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Cost of hiring a criminal defense attorney

Cost of hiring a criminal defense attorney

Basically the cost of hiring a criminal defense lawyer depends on the complexity of the case, severity of the charges, the experience of the attorney and the reputation of the law firm. Attorney fees may vary considerably in different cities, states and counties.

Usual how much an attorney cost

•    An attorney will always want to see and discuss the precise state of affairs of your case before giving you any quotation, which might be either 0-0 per hour or a flat fee based on the case nature, such as 0-,500 for first-time DUI charges. Though, legal costs for a difficult DUI or DWI case can easily run from ,500 to ,000 (Approximately).
•    In case of misdemeanor charges the retainer will usually start around ,000-,000. In felony cases the retainer amount can be ,000-,000, and that could simply be ,000-,000 or more for tremendously serious charges, for instance sexual assault or homicide charges.
•    If you don’t have enough money to pay the legal fees and you are experiencing criminal charges that can result in a prison term of 6 months or more, you are legally allowed to have an attorney without any cost, the judge will appoint a public defender to represent your case.

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Difference between attorney cost and attorney fees

In most of the agreements generally written that the client should pay the costs in addition to the fees of that attorney. This Cost may include additional services like appointing a private investigator to serve subpoenas.

Select a criminal defense attorney in your state

Do not think about the fees when you have been charged for a criminal activity. When you or your loved one has been charged with a crime, choosing the right attorney can be the difficult task of the whole trial. Attorney cost, Issues of ability and practice are all important. That is why you need to choose a trusted law firm in your state. The criminal defense law may vary from one state to another like in Columbia Criminal defense law involves trial by the government of a person for the act that has been organized as a crime. A Columbia defense attorney is expert in the field of criminal defense, civil cases, conversely, involve organizations and individual seeking to resolve legal hassles. In a criminal defense cases, state prosecutor initiates the lawsuit, while the sufferer takes the lawsuit in a civil case.

Visit Myrtle Beach lawyer directory, is exclusively targeted to help Victims residing in Myrtle Beach with any species of legal matters that can be creating a legal problem for them.

Mark Hall, A contributory writer in various legal journals and blogs, He offers practical tips for legal issues related to criminal laws. If you are looking for a consultation of a Columbia defense lawyer, he suggests you to visit www.criminal-trial-lawyer.org.


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Why was Osama buried in accordance with Islamic law?

Question by Bi-winning: Why was Osama buried in accordance with Islamic law?
We’re not gonna win any brownie points with our enemies over that. They’re still gonna be our enemies the next morning. The people who are not our enemies should agree that he did not deserve the respect shown to his remains.

A second senior Defense official said there was no country willing or able to accept the body for burial, and U.S. forces “took pains to observe Muslim law.”

“Today’s religious rites were conducted on the deck of the USS Carl Vinson in the Arabian sea. The ceremony started at 1:10am and finished at 2:10am ET,” the second official said. “Procedures for Islamic body were followed. The body was washed and placed in a white sheet. A military official read prepared remarks, which were then translated into Arabic by a native speaker. The body of Osama bin Laden was placed on a flat board, which was then tipped up, and allowed to slide into the sea.”

I get the whole shrine argument, but burying him according to his beliefs is not an honor he deserved.

How do you think his remains should have been disposed of?
Which part of my question suggested defiling or disrespecting his body? It sure as hell shouldn’t have been respected, it should have been disposed of period. No last rites, no prayer service, no full on hero’s funeral. Half the world is gonna jump on our backs for every little detail in this anyway.

Best answer:

Answer by Friendly
He wasn’t.

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Do you think it was disgusting that the picture of Rihanna was made public? Read about Rihanna’s Law:?

Question by Living4Jesus: Do you think it was disgusting that the picture of Rihanna was made public? Read about Rihanna’s Law:?
Sign the petition: http://petitionspot.com/petitions/stoparazzi

Our aim is to enact RIHANNA’S LAW which would make leaking, distributing and publishing private law enforcement crime photos, (such as the one leaked of Rihanna,) illegal whether there was money exchanged or not. The current law, “Mel’s Law” requires that money changes hands in order for the person distributing the photo to be in violation of the law, furthermore the current law has no provisions for the prosecution of those who publish such photos or videos, such as Harvey Levin and TMZ. As it stands, anyone can leak private victim photos and get away with it, as long as no one can prove they received money, which usually is unprovable because tabloids pay cash to third parties. In addition, entities such as TMZ who pay for these photos and publish them are able to do it, and profit from it, with no legal repercussions whatsoever. The publication of Rihanna’s police victim photo was inexcusable and will likely help the alleged attacker’s case. The person who distributed it is in the clear unless the LAPD can find evidence the leaker received money for the photo. Regardless of all that, Harvey Levin and TMZ are not in violation of any law even if it is proven they paid for the photo. All involved need to be prosecuted in cases like this and with the new proposed law, all would be in violation of that law for distributing the photo whether there was exchange of money involved or not.

