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Blog Posts in 2016

  • Chuck Norris-style Criminal Defense

    || 9-Dec-2016

    When I was deployed to Al Asad, Iraq, which was run by the United States Marines, every latrine featured Chuck Norris lore scribbled near a mirror or toilet. Some that I remember are: “Chuck Norris doesn’t take showers, he takes bloodbaths.” “Chuck Norris doesn’t flush the toilet, he scares the sh*t out of it.” “How many pushups can Chuck Norris do? All of ...
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  • Berry Law Firm Opens New Office Location in Seward, Nebraska

    || 6-Dec-2016

    Berry Law Firm has been a trusted name in legal representation and counsel since 1965 in Lincoln and Omaha, Nebraska. Now, our legacy extends to Seward, where we have recently opened a new office location to better serve our clients. Our new office address is: 139 South 6 th, Street, Seward, Nebraska 68434 You will find the new location right near the corner of South 6 th Street (Route 15) and ...
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  • Attorney John S. Berry Jr. of Berry Law Firm in Nebraska has recently been featured in a Lawyernomics “Modern JD” spotlight article for his skills, experience, and ethics in and out of the courtroom. Lawyernomics is part of Avvo, which is widely regarded to be one of the best lawyer-rating organizations in the world. In particular, the “Modern JD” spotlight highlights ...
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  • The Cops Already Think You're Guilty and So Do Their Cameras

    || 15-Nov-2016

    Most people know that criminal defense attorneys generally advocate for their clients to remain silent during any criminal investigation. In fact, we see politicians do it regularly when called to testify in front of Congress. Your fifth amendment right protects you from self-incrimination. However, the right provides protection that our forefathers likely never considered. I recently read Robert ...
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  • Proving Your Innocence

    || 26-Oct-2016

    Berry Law Firm has represented many persons outraged that the government has charged them with crimes. They look forward to their day in court, when they can “prove” their innocence. While it is understandable that most people who are charged with crimes feel they need to fight to get their reputations back, the criminal justice system is not set up for a person to prove his or her ...
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  • The Amnesty Box

    || 11-Oct-2016

    Berry Law Firm’s Nebraska criminal defense attorneys often get inquiries from people who say, “I’m in possession of something illegal. What do I do with it?” The military has a simple solution for this type of problem: In the Army, if someone fails to turn in ammunition after firing a weapon at the range, he or she can put the ammunition into an amnesty box, no questions ...
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  • Conviction by Mobile Phone

    || 19-Sep-2016

    It’s only a matter of time before your phone destroys you. Some people keep their entire lives on their phones. When they lose a phone, if their data is not backed up on the cloud, they lose everything, from precious photos to important contact information. Some people have the opposite problem: they wish they could lose the data on their phone, but they can’t. In many instances, data ...
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  • Berry Law Firm is proud to announce that Lincoln Criminal Defense Attorney Matt Aerni has secured an acquittal for his client accused of acting as a getaway driver last year. The positive ruling for the defense is actually one of three acquittals in a row in Lancaster County, Nebraska. Each of the three cases were seen by a jury who brought back their verdicts. Aerni’s client was accused of ...
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  • Interstate Trucking Accident Litigation

    || 12-Sep-2016

    You probably don’t think about what would happen if something flew off your car and landed on the interstate. Long-suffering movie families routinely lose luggage off the tops of their station wagons, but in real life we generally store duffel bags and suitcases in our trunks. Unless you’re carrying a bicycle or towing a grill, there’s nothing on the outside of your personal ...
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  • Should You Hire a VA Disability Claims Attorney?

    || 6-Sep-2016

    We run into a lot of misconceptions about what an attorney can do for a veteran seeking disability compensation from the VA. When deciding whether you should hire an attorney, consider the following: Should I Hire an Attorney? If you have received a denial from the VA, it might be time to contact an attorney. If you have filed claims in the past and need to reopen those claims, an attorney may ...
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  • Why Do Sexual Assault Cases Go to Jury Trial?

    || 23-Aug-2016

    It is exceedingly common for sexual assault cases to go to jury trial in Nebraska. There are three major reasons why: 1. The consequences of a sexual assault conviction are severe and life altering. 2. Sexual assault cases often have greater odds of success at trial than other criminal cases. 3. False sexual assault allegations. Sexual assault allegations can permanently affect a person’s ...
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  • Traumatic Brain Injuries and Secondary Service Connection

    || 18-Aug-2016

    Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) has become more and more common in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. TBI is caused by trauma to head, most commonly associated with the use of roadside improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and resulting blast forces. Automobile accidents, repeated hits to the head playing sports, and falls involving head trauma may also be causes. The physical, cognitive, emotional, and ...
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  • Sexual Assault Investigations

    || 17-Aug-2016

    When law enforcement investigate crimes, they don’t presume innocence. It’s not their job. When the police are asked to investigate a crime, they intend to solve it. When law enforcement receive information about a possible sexual or domestic assault, they will often speak with witnesses who are friendly to the alleged victim and eventually get around to questioning the accused once ...
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  • Evidence Destruction After Interstate Drug Stops

    || 9-Aug-2016

    Interstate law enforcement officers believe that drugs go east and drug money goes west. When an officer spots what he believes to be a suspicious vehicle, he or she will make every attempt to stop the driver, even going so far as to cite a minor, seemingly fictitious violation. At this point, officers will want to search the vehicle. Whether they obtain consent or have probably cause to do so is ...
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  • College Students and Dorm Room Searches

    || 4-Aug-2016

    The Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution - which applies to almost everyone, everywhere - protects people from unreasonable searches by the government. The Fourth Amendment does not protect against all searches or seizures of property - only those that are determined by law to be unreasonable. The United States Supreme Court has historically determined which areas or types of ...
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