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Legal Tip Of The Day

Tip: Self Defense (Stand Your Ground)

1. Can Defend Yourself Against Immediate Threat
2. Must be in Reasonable Fear of Safety
3. Deadly Force Permitted
4. No Duty to Retreat
5. Can’t be Prosecuted or Sued

Tip: Criminal v. Civil Case‬

1. Criminal: Fight for Freedom
2. Civil: Fight for Money
3. Standard of Proof Differs
4. Civil: Party Held Liability
5. Criminal: Defendant Found Guilty

Tip: Bench v. Jury Trial‬

1. Bench Trial: Judge Decides
2. Jury Trial: Jury Reaches Verdict
3. Jury ALWAYS Decides Facts
4. Judge Decides All Facts (And Law)
5. Decision in Hands of Judge v. Jury

Tip: Statute of Limitations

1. Time Limit to Pursue Case
2. If Limit Not Met, Case Closed
3. Memories Fade
4. Evidence Gets Stale
5. People Entitled to Finality

Tip: Beyond a Reasonable Doubt

1. Not Beyond All & Every Doubt
2. Not a Mathematical Certainly
3. Enough to Give You Pause
4. The Doubt is Real
5. The Evidence is Insufficient

Tip: What is Hearsay

1. Someone Tells You‬
2. ‪What Someone Told Them‬
3. ‪You Weren’t Present ‬
4. ‪So You Can’t Personally Verify‬
5. ‪Making it Unreliable ‬

Tip: No Credibility ‬‬

1. Can’t Recall Basic Info
2. Attempt to Justify & Explain
3. Give Evasive Answers
4. Contradict Themselves
5. Explanations Make No Sense

Tip: Due Process‬

1. Fairness in Treatment
2. Given Notice of Court Dates
3. Ability to Appear before Judge
4. Opportunity to be Heard
5. Chance to Defend

Tip: U.S. Supreme Court‬

1. Created in 1789 (229 years ago)
2. 17 Chief Justices since
3. Only 1 former U.S. Pres. served (Taft)
4. Conservatives could rule (6 to 9)
5. Constitutional Rights likely to be Reshaped

Tip: Sobriety Checkpoints

1. Don’t Drink & Drive
2. Pick Designated Driver
3. Checkpoints not allowed in 10 States
4. Police must follow preset rules
5. Call Cab, Uber, Lift or a Friend

Tip: Traffic Stops

1. Show License, Registration & Insurance
2. Make NO Sudden Movements
3. Follow Officers Instructions
4. Comply Now, Grieve Later
5. Be Polite & Courteous

Tip: Road Rage

1. Do NOT Engage or Retaliate
2. Do NOT Flip the Bird
3. DO Let Driver Pass
4. DO Call 911 — If in Danger
5. DO Ignore & Disregard

Tip: Happy 4th‬ of July

1. Enjoy the day off, if lucky
2. Spend time w/ loved ones
3. Watch the fireworks
4. Celebrate America’s Independence
5. Barbecue, drinks optional

Tip: Car Accident‬

1. Make sure everyone is ok
2. Call 911 for police & medical help
3. Get out of harm’s way, but don’t leave the scene
4. Exchange information
5. Notify insurer

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