Audio Law?

We hope this brings a chuckle to your day. Have a great weekend, friends!
(And Happy Father’s Day!)

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Boy Scouts of the 1960s

For today’s Throwback Thursday, we’ll take the time tunnel waaaay back, to a time when Dean Burnetti was a Viking!

viking dean burnetti

Just kidding! We don’t want to go that far back.

We’re going back to the 1960s when Dean was a Boy Scout. During this era of innocence, mischief, and wonder, young Dean found a love of being in nature and learning a sense of honor, duty, loyalty, and the importance of helping others. Let’s take a look at the Boy Scout Oath that Dean took way back then (and still lives by today):

On my honor, I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.

1960s boy scoutsTo understand the depth of this 40-word commitment, it needs to be broken down by sections:

The Oath is considered to have three promises which include:
• A Duty to God and my country,
• A Duty to other people, and
• A Duty to myself

A DUTY TO GOD AND MY COUNTRY: A Boy Scout’s family and religious leaders teach him to know and serve God. By following these teachings, he does his duty to God. Men and women of the past worked to make America a wonderful nation, many by even giving their lives for our country. By being a good family member and a good citizen, by working for our country’s good and by obeying its laws, a Boy Scout does his duty to his country.

A DUTY TO OTHER PEOPLE: Many people need help. A cheery smile and a helping hand make life easier for others. By doing a Good Turn daily and helping when needed, a Boy Scout does his part to make this a better world.

A DUTY TO SELF: Keeping yourself physically strong means the Scout should take care of his body, eat the right foods, and build his strength. Staying mentally awake means he should learn all he can, be curious, and ask questions. Being morally straight means the Boy scout should live his life with honesty, be clean in his speech and actions, and be a person of strong character.

Besides the Boy scout Oath, Scouts had to learn the “Boy Scout Law”:

A Scout is:
• Trustworthy,
• Loyal,
• Helpful,
• Friendly,
• Courteous,
• Kind,
• Obedient,
• Cheerful,
• Thrifty,
• Brave,
• Clean,
• and Reverent.

They had to learn – and live by – the Boy Scout Motto: “Be Prepared!”

They had to exercise the Boy Scout Slogan: “Do a Good Turn Daily!”

And they had to obey the Outdoor Code:

As an American, I will do my best to:
• Be clean in my outdoor manners
• Be careful with fire
• Be considerate in the outdoors, and
• Be conservation minded.

As you can see, a Boy Scout from the 1960s had a lot to learn and exercise in his daily life which helped give him such strong character. And if you know Dean Burnetti very well, you know that he still lives by these commitments every day. He especially has a strong commitment to God and a heart to help people, which is why he became an attorney in the first place.

Dean not only enjoyed being a Boy Scout, but to this day, he still enjoys collecting Scout memorabilia. So, the next time you see him, be sure to ask him about his Scouting days. You’ll be sure to bring back fond memories.

Boy Scout Cook Kit 1200 1

In closing, we’d like to share some interesting tidbits of Boy Scout history:

boy scout history

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What to Wear to Court

Wednesday is the day YOU get to “Ask an Attorney.”  Just leave your question in the comments below, and if your question is selected, it will be answered on an upcoming Wednesday by one of our attorneys at Dean Burnetti Law.


David L. from Bartow asks, “How should I dress to go to trial?”

Hi, David.  That’s a good question, and one that I’m actually asked pretty often.  While entering a courtroom and appearing before a Judge might be a regular occurrence for some people, other than those in the legal profession, it is typically a rare occurrence.  Oftentimes, the courthouse has signs posted about what attire is not acceptable to wear into a courtroom, but this does little good if your first day there is on the date of your hearing or trial.

Many people fail to realize that the way you dress shows respect for the court and the judge, but also shows that you take the reason you are there seriously.  Additionally, the way you dress – the appearance you give – makes all the difference in how the jury perceives you, and you do not want your attire to distract the jury from listening to your (or someone else’s) testimony.

The general rule is to dress conservatively.  I used to like to say, “Dress in your Sunday best,” but these days, so many people dress casually for church, that I’m afraid the point may not get across.  If you can imagine going to interview for an office job, think about what you might wear there, and that’s a good start.  Or even think about what you might wear to a religious ceremony.

appropriate courtroom attire

For men: a solid colored suit, white or light-colored button-down shirt, a conservative tie, a belt or suspenders, and polished dress shoes.

For ladies: a knee-length dress or skirt with a sweater, or a pants suit, at least mid-length sleeves or a sweater or blazer to cover bare shoulders, no low-cut tops, minimal jewelry, and sensible, closed-toe dress shoes.

For everyone:  Never, ever, a T-shirt, jeans, or open shoes.

