Changing Times & Laws

Reflections on Changing Times & Laws

Spending time involved in the court systems brings to ones attention on how much the law has changed thru out history.

Looking back into past history, we see that time moves forward, nations emerge and other ones vanish, our customs change, but it seems that man does not.

The first documented murder happened when Cain killed Abel in the Bible and crime has not stopped since. Laws were instituted by man in order to protect society and the court systems have evolved to uphold the laws.

In the past, stealing a man transportation (his horse) was a hanging offense for the offender and oftentimes a death sentence for the owner of the horse, especially if he was left stranded in the wilderness of the wild west without any food or water.

In todays world, stealing a mans transportation (his motor vehicle) is often done for a thrill by some and a business by others. It’s no longer a hanging offense and most of our society does not seem to be too concerned with the offense…. possibly the owner of the vehicle is… especially if its not insured. The thief might be, if he or she it caught.

In the past, murder was also a hanging offense and justice was often swift. Justice might have been in the form of a legal execution by hanging by the neck until dead or sometimes by vigilante justice. Or many times by family members that believed in an “eye for an eye”, especially when a marshal, sheriff or lawman might be many days travel away. Most of us “oldtimers” are familiar with the “Hatfield & McCoy Feud” which is an example of family members dispensing what they consider “justice”.

Over time, reasons for crimes such as killing and stealing have changed. They still happen, but in many different circumstances. Just watch the news and you will see what I mean. We now classify crimes into different categories with punishment to suit. In past history, murder and many other crimes was a hanging offense or death sentence. In todays society, maybe not!

In todays society, justice is usually not quite as swift, as the court systems at times move slowly. Moving slowly with some calm deliberation about dispensing justice is one way of trying protect the accused rights. Usually, opinions vary on whether justice is dispensed fairly by the parties involved, depending on which side of the law they are on at the time.

As we look at crimes and conditions in other countries and also the crime in our own country, I think most will agree that we need laws designed to protect the innocent and society as a whole.

Best DWI Lawyers in El Dorado AR

Best DWI – DUI Lawyers in El Dorado Arkansas

Some Attorneys do have a better success rate than others in defending certain criminal charges.

To decide which DWI – DUI Lawyer in the El Dorado Arkansas is best for you, ask how successful they been in defending these charges.

Naturally, anyone that has been given a ticket or arrested on any charge would like to have the charge dismissed, but in many cases that may not happen.

If you have been arrested for DWI – DUI, you may want to meet with a attorney to discuss your case. A competent attorney should be able to advise you as what to expect.

If there is no chance of getting the charges dismissed, talk to your attorney about the possibility of getting them reduced.

A DWI – DUI can mean large fines, possibly jail time, loss of your vehicle and can affect your drivers license, driving privileges, insurance rates, job, and even your marriage.

The State of Arkansas has the burden of proving beyond a reasonable doubt that a driver was intoxicated and was operating or in actual physical control of the vehicle at the time the investigation began.

A well-educated, properly trained and sufficiently experienced DWI defense lawyer will make an independent investigation to discover all of the information which the police officer had at the time of the arrest in order to make an independent determination whether the facts will support a conviction. Moreover, that lawyer will design his defense to demonstrate the weakness of the state’s proof.

Gary McDonald is that well-educated, properly trained, sufficiently experienced lawyer who is not afraid to assert a vigorous defense on your behalf.

For a FREE case evaluation, call Gary McDonald at the McDonald Law Firm.
Offices Located in Simmons First Bank Plaza
100 West Grove Suite 308 El Dorado AR
PHONE (870) 862-1498 FAX (870) 862-4071
E-Mail: gary@garymcdonald.net

Free Case Evaluation for Mesothelioma Victims

If you or a family member are Mesothelioma Victims you can receive a Free Case Evaluation.

If you or a family have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, or any asbestos disease you could be eligible for substantial compensation. Over $30 billion has been placed in asbestos trust funds which are set up for those who are victims to asbestos-related diseases.

Anybody can be affected anywhere, many are exposed due to family members jobs in the workplace, even in their home or community. Construction workers in certain fields may have received significant asbestos exposure in the workplace.

Family members are also at risk of developing an asbestos-related illness even if they did not work in as asbestos related job. If they came into contact with asbestos in the home they may develop an asbestos related illness.

As a rule of thumb, individuals that are exposed to asbestos do not start experiencing symptoms until many years later, and in many cases it is too late for effective treatment.

Time may be of the essence. Like many types of lawsuits, asbestos-related cases have a statute of limitations, in which you only have a certain amount of time to file a lawsuit.

Contact The McDonald Law Firm for more information.

Offices Located in Simmons First Bank Plaza
100 West Grove Suite 308 El Dorado AR
PHONE (870) 862-1498 FAX (870) 862-4071

Tax Time

Tax Time is almost here!

The end of the year is approaching and tax time is just around the corner.

It’s not too late to take action to lower your taxes for this year.

For businesses, end of year purchases, and prepaying some expenses and bills can get a few dollars in extra deductions for this year.

If you haven’t made a deposit to your IRA, now can be a good time to prepare for that.

Now is also a good time to go over your personal and business documents such as insurance, wills & testaments, powers of attorney, and health care paperwork to prepare for end of life events to make sure your survivors are properly taken care of.

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End of Life Preparations

Are your Affairs (Preparations)in Order in Case of End of Life?

