A Guide to Hiring the Right Lawyer

There are many situations in which hiring a lawyer will be incredibly helpful, or perhaps even necessary. This may happen after you've been in a car accident, fallen victim to medical malpractice, or experienced a tragic loss due to a wrongful death. When the time comes to retain a lawyer, you will want to make sure that you choose one that is right for your needs and your case. Here are a few tips for hiring the right lawyer:

Ask Friends and Family
Many people have, at some point in their lives, needed the services of a civil lawyer. Friends and family with experience hiring and working with lawyers will be able to give you valuable recommendations. They will understand your needs, keep your best interest in mind, and provide trustworthy insight. This will be a great supplement to your own online research.

Consider the Size of the Firm
Giant, massively influential law firms are rarely the right fit for personal injury cases, as they are more focused on cases with larger payouts and will put inexperienced lawyers on smaller cases. Additionally, it can be hard to trust a tiny and new law firm that has yet to establish itself. For cases involving dog bites, slips and falls, or auto accidents, you will want a smaller firm with a long and strong history of success in cases like yours.

Investigate the Firm's History
Statistics say a lot about a lawyer, so you will want to choose one with favorable numbers. One consideration is the years of experience, though just as important is the percentage of cases won by your prospective lawyer. You should also look into the type of cases that a lawyer has tried. A lawyer with a long list of wins in a type of case not relevant to your own will do you little good.

For dedicated representation in civil matters in the Dayton, Ohio, area, call Rion, Rion & Rion at (937) 223-9133. We have been defending the rights of our clients since 1938, and today we specialize in criminal defense, family law, personal injury, and other types of civil and criminal cases.

A Look at Divorce in the United States

While nearly every marriage begins with the expectation of permanence and eternal love, divorce is an unfortunate reality that must be faced surp risingly often. The American Psychological Association notes that approximately 40 to 50% of marriages in the United States end in divorce . Read on for a closer look at marriage dissolution as it exists in America.

As is the case with marriage, divorce in the United States is governed at the state level, rather than at the federal or local level. State laws vary greatly in matters of divorce, and family lawyers in each state must be extremely familiar with the unique laws, trends, and precedents that apply to a given case. A divorce case in many states may involve such complications as spousal support, child support, child custody, and distribution of property or assets. Some couples, depending on their needs and interests, seek divorce in a jurisdiction other than that of their marriage or residence to take advantage of the differences in divorce law.

One aspect of divorce law that is nearly the same in all United States jurisdictions is that a divorce may be either fault based or no-fault based. A no-fault divorce is a mutually agreed upon dissolution of marriage, with grounds such as irreconcilable differences. A fault-based divorce involves allegations of the wrongdoing of one spouse. These types of divorce can involve intense emotions and strained negotiations. If your spouse is seeking a divorce and alleging that you are at fault, you will benefit greatly from the advice of an experienced attorney.

Whether you are looking to expedite an amicable divorce or hoping to reach a fair agreement in a more heated marital dissolution, you should seek out a lawyer who specializes in family law. Rion, Rion & Rion has years of experience handling divorce, child custody, child support, and other family and civil law cases. For more information, contact us online or at (937) 223-9133.

What Is Considered a White Collar Crime?

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When most people think of crimes, they tend to imagine violent acts. However, there are plenty of very serious crimes that don’t involve any violence at all. The term “white collar crime” refers to any business-related or financially motivated crime. Many white collar crimes directly or indirectly affect hundreds or thousands of people, and some crimes are tried as felonies.

Fraud, or the use of misleading information for personal financial gain, is considered a white collar crime. Other white collar crimes include extortion, embezzlement, identity theft, forgery, and tax evasion. Many white collar crimes are perpetrated by people who are in control of business finances, though virtually anyone can be accused of such crimes. Though white collar crimes are not violent, they can still have an enormous impact on people’s lives.   

If you’ve been accused of a white collar crime, let the Dayton law office of Rion, Rion & Rion examine your case. Feel free to call our lawyers at (937) 223-9133 if you have any questions about our legal services. 

A Brief Look at Federal Gun Laws

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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

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. 

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