The main goal is to protect victim’s rights. If a private crime photo is distributed the receipt of money for that act is irrelevant and does not diminish the detrimental effect such public distribution of private crime photos, could have on the victim, the case itself, other victims of similar crimes etc. Just because the person who leaked it may have done it for example, because they were disgruntled or vindictive or even, perhaps, to help the defense, and not for money, per se, should not make it legal. Granted the receipt of money for the leak of such a photo does indeed compound and exacerbate the situation, but it should not be the deciding factor that makes it a crime or not a crime. Under the current law, if the snitch did not receive money, what they did is not considered a crime. People could leak such photos for many reasons and the reason is inconsequential to the fact that it should be illegal to leak and distribute private crime victim photos and video irrespective of the exchange of money. It would be like if killing someone was only a crime if you were paid to do it. So if you did it just because you were mad at that person, or if no one could trace that you got paid to do it, you were in the clear. It does not make sense and is not sufficiently protecting victims.
ALSOVISIT:

Best answer:

Answer by Bloq
Rihannas law! lol

Are u serious? Either way, no.

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Why has the President not apologized for Native American boarding schools although it has been passed as law?

Question by Sarah: Why has the President not apologized for Native American boarding schools although it has been passed as law?
The U.S. government recently apologized to Guatemala for it’s actions. The Australian government has apologized to Aboriginals for their treatment. The Canadian government has apologized to the First Nations for their treatment. But no apology has been made to Native Americans by the federal government for the Indian boarding schools. And why is it so unknown that Obama has signed into law an apology to Native Americans? And why hasn’t it gone anywhere in almost a year???

It seems to me that the reason is because the government is in denial about the crimes that have been committed- but if that’s the case, why was it signed into law???

“The Boarding School Apology Initiative reveals that President Obama already signed into law an Apology to Native Peoples of the United States on December 19, 2009. This is contained in Section 8113 of H.R. 3326 (Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2010), an unlikely location for a document of this importance. This Apology was never given the publicity and public recognition it deserves once the Bill was signed and became law.”

With the petition, letters to congress and the white house, does anyone think an apology will ever be made???

Please watch the video and see side options on the right: http://www.whitebison.org/

Best answer:

Answer by kooties_2000
It’s sad and yet I am not totally surprised, that governments involved in atrocities such as this, are often reluctant to apologize for years on end. Even when governments do issue an apology, I can’t help but think that it’s not out of sincerity; but out of political necessity or ambition. After watching the video, I plan on signing the petition; to finally put to rest years of injustice by our government on the indigenous peoples of our country.

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Q&A: Do you agree that the pic of Rihanna should have never been made public? Read about Rihanna’s Law:?

Question by Living4Jesus: Do you agree that the pic of Rihanna should have never been made public? Read about Rihanna’s Law:?
Sign the petition: http://petitionspot.com/petitions/stoparazzi

Our aim is to enact RIHANNA’S LAW which would make leaking, distributing and publishing private law enforcement crime photos, (such as the one leaked of Rihanna,) illegal whether there was money exchanged or not. The current law, “Mel’s Law” requires that money changes hands in order for the person distributing the photo to be in violation of the law, furthermore the current law has no provisions for the prosecution of those who publish such photos or videos, such as Harvey Levin and TMZ. As it stands, anyone can leak private victim photos and get away with it, as long as no one can prove they received money, which usually is unprovable because tabloids pay cash to third parties. In addition, entities such as TMZ who pay for these photos and publish them are able to do it, and profit from it, with no legal repercussions whatsoever. The publication of Rihanna’s police victim photo was inexcusable and will likely help the alleged attacker’s case. The person who distributed it is in the clear unless the LAPD can find evidence the leaker received money for the photo. Regardless of all that, Harvey Levin and TMZ are not in violation of any law even if it is proven they paid for the photo. All involved need to be prosecuted in cases like this and with the new proposed law, all would be in violation of that law for distributing the photo whether there was exchange of money involved or not.

