The Benefits To Our Clients That We’re Skilled, Smart Trial Lawyers Better Offers and Better Verdicts Growing up I watched television shows and movies such as To Kill A Mocking Bird, Perry Mason, and Matlock. These lawyers had very different personalities, but there’s something they shared: they were skilled, smart trial lawyers. Hollywood embellished the trial process, but lawyers during that era were trial lawyers first. Lawyers were expected to know how to try cases well for their clients. The legal profession has changed dramatically. Many lawyers never see the inside of a courtroom.
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Sharing The Road Safely With Large Trucks 4,761 Americans died in crashes involving large trucks in 2017.Most of these fatalities were avoidable and needless deaths. Negligent or reckless drivers caused most of them. Every year the National Highway Transportation Safety Authority (NHTSA) publishes a report about specific facts regarding 18-wheeler accidents. The report enhances safety. Our firm reviews and uses the report to make safety suggestions. We’d rather not see another person experience such injuries or death although we assist injured persons or their families in seeking justice when accidents occur. The devastation from an 18-wheeler accident can be horrific.
Standing With The Accused Bob walked into my office nearly a broken man. Law enforcement had recently charged him with assault family violence and strangulation on his wife. This charge is a third-degree felony that carries up to ten years in prison. Besides the damage to his marriage and family, Bob was also concerned about losing his professional job. He’s an architect at a huge architectural firm. His salary exceeded six figures. A felony conviction would have ruined his career. I learned that Bob is a good man from our investigation. He had no prior record and volunteered in the community.
Article III of the U.S. Constitution states in part, “The Trial of all Crimes…shall be by Jury; and such Trial shall be held in the State where the said Crimes shall have been committed.” The right was expanded with the Sixth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which states in part, “In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed.” Both provisions were made applicable to the states through the Fourteenth Amendment.
Recently, a witness said she saw a Dallas city councilman allegedly hit a disabled pedestrian and say to the victim “don’t you know who I am before driving away. His lawyer tells a different story. We’ll wait for the facts to come out before reaching any conclusions. Everyone is presumed innocent until proven guilty in court based on credible evidence.
Notwithstanding the presumption of innocence in the above case, drivers sometimes leave the accident scene after crashing into pedestrians or someone’s car. That’s a hit-and-run car wreck. Besides being illegal, hit-and-run car wrecks are dangerous because the injured party often needs the assistance of the hit-and-run driver. A 911 call can literally save the hit-and-run victim.
Many people assume that fender bender accidents don’t cause significant injuries. They see little damage to the car and believe the occupants suffered minor injuries. They think the accident couldn’t have been that serious because the cars were traveling at low speeds when the wreck occurred. All that’s incorrect, and insurance companies use this misinformation to avoid doing what’s right in minor car accidents. Below I explain why this assumption is false and why we vigorously challenge insurance companies who attempt to use this misinformation as a shield.
The movie Life featuring Eddie Murphy (Ray Gibson) and Martin Lawrence (Claude Banks) is hilarious. They live in New York City but during a moonshine run to the deep south they end up in a southern prison working on a chain gang. In a funny scene, a disabled black inmate secretly fathers a child with the white daughter of the warden. When the child is born, the warden goes ballistic trying to discover which black inmate fathered his half-black grandchild. To humiliate the warden, several of the inmates claimed to be the father, including a character played by the late Bernie Mac who said, “I’m the pappy!”The other inmates burst into laughter and the warden’s face turned cherry red with anger and humiliation. It’s a very funny scene!
New Year’s Eve is approaching fast. Like many Texans, you may be planning to celebrate with some bubbly, a little Henny, all while driving. You should be warned, however, because the consequences can be brutal for causing a car wreck while intoxicated.
In 2017, intoxicated drivers caused 7,669 car wrecks in Texas. Of these, 944 were fatal. Nationally, the Center for Disease Control says on its website: