Happy New Year! We can all agree that 2020 has been a year for the history books. As we transition into 2021 and celebrate the end of an infamous year, we’re all still shaking off the remnants of 2020 and all that it brought, and we’re still forced to make adjustments in our legal system.
We’re all exhausted from hearing the terms "COVID" and "Coronavirus", but the recent spike in infections have closed many courts and caused delays in both hearings and rulings. The joint decision by the Oklahoma Supreme Court and Oklahoma Court of Appeals caused a ripple effect, and triggered many courts across the state, including those in Oklahoma City, to temporarily shut down.
The closure has affected individuals in various situations, including those awaiting appeals, sentencing, trials, and even depositions throughout Oklahoma, and is causing a looming sense of anxiety from many who want closure to their legal situation.
Rachel Morris, a seasoned Attorney, says to her clients; "[This situation] may pass like a kidney stone, but it will pass", as she encourages her clients to be patient and ride out the final stretch of court closures and legal delays. She explains that she’s tried to look on the bright side of things, and says that at least these court closures have come at a time where the holidays and new years resolutions are keeping them occupied.
Here at Fassio Law, we’re riding this wave with you, and we’re here to answer your questions and address your concerns. If you have questions about your legal situation, feel free to contact us, and we’ll do the best we can to get you some answers and some relief to your legal situation.
Thank goodness we’ve made it to the New Year! There’s no doubt that 2020 will birth many books and inspire many movies in the near future, and we hope that 2021 will be a totally different situation. Many of us dropped our New Year’s resolutions in 2020 because of the pandemic either closing our gyms, disrupting our way of life or simply causing too much stress to focus on our goals.
For 2021, let’s go over a few ways that you can stay on track toward your goals for the New Year!
Be Realistic – make sure that your goal is attainable, and that it’s something that you really can see yourself doing within your time frame.
Make a Plan – set yourself up for success by setting a plan that you can follow. For example, if your goal is to eat healthier, don’t just wing it and order a diet drink at your favorite fast-food spot. Find a healthy meal plan that supports your goals.
Share Your Plan – talking about your plans, or even pairing up with someone who has similar goals helps you stay accountable, and stay on track. If you get off track, your buddy can help remind you of your goals and keep you motivated.
Reward Yourself – celebrate your milestones, but not in a way that throws you off track. If your goal is to lose weight, don’t go to the buffet after you’ve lost 10lbs, but instead, maybe buy yourself some new attire to show off your new body.
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Last month, we visited Singapore and learned that it’s illegal to chew gum in public. This month, we travel to Canada where we discover that Canadian radio stations are required, by law, to play Canadian artists at least 35% of the time, especially during the hours of 6 am and 6 pm Monday through Friday. This means that during the week, you’re sure to hear plenty of Nickelback, Celine Dion, Michael Buble, and Justin Bieber.
If you’ve been arrested on suspicion of a crime, is it in your best interest to give a statement to law enforcement upon interview?
Last month’s answer was Mens Rea: Mens Rea refers to criminal intent. The literal translation from Latin is "guilty mind." A mens rea refers to the state of mind statutorily required in order to convict a person of a particular crime.
Would you say that our justice system is fair?
Why or why not? Let us know!
We want to hear from you!