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Tessmer Tips / 04.10.2015

This week, Tessmer Tips will bring you information about Animal Law. Did you know that dogs bite over 4.7 million Americans every year? But only 15,000 to 16,000 victims are compensated.  Dog owners are responsible for their dogs and for the damage they cause.  Often, home owners insurance will cover the damage, but compensation is rarely offered without the assistance of an attorney.   Do you have a “dangerous” dog?  A dangerous dog is one that has attacked someone or acted like it was going to attack someone while not in the dog’s own enclosure.  If your dog is labeled “dangerous,” the...

Tessmer Tips / 02.10.2015

After an arrest, you will be brought before a judge to be formally charged with a crime and provided an opportunity to be released while awaiting trial.  You might be required to post bail, or you may be released on a Personal Recognizance (PR) Bond, which is your promise to appear in court.  To decide whether to require bail, the judge will consider various factors, such as your family ties, financial resources, employment record and the seriousness of the crime you have been charged with.   For people who have never before faced criminal charges, an arrest can be a frightening experience.  The...

Tessmer Tips / 01.10.2015

Once arrested, you are entitled to telephone a lawyer, a friend or a family member to notify them of your arrest.  You also have the right to consult an attorney and have him/her present when the police question you.  The best practice is to remain silent until your lawyer is present since any statement you make can be used as evidence against you.   After an arrest, if you cannot afford an attorney, you are entitled to a court-appointed lawyer.  The police are required to notify you of these rights before questioning you. Even if you decline an attorney initially, you retain...

Tessmer Tips / 29.09.2015

Resisting arrest is a big topic in the news lately. The police may use the reasonable force necessary to arrest you, but they are not permitted to use excessive force or brutality. Cooperate with the officers and follow their directions. You don’t want to be charged with resisting.   Ordinarily, the police must have a search warrant before conducting a search.  After an arrest, the police may search you and the immediate area around you without a warrant if they reasonably suspect that you may be armed.  A search is also permitted if police see contraband at the time of an arrest....

Tessmer Tips / 28.09.2015

The police can arrest you without a warrant for committing a misdemeanor in their presence.  Examples include:  trespassing, disturbing the peace, driving under the influence of alcohol, failing to stop when you are in an accident, driving without a valid license, or causing the police to believe you will disregard a traffic citation.   What is a citizen’s arrest?  Any citizen (most often this happens with a security guard or store owner) may arrest you if you have committed a crime in their presence.  They can also arrest you if they have good reason to believe that you have committed a felony. ...

Tessmer Tips / 27.09.2015

The criminal justice system protects the public by arresting and jailing criminals. Not everyone who is arrested is a bad guy.  If you or a friend/family member is arrested, you need to know your rights.  Stay tuned Tessmer Tips on “What to do if you are arrested….” A law enforcement agent (police officer, state trooper, sheriff) can constrain your freedom of movement in an arrest because of your possible involvement in a criminal offense.  You can also be taken into custody if there is a warrant for your arrest.  If a warrant has issued, you can be arrested in your home or...