The main goal is to protect victim’s rights. If a private crime photo is distributed the receipt of money for that act is irrelevant and does not diminish the detrimental effect such public distribution of private crime photos, could have on the victim, the case itself, other victims of similar crimes etc. Just because the person who leaked it may have done it for example, because they were disgruntled or vindictive or even, perhaps, to help the defense, and not for money, per se, should not make it legal. Granted the receipt of money for the leak of such a photo does indeed compound and exacerbate the situation, but it should not be the deciding factor that makes it a crime or not a crime. Under the current law, if the snitch did not receive money, what they did is not considered a crime. People could leak such photos for many reasons and the reason is inconsequential to the fact that it should be illegal to leak and distribute private crime victim photos and video irrespective of the exchange of money. It would be like if killing someone was only a crime if you were paid to do it. So if you did it just because you were mad at that person, or if no one could trace that you got paid to do it, you were in the clear. It does not make sense and is not sufficiently protecting victims.
ALSO VISIT: http://www.stoparazzispray.com/Home_Page.html

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Answer by Whipper Snapper
I felt bad for her until she took back the idiot. What the heck is wrong with her!?

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LDS, Mormons and Joseph Smith following the LAW?

Question by Julymoon: LDS, Mormons and Joseph Smith following the LAW?
Since Joseph Smiths (The LDS church’s) 13 Articles of Faith state that we believe in “obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law,” why didn’t he?

Why did he break the laws with his illegal marriages, (bigamy and he was involved in 11 cases of polyandry)
He did con people to claim to find buried treasure on their land for a fee. Nothing was ever found. he practiced “glass looking” for a fee also.

And then there was the counterfeit money, (Mormon Treasury Bill’s) and illegal Kirtland Bank that wiped out the life savings of those who believed Smith’s prophecies?
Smith was rightfully arrested for the destruction of personal property including the Expositor Newspaper, (he burned it down)that wrote about his new religion and his polygamy.
When Joseph Smith died he shot two men with his pistol that died later from the wounds.
I am all for self defense, but why does the LDS church make him out to be a martyr and led like a “lamb to the slaughter?”

Why would he say that the “LDS” people follow the law, when he did not?
Is this the best choice for a so called “prophet” for God to choose? Really?
Phrog, Joseph Smith HIMSELF said he was going like a lamb to to slaughter.” D and C 135.
(those are not my words…)
BUT his actions speak different.

WHY does the LDS church portray Joseph as an innocent, willing, man to die for his religion then? When that was not the case…

Best answer:

Answer by Maybe Later
Religion is full of hypocrisy and inconsistencies.

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Alternative Weapons – Instinctive Self Defense

Alternative Weapons – Instinctive Self Defense

Objects that were neither designed with self-defense in mind, nor specially carried for such a purpose by you. Objects that will neither raise the suspicion of Law Enforcement, nor take up any extra room since you would have had them either on your person or in your surroundings and environment anyway.

A person who has the right motivation, talent and will to survive can employ almost any object as a weapon.

Anything can become a weapon when your mind is the real weapon. Governments can’t ban it, customs can’t confiscate it and the only time you don’t have it is when you are asleep. This is the KEY lesson you should take away from this article.

In today’s anti-weapons climate many times and in many locations it’s impossible to carry a gun or knife (Courts, airports, etc). Even in your home at the time of a violent invasion you might not be close to your gun, or even knife.

Sometimes all you have left is your tactical creativity and your motivation and ability for thinking outside the box.

Your mind will always be your greatest weapon, not least of all because with your intelligence and ingenuity you can locate the most effective duel use objects to use as weapons during an assault. Your mind is a weapon, and with it you are never unarmed. Wherever you are I guarantee you you are surrounded by a multitude of potential weapons. Learn to spot them effectively.

While the will to use improvised weapons is often instinctive for the experienced fighter, the effectiveness of such improvised weapons can depend on how good an eye you have in not only quickly locating and choosing your improvised “weapon” but also on your ability to use that object in a way that will disable your attacker effectively (or allow you to escape the threat). And it is this ability that will increase only with proper training.

First a few thoughts on Natural Reactions:

Think of fights you might have seen yourself. What are the first natural reactions a person has when being attacked? First the person will put up his arms to block any attack, then they will instinctively grab for any object that can multiply the expediency of their own “god” given weapons (their body and limbs). Often one of the first such objects grabbed is a chair and it is used as a shield. If not a chair it will be another object that can be used as either a weapon or shield. It’s an instinctive and natural reaction displayed by seasoned fighters and people with no experience in self defense alike.

