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GoFundMe is a popular website to raise money for a legal defense. Unfortunately, problems can arise using GoFundMe. GoFundMe may not allow you to use them if you or your case are controversial. They reserve the right to cancel your campaign and withhold funds at any time for any reason. It may be very difficult to talk to a person if any problems come up. Two crowdfunding websites you may not have heard of are fundedjustice.com and fundrazr.com. Fundedjustice.com is for anyone with a legal issue that needs money to hire an attorney. In their own words: “We are truly agnostic when it comes to campaign selections. If your campaign touches a legal or Social Justice issue we are the right partner for you. We started our service in 2014 with the goal of helping people gain access to the legal system or fight to correct a social wrong. For too long, the rich and powerful have had the best legal representation that money can buy, and poor people could go to legal aid clinics. But what about the vast majority of middle-class America? What about the average citizen who sees that something is wrong and knows that things could be better. We provide a straightforward, easy way to raise money quickly. Harnessing the power of social media and the Internet, you can find hundreds and potentially thousands of people who are willing to help.” Fundedjustice.com does not charge you to build a campaign page or run a fundraising campaign on Funded Justice. Instead, they charge a flat 7% plus any credit card processing charges. Funds are transferred as soon as possible; you don’t have to wait for the campaign to end. Fundrazr.com started in January 2009. As of January 2017, they had raised more than $100 million in total funds. Fundrazr.com has a 0% platform fee where they just ask supporters for a small optional tip and take standard credit card and PayPal processing fees. Funds are transferred once they have cleared any security checks and according to the daily, weekly or monthly schedule you have set for withdrawals. Both fundedjustice.com and fundrazr.com provide help in creating your crowdfunding campaign. However, you still need to put in some work if you want your crowdfunding campaign to succeed according to fundedjustice.com: “The ideal Funded Justice crowdfunder is someone who is outgoing, has a large network of contacts, and is willing to work hard. If you have a Facebook account, use Twitter or simply email, you can have a successful campaign. It depends on you, and how much time and effort you are willing to put into your campaign.” If you have been charged with a serious or complicated crime where crowdfunding might make sense, you need an experienced defense attorney to defend you. Attorney Gary Rohlwing has over thirty years experience. Please call him today for a free consultation.
First of all, know that there is a difference between lawyers and attorneys. Anyone who finished law school can be referred to a lawyer, even if they haven’t passed the bar. On the other hand, those who have passed the bar are called attorneys but can be called as lawyers as well. Lawyers are limited in what they can do. For starters, they cannot represent anyone in court or engage in any legal work. There are multiple specializations in law. A few of them are business, constitutional, environmental, first amendment, healthcare, patent, and criminal law. Criminal law deals with prosecuting and defending those people who have committed, or are accused of committing, a crime. Mostly, you can classify criminal lawyers into three broad categories: public attorneys, private attorneys, and prosecutors. In any case, it’s important to understand which type of criminal lawyer is which in order to determine what kind of lawyer you need for your case. Public Attorneys The most common type of lawyer you will encounter are public attorneys. Almost every country in the world has a public defender system. It means that every person facing charges, especially ones who can’t afford to hire a lawyer, has the right to an attorney provided by the government. Public attorneys have a bad reputation of being incompetent and unmotivated. It’s true that their performance compared to lawyers from private firms are often less stellar. However, it’s not that they are inept. The main reason is that they often have multiple clients to handle. Also, they are not allowed to turn down a client — not to mention that they are largely underpaid by the state. Panel Attorneys These are private lawyers that are hired by the government to satisfy the increasing demand for public lawyers. The government pays their fees and provides them to citizens who don’t have an assigned lawyer yet. In some cases, they are provided when the public lawyer assigned needs assistance. The state or jurisdiction you live in may or may not supplement their public lawyers with panel attorneys. US Attorneys Do not confuse public lawyers and US attorneys. Public lawyers in the United States work on local- and state-level cases, while US attorneys generally work on federal cases. Because they work on federal cases, US attorneys primarily deal with criminals who have broken federal laws. District Attorneys These attorneys are often referred to as prosecutors and they mostly handle criminal cases. Their role ranges from processing accusations to going to trial. Most district attorneys are provided with assistant attorneys to help with information gathering and other tasks requiring legwork. Private Attorneys It’s heartbreaking to admit that getting private attorneys instead of public lawyers is the better choice for criminal cases. The biggest difference between private attorneys and public lawyers is time. Private criminal lawyers on average have two to three active cases per month, though the number of cases a private lawyer accepts may vary wildly depending on their specialization. The American Bar Association has … Continue reading
Being a convicted criminal can turn your life and future upside down. Sure, you’ll need to get through prison life, but your future is also an important consideration. Having a criminal record, even if you have already served your sentence, can bar you from voting, employment, housing, social benefits, traveling, and even the right to bear arms. To prevent conviction, you need a criminal lawyer. But how exactly can they help you? Building Your Defense A criminal attorney can help you find out multiple ways you can defend yourself. You can be the smartest person in the world, but once you’re suspected of a crime, your movement and access to information may be limited. A criminal attorney can be there to investigate for you. He can look for crucial witnesses that will speak up in your defense or get the sentence that the prosecuting party is handing to you reduced. He can also find documents and even cobble together video evidence to get you acquitted. He will gather facts and stitch them together to improve your defense. Providing Information About Laws Ignorance of the law is not an acceptable defense — especially when you are being apprehended and tried. Is that fair? In a sense, it is. Because if you can plead not guilty whenever you disobeyed a law due to ignorance, and get away with it, then many criminals would be acquitted. After all, there is no reliable method for detecting lies and scanning minds to know if ignorance of the law is truly at fault. So, if ignorance of the law won’t help your defense, you need someone who has comprehensive knowledge of the law to aid you. That is what a lawyer is for. That’s their job after all. Knowledge of the laws related to your case is important if you want to get acquitted or push for better bargain pleas. Your lawyer can inform you of all the laws you need to know and use his extensive knowledge on your behalf. Knowing Your Rights Aside from the related laws you need to know, you also need to know about your rights as a defendant. The laws, and the due processes that come with them, can be intricate, nuanced, and tricky. One small misstep can cost you your freedom and getting a lawyer can protect you from many prosecutorial misconducts. Remember that prosecutors can use all the tricks they know to take advantage of your ignorance in order to win a case. For example, they can coerce you to agree to an unfair bargain, even if you are innocent and your case is easily winnable. Trial Support Being tried is a stressful event in one’s life. Even if your case is just a small misdemeanor, it could trigger anxiety or panic attacks. A lawyer can be there to provide you with professional and emotional support while you are in a courtroom. Lighter Sentences and Better Plea Bargains A lawyer can help you receive a lighter sentence or … Continue reading
Dealing with a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) case should be simple. You get caught, deal with the paperwork, plead not guilty, and get off from the case scot-free. Or you can plead guilty if you were really smashed that day or night, plea for a lighter sentence, and do some community service. In reality, however, DUI cases are not that simple. And the repercussions of not dealing with your DUI case seriously can instantly ruin your future. Remember that DUI is a criminal offense. The resulting punishment after a guilty verdict on your case will result in long-term problems. First, your license can be revoked. When you are convicted, it will take you at least one to two years for you to reclaim it. Reclaiming your license is also a lot of work. Most states do not give you the option of earning a shorter time frame for your revocation. You will not have the option to have your license reinstated until the full period of revocation has passed. Then, you will need to request a driver’s license restoration hearing. The next step is to collect all the necessary documents such as substance abuse evaluations and panel drug screenings results. The processes may differ from state to state, but the bottom line is that you will need to go through this process and collect, learn about, and fill out all the necessary paperwork and requests yourself, because you tried to scrimp on getting a DUI lawyer and got convicted. Aside from license revocation, your employment and promotion success rates will significantly decrease. Employers often perform background checks on applicants and employees that are up for promotion. Having a DUI on record often discourages employers from hiring or promoting people. And it’s not just employers who perform background checks. Credit and banking institutions also do. A DUI conviction in your history can prevent you from receiving financial aid and certain bank transactions. If you are a student, you can expect that your chances of getting or maintaining a scholarship will go down the drain. In addition to the difficulty of dealing with financial institutions and scholarship committees, you will also have a problem with your auto insurer. A DUI case significantly raises your automobile insurance rate. A car owner who drinks while driving is instantly considered a high-risk client by insurers. So, you can expect your premiums to go up when you have a DUI on your record. The Importance of a DUI Attorney The risk of ruining your future because of that one incident when a cop pulled you over and your breath smelled of alcohol will be reduced (or even made completely nonexistent in some cases) if you get an attorney who specializes in DUI cases. A DUI attorney can: Understand the intricacies of DUI laws in your state Manage all the legal procedures involved in the case Create the best defense for your case Talk to connections that can help you with your trial Work on a … Continue reading
The tech giant Google is known to track cell phone users’ locations even when they think that they have disabled that feature. Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich is doing something about it according to “Brnovich to Investigate Cell Phone Tracking” by Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services, September 17, 2018: https://azcapitoltimes.com/news/2018/09/17/arizona-mark-brnovich-to-investigate-cell-phone-tracking/ One week after the Associated Press reported that Google was tracking users’ locations even after people turned off the “location history” option on their cell phones and tablets, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich launched an inquiry into whether a major tech firm is violating the rights of Arizona residents by tracking their movements and activities through their cell phones—even after the users think they’ve told the company to stop. Brnovich’s office awarded a contract to a Washington, D.C. law firm to investigate how this company stores consumer location data through smartphone operating systems “even when consumers turn off location services” and take other steps to stop such tracking” according to the contract. The part of the contract listing the firm to be investigated was redacted. Brnovich declined to confirm that the target was Google. He said that the process to turn off location services was opaque to users who think that turning off their location history—an option on a top-level Google menu—will work: “I should not be a tech expert in order to figure out how not to have a third party know everything about my private life, including my emails, my conversations with my wife, my kids, what they’re up to, how many hours I spend watching sports or checking scores on my phone, how long I spend at the mall on Sundays,” he told Capitol Media Services. “It really is Big Brother-esque.” Aide Ryan Anderson noted that users who think they’re opting out of having their information shared by clicking off “location sharing” are being lied to. “It’s a fake button.” He said. “It doesn’t actually do anything.” Brnovich can go after an international company like Google because of the Arizona Consumer Fraud Act. He has previously used it to get refunds for Arizonans who thought that they purchased clean-burning diesel-powered vehicles from Volkswagen. Brnovich commented: “If they’re accessing the contacts of your phone without your permission, that means they are doing things that you either ultimately didn’t want done but they did anyway, or alternatively, they’re collecting information on you without telling you that they’re doing it,” Brnovich said. “They’re essentially creating a profile on you,” he said. “They literally can know what you want to buy before you even know.” What it ultimately comes down to, Brnovich said, is who has the right to anyone’s personal data. “Quite frankly, I do think as a human being I have a property right in my information, my data, things about me, who I deal with, where I go,” he said. But he said it goes beyond that. “The dignity of being a human being is not having everyone know, through some third party, every single thing about what … Continue reading