This time of the year is when many begin to think about getting their affairs into order. For some reason the holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas bring on a sense of melancholy for some, excitement and happiness for many.

This is a time for visiting with friends, renewing old acquaintances, gift giving and just a general sense of enjoying life and giving thanks.

Tax time is just around the corner and as people prepare for that, they also begin to think about getting their other affairs in order, such as wills, powers of attorney, paperwork concerning health issues and other end of life documents.

Time off from work gives some of us time to think about these issues and a window of opportunity take care of them.

Many of us know we need to address these items but just keep putting them off.

End of life documents can make is easier for your spouse and survivors to handle lives problems and tragedies.

If you don’t have a last will and testament, power of attorney, and advanced health care plan in case of a terminal illness or death, don’t wait until is too late for these to benefit your survivors.

SOBERING FACTS

SOBERING FACTS – Drunk Driving in Arkansasdwi

According to the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System about 1.9% of drivers on a national average report driving after drinking too much.

The statistics for Arkansas where drivers report driving after drinking too much is 1%.

In the US about one third of traffic fatalities involve a drunk driver.

Drivers with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08% or higher are considered alcohol-impaired by law – considered to be drunk drivers.

A conviction for a DWI in Arkansas carries heavy penalties.

Keep Arkansas safe. Keep drunk drivers off the road.

Arkansas versus A&M

Sec Football: Arkansas Versus A&M at At& T Stadium in Arlington.

As most SEC Football fans now, my favorite college football team, the Razorbacks came out second best against A&M Saturday in Arlington at AT&t Stadium.

The good news is that an Arkansas Alumni was honored at the game. The University of Arkansas honored Jerry Jones, the owner of the Cowboys and AT&T Stadium, at Saturdays game.. The Razorbacks celebrated Jerry’s induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as one of their former players and notable alumni by wearing Cowboys-inspired uniforms in ‘Razorback Red.’

Even though the Razorbacks came out second best in overtime, I still enjoyed the game and am looking forward to the next one.

Working Remotely

Working Remotely -Is working remotely the same as working from home?

Both yes or no could be the correct answer here. As technology improves, new communication applications and use of the internet allows a lot of flexibility in where a person is able to meet his or her work production requirements.

Many whose job or work requires that they be out of the workplace on a regular basis operate their businesses or fulfill their work duties remotely.

Take a look around you as you are out and about. You will see many using their cell phones, tablets or computers. Our first thoughts may be, why can’t these people put this equipment down, get off Facebook, quit playing games on them or just turn them off.

But if we play closer attention, we might see that many of them are actually fulfilling their work related duties outside the office or workplace.

There are some employees and business owners that rarely of into the office or workplace as most of their job duties can be fulfilled without doing so.

Just recently, in the Walmart parking lot, I spoke with a teacher that shared with me that he was on the way to his college classroom because it was Friday and he was required to go into the classroom one day a week. Most of his classes were online and he was able to teach from anywhere that his could get an online connection. This type of teaching is getting to be offered more and more as it lessons the burden on both the teacher and the student by allowing both some flexibility in their time requirements.

Another young person that I’m acquainted with, works in the insurance department at a bank. His hours are tremendously flexible and he stays out of his office a lot. Much of his work requirements can be done online and thru the use of a computer, tablet or cell phone.

Many jobs in todays marketplace are only available because they can be operated remotely. Some of my family members have jobs that are fulfilled from home and/or by traveling to various locations on a regular basis. Being able to work remotely is what makes these jobs available.

A friend of mine actually has a home based business where he creates a physical product in his workshop at home, packs it, prints a shipping label from his home office and schedules a pickup from UPS to come by and pick the item up and deliver it to his customer. Materials and shipping supplies can be ordered online and shipped to his workshop. So in theory, he doesn’t have to leave home to operate his business.

So yes, I would say that working remotely can be the same as working from home.

In my own case, I’ve have recently done some traveling for personal reasons, and being able to work remotely has allowed me to take the trips. Also, some of my work requires me to be out of the office in the courtroom and at other locations. Being able to keep up with my office work and taking care of my business remotely is certainly helpful and beneficial.

Now granted, many of us would be tempted to not do the work if we were not supervised or otherwise held accountable. But many of us have work or jobs where they are paid for sales or production. If we don’t produce, we won’t have the job or business long.

I would be interested in hearing about any ways that any of your fulfill your work related duties away from the workplace by remote means.

Amazon Prime Day

Did you know that Amazon Prime Day started last evening at 6:00? (July 10, 2017)

Seeing some of the news reports about this, is somewhat amazing to see what is offered at discounted pricing. According to some news reports Amazon’s sales upped by 60% last year on prime day. I assume this is 60% of daily sales.

According to one report, las year on prime day they sold around 90,000 TVs, two million toys, 200,000 headphones and 14,000 of a single brand of  laptops.

Watching other news, it appears that eBay is also running ads to compete with this highly competitive day of sales on Amazon.  I find it interesting that eBay has its own search engine built into the site. Have any of you tried it?

Reports also say that several of the big brand retail storefront outlets are being affected by losing sales to online outlets.

I wonder have  any or many of you switched to purchasing items online versus retail shopping?

Even Wal Mart is upping their marketing programs with their purchase online and drive in and pickup your items. Does our local El Dorado Wal Mart offer this? Or does any one know?

One this is for sure, things have changed a lot in my generations’ lifetime.