The dictionary on my MacBook Pro defines pretext as "a reason given in justification of a course of action that is not the real reason." Consider the following scenario: If a cop thinks you have pot in your car and wants to stop you, can he use a minor traffic infraction to pull you over? The Supreme Court, in Whren v. United States, says YES. So long as a cop has … [Read more...] about Pretextual stops — or — Why cops can use a minor traffic infraction as an excuse to stop you in hopes they can bust you for another more serious crime
Most people are familiar with the typical punishments for crimes such as prison or fines. However, there are numerous other very specific penalties attached to almost every crime. These are called collateral consequences. If all your attorney tells you is that you are facing up to X number or days in jail and some amount in fine, that is likely not the entire story. Be sure … [Read more...] about Collateral Consequences
This is a video of my two appearances on The Fox News Channel. The first was on May 11, 2007 where I proposed to my girlfriend. I then appeared via phone on September 22, 2007 to update the Fox & Friends gang just prior to my getting married. https://youtu.be/MaNS1FJEyG4 While my appearances were not law-related, they give you a good idea of how I operate. No, it's … [Read more...] about Frank Urbanic’s appearances on the Fox News Channel
My first step after interviewing a client seems pretty obvious, but surprisingly it's not always done. In the words of the great Pat Metze, "RGDS!". Put another way ... Read the statute! I read the statute of the crime my clients are charged with every time. Not everyone does this. Even the most experienced attorneys do not have every statute memorized. This is why we must … [Read more...] about A Simple Start to Each Case
My new website is now officially open! It's set up with some great features. The posts are integrated with FaceBook and Twitter, so each post here gets sent there, as well. I also have a YouTube channel and Google+ page. I will be using this blog to talk about new developments at The Urbanic Law Firm such as the latest technology we are using and successes in court. Soon, … [Read more...] about Urbanic.Law is here!