After being charged with a crime, your attorney will begin preparing for your trial. This trial will most likely be heard by a jury, and one of the tasks your criminal attorney will prepare for is jury selection. This is a process called voir dire and it allows your attorney to select the best jurors for your case. As you get ready to go to court for the start of your trial, here are three things you should know about this process.
- Unless you're a hermit and you refuse to even let someone put a toe on your grass, you're going to have guests over at your home eventually. When you invite people to your home, you are responsible for their safety. If a person suffers injury on your property, and you were somehow responsible for the accident that caused it, you could be sued for damages. Wait, but it's private property.
- Many employees and business partners like to target businesses for easy money, simply because things can get lost under the radar of a business' finances. It may not be until inventory or until your accountant draws up taxes that you notice something is wrong. Here are some common fraudulent schemes, and how you can both avoid them. Asset Misappropriation This is the most common type of fraud in business, accounting for 85% of occupational fraud.
- If you're the defendant in a personal injury case, you may want to avoid going to court at cost. A defendant is the person who causes an accident, and the plaintiff is the person who receives injuries as a result of the accident. As a defendant, your attorney may try to settle your case through personal injury mediation. Personal injury mediation allows you to propose and pay the plaintiff a reduced insurance settlement for his or her injuries.
- If you are in the midst of monetary woes and having trouble paying your debts, you have the option of filing for chapter 13 bankruptcy. This type of bankruptcy provides you with a court-approved plan to repay your debts on a schedule that enables you to maintain a semblance of financial stability. In some cases you may be able to have some debts removed via lien stripping. If you are thinking about filing for a chapter 13 bankruptcy, the following primer can help you understand the lien stripping process.