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The Four Steps to Keep In Mind After a Car Accident Takes Place

As much as we may wish to be the safest drivers possible, accidents can still happen. Perhaps a brief distraction leads to a fender bender or maybe a glare from the sun caused a miscalculation, resulting in a more severe accident. Regardless of the incident, it’s necessary to follow the right steps in order to avoid making a tricky situation more difficult than it has to be.

If you find yourself in a car accident in New Mexico, then the Law Office of W. Shane Jennings can help. Continue reading to learn more about what you should do in the event of a car accident.

First Step: Check Yourself and Your Passenger(s) For Injuries

Before you get out of your car, you must assess your own well-being. If you’re injured, call 911 if you’re able to. If you can’t physically call emergency services, ask someone nearby to do so. If you have any passengers in your vehicle, check their injuries as well. Although a million thoughts may be rushing through your head, you still need to make sure you’re safe. If you’ve suffered from an injury, you need to prioritize the arrival of emergency personnel.

Second Step: Move to a Safe Location and Call the Police

This step also requires several factors in order to fully understand the right decision to make. If your vehicle is causing a hazard and it can move and it is safe to do so, drive to a shoulder or somewhere away from the main road. If your car cannot move, turn off the engine, turn on the hazard lights and leave it where it is, then get yourself and your passengers to safety. Once you’re in a safe location, contact 911. This is necessary no matter the severity of the accident. Everything from fender benders to rollovers necessitates the intervention of the police. This is because the police officer will fill out an accident report as well as document the scene.

Third Step: Exchange Information With the Other Driver (or Drivers)

This is, understandably so, the most awkward and perhaps heated step of the entire process. Let’s say you rear-ended a vehicle on the freeway and you both pull over to the shoulder. Perhaps the driver you hit is irate and they start yelling at you for hitting their car. As difficult as it may sound, it’s necessary to remain calm and collected in these scenarios. Anything you say can be seen as an admission of guilt on your part. Saying “I’m sorry” or “it’s my fault” may feel like the natural reaction but it may lead to further issues. If possible, just exchange information with the other individual. This information includes the full name and contact information, insurance company and policy number, driver’s license and license plate number, the location of the accident, as well as the color, type, and model of the vehicle.

Fourth Step: Do Your Best To Document the Accident

Almost everyone has a camera on his or her smartphone. Use your camera to your advantage and document the scene of the accident. Make sure to also take pictures of the street (skidmarks) or of the weather or traffic. All of this will come in handy in the future and will more-than-likely facilitate your case. Car accidents are very stressful but they can become more stressful if the other party or the insurance company complicate the situation. This is where a car accident lawyer can help.

If you’re in need of legal assistance following a car accident, the Law Firm of W. Shane Jennings can help. Give us a call as soon as your accident takes place (preferably after the fourth step) so we can get to work on your case!  

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How A Traffic Lawyer Can Keep Commercial Drivers on the Road

If you’re a commercial driver, you’re perfectly aware of how important your CDL is. Without it, you won’t be able to have a career as a commercial truck driver. The best way to maintain your CDL is by avoiding traffic violations. Failing to do so can cause your driving record and CDL to gain points which may result in higher insurance rates, fines, and even suspension. If you’re in the Southern New Mexico area and you’re facing issues relating to traffic violations, Attorney W. Shane Jennings can help. An experienced traffic lawyer can guide the way and help protect your CDL and your status as a commercial driver.

Briefly Outlining the Legal Ramifications for Commercial Traffic Violations

Although commercial drivers share the road with other drivers, the laws that govern CDL holders differ greatly from other traffic laws. Due to the massive weight of commercial motor vehicles, it’s understandable why the legal ramifications of CMV traffic violations are so much harsher than those for casual drivers. First, let’s look at moving violations for commercial drivers. These serious traffic violations can lead cause commercial drivers to lose their CDL for a certain period of time. Moving violations include, but are not limited to excessive speeding, reckless driving, erratic lane changes, and following vehicles too closely.

If you commit two moving violations within a three-year period, your CDL will be suspended for a minimum of 60 days. If you commit three moving violations within the same period, you will lose your CDL for at least 120 days.

A Skilled Traffic Lawyer Can Help

Committing a major offense, such as using your commercial motor vehicle to commit a felony or driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol will result in the loss of your CDL for one to three years. A conviction of a second major offense will cause you to lose your CDL for life. Losing your CDL for any amount of time, whether it be 60 days or three years, means you won’t be able to work and make a living.

If you find yourself in this predicament, it’s necessary to seek legal assistance from a skilled traffic lawyer. Attorney W. Shane Jennings has served the Southern New Mexico region for many years. He’s well aware of the intricacies of traffic law and CDL suspensions in the state. With his assistance, you’ll be on the correct path towards recovering your CDL.

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Why It’s Time to Team Up with A Criminal Defense Lawyer

If you’ve been charged with a felony or misdemeanor, your world is more than likely spinning out of control. In times like these, you need a criminal defense lawyer to tether you to reality. The Law Office of W. Shane Jennings proudly serves the Southern New Mexico region, continuously providing high-quality criminal defense assistance. But what exactly does a criminal defense lawyer do and why is it necessary to team up with a law firm? We’ve got the answers, right here!

