With a General Practice Law Firm, the various intricacies of the law are available to you. In many instances, the law will overlap. A failure to pay a civil traffic fine may result in a criminal driving charge, a felony criminal case may eminate from the violation of a mere civil injunction, an ex-spouse in family court may allege criminal accusations against you or they may actually be engaging in criminal conduct themselves, a personal injury plaintiff may unintentionally subject themselves to a criminal charge of giving perjured testimony in a sworn deposition. The means in which the law may overlap are too numerous to mention here. If you lack an attorney with varied experience, a bad situation can be made far worse.
Sometimes you need an attorney's advice, sometimes you may need your attorney to write a letter on your behalf. A General Practice Firm can take your issues to whichever destination your matter needs to be addressed. There's nothing worse than hiring an attorney only to be told the case has evolved into something different and you need to call another attorney. A General Practice Firm can guide you and direct you wherever the case may go, whether you find yourself in a speeding ticket hearing in traffic court, a criminal trial in misdemeanor or felony court, or whether you are the plaintiff or defendant in a civil lawsuit.
Family Law is a huge, often contested, area of the law that includes marital separation, divorce, alimony or spousal support, child custody, child support, visitation or timesharing, prenuptual agreements, postnuptual agreements, paternity, interference with custody, relocation of children, grandparent or extended family visitation, termination of parental rights, adoption, property division, rights to pension or benefits, mediation, modification and enforcment proceedings. There may also be a basis for emergency ex-parte proceedings to prevent immediate harm to a child or to the rights of a parent or to prevent the destruction or removal of property.
This area of the law often involves many professional-type service positions that may very well testify in court, such as accountants, guardians ad litem, parenting coordinators, psychiatric or psychological evaluators, mental health professionals, marriage counselors, and last, but definitely not least, family and friends who may have evidence to share with the Court on matters of relevance. By the time all these other professionals have their say and provide their billing, what's left for you and your family?
These matters are very important and should be taken with the utmost seriousness. Not being properly represented by an attorney who can effectively initiate or respond to matters in Family Court can have serious, significant and lasting consequences for you and your loved ones.
Criminal Law may involve any matter as slight as an open container violation and may range from a child being charged with a crime to an adult charged with the major crimes we see in movies and television.
Hiring an attorney who is Board Certified in Criminal Trial Law, gives you the advantage of asserting your rights whether you find yourself in traffic court, juvenile court, misdemeanor county court, felony circuit court, agency investigations, grand jury proceedings, under a witness subpoena, in violation of probation hearings, jury and non-jury trials, or collateral attacks of a judgment such as ineffective assistance of counsel hearings and even appeals. Many of your rights may be litigated in writing before a trial is ever set. This includes your right to bond or pretrial release, Arthur Hearings, preliminary adversary hearings, discovery motions and depositions, motions to exclude or suppress, motions to dismiss, motions in limine, motions for misconduct and even demands for a speedy trial.
Where Family Law involves marriage and families and Criminal Law involves crime, Civil Practice runs the gamut from tortious causes of action to wrongful termination, sexual harrassment, personal injury, probate, wills and trusts and any other reason a person may need to bring another to court or defend against someone bringing them to court.
Many attorneys refuse to practice any law outside their selected area. While going through the rote motions of the same type of case day-in-and-day-out does make it easier for the attorneys who do this, it does not always achieve the best results for their clients. One never knows how one area of the law may effect or even influence another area. An idea applied by a court in the area of say, probate, may be just the answer you are looking for in a family law case. Contract law can often be helpful in the area of family law settlement agreements.
Hire an attorney who looks at the law as a whole, rather than as a small slice of very specialized data that only applies to one tiny area of experience.