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What is an alibi and how it works?

An alibi is evidence that proves that the defendant in a criminal case was somewhere else when the crime occurred. The defendant will have to rely on a witness or evidence (camera footage) that he or she was at a different location at the time of the crime.

Although a defendant may have an alibi, they may choose not to testify personally, because they can be charged with other crimes if they are questioned further. In other instances, testifying may put the defendant at risk of the prosecutor attacking the defendant’s credibility and even highlighting prior convictions. Once a jury believes that the defendant may be lying, it can be difficult to change their minds.

However, the defendant offering the alibi as a defense will not assume responsibility to verify the alibi. This task rests on the prosecution and will require finding the defendant guilty beyond reasonable doubt. However, the judge and jury will weigh the credibility of the defendant with the evidence put forward.

Most states will require the defendant in criminal cases to disclose information and an intention to rely on an alibi as evidence at a trial. The process is called “discovery” and will provide prosecutors the opportunity to investigate the validity of an alibi and to prepare to undermine its credibility.

If you or someone close to you is charged with a crime, it is best to speak to an attorney who has experience in handling criminal cases.

Five tips to help you run a successful dental practice

Blog submitted by Dane Levy Attorney of www.Dentalmal.com, a provider of legal services for those injured by dental malpractice in California

Most dental practices get caught up in the day to day activities of running a practice and forget that they are neglecting their business. It is important that dental practice owners are aware of the way they are running their business and how it affects their patients revisiting the clinic and offering referrals. Here are some tips on how to run a successful dental practice.

What makes your practice unique? – It is important that you promote the services you offer and personalize them to each client’s needs. Start off with relevant social media content plus brochures that provide detailed information about your services.

Create an office culture – Identify your office culture by looking at your personality, your leadership style, values, and behaviors that shape your staff, then analyze how your culture reaches your customers. Consider including your staff in daily or weekly meetings to ensure that all employees are on the same page regarding dental standards and customer service.

Expand your services – Avoid overextending your practice but look at methods to increase your offerings by improving your technology, quality, and reputation. Avoid overextending to the extent that it affects your practice. The last thing you need is to deal with dental or anesthesia injuries.

Flexible financial options – Some patients have to undergo expensive treatments. Therefore they may want special financing options to help them manage their finances. Look at debit, credit, personal check, and cash.

Remember to engage – Look at offering your patients good quality services and ensure that you are contactable at all times in case of an emergency.