Your Criminal Defense Lawyer Understands Exactly What You’re Going Through

More often than not, people who get charged with a crime feel as if they’re completely alone. These situations must be dealt with the utmost care and that’s exactly why it’s in your best interest to team up with an experienced legal team. Your criminal defense lawyer will steady you throughout the entire legal process. Mr. Jennings will accomplish this by explaining the situation and answering any burning questions you may have. From there, he will get to work on your case. After all, it’s Mr. Jennings’ job to steer the ship, all while anchoring you to the present moment. Misdemeanors and felonies, especially, should be handled with a deft hand. Your criminal defense lawyer will provide the guidance your case deserves.

Your Criminal Defense Lawyer Will Devote Himself to Your Case

When it comes to criminal cases, it’s crucial to be aware of the most minute details. This is where Attorney W. Shane Jennings excels. No stone will be left unturned. He is well-known throughout the New Mexico area for his knack for detail. This trait has given Mr. Jennings the ability to discover unique details and aspects which he can later bring up in court for your benefit. Mr. Jennings has thousands of hours of experience in courtroom time. This means he can guide your case on the correct path. He will be with you every step of the way. You’ll be able to rest easy knowing your case is in good hands.

Contact W. Shane Jennings, Today!

If you’re facing criminal charges, contact the Law Office of W. Shane Jennings. Attorney W. Shane Jennings and his team are ready to help with your case. The sooner you reach out to us, the sooner we’ll be able to get to work. You deserve a hard-working legal defender, attorney W. Shane Jennings can provide this and so much more. Contact us today to learn more about what we can do to help.

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What is the Difference Between Fraud and Embezzlement?

Criminal law is a complex creature. There are many different areas and many of them have overlapping definitions, punishments, and legalities. Two commonly confused crimes are fraud and embezzlement. While similar, they have a lot of important differences that will affect how the case is handled should you be charged with either crime. Our fraud and embezzlement lawyer breaks it down for you.

What is Embezzlement?

Embezzlement is actually a kind of fraud, financially speaking. When someone commits embezzlement, they mishandle someone’s assets or money. It is different from theft because the act of theft involves taking valuables for their own benefit while with embezzlement, the person is already in possession of these items and then misuses them. An example is charging someone for a product and failing to deliver said product.

What Counts as Fraud?

Fraud, on the other hand, is a little broader. When someone commits fraud, they are purposefully lying about a product or service to someone. They may lie about the risks of using said products or services, the intended outcome, and more, which could lead to harm, loss of money, and more to the people who fall victim to this crime.

What if I’m Charged With Fraud or Embezzlement (Or Both)?

Both fraud and embezzlement can be charged as either a civil or criminal offense. Civil offenses tend to result in compensational punishments while criminal charges can lead to either compensational punishments or jail time. If you’re charged with this kind of crime, your best bet is to work with a fraud and embezzlement lawyer who is familiar with the industry and can help you navigate the legal aftermath.

A fraud and embezzlement lawyer knows the language and laws and can represent you in a court of law should you be charged with this kind of crime.

Call the Law Office of W. Shane Jennings Today!

If you’re in need of a caring, hardworking fraud and embezzlement lawyer, the Law Office of W. Shane Jennings is the place to call. We represent clients who are dealing with the aftermath of being charged with such a crime. We can put our knowledge and experience into helping you navigate the legalities of being charged. If you’re in need of help, we’re ready and able to assist you. Don’t wait. Give us a call today to learn more about our services and how we can help you.

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Outlining the Nation’s Family Separation Crisis

Family separation is one of the most talked about issues currently plaguing the Border region and the country at large. But how did it start and where is this issue heading? Immigration lawyers all across the country have been working tirelessly for nearly a year to reunite families. If you’re in New Mexico’s Southern region and you’re facing immigration issues, The Law Office of W. Shane Jennings can help. By teaming up with an experienced immigration lawyer, your case will receive the care and attention it deserves.

A Brief Timeline of Family Separation in the United States

Families are being separated at the border and children are often being sent to detention centers. According to Business Insider, the states of Texas and California have the most detention centers in the country, with 184 and 120 centers respectively. Although the 23 detention centers in the state of New Mexico may pale in comparison with those in Texas and California, it’s still apparent that these centers are doing more harm than good. The idea of detention centers was first brought up by the Secretary of Homeland Security, John Kelly, in March of 2017. Kelly was quoted as considering the policy of family separation in order to achieve a “deterrent effect.” Although many members of Congress wrote to Kelly in opposition of family separation, it was eventually implemented.

According to a memo obtained by the Washington Post in mid-2018, the family separation policy was implemented in New Mexico and West Texas for a five-month period. So, from July to November of 2017, our Border region was the first to see the ramifications of family separation and detention centers. Today, more than “2,300 children have been separated from their parents” (USA Today).

How a Zero Tolerance Policy Resulted in Over 2,300 Displaced Children

The entire family separation fiasco can be attributed to the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy, which was launched in April of last year. On June 26 of 2018, a federal judge in California ordered for U.S. immigration authorities to reunite the families that have been separated at the border within 30 days. Although that timeline has come and gone, a handful of families have been reunited. If you or a loved one are facing the terrible ramifications of this botched immigration policy, the Law Office of W. Shane Jennings can help. With the assistance of an experienced immigration lawyer, your case can be dealt with accordingly. Give us a call today to learn more about your options.