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What You Need to Know About Criminal Law

What You Need to Know About Criminal Law

By Hampton & Pigott
Posted on 12-23-2019

There are several different types of law out there and which one does what can be difficult to figure out. Criminal Law seems to be basic in what it deals with, but we want to give you the ins and outs of what it truly does entail. Hampton & Pigott is your personal group of attorneys for whatever situation you may be in. Before we can begin though, we need to define what criminal law is exactly.

What is Criminal Law?

There are two important factors that are considered when you’re looking at crime and a criminal. That is the frame of mind and the act itself. A judge will consider the frame of mind that the act was done in and then of course the act itself. To be found guilty, you have to be guilty in both aspects, mind and act.

What are the Different Types of Crimes?

All crimes will fall under one of two categories, either a felony or misdemeanor. Felonies are considered a much worse and serious crime. Typically, if you are sentenced to prison for a year or more, your crime was a felony. There are several different types of felonies, many of them you’re familiar with. Some examples are murder, rape, and robbery. When you have a misdemeanor and you’re serving time in prison, it's more than likely less thana year. This is because the crime is much less serious. Some examples of crimes that fall under this category are trespassing and speeding.

What are the Punishments?

The court can issue several different punishments depending on the crime that was committed and the frame of mind it was done in. These punishments might include a simple fine, probation, or worse yet, jail time. You also have alternative sentencing that includes community service and rehab programs.

When you go to trial for the crime you’re being accused of, you will be given a lawyer by the state. This lawyer is known as a public defender. If you can afford it though, you’re going to want a criminal defense lawyer. That is where Hampton & Pigott can come in! We have the needed knowledge and experience to help make the best of a bleak situation. Our skills in criminal law include a wide range of crimes so you don’t have to worry about anything! Take the first step and schedule a meeting with us today!

How to Write a Business Contract

How to Write a Business Contract

By Hampton and Piggot
Posted on 12-12-2019

When you have a business of any kind it means that you will need contract agreements. This is to protect you in the legal world should anything happen. Having to write up legal agreements can be scary especially if you feel like you don’t have much legal knowledge. Here at Hampton & Pigott, we offer you the best service available in business law. We are here to help you write any legal business contracts or agreement needed. Here is what you need about writing business contracts for your company:

Always make sure that you put your agreement in writing. Never do an oral agreement. When you do your written agreement, you’ll want to make sure that you keep it simple. Make your sentences short, clear and to the point. It is also nice to number your paragraph headings. That will make it easier to navigate where things are in the contract.

Make sure that when you’re writing this agreement that you are speaking directly to the person in charge, that has the authority to make such a binding agreement. You want to make sure that you aren’t going through any middleman to make this contract happen. For a small business, it might just be an owner but if it’s a bigger company, then it would mean talking with someone higher up such as a chief executive.

Within the agreement, clearly identify each of the parties clearly. This means that you need to use the legal entity’s name so that in the legal world, it is specifically spelled out who is responsible for what. This means that you include all the little details of the legal name, Inc., or LLC. Once you have the right name, spell out all the rights and obligations of each party in detail. Include also what the payment conditions and terms for termination are. The last two things that you’ll want to know is that you need to pick the state that the contract will fall under. And above all else, keep confidentiality of any business information.

Although this is a lot of information, it is possible to write your own legal business contract. If you’re afraid that you might be missing something in the contract though, we can be your legal team. This means that whatever business agreement you may need, we can help with. Hampton & Pigott is skilled and experienced in business law. We can give you an iron clad agreement! Give us a call today or fill out our online request form.