Please remove the piercings and cover the tattoos either with clothing, or if that’s not possible, with makeup.  Judges are known to be conservative, and the courtroom is not the place to express your individuality.

Your hair should be neatly combed, nails clean and not too long or painted in artsy colors (neutral hues are best), and you should not wear too much makeup or perfume/cologne.

~Dean Burnetti

[If you have a question for one of our attorneys, please write it in the comments below, and be sure to check back soon for a response.]

  (The information contained herein is for informational purposes only, and does not constitute legal advice.) 

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Chicken and Airbags – Better Safe than Sorry!

It’s “Tuesday Newsday,” the day when Dean Burnetti Law brings you news of recalls, legal or political events, or other important happenings…


As of this week, Kia is recalling over a half-million vehicles in the U.S. because the air bags may be defective and fail in a crash.

Combined with a previous recall by Hyundai, the automakers are recalling nearly 1.1 million vehicles due to the problem, which has been linked to four deaths.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration investigated related problems earlier this year and found reports of six front-end crashes with significant auto damage as well as four fatalities and 6 significantly injured victims.

Kia recall in the news at Dean Burnetti LawVehicles covered by the Kia recall include 2010 through 2013 Forte compact cars and 2011 through 2013 Optima midsize cars. Also covered are Optima Hybrid and Sedona minivans from 2011 and 2012.

In April, Hyundai expanded a recall from earlier in the year to 580,000 vehicles which include the 2011 through 2013 Sonata midsize car and the 2011 and 2012 Sonata Hybrid.
Both automakers say they’re working on a fix. Kia will notify owners by July 27, while Hyundai’s notification runs from April 20 to June 15.

Both automakers will offer loaner vehicles to owners who request them.


Tyson Foods has recalled approximately 3,120 pounds of frozen chicken after the company discovered it may have been contaminated by pieces of blue and clear plastic.

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service last week that it had been notified by Tyson that the company’s breading supplier was recalling ingredients as a result of possible contamination by plastic pieces discovered that same day.

tyson chicken recalls in the news at Dean Burnetti LawThe recall applies to 12-pound boxes featuring three-pound bags of “Uncooked, Breaded, Original Chicken Tenderloins” with a lot code of 1378NLR02 and the establishment number P-746 on the package.

The affected chicken was not available for purchase in grocery stores, but was rather sold nationwide to food services establishments. Affected consumers were urged to throw the frozen chicken away.

This recall comes on the heels of more than 220,000 pounds of Spam being recalled for possible contamination with pieces of metal last month and 200 million eggs linked to salmonella being recalled in April.

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God Knows Where You Are

It’s Monday.  Welcome to a new week.  Today is the day for “Monday Ministry.”  Did you know that Attorney Dean Burnetti went to seminary before he was called to the legal field?  The following is a devotional given to you by Dean…


Proverbs 5: 21 “For the Lord sees clearly what a man does, examining every path he takes.”

where you areIt’s hard to fully appreciate that God is aware of each and every one of us, no matter when or what we are up to. But, sooner or later, each of us will  travel through difficult times.

When I am there, my worst tendency is to feel alone. That creates my worst feeling, despair.

Here the Bible tells us that as believers we are never alone. God is always aware of each turn we take. He is there within each conflict or obstacle we confront during the course of our day.

This is a simple promise. That God is always aware and that He always cares about you.
Today you may be confronting just that situation. The one that makes  you retract to hopelessness.

Today, there is a cure. Start by praising God. Take some time to thank Him that He is right there with you. That He is aware of what you are dealing with, right now. Then, seek comfort and allow God to intervene.

The problem with being in a sense of loneliness and hopelessness is that it places you in a position that will keep God out of your picture. Mainly because you build a shell around yourself.

You have to open and allow God to intervene not only in your situation but in your heart. Today, get past despair. Shake it off in praise. Embrace the promise and hold on to spiritual freedom and joy.

Have a blessed day.

~Dean Burnetti

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Where’s the wi-fi?

TIP:  Besides when driving or at the movies, this is another place where you should turn your phone off…  Have a magnificent weekend, friends!


juror texting during trial

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More is better? Or too much of a good thing?

If you’ll hop on the retro bus for today’s Throwback Thursday, and ride with us all the way back to the 1970s before you pull the cord, you’ll see a lot of wide collars, even wider lapels, wide ties, and really wide bellbottoms!  Right on!  (Of course, this wide-trend phased out by the 1980s, when it was skinny ties, flipped up collars, and pants that tucked into your socks.  But of course then the hair was supposed to be wide — at least as wide as your shoulders!)

Anyway, here’s a classic photo of our far out leader, Dean Burnetti, back in the day.  Can you dig it?  If so, Dyn-o-mite!  So until tomorrow…. Peace out!

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