A new Fulton County ordinance looks to increase gas station security in high-crime establishments. FOX 5 reports, “[t]he county commission passed a resolution that forces gas station owners with high crime statistics to create a security plan or face losing their liquor license.”
The Fulton County D.A. has also proposed a specialized police squad to patrol high-crime gas stations. The proposal apparently “involves 28 dedicated police officers, new camera equipment for all high crime gas stations countywide, and a harder line on releasing repeat offenders,” FOX 5 reports.
Victim Rights and Owner Responsibility
Gas station patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on property. By law, gas station owners and managers must protect their guests from any foreseeable harm. For example, should a gas station owner have knowledge of prior criminal activity on or near property, they have a duty to implement additional security precautions, such as bright parking lot lighting, security patrols and surveillance cameras, to protect guests from further crime. Should a gas station owner or manager fail in this critical responsibility, they may be held civilly liable for any injuries or wrongful deaths which occur as a consequence.
I am the Victim of Gas Station Violence. Should I Hire an Attorney that has Telephoned Me or Contacted Me Directly?
The American Bar Association Rule 7.3 states that a lawyer “shall not” contact a prospective Client through a “live telephone” or an “in-person” visit. If an attorney, or someone acting on behalf of an attorney, contacts you in this manner, that attorney is in violation of this Rule. This unethical and unprofessional activity on the part of the lawyer is good sign that you should stay away. It is imperative that you are represented by an attorney who is capable of advocating for you within the confines of the law, and an attorney who fails to abide by the Rules of Professional Conduct is probably not the best fit. In fact, any such attorney should be immediately reported to the local State Bar Association. If you have been contacted in such an unsolicited manner, contact us and we’ll assist you in filing a report.
Can I Afford an Attorney?
Our Clients frequently come in concerned that they won’t be able to afford legal help. We believe everyone has a right to exceptional legal service. We represent our Clients on a contingency agreement, which generally means that no fees or payments are owed until and unless we recover. This means our interests are always tied to that of our Clients. Be sure to ask any potential personal injury attorney about their fee schedule and whether they represent Clientele on a contingency basis before signing a contract.
You Deserve Justice. We Can Help.
The Murray Law Firm has an extensive and successful record representing victims and families of negligent gas station security. We have recovered millions of dollars for our Clients, and we offer our legal assistance, if desired. Anyone seeking further information or legal representation is encouraged to contact us via e-mail (click here) or by telephone at 888.842.1616. Consultations are free and confidential.
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