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February 2016 Archives

When Self-Defense Becomes Assault

Oftentimes assault charges will result from self-defense in an altercation. When the self-defense is against a retired police officer, blue waters muddy. Should you ever become embroiled in a criminal case in which you are up against not only a criminal charge, but one brought by a law enforcement plaintiff, you are best advised to hire a criminal attorney who has been down that road before. Joel Bacher successfully defended his client against a retired NYC police officer --- obviously in plainclothes --- in an altercation over , all things, a parking spot. Tempers flared and a confrontation ensued that resulted in an arrest. At trial, after arguments, it was determined that Mr. Bacher's client was not guilty of the offense tried. 

Personal Injury and Legal Malpractice

Personal injury law firms run the gamut in size and stature. Sometimes an apparent fit between the firm and its client isn't a fit at all. The plaintiff's attorneys can be slow on the switch, or worse----not sensing a winning case or a large enough settlement --- drop the ball altogether. In the end, the personal injury law firm might be out some personnel hours, but the plaintiff is the big loser because of an opportunity potentially lost to rightfully claim an award as a result of someone's negligence, unaddressed because of poor legal work. This could be construed as legal malpractice. 

Personal Injury and Collisions with Emergency Vehicles

Collisions with Emergency Vehicles happen everyday, unfortunately. They are far too common and avoidable. An emergency vehicle with lights flashing rips through an intersection under duress in an effort to reach a destination fast. Sometimes it's a matter of life and death. Sometimes it's not. In a recent case, Joel Bacher was asked to take on the Bayonne police department and one of their emergency vehicles. The reason for a speeding emergency vehicle --- in this case a police car roaring though an intersection --- was not as clear, given the officer did not employ his overhead lights or his siren as he sped through. A crash occurred, and Mr. Bacher' s client suffered injuries, and was awarded $175,000 in a settlement to offset the personal injury that emerged as a result of the accident. 


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