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    A Brief Look at Federal Gun Laws

    Last updated 1 day 1 hour ago

    As a law-abiding American citizen, you have the right to protect yourself with a personal firearm. However, there are limits to what you can do with a firearm and what kinds of firearms you can purchase. If you are charged with violating a federal gun law, you should strongly consider hiring a skilled attorney for your defense.

    Some people are prohibited from possessing a firearm under federal law. These people include convicted felons, minors under the age of 18, people who use drugs illegally, and individuals with serious mental illnesses. Firearm dealers must be licensed by either the U.S. Department of Justice or the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. It is in violation of federal law to make, buy, sell, or possess a firearm that is not detectable by a walk-through metal detector.    

    Being convicted of a federal gun violation can yield some very serious consequences. For help protecting your rights, rely on the Dayton criminal defense attorneys at Rion, Rion & Rion. You can call our Dayton law firm at (937) 223-9133 to set up an initial consultation. 

    Tips on How to Be a Responsible Gun Owner

    Last updated 1 day 1 hour ago

    Most people purchase firearms in order to feel safer. However, bringing a gun into your home can also expose you and your family members to a new set of risks. If you mishandle your weapon, you could cause serious bodily harm and face federal gun violation charges. For the sake of your safety and continued freedom, you must learn how to be a responsible gun owner

    Store Firearms in a Secure Place
    Keeping your firearms secure is an essential aspect of gun safety. If your firearms are easily accessible, there’s a greater chance that your children will find them and cause an accident. If you’re going to purchase a gun, you should purchase a secure gun locker or locked cabinet. It’s also a good idea to keep your firearm unloaded and put the safety on when your gun is not in use.

    Handle Your Guns Carefully
    You must have the proper respect for your firearms. Never point the barrel of a firearm at yourself or at anyone else—even if it’s unloaded and the safety is on. Be sure to read the owner’s manual so you know precisely how your gun works and how to use it safely. When handling your firearm, you must keep your finger off the trigger unless you intend to fire.  

    Discuss Safety with Children
    Gun owners who are also parents should be especially careful. If you have children, you must explain to them that a gun is not a toy, and that they should never handle a firearm without your permission. To reduce the risk of a devastating accident, consider putting together a quick firearm safety lesson for your whole family.

    If you are convicted of a federal gun crime, you can expect prison time, heavy fines, and other dire consequences. If you are accused of a gun-related crime, let the attorneys at Rion, Rion & Rion analyze your case. You can call our Dayton law office at (937) 223-9133 if you have any questions about federal and state gun laws. 

    What Factors Are Involved with Determining Child Custody?

    Last updated 6 days ago

    Getting divorced is a life-changing decision that can take months or even years to fully sort out. One of the most difficult aspects of divorce is making sure the process is as comfortable as possible for the children. Children are always the highest priority during divorce proceedings, and both parents must reach a responsible child custody agreement before the divorce can be finalized. If the parents can’t reach an agreement, a judge will award custody based on the following factors. 

    Lifestyle
    A judge will do everything he can to make sure a child is as safe as possible after a divorce. When determining child custody, each parent’s lifestyle may be taken into account. If one parent is a heavy drinker or smoker, it’s more likely that the other parent will be awarded custody.  

    Parent Income
    It’s also essential that the custodial parent have enough money to cover food, healthcare, clothes, and other basic necessities for the child. The court may order that the non-custodial parent pay child support to ensure financial security after the divorce.

    Established Living Pattern
    Though life after divorce is inherently different, a judge will try to preserve as many aspects of the status quo as possible. For example, a judge is more likely to award custody to the parent who remains in the child’s childhood home. Maintaining an established living pattern can help make divorce less difficult for children.  

    Child Preference
    In many cases, children older than 12 years can determine which parent they would rather live with. Though a child’s preference isn’t the only factor considered, it does have some weight. It’s not unusual for parents to be granted joint custody, in which case the children split their time equally between the two houses.

    If you have any further questions about child custody, call the Dayton law office of Rion, Rion & Rion at (937) 223-9133. We can help protect your interests and ensure that you emerge from the divorce process in good financial shape. 

    How to Talk to Your Child About Divorce

    Last updated 9 days ago

    Though recognizing that you need to get a divorce may be tough, it can ultimately improve your life. Still, your family will likely go through months or years of difficulty before finding a happy status quo. Divorce is perhaps most difficult for children, who are suddenly forced to say goodbye to the only life they’ve known. As a parent, you can make the divorce process as painless as possible by following these tips. 

    Prepare the Talk Beforehand
    Generally speaking, it’s a good idea for both parents to deliver the news of divorce together. Before you and your spouse sit your child down for a talk, plan out what you’re going to say. Try to anticipate your child’s questions and show that you and your spouse are of the same mind.  

    Answer Questions Honestly
    Telling half-truths or outright lies will only confuse and upset your child later on. Still, you don’t have to provide intimate details of your marriage. If your child asks why you’re getting a divorce, tell him that you and your spouse simply don’t get along anymore.

    Provide Assurances
    You must tell your child that the divorce has nothing to do with him. Assure your child that you love her now and always, but that you and your spouse will be happier apart. Be sure to mention that you will both still be involved in your child’s life, and that you’ll try to minimize changes.  

    Don’t Blame the Other Parent
    Presenting a unified point of view is the healthiest way to discuss divorce with your child. Though it may be tempting, you should refrain from blaming your spouse. Compromising your child’s relationship with her other parent will only make the divorce process more difficult.

    The divorce attorneys at Rion, Rion & Rion have decades of experience helping Dayton residents get through the divorce process. We can represent your interests and your child’s interests during negotiations and in court, if necessary. Call (937) 223-9133 to schedule an appointment.  

    Spotlight on Estate Administration

    Last updated 20 days ago

    After a loved one dies, handling legal and financial matters is often very difficult for surviving family members. Going through the grieving process is challenging enough without dealing with the decedent’s final affairs. This is one reason why it’s advisable to hire a criminal defense lawyer with experience in estate administration. The lawyer’s services and expertise can reduce stress for all involved family members.

    A criminal defense lawyer can handle all aspects of estate administration, including preparing creditors’ claims, filing any required pleadings, and handling estate tax forms. He or she can settle debts and distribute assets to beneficiaries. In the event that there is a dispute within the family, the lawyer can conduct negotiations and attempt to resolve issues with minimal conflict. The lawyer will maintain ongoing communication with all involved family members with regard to the administration of the estate.

    The criminal defense team at Rion, Rion & Rion understands the challenging time ahead for surviving family members. Contact us at (937) 223-9133 and let our skilled lawyers handle estate administration for your family.

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