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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.