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How to Know When You Need to Call an Attorney

You shouldn't wait until you are in trouble before soliciting the services of a lawyer. Sacramento residents and those across the nation who are in need of immediate legal assistance know the importance of retaining an attorney as soon as possible. Here are some specific situations where it's imperative you call an attorney. Trouble with the Law
If you get into trouble with the law and are taken off to jail for whatever reason (DUI, tax fraud, domestic violence, or other criminal activities), you will need to speak to an attorney. You have the right to remain silent until you do. This means you don't have to answer any questions posed by law enforcement. If you don't have a specific lawyer to call right away, ask for a referral to one who is experienced and trustworthy. Accident or Injury
Once you have suffered any type of bodily harm in a car accident, you should seek legal counsel. You should also call for legal assistance if you have been injured on the job. Estate Planning
For planning your estate, seek the help of an expert lawyer. Sacramento has many estate planning professionals who are experienced in that particular field of law. Business Contract
If you are in the process of engaging in any type of business endeavor that involves signing a contract, you should contact a corporate attorney. Anything that has to do with large sums of cash and long-term business commitments requires the specialized knowledge of a lawyer. Sacramento attorneys are available for those who live in the area. Divorce
If you are legally separated and have decided to get a divorce, it is time to talk to a divorce professional, especially if the divorce is being contested or if assets need to be divided. Be sure to seek the help of a lawyer. Sacramento attorneys will help you to resolve the pending issues at hand. If you find yourself in any of these situations, contact an attorney! Most legal professionals will see you for the initial consultation to discuss your case in more detail. Bring along as much evidence and documentation as possible to the scheduled meeting. 

Life without parole for defendant in California murder case

Roseville, California, residents may have heard of the May 18 sentencing of a man convicted by a Sacramento jury trial of sexual assault and murder. The man, convicted in April, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. However, the defendant has maintained his innocence through the entire court process, and he again vowed in court at his sentencing to continue his efforts to be exonerated.

Heroin use on the rise in suburban, affluent Placer County

When most people think of heroin they think of the dirty streets and high crime of the big cities, not suburbia. In fiscal year 2011, almost 14 percent of patients in the Placer County drug treatment clinics admitted to using heroin. That figure is up from 8.5 percent from the previous year. Public health officials say that many of these people started out as teens abusing prescription pain killers they found around their homes.

Ignition interlocks may be required for all California DUI offenders

Under a new federal law that is currently gaining momentum in the U.S. House of Representatives, all people who are convicted of drunk driving, whether it is their first or their 10th offense, will be required to install an ignition interlock device in their vehicle. This would significantly increase the severity of DUI laws in California, where currently only a handful of counties require ignition interlocks for all drunk driving convictions.

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