NEWS

February 2016

Complaints and Car Thefts - Tips and Prevention


Appellate litigation requires the attention of appellate experts. Each partner at our firm is certified as a specialist in appellate law by the State Bar of California. That distinction is earned by less than 1% of all California attorneys. As a group, our partners have litigated hundreds of appeals in both state and federal courts. In this short artcle, we hope to present to you some succesful tips at loging a complaint, but also what to pay special attention to in the case of a failed car theft case.

Good Ways to Lodge a Complaint

Having a problem with your case can be frustratiThere are ways to increase the chances of your appeal being heardng. When you’re trying to resolve a problem with court, the first step should be to discuss your concerns with your lawyer. Conversely, an appellee should always push hard for a standard of review that defers to a trial judge's ruling. This is especially true when the trial judge makes credibility determinations or other factual findings that are not typically overturned.

The most important thing you need to do is be dilligent. You have 1 calendar month from your conviction or sentence date to appeal; for example, if you are sentenced on 10 November, you have until 10 December to appeal. If you don’t lodge the appeal in time, you generally cannot appeal.

Car Theft Issues

One of the biggest issues lawyers face on semi-regular basis is that of the vehicle theft. According to the Office for National Statistics, there were almost 358,000 reported instances of thefts from or of a motor vehicle in 2014 alone, with at least 30,000 going uninvestigated. Since then, the number of cars being stolen has risen by 30 per cent. It should come as no surprise, therefore, that the most appeals lawyers lodge in theft-related cases pretain to vehicles.

KeylessThis should be the last thing on your mind to worry about entry cars could be at risk from con artists using radio transmitters to steal vehicles. The Sun revealed vehicles from 30 manufacturers which could be unlocked and started using one simple hack (which we won’t reveal here, for obvious reasons). A whopping 110 cars from 27 different manufacturers were found to be at risk. As can be expected, keyless cars are at a risk. That is why having a proper functioning lock is of such paramount importance.

Although vehicle theft is not as intrusive as violent crime, it is both quite common and costly for society. The direct costs of vehicle theft are for about 16% attributable to costs in anticipation of vehicle theft (e.g. anti-vehicle theft measures and insurance administration). Of course, having good alarms installed and quality locks in place is the way to go if you want to prevent your vehicle from being stolen; in addition, the biggest preventive measure is to avoid high-risk areas. Get informed on these in every city you visit with your car.

The importance of car locks is even higher when it comes to the fact that the high-Car lock outs impose considerable stress upon everyone involvedend car brands aren’t the only ones at risk. In particular, the security systems in older vehicles may not be up to the same standard as current vehicles, and thieves also have longer to learn their weaknesses. Therefore, even old or outdated models aren’t particularly safe from car theft.

However, car theft isn't the sole issue that can involve cars. Car lockouts can happen to anyone, at any time of the day or night. That is why car lockouts are an emergency that requires immediate attention and help. A good car lockout service has been trained to service a wide range of car unlocking services that will help you get out on the road in no time. So remember – have a number always ready – both in the case of a lockout, but also to update your car locks.