Areas of Practice

OVI/DUI Defense

An OVI/DUI can result in losing your license and/or being incarcerated and the penalties get worse with each offense after the first.  Let us help you prevent this from happening.  There are very specific methods that have to be used in order to prove guilt in a DUI case.  A single mistake in any of those steps can result in a reduced charge or complete dismissal of the case.  We can find any weaknesses in their cause by investigating everything from visiting the scene, scrutinizing police reports, interviewing witnesses, and more.  Don’t let a single mistake affect the rest of your life.

 

Driving Under Suspension (DUS)

Driving with a revoked license is a serious offense.  Violating OVI or driving laws can result in severe penalties.  We can help you avoid penalties with the charge and may even be able to help you reinstate your driver’s license.

 

Misdemeanor Defense

Offenses considered misdemeanors may include vandalism, underage drinking, disorderly conduct, trespassing, prostitution, public intoxication, and simple assault. Misdemeanor convictions can be punished with a maximum of 6 months in a local or county jail but may also include probation, community service, and weekend imprisonment or any combination of all of those.  Pleading guilty to a misdemeanor can have unintended consequences such as becoming ineligible for a student loan, military service, or employment. Also, misdemeanor convictions escalate in punishment for multiple convictions of the same offense resulting in harsher penalties.

 

Felony Defense

Felony offenses are sometimes further classified by the degree of the felony (class A, 1st degree, etc). Crimes commonly listed as felonies include murder, kidnapping, armed robbery, embezzlement, rape, treason, fraud, grand theft, arson, racketeering, some instances of drug possession, and the fourth O.V.I. conviction. In addition to punishment, felons can also lose rights such as the right to vote, the right to run for public office, the right to obtain certain licenses, and the right to own or purchase firearms. A conviction will also make it more difficult to find reliable or meaningful employment.

 

Juvenile Defense

Parents may believe that a child accused of a crime is less serious than an adult, but this is not true.  Legal trouble for a juvenile can result in a lifetime of problems.  Let us help prevent or reduce these potential problems.  There may be alternative approaches to punishment taken such as counseling, drug treatment programs, or settling outside of court.  We can also help with expunging records when your child becomes age 18.  Fight for your child by allowing us to fight for you.

 

Domestic Relations

Domestic relations includes divorce, dissolution of marriage, and any matter regarding minor children that relate to those terminating a marriage.  The Court maintains “continuing jurisdiction” over matters that concern minor children of terminated marriages.  That means that the Court can modify the orders regarding children. We also hear all the requests for civil protection orders (CPOs) based on domestic violence, stalking, a sexually oriented offense, or otherwise.

 

Custody Cases

Custody cases are also known as the Allocation of Parental Rights and Responsibilities. “Custody” refers to the details of child responsibilities such as day-to-day care, with whom the child will live most frequently, who will have the right to make long-term decisions about the child, visitation rights, and where the child will attend school. Shared Parenting addresses the custody factors individually, such as granting one parent physical custody (the child lives with one parent but visits the other) but having both parents share legal custody (the legal right to make long-term decisions for the child). Sole custody agreements (one parent holds all physical and legal power for the child) are unusual but may be awarded if one parent is unfit or incapable of responsibility.

 

Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Issues

A license suspension could end your career. Fight it.  Your CDL can even be suspended for one year because of a DUI in your private car.  DUI charges and measurements vary between off-duty and on-duty as well as while driving a private or work vehicle.  A second conviction within 10 years can result in a permanent license revocation.

 

Civil Protection Order (CPO)/Temporary Protection Order (TPO) Cases

A CPO is issued by a domestic relations court to protect a victim of domestic violence. A CPO is intended to prevent further domestic violence.  It orders someone who has been abusive to do or not do certain things in the future.  You may want to consider getting a CPO even if you have a TPO from a criminal court because a CPO lasts longer and provides more benefits such as visitation and support orders.  Both the TPO and CPO impose serious restrictions on a person, and it is advised that, should you be facing a TPO or CPO, you should seek legal representation.

 

Judicial Release

A judicial release is the release of a person who is incarcerated by order of a court.  The process involves an eligible offender meeting certain requirements and may result in them being released from incarceration by the sentencing judge.  The state and local judicial release laws can vary by location and jurisdiction, so contact us for consultation.

 

Expungement

An expungement is a legal “wiping the slate clean”.  An Order of Expungement allows someone convicted of a crime to have parts of or the entire conviction removed from their criminal record. It is granted by the original sentencing court and prosecutor following a motion for Expungement filed by an attorney.  Situations related to the original crime (age, first offense, etc.) and the current law-abiding behavior of the person convicted will be taken into consideration. Persons with an expunged record may legally report on an employment application that they have no convictions.

 

Personal Injury

Personal injury can include damages experienced because of an injury, malpractice, defamation, or other issue. Pain and suffering may include embarrassment, harm to reputation, disfiguring scars, permanent physical disabilities, and other negative results of a legal problem. Financial awards or insurance settlements can be calculated to compensate someone in consideration of pain and suffering or personal injury they have experienced.