Blog Posts in 2012

Domestic violence: Will the State drop the charge?

When the police are called because of a domestic violence dispute, you can count on things getting out of your control. The laws of the State of Florida and the policies of police agencies presume ...
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What is entrapment?

Entrapment is a defense to a crime, such as trafficking. There are two different types of entrapment in the State of Florida: subjective and objective. Subjective entrapment is codified in Section ...
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What is "Speedy Trial" in Florida?

When a person is arrested or charged with a crime, the law requires that the person is given a trial within a reasonable period of time. This is known as the right to a speedy trial. This is a ...
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Arrested, booked and bonding

You or someone you know has just been arrested. This is a confusing and scary process, but understanding what is going on can help you feel a little better as you continue through the system. At the ...
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Sign a Prenup? That Is So Romantic!

A Prenuptial or Premarital Agreement is a written contract created by two individuals who plan to be married. While you may have the best hopes for your future, it is not a bad idea to consider ...
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Should I Prepare For Mediation?

If you are going through a divorce in Florida, it is almost certain you will attend mediation at some point. Mediation is often ordered by the court or scheduled by the parties themselves. Mediation ...
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Tips: When Involved in an Accident

If you are involved in a car crash, you don’t have to give any information that may be used to incriminate you in a criminal investigation (such as a DUI or Vehicular Manslaughter charge). You ...
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What is a Parenting Plan?

If you are going through a divorce in Florida and you have one or more minor children with your spouse, you must create a parenting plan and have it approved by the court before the divorce is ...
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How Long Will My Divorce Take?

So, you have decided your marriage has come to an end. When I speak to people who are contemplating filing for divorce, there is one question that is always asked: How long does it take to get ...
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Divorce - Term of the Day

n. the termination of a marriage by legal action, requiring a petition or complaint for divorce (or dissolution in some states, including California) by one party. Some states still require at least a ...
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Modification of Child Custody

Motions for modification of child custody orders are quite common. There are many situations that can lead to a parent wanting to modify a child custody order. Some situations include: child custody ...
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DUI: Should I Take the Breathalyzer?

After practicing DUI law in Orlando for over twenty years, the one legal question I get time and time again is, “If I get pulled over in Florida for DUI, should I take the breathalyzer?” ...
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Do I need a lawyer for a first time DUI?

The short answer is, if you want the best possible outcome, yes. If you have been pulled over and accused of DUI there are numerous deadlines and requirements that must be met. Not properly meeting ...
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Child Custody and Visitation in Florida: A New Vocabulary

Florida’s Legislature decided in the 2008 Parenting Bill that the terms child custody, custodial parent, non-custodial parent, and visitation no longer adequately described parental rights. The ...
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The "Statute of Limitations" in Florida

In Florida, there are time limitations for when a person may be prosecuted for an alleged crime. These time limitations are established in chapter 775.15, Florida Statutes. This is commonly referred ...
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Why You Should Hire an Attorney in a Criminal Case?

Many people facing a criminal charge seek advice on how to avoid jail or minimize consequences. It is often the case that there is much at stake professionally and personally. The best advice I can ...
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What If They Didn't "Read You Your Rights"?

“Your rights” are what are commonly known as Miranda Warnings, named after a supreme court case, Miranda v. Arizona. If a person is in custody and interrogated by or on behalf of law ...
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How Florida's Stand Your Ground Law Works

When a person in Florida uses force against another, it may result in a criminal charge such as Assault, Battery, Manslaughter or Murder, just to name a few. However, it is a defense to such a charge ...
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Is Your Right to be Presumed Innocent Under Attack?

What if you were accused of a crime you didn’t do? Would you want it to be easy for the government to convict you and take away your freedom? One of the fundamental principles that supports ...
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The George Zimmerman Case

The George Zimmerman Case: The Foreseeable Outcome to a Dangerous Equation It is easy and convenient to blame George Zimmerman for the tragic death of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed 17 year old who Mr. ...
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Expungement v. Sealing

If you or someone you know has a criminal record it can be difficult to find a nice place to live, a decent job, or even get a loan. In today’s world, employers, landlords, and businesses ...
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Quality Legal Representation

Today would have marked my Grandfather’s 100th Birthday had he lived. He was a skilled carpenter by trade, and only produced the highest quality furniture for his clients. As a boy I remember ...
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