Often the manner in which the attacked will use the object depends on their mindset and/or level of aggression and the situation itself. For example some people when attacked will grab a chair and only use it as a shield. Other more aggressive fighters will instinctively begin hitting their attacker with the same chair and thus using it more as a striking weapon than merely a shield. Using the chair or other object as a striking weapon will disrupt your attacker’s ability from gaining direction, lead and control of the attack. While using the chair or other object as a shield can often be useful initially (especially in a surprise attack) you need to gain dominance and control rapidly through overwhelming force and aggression.

Often not much thought goes into such a split second decision in terms of exactly which object to grab for. There simply isn’t enough time for someone who is being attacked to weigh up the potential effectiveness of one object over another. This will come with experience.
At the end of the day though, almost any object can be used as either a weapon or atleast a shield, some objects that I’m sure you would never have thought of as weapons or even shields. Obviously though, some objects are more effective than others.

The following is a list of a few possible objects you very well might have in your environment that could be employed as improvised weapons or shields:

The flashlight:

A favourite among many a self defense practitioner for years now. Wrap some 550 paracord around it and make a Koppo type weapon or use by itself. Either way it’s a popular alternative weapon (and flashlight!). Can be used to momentarily blind an attacker or as an impact weapon. See specialist knowledge on how to use it most effectively.

Car antenna:

Listen up, in particular women who walk alone in car parks! You can quite quickly break off a metal car antenna and use it to fend off one or more attackers in a whipping action. The strikes can be very painful and effective and will likely at the very least stun and discourage an attacker from continuing. Remember, often these predators are looking for an easy victim. If you prove to the attacker that you’ll be more trouble than your worth, he’s quite likely to discontinue the attack and seek out someone who will give him less trouble.

Keys:

Not the easiest or most effective option in reality despite often being recommended by defensive instructors. Shouldn’t be your first choice, however if you have nothing else at hand it’s better than nothing. Hold key between middle fingers and use to punch with greater effect. Or can be used to scrape across attacker’s face.

Steel cap boots:

Often overlooked but very legal everywhere and a very painful alternative weapon. Kick attacker in the shins or groin. A real fight stopper with proper aim.

Pens:

As the saying goes, “The pen is mightier than the sword”. Well, surely that was meant figuratively. In any case, when carrying a sword during your daily business is not a reasonable option (and I can’t imagine it is for most people) a pen makes quite a mighty alternative weapon. Another favorite among seasoned Martialists. Can be used as a stabbing implement or as a makeshift Kubaton. Hold in a pikal grip with your thumb on the clicker or blunt end and stab down or sideways repeatedly with the pointy end outwards. Hit to the liver, other soft appendages and neck for greatest effect. If you know how to use a Kubaton you know how to use a pen as a weapon. Choose a hefty strong metal pen like the now discontinued Rotring 600, a beefy hexagonal pen made of chrome-plated brass. Always legal, always useful for the intelligent and literate person for more than just self-defense, and a good alternative weapon for the concerned self defense practitioner.

The beer bottle, or other glass bottle:

Be careful with this one. Unlike in the movies DO NOT ever first break the bottle on the table thinking you’ll be left with a sharp knife like weapon. You won’t. In reality what you will be left with is a small piece of the bottle’s neck.
That’s it. Nothing sharp protruding at any length and nothing you can use effectively as a weapon.
In fact, for that matter, most of what you see on TV does not work, was never meant to work, and if you try it you’ll probably be in big trouble.
You can still use a glass bottle as a weapon though, just don’t break it on the table first, smash it directly in your attacker’s face! Preferably use a glass bottle full of liquids, as an empty one will be far less effective.

Coffee mug or glass or ceramic cup:

Smash it across your attacker’s face much like the glass bottle.

If you have hot coffee inside at the time, obviously splash it on his face. All the sudden you won’t complain that McDonalds makes their coffee too hot. The hotter the better as an alternative weapon.

If there is alcohol inside your glass, throw it in your attacker’s face. Aim for the eyes for stinging effect.

Carabiner:

An old army trick. Use a large one as a makeshift “knuckleduster”. Works well. Punch and hammer fist your attacker’s head and face. Preferably you would have a steel one, but an aluminum type will work well enough if need be.

A chair:

A chair, not only to keep lions at bay they can also keep your attacker at bay or shield you from a knife attack. They also make good larger improvised impact devices, although they are mainly best used as a shield.

