Legal Practice Areas
From a Car Accident to a Divorce, an Attorney Can Help
There are many different areas in which an attorney may practice law. Some attorneys, often referred to as “general practice” attorneys, may handle a number of different types of legal matters for clients, such as business law, family law and bankruptcy, sometimes seeking additional counsel if a specialized or highly sensitive situation arises that needs to be addressed. Other attorneys focus their practices on one specific area of law, such as criminal defense alone. Depending on your particular needs as an individual or a business, you may require the services of a specific type of attorney.
You can learn more about several of the most common legal practice areas by reviewing the legal topics and clicking on the links included below:
This area of law addresses representing defendants, suspects and arrestees in the presence of formal or informal allegations that they have violated the law in some manner. A criminal defense attorney may represent a client inside and/or outside of the criminal courtroom, seeking to help them avoid a conviction for DUI, burglary, armed robbery, petty theft, murder or any other type of criminal offense. Read more about criminal defense.
Drunk driving, also referred to as DUI (driving under the influence), DWI (driving while intoxicated/impaired) or OUI (operating under the influence) depending on the jurisdiction, is a criminal offense that involves operating a motor vehicle while “under the influence” of alcohol and/or a controlled substance. This is one of the most commonly charged crimes in the United States and may carry harsh penalties if a defendant is convicted, including fines, imprisonment, community service and driver’s license suspension. Read more about drunk driving.
When a person is injured, they may be able to take legal action against the party responsible for causing their injuries. This may apply both to injuries that are intentionally and unintentionally caused, such as those stemming from a motorcycle accident or those caused in an attack. Most often, personal injury lawsuits are filed on the basis of negligence, where another party has failed to act with proper caution or care. Read more about personal injury.
With millions of car accidents occurring across the country every year, it is no wonder that this is an important legal area for an attorney to handle. If you or someone you love was injured in any type of car accident, you may be able to seek financial compensation from the driver or other party that caused the collision. An attorney can help you deal with the insurance company or companies to seek the money you need. Read more about car accidents.
Nurses, surgeons, physicians, obstetricians and medical professionals of all kinds have an obligation to provide a standard level of patient care and treatment. When this does not occur and a patient is injured as a result, that patient may be able to take legal action against the negligent doctor or medical facility. These cases are referred to as medical malpractice claims and lawsuits, and due to their complexity are best handled by competent legal professionals. Read more about medical malpractice.
In today’s economy and with the real estate and job markets in their current state, it is no wonder that many borrowers are struggling to make ends meet. A homeowner faced with foreclosure or a debtor dealing with wage garnishment, creditor harassment, collection lawsuits or threatened repossession may be able to file for bankruptcy to seek relief from overwhelming debt. Bankruptcy is a complex legal process, and having a lawyer by one’s side may make a significant difference in a debtor’s ability to swiftly and effectively address their debt-related needs. Read more about bankruptcy.
Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, child custody disputes, divorce, paternity and adoption are all legal matters that may fall under the realm of family law. These are some of the most difficult cases to deal with, not only because they are complicated in nature but because they deal with highly sensitive matters that impact families on emotional and financial levels. As such, finding the right family lawyer is one of the most important things one can do to properly handle their case. Read more about family law.
Divorce can be messy, expensive and stressful – but it doesn’t have to be. Although it is true that ending a marriage may be a complicated undertaking and may involve a wide range of emotions, working with a skilled attorney can make the process far easier. In resolving issues related to custody, support and property division, a legal professional will know what options you have, such as working out an uncontested divorce and avoiding the courtroom through negotiation or mediation. Read more about divorce.
Immigration is one of the most complicated areas of law. Not only does it deal with ever-changing federal immigration laws, but the proceedings associated with getting a visa or obtaining permanent residency are notoriously time consuming. A non-citizen may find it most advantageous to work with an attorney who can ensure that the process goes as smoothly and swiftly as possible by properly handling all paperwork and meeting the appropriate deadlines, not to mention by handling any hearings or other issues that may arise. Read more about immigration.
If you’re ready to learn more about the law or wish to find an attorney in your area who can address your particular legal needs, click on any of the states listed below.