J-Galiana Law Category: General Article

Category: General Article

An Attorney Who Works For You

If you are ever in need of legal advice, it’s important to find an attorney who has your best interests in mind. The attorney you work with should understand the area of law that is involved and should be reputable. There are a few tips that you can keep in mind when searching for Vancouver attorneys before hiring the first one you come across online or in a phone book.

Talk to friends and family members who have used an attorney in the past to get recommendations. The people you know will likely give an honest review before former or current clients of the attorney. They can give you information about how much the attorney charges and how the attorney deals with court personnel.

An Attorney Who Works For You

If money is involved in the form of a settlement, avoid taking the first offer that is given. Take all of the proper documents to the attorney so that you can work together to reach a settlement that is fair. Many attorneys offer a free consultation. You need to utilize this short time the best way that you can. Make a list of the details about your charges or the issue that you need an attorney for as well as a list of questions that you have for the attorney so that you don’t waste time sitting in the office listening to someone else talk.

Find out if the attorney will handle most of the work for the case or if there is a paralegal who will perform the research and work involved. This is important information because you need to know who to talk to if there is new information to present and when you have questions about your case. Make sure the attorney you find isn’t overpriced. Some will charge an astronomical amount of money without doing any work while others will accept payments for doing hours of research for your case.

 

Blumenthal Law Would Take Guns From Those Judged to Be Threats

Blumenthal Law Would Take Guns From Those Judged to Be Threats

Connecticut U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal called for a federal law Sunday allowing law-enforcement officials to take away people’s guns if a judge rules they are a threat to themselves or others.

Connecticut passed such a law in 1999 following a shooting at the Connecticut Lottery Corp. in which a gunman killed four people.

The proposal from Mr. Blumenthal, a regulatory affairs, comes after a 19-year-old gunman allegedly shot and killed 17 people in Parkland, Fla., on Feb. 14 following numerous interactions with law-enforcement, social services and school officials. The gunman charged in the case was able to legally purchase and possess the AR-15 rifle he allegedly used in the attack despite warnings to authorities that he could be a school shooter in the making.

Under the law, about 20 gun removals a year were carried out in Connecticut from 1999 to 2006, according to a Duke University School of Law study. After a shooting in 2007 at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, that number increased to about 100 cases a year and reached a cumulative total of 762 by the end of June 2013, the study found.

Connecticut allows law-enforcement officials to obtain a court warrant to remove guns from people found to pose an imminent risk of harming themselves or others. The judge must take into account recent threats or acts of violence and recent acts of cruelty to animals. Indiana, California, Oregon and Washington have similar laws.

“There is no conclusive way to say that this measure or any other would surely have prevented this mass shooting in Parkland,” Mr. Blumenthal said in an interview. “But there were very serious alerts and facts that could have been brought to the attention of a judge to take away this shooter’s firearms and perhaps persuade him to seek psychiatric help.”

The National Rifle Association, which has opposed such laws at the state level, didn’t respond to a request for comment. When Oregon passed its law in August, the NRA said in a news release that the protection orders “strips the accused of their Second Amendment rights” and will only be “based on the brief statement of the petitioner.”

Mr. Blumenthal said he expects to introduce the federal legislation in the coming weeks and is seeking support for the bill among Democrats and Republicans.

Connecticut’s “public safety and mental health law provides a model that I am going to seek to make bipartisan and that hopefully we can come together to support,” Mr. Blumenthal said.

The Connecticut law passed before the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012, when a gunman killed 26 people in Newtown. In that attack, a troubled 20-year-old man used an AR-15 rifle owned by his mother. The Connecticut law couldn’t have addressed the shooting because the gunman wasn’t the gun’s registered owner.

 

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