“Providers” means and includes DefenseMap.com and Defense Map, Inc. and all their volunteers, funders, donors, agents, principals, owners, employees, and anyone else acting on their behalf in connection with any of the services and purposes described in these Terms.
“Users” means and includes anyone (professional, client or other lay person, company, or other person or entity) making any use whatsoever of DefenseMap.com, any Defense Map, or any service of any kind provided by DefenseMap.com or Defense Map, Inc. or any statement of any kind in connection with such service.
“Parties” means and includes all Providers and all Users.
Purpose: The purpose of DefenseMap.com is aid in better legal and personal outcomes for accused persons. It provides this aid by assisting those persons in supplying information about themselves and their cases and organizing that information into Defense Maps so that they, their attorneys, and others helping them may have the benefit of a fuller picture of the relevant facts in their lives and cases. It is entirely the responsibility of anyone using DefenseMap.com to provide information in ways that will serve their best interests.
Costs: Providers have created DefenseMap.com as a service to the public and do not charge for its use. Persons accused of a crime or delinquency act will all have free access to DefenseMap.com.
No professional relationship, advice, or services: It is specifically agreed that there is never a professional relationship of any kind between any Provider and any User. It is further agreed:
That the determination of legal issues and the handling of those issues can come only from individual Users’ own decisions and those of the attorneys and others they have direct relationships with, not from any Provider.
That while a Defense Map may be a part of good attorney-client communication, no collection of generic questions can be the totality of what attorneys and clients should discuss, and thorough follow-up communication in an actual professional relationship is always required.
That nothing supplied or said by any Provider, whether in a Defense Map or elsewhere, constitutes advice or professional services of any kind.
Freedom from, and waiver of, liabilities.
All Users and Providers agree that the availability of this free resource depends on their mutual protection from legal liability. To protect that availability and the protection from legal liability it requires, all Users and Providers agree as follows.
Freedom from User liability: Users will have no liability to Providers for any legal use of any kind of DefenseMap.com, any Defense Map, or any service of Defense Map, Inc., and any claim of such liability is hereby waived.
Privacy statement: Providers do not intentionally share information with third parties about Users, including their identities, physical addresses, email addresses, telephone numbers, or any other information provided by them in opening or using an account or submitting information on DefenseMap.com. Users may check the FAQs, Helpline, or Contact link for current information on the security and confidentiality protections used.
Legal claims and binding arbitration: All Parties agree that any legal claim between them will be resolved by binding arbitration. Unless agreed in writing to the contrary, arbitration will be conducted (a) by the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and (b) within 50 miles of Indianapolis, Indiana. Any party bringing a claim against any of the Providers will be responsible for its own costs and attorney fees, as well as the reasonable attorney fees and costs of any of the Providers. Arbitration fees will be divided half to Providers and half to any person(s), User(s), or others making a claim or defense against any of the Providers.
Severability of terms/No waiver of rights: If any part of these Terms is held to be invalid or unenforceable, all remaining Terms will remain in effect and enforceable. No Provider’s failure to enforce any of its rights under this agreement will be considered or construed as a waiver of those or any other rights.