If you have been injured in a car wreck because of someone's careless driving, you may need to look beyond the compensation offered by the insurance company. You should understand that pain and suffering and your lost wages are two areas of compensation that are only available through a personal injury suit, or at the least the threat of a suit. The best case scenario would be to have a suitable offer from the other side, and in fact quite a few cases are settled out of court, but in some cases you must proceed with your court case.
Domestic violence is a serious charge, but some people decide to go to court without an attorney. Even if your ex is simply trying to get back at you, this may be difficult for you to prove on your own in court. While you can try to fight the case alone, a defense attorney will be able to do your speaking for you. In this way, the plaintiff will not be able to twist what you are saying and the judge is more likely to listen to your side of the story.
There are two main reasons children don't usually testify in custody hearings. For one, testifying can negatively affect the children, especially when they have to say negative things about a parent (whom they love). Also, custody determination is up to the judge and the law, and not the kid. Still, your kid may have something to contribute to their custody case. Here are three cases in which it's advisable and reasonable for a kid to testify:
If you think your spouse has a drinking problem and you can't get them to reach out for the help they need, you may be considering a divorce. If you think that you want to try to get them help, and that you want to see if things could work out if they stopped drinking, you want to talk with a lawyer to see what your options are.
You may want to take some space from your spouse to let them know you are serious about their drinking problem and that it has to stop, and that you have met with a legal expert about possibly separating.
Is seeing believing? Should courts believe witnesses when they testify to what they claim they saw with their own eyes? Maybe not, if the scientific evidence about eyewitness testimony is any indication. Here is why eyewitness testimony is something that your criminal defense attorney is likely to challenge in court and some examples of how he or she can do so.
Eyewitness testimony is often wrong
In three out of every four cases where DNA evidence has later been used to establish someone's innocence and overturn their conviction on appeal, that conviction relied largely on eyewitness testimony.