Hiring a Lawyer (October 14, 2014)

The law is an important part of our lives. For personal, family or business matters sooner or later everyone needs a lawyer. However, people who would never hesitate to see a doctor for an illness routinely neglect their legal rights. Why? In a country filled with laws and lawyers, when and how to hire an attorney remains a big mystery. How do you know when it is time to shop for legal help? What do legal services cost? And how do you find the right lawyer to suit your needs? It's important to be a smart legal consumer. We are pleased to present a few simple guidelines for hiring the right lawyer at the right time. 

Elements of Entrapment (October 30, 2014)

The government must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant was not entrapped. Thus, the government must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that,

  1. Before contact with law enforcement, the defendant was ready and willing or had a predisposition or prior intent to commit the offense, or
  2. The defendant was not induced or persuaded to commit the offense by law enforcement officers or their agents.

Wrong Place, Wrong Time (October 30, 2014)

Sometimes a person can be in the wrong place at the wrong time.  For example, a person is a passenger in a vehicle that is stopped by police.  The car is searched and drugs are found.  All parties are charged with possession of the drugs.   This is what the law says about just being there.