The rapid development of new technologies is causing nearly every field to shift, and the legal world is no exception. At the risk of becoming unreliable or insufficient for their clients, those in the legal profession must quickly adapt and adopt new technology as it arrives, implementing it into their regular processes. These technological advances are drastically affecting the field, from new programs designed to improve the efficiency and accuracy of proceedings to developments in interpersonal interaction that complicates matters more than ever before.
Though social media was not immediately adopted by most legal professionals, it soon became necessary for those in the legal field to cultivate active presences online. For both individuals and businesses, maintaining social media accounts has become crucial. Their usage has primarily been for networking purposes, but client rapport formation, education, and even case investigation have all been reasons for increased, regular social media usage.
Rather than occupy valuable time with tedious tasks like sorting through documents and organizing information, developments in artificial intelligence (AI) are freeing up legal professionals’ time by taking on these duties. With advanced analytical capabilities, AI programs are able to identify common data and sort documents accordingly. Similarly, AI tools can be used to assist in due diligence and contract review.
As the technology continues to grow, it can be assumed that AI will be able to complete more complex tasks like predicting legal outcomes and automating lengthy court proceedings. If this is the case, many jobs in the legal field will ultimately be rendered obsolete, forcing the industry to adapt and create new strategies that both utilize AI and their human professionals.
Online Resources & Legal Services
Utilizing the Internet for the purpose of providing legal advice has been a subject of debate, but many law firms have devoted time and energy to researching the prospect of expanding their client base to the online sphere. Electronic billing has also proved beneficial, and the opportunities for discovery presented online have demonstrated an immense improvement compared to previous efforts of marketing and outreach. Likewise, efforts to hire qualified, respectable employees have improved, as well.
In spite of the challenges involving adaptability and evolution, technology has had a largely positive impact on the legal profession. As technology continues to advance, it is safe to say that the legal field will continue to benefit.
Getting pulled over or being stopped by an officer in the street can be a stressful situation. It’s important that you understand your rights as well as the typical protocol to avoid unnecessary conflict, agitation, and undeserved treatment. While police are present to protect you, you should be aware of your legal rights in case you are wrongfully accosted or find yourself in danger.
One of your most important rights is that of silence. You can choose not to speak to an officer of the law and instead invoke your fifth amendment right and insist on attaining an attorney prior to any conversation. Depending on the context of your situation and the state in which you live, it is often wise to provide your name and address when asked. Beyond this information, you have the option to stay quiet.
Asking to Leave
If you feel you have done nothing deserving of this incident or that the police have no reason to hold you, ask them if you are free to leave. If they answer affirmatively, you have every right to leave the premises. Likewise, you always have the option to ask questions for clarification. An officer pulling you over and insisting you get out of the car may warrant you asking if he is ordering you to consent to a search. Being bold in this way can help prevent any violation of your implicit rights.
Decline a Search
A police officer may want to search your person, vehicle, or property, but you usually have the right to deny their efforts; saying “I do not consent to a search” will generally prevent them from proceeding. If they have a warrant or they suspect you have a weapon, your consent may not matter, but you do not have to oblige their search if you don’t want to.
Recording police activity may be frowned upon by some officers, but it is certainly legal. Making the effort to document your interaction can help provide you with factual evidence regarding any mistreatment or violations, and having that data can serve as a safety net. It’s important to remember that retrieving a device for the purpose of recording could convey a threat, so you’ll want to be cautious.
In addition to knowing your rights and being able to invoke them after being stopped, you should also be aware of the typical protocol that a police interaction demands. Never flee or make sudden movements that could be perceived as an attempt to evade or harm an officer. You should keep your hands visible, free of objects when possible, and away from the officer. Lastly, you should make every effort to follow instructions; if you feel your rights have been violated during this encounter, you can file a report afterward.
Ensuring your safety and the sanctity of the law are top priorities during a police interaction. You should be careful and make sure you are educated on your rights to avoid forfeiting information or endangering yourself or others.
About Henry Vinson
Henry Vinson is a 10,000 hour commercial pilot with Single-Engine and Multi-Engine Airplane; Rotorcraft-Helicopter; Instrument-Airplane; Flight Instructor Airplane & Flight Instructor Helicopter ratings. Henry Vinson holds a Master of Science in Integrated Marketing Communications from West Virginia University, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Mortuary Science from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. He is a member of the Public Relations Society of America, Airplane Owner and Pilot Association, American Marketing Association, American Communications Association, and Experimental Aircraft Association.
Henry Vinson was born in 1960 in South Williamson, Kentucky. He graduated from Williamson High School in 1979, and, after attending South West Virginia Community College, he enrolled in the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. In 1982, he was appointed the Coroner for Mingo County, West Virginia.
Four years later, he became a funeral director for W. W. Chambers Funeral Homein Washington, DC. After his stint at W. W. Chambers Funeral Home, he owned and operated the largest gay escort service ever uncovered in Washington, DC at the age of 26.
In 2007, Mr. Vinson received a Masters in Integrated Marketing Communications from West Virginia University, and today he is a successful entrepreneur who lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Following a successful career as a marketing and advertising consultant, Henry Vinson opted to return to school in 2014 to pursue a law degree. Vinson is currently enrolled in the Juris Doctor Program at William Howard Taft University, America’s oldest nationally accredited distance learning law school.