Blog Posts in June, 2011

Miranda Warning for Juveniles

In the historic case that defined defendant’s rights, Miranda v. Arizona, the Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution’s guarantee against self-incrimination required that police advise ...
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How Much Should I Tell My Attorney?

Clients often fear that if the attorney representing them knows all of the negative facts of the case, it would cause the attorney to judge the client and perhaps be disappointed with the client. Many ...
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DUI: Should I Try To Represent Myself?

The individual accused of “Driving Under the Influence” ( DUI ) is presented with a maze of deadlines, requirements and options that could lead to huge pitfalls with disastrous ...
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Tips on How to Hire a Lawyer

Many people assume that all lawyers are equally qualified to handle their case. In their minds, the decision on which lawyer to hire comes down to finding the one that offers the lowest fee. However, ...
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How Can You Represent Bad People?

How can you represent bad people? A friend of mine at my church came up and asked me that exact question. I answered him, “I don’t represent bad people. I represent people in bad ...
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What Are My Rights When Confronted By The Police?

Knowing your rights when confronted by the police is the first step to protecting your freedom. Police officers are charged with maintaining order and enforcing the law. Unfortunately, these same ...
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What Happens When the Police Go Too Far?

I grew up thinking of the police as “the good guys” – the hero’s we can turn to when the “bad guys” are causing trouble. As I get older, I realize that the world is ...
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How Can They Just Search My Wife?

My wife has a distrust of police officers that stems from an incident that happened when she was in high school. Driving home from school one day, police officers pulled her over, searched her and her ...
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Silence Should be your Golden Rule

It has been said that “silence is golden.” Never has such a phrase been truer as to when it comes to protecting your rights. What you say, or what you don’t say when speaking to the ...
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Police Dogs v. the 4th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution

How familiar are you with the protections guaranteed to you under the 4th Amendment of the United States Constitution? Most people have heard terms associated with the 4th Amendment but may not ...
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Putting My Mistake in the Past

My eighteen year old nephew told me that before he was offered a job in college his future employer went to his MySpace page to find out more information about him. How he presented himself on this ...
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Was My Search & Seizure Legal? (Part 2)

In part I of this series on Search and Seizure law we covered the basic elements of the Fourth Amendment and protecting your privacy. Remember the Fourth Amendment provides “the right of the ...
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Surprise! You Forgot They Were Coming to Arrest You

Having practiced criminal law for over 20 years, both as a prosecutor and as an Orlando criminal attorney, there are many questions I am frequently asked about criminal cases. Here is one such ...
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DUI - Should I Take The Breath Test?

When someone first learns that I am an Orlando criminal attorney who has handled many DUI cases both as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney, they often have many questions, such as: “if ...
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Wanting to Relocate with your Children?

From time to time we will be answering questions from persons who have questions about family law. Sonia from Kissimmee has a question, and she wrote: “My former husband and I were divorced here ...
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Is it a Crime to Discipline Your Child?

The trend in child discipline currently is to avoid physical forms of punishment and instead use “time outs” or other methods of discipline. There have been numerous cases in the news ...
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Divorce Doesn't End Your Relationship With Your Children

Every so often we answer questions and post them on our website. If we think someone else may benefit from the information we feel we should share it. A question that recently came up was: My former ...
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What Do I Do Now That I Am Divorced?

There are different answers to this question. However, the answer is clear when you and your former spouse have a minor child in common. In the event that you do not, then you pretty much move on in ...
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What is Alimony?

Are you involved in a divorce or separated from your spouse? Do you want to know if you have a right to ask for alimony or if you are going to be ordered to pay alimony? Alimony, usually referred to ...
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When Unmarried Couples Split - What Happens To Their Kids?

I receive questions on a daily basis from both men and women about their legal rights to visitation and child support when they were never married to their child’s mother or father. In most of ...
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