn for legal help in your time of need can be challenging, but you really have no choice.

Without legal assistance backing you up, you could be driven down a path of turmoil for years to come.

Nursing Home Abuse-What to Look For

It’s a sobering statistic. According to data from the National Ombudsman Reporting System (NORS), in 2014 (the latest year data is currently available) there were nearly 15,000 nursing home abuse complaints filed. With the baby boomers now flooding the 65 and older demographic, nursing homes and assisted living facilities are experiencing a population explosion, and that isn’t expected to decrease anytime soon. In fact, with more and more people choosing not to marry or have children, it’s predicted the number of “adult orphans”, elderly adults who need care but have no family to help, will skyrocket over the coming years. This unfortunately means that nursing home abuse will continue to be a problem. Abuse doesn’t just come from staff either. In many cases residents have been found to be abusing other residents. While sometimes this is because of something they can’t control, like dementia, the behavior still cannot be tolerated.

So what are some signs of nursing home abuse ? Let’s start with the obvious ones. Unexplained bruises, cuts, or other injuries, unexplained weight loss in an otherwise healthy person, and if the person is bedridden or has incontinence issues, bedsores or rashes. Other signs may not be so obvious. Look for changes in behavior. Withdrawal, depression, anger, and anxiety. Loss of appetite or increased need for sleep could also be signs. Another form of nursing home abuse is financial abuse. If you notice a loved one’s bank account has unexplained withdrawals, or that there are possessions missing from their room, that could be a big red flag.

If you do spot things that could be signs of abuse, sit down and talk with your loved one. Many abuse victims are afraid to talk about what’s happening to them, so you need to make it clear you will keep them safe no matter what. If your loved one suffers from dementia or is unable to talk, you’ll need to figure out things on your own. In either case, document everything, take photos, get reports from the doctor, and if necessary, move your loved one out of the home and to a safe place. Making sure they are safe should be your first priority.

For further info on nursing care abuse and what to do about it, contact your local department of elder affairs or council on aging. To report actual incidents, contact the local police and the attorney general’s office.