Happy Memorial Day Weekend

Happy Memorial Day weekend everyone!

 
To many, this weekend is the official start of the summer. School is out, or almost out for the kids and many families are traveling or getting together to celebrate the holiday weekend.
 
Lets not forget the older generation and our veterans at this time of the year. Many have little or no family left and holidays do not bring the joy that they did in the past. A kind word or phone call to the ones we know can bring a little cheer into their lives.
 
After all, if it were not for the older generations, we would not be here. Also, if it were not for the veterans we would not have the safety and liberties we enjoy here in the US.
 
May all have a safe and blessed weekend.

Economic Effects of Violent Crime

Are We Aware of Economic Effects of Violent Crime?

Being a member of the legal profession possibly makes one more aware of the violent crimes going our in his or her community, but we possibly all need to be aware of what is happening in our immediate areas and to be involved in community affairs.

The economic effects of violent crime are costly to the community, the taxpayers and those directly involved in the crime… the victims and the perpetrators.

Murders, rapes, assaults, and robberies quite frequently impose overwhelming economic costs on the victims who survive as well as the families of those involved, not only in the loss of earnings and the legal and medical costs involved, but also the physical and emotional tolls.

Communities also are affected by violent crimes by property values decreasing and insurance premiums increasing. Communities also see reduced investment in high-crime areas along with decreasing population in these areas which lower the tax base for the community.

When the tax base or population is lowered, the cost of community services increase per person and at times the services themselves decrease due to the costs involved.

Violent crimes also impose significant costs on the community and the taxpayers who bear the financial burden of maintaining the police personnel and operations, courts, jails, and prisons directed toward these crimes and their perpetrators.

Also, it may not be considered an economic effect of violent crime in the community, but we also have to be aware that violent crimes are a direct threat to our safety and the safety of our children and grandchildren.

Successful efforts to reduce crime can produce substantial economic benefits for the community as a whole.

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.