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How is Child Support Determined?

In Florida, both parents are legally obligated to provide support for their minor children. The purpose of child support is to ensure that a child’s basic needs for food, clothing and shelter ...
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Fireworks in Florida

With the Fourth of July celebrations approaching, I get a good deal of questions regarding the legality of possessing and shooting off fireworks in Florida. It seems to be confusing because there are ...
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DUI and your Driver's License

If you are arrested for a DUI in Florida, your license may be administratively suspended immediately by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV). If you are later convicted for the ...
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The Criminal Process

The police need probable cause to believe that a crime has been committed in order to get an arrest warrant, or to arrest you because they witnessed you commit a crime, or they gathered sufficient ...
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Arrested... Now What?

If you are arrested for an alleged violation of a Florida criminal law, there are a few things you should know. First, don’t panic. Not all is lost. You have many rights that will protect you ...
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Stand-Your-Ground and The Castle Doctrine

Ever since the shooting death of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman, a volunteer neighborhood watchperson, everyone is talking about the Castle Doctrine and the Stand-your-Ground laws in Florida. Many ...
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What to do if You have a Warrant for Your Arrest

You just found out that you have a warrant for your arrest. There may be a criminal investigation you didn’t know about. You may have missed a court date or events that you were suppose to show ...
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Innocent Citizens Protection Act

Are you presumed guilty even when proven innocent? If you are arrested for a crime you didn’t commit, you may have your record erased or “expunged” if you are exonerated. Or so you ...
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Florida Pretrial Intervention Programs

Florida law provides a mechanism for many types of non-violent criminal cases to be dismissed upon completion of a pretrial intervention program. If charged with a non-violent criminal misdemeanor or ...
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What is Mediation?

Mediation is a process during a divorce whereby a neutral third party, known as the “mediator”, helps a divorcing couple negotiate and settle their case without the necessity of going to ...
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Does Cheating Matter in a Florida Divorce?

The infidelity of one spouse is a common reason why many marriages crumble. However, Florida is considered “no fault” divorce state. This means that a spouse who is seeking a divorce does ...
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Juror Says "Stand Your Ground Law" Required Not Guilty Verdict

Daniel Greene was a juror in the Timothy Davis murder trial that resulted in a not guilty verdict last Friday. Greene also happens to be an attorney. As such, Greene was focused during the trial on ...
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Jurors Tell Longwell Lawyers Why They Acquitted

In an interview with Attorney Mark Longwell, of Longwell Lawyers, two of the jurors in the Timothy Davis murder trial revealed why they acquitted the retired Orlando police officer. Javier Zerquera, ...
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What your Attorney won't (can't) tell you about gain time

Sometimes it seems like your attorney can’t give you a straight answer about gain time in the Florida Prison Sentence. You want to know how much jail time you will actually serve on a particular ...
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Waiver of Impound Requirement After DUI Conviction

Florida Statute Section 316.193(6)(a) states that a court may order a ten (10) day impoundment or immobilization of the vehicle the defendant was driving,or in actual physical control of, when he/she ...
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Red Light Cameras: What You Need to Know

If you get a red light camera Notice of Violation in the mail saying you ran a red light and must pay a penalty, here is what you should know. The Notice of Violation must be sent to the registered ...
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Withhold of Adjudication: the Good and the Bad

I hear it all the time; I can’t have a conviction on this case. Unfortunately, most people outside of the courtroom don’t understand what a conviction is actually. Florida Statute 948.01 ...
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Temporary Relief in Orlando Divorce and Paternity Cases

Divorce law in Florida allows for parties to request temporary relief pending the final disposition of their divorce or their paternity case. The road to the end of a divorce case or a paternity ...
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DUI: Formal Review Hearing

When you are charged with Driving Under