Trash can lid:

Another great improvised shield. The trash can itself can be thrown at the BG and might at least give you time to escape or to employ a better weapon.

Dresser drawer:

That’s right, if you’re attacked in your bedroom immediately grab and pull out a drawer from the dresser. Can be used as a shield or even as an impact weapon, much like the laptop or book. Check out your drawers right now and see if they come out completely and easily. If they don’t, try modifying them.

Walking cane/stick:

One of the best alternative weapons. Huge striking power. Easy to use and especially effective with modern Arnis Filipino stick fighting techniques. Always legal, always with you, always right in your hand ready to be used to strike, to disarm or to block an attack. It can however make you seem weaker or partially disabled, and thus can make you a more desirable victim or target to an attacker. Remember, predators target the weakest people, or in other words the people who they think will put up the least amount of fight. Keep this in mind and decide for yourself whether a walking stick is a good option. Certainly, in any case, if you carry a walking stick then do seek out combat stick training.

A padlock:

Devastating weapon, you can only hope to be lucky enough to have one handy. Slip your middle finger inside the steel loop with the rest of the padlock in your fist. Use as makeshift knuckleduster or fist-load. Or swing padlock at your attacker while holding it with one finger and the rest of padlock outwards. Aim for head, as the padlock would be too small to do damage to body.

Ashtray:

Usually a hefty solid weapon. Grab it like a frisbee and slam it into your assailant’s head, face, or jam it in his neck or throat. Throw the cigarette

When Civilizations Collide…Secular law vs. Religious law?

Question by Falmaata T: When Civilizations Collide…Secular law vs. Religious law?
Religion Clause today, the leading Sharia law trustee in Nigeria is claiming that the religious rights of a man are being violated when the State prosecuted him for marrying a 13 year old.

Now, according to AFP and ThisDay, the Registered Trustees of Supreme Council for Sharia in Nigeria has filed suit in the Federal High Court seeking a declaration that Yerima’s right to privacy and his right to practice his religion have been violated… The suit alleges that the Child Rights Act is unconstitutional because Muslim religious law permits Yerima to marry up to four wives with no restriction on age. The Sharia group’s lawyer says that a Muslim may “even marry a child in the womb of her mother.”

Polygamist Prisoners
So, a Government has laws that say marrying children is illegal, and a religion has “laws” saying child marriage (and polygamy, and fetal marriage (Fetogamy??)) are just fine. How can such a situation play out? Looking to Utah is instructive, in that its history shows a possible compromise.

When the Mormons asserted their religious freedom as a defense for polygamy, the national government fought back with threats serious enough to convince the isolated and localized Mormon community that it was in their long term best interests to have a “revelation” about polygamy. According timeline, it took about 44 years (1852-1896) of legislation, arrests and dangling the carrot of Statehood in front of Utah to get them to forever renounce and outlaw polygamy.

So can any State bring such pressure to bear on Islam? Dispersed worldwide, numbering over a billion, operating from a “cell” model rather than hierarchical church, and demanding that Sharia be elevated above secular law in every place they emigrate to, I don’t see how Islam can be reigned in with the tactics that wiped out polygamy (sort of ) in Utah. Islam operates from a position of strength that the Mormons of the 19th century would have killed for.

Afghani Child Bride
Do we have the strength to stand up and defend our well earned civil rights and legal system? What is the best tactic? I certainly believe that nations must demand that their laws are pre-eminent over specific religious practices. An emigree may not enter a country and insist that his religious practices be accepted, when those very practices have been outlawed in the country he is moving to. (Note: I’m willing to be a little softer on polygamy than on child marriage before the age of consent.)

The case of child brides is identical to the question of blasphemy death-sentence fatwas, or reduced rights of women in court or inheritance, or slavery. If we do not stand and say, “NO! These practices are not allowed here… we’ve already dealt with and settled those questions.” we will be willingly giving up what the crucible of 600 years of religious wars, enlightenment philosophy, revolution, and civilization building has earned us: civil rights, equal justice, secular systems of law, separation of Church and State, and respect for women as equal humans

Best answer:

Answer by phrog
state laws prevail over religious “laws”.
religious duty was not a suitable defense to a criminal indictment
don’t like it? change countries.

you misunderstand the idea behind the LDS revelation…it was not a cave to social pressure – or they would have done that irregardless of revelation way prior. the precedent for this law was set during that time (reynolds v. US)…..yea. states CAN bring that kind of pressure to bear against islam. rights in the US entail the rights of others as well – in this case those of minors.

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