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How Can a Lawyer Help Me if I Am Obviously Gu...

How Can a Lawyer Help Me if I Am Obviously Gu...

Few things can compare to the fear, stress, and hopelessness you may feel after being charged with a crime. This is especially true for those who have never been involved with the criminal justice system. What happens if you seem to be obviously guilty of the crime for which you were accused? Will you automatically be convicted of your charges? Our Ventura criminal defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Bamieh & De Smeth, PLC, invite you to keep reading as we discuss how a lawyer can help you if you are obviously guilty. How Can a California Criminal Defense Lawyer Help an Obviously Guilty Person? Every year, millions of criminal acts are committed in the U.S. If you are caught and charged with the commission of a crime, you may face severe legal and civil consequences. However, before anyone is convicted of a crime, they must go through the criminal procedure in the court. You may be obviously guilty in the eyes of many, but this is not necessarily the case. In our criminal justice system, all individuals are innocent until proven otherwise. This is where retaining the services of a criminal defense attorney becomes critical. A skilled, dedicated criminal defense attorney can help you defend your rights through the entire criminal proceedings against you. The term “obviously guilty” is something that should not be taken lightly. How does one define an obviously guilty person? Are your looks, your overall appearance, and your prior criminal record something that would lead people to believe you are guilty? Are these outer criteria enough for the prosecution to convince the judge...
How Does My Attorney Get Paid?

How Does My Attorney Get Paid?

People may have a good idea of what a lawyer does for a living. However, many people have little idea of how their lawyers get paid. In some instances, the transaction between a lawyer and their client(s) can be easy. However, there are other cases where paying a lawyer can seem confusing. Our dedicated Ventura personal injury lawyers at The Law Offices of Bamieh & De Smeth, PLC, invite you to keep reading as we discuss how your attorney gets paid in California. How Do I Pay My Lawyer for Their Legal Services in California? Every year, thousands of people retain the services of a lawyer in the U.S. In a country based on the rule of law, attorneys play a significant role as defenders of all citizens’ rights. This is true for those facing a civil or criminal issue. What many people may not know is how a lawyer gets paid and the different ways a lawyer can get their money. The fact is, a lawyer can obtain their payment in many different ways depending on their arrangements with their clients and the type of practice they have. For instance, a family law attorney and a criminal defense attorney can have completely different fee structures. Many lawyers provide one official way to get paid. However, in many instances, you can negotiate your fee structure with your attorney. The following represent some of the ways your lawyer can get paid in California based on their practice area: Consultation Fees The first thing you should do when facing a legal issue is to consult with a lawyer. Whether you are...
Is It Better to Accept a Settlement or Go to ...

Is It Better to Accept a Settlement or Go to ...

After suffering an accident, one of the first things that may pop into your mind is how you will cover your medical bills, your lost wages, or how will you provide for your family. Unfortunately, not every person knows how to tackle a stressful situation, such as dealing with a severe personal injury. However, there are ways you can fight to obtain compensation for your losses and hold the liable parties accountable for your injuries. Our Ventura personal injury attorneys from The Law Offices of Bamieh & De Smeth, PLC, can invite you to keep reading as we discuss whether it is better to settle your case or take it to court in California. Should I Settle or Litigate My Case in Court? If you have been a victim of an accident such as a car accident, motorcycle accident, or truck accident, you may be wondering whether you can get compensation for your injuries and losses. If you were injured due to another person’s negligence, you may be able to obtain compensation. There are two ways to get compensation. Generally, you can select between one or the other, but not both. The first way you can obtain compensation is by settling your case. A settlement is an off-the-court agreement where the liable party offers you compensation for your injuries. This is a common way for people to get some sort of compensation after an accident. The second way you can obtain compensation is by taking your case to court. Through litigation, injured victims may have the opportunity of getting – generally – better compensation than they normally would through...
How Long Should I Wait Before Hiring a Lawyer...

How Long Should I Wait Before Hiring a Lawyer...

Getting in trouble with the law is something that should never be taken lightly. No matter how small your charges may be, you should take your situation seriously. Furthermore, if you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, retaining the services of an attorney is imperative. No matter what your case may be, always make sure to call a lawyer as soon as you possibly can. At The Law Offices of Bamieh and De Smeth, PLC, we can help. Our personal injury and criminal defense attorneys can help you defend your rights at all times. Read more about when you should hire an attorney for your personal injury case or criminal charge in California. When Should You Call a Lawyer in California? The short answer to this question is, whenever the situation justifies it. Any time you or a loved one is facing problems with the law is an excellent time to call a lawyer. One of the worst things you can do is delay calling a lawyer whenever you are charged with a crime. Furthermore, the mere suspicion of being arrested should be indication enough that you need legal representation by your side. However, many people tend to minimize the charges against them often waiting to “see what happens.” This is a grave mistake that can cost you thousands of dollars in fines, but also your freedom. Retaining the services of a skilled, experienced lawyer should be the first thing you should think of following your encounter with law enforcement. Our California criminal defense attorneys can help you understand your rights as a defendant and...
If I Have a Personal Injury Claim in Californ...

If I Have a Personal Injury Claim in Californ...

Every year, thousands of people are injured in different accidents throughout the United States. Common examples of this unfortunate reality are car crashes, motorcycle accidents, and truck accidents, among others. After an accident, you will likely be presented with two compensation options: settlement or on-the-court personal injury claim. Our Ventura personal injury attorneys invite you to keep reading as we discuss whether you need to go to court for a personal injury in California. Do I Have to Go to Court for My California Personal Injury Claim? It is common for personal injury victims to file a claim after an accident. Filing a personal injury claim may be the best option for those looking to obtain compensation for their losses. However, many people choose to settle their cases. This brings up the debate of whether a personal injury claim with the court is necessary or if you can settle your case off-court. It is important for people to understand how both procedural options work in order to make a conscious decision moving forward. Personal Injury Settlements A personal injury settlement is an offer made to you by the parties involved and your insurance company after an accident. As a victim, you have the chance to take your case to court, where a verdict over your case will be given to you. However, a personal injury settlement may arrive at any moment after your accident, but before a final court ruling on your case. A settlement allows you to get a specified amount of money. However, there is a caveat to consider in your settlement case. Settlements in personal injury...

How Can I Get Out Of Jury Duty in California?...

Many people dread the moment they open their mailbox to receive a jury duty order. Many people are not willing to embrace their duty with open arms. After all, jury duty requires investing time, effort, and money. For these and other reasons, many people may decide to skip their appearance in court or disregard the order altogether. As you will know throughout this article, these actions can cause more harm than good. You may be wondering whether there are ways to get out of jury duty in California. Yes, you may able to avoid jury duty. However, a person can be excused from their duty only in specific, limited circumstances, some of which we discuss below. Our dedicated, Ventura personal injury attorneys at The Law Offices of Bamieh & De Smeth, PLC, invite you to keep reading as we discuss more about the circumstances where you may be excused to be a juror in California. Getting Out of Jury Duty in California Every year, thousands of Californians receive a letter requesting their services as a juror for an upcoming trial. Many people may not be familiar with what this entails and whether there is a way to avoid serving. The bottom line is, if the court summons you to participate as a juror, you have to comply with the order. There is no way to trick the court to stay out of your jury duty service. Jury duty is an essential component of a jury trial. Whether the matter is of civil (divorce, alimony, personal injury, etc.) or criminal nature (DUI, assault, murder, etc.), all defendants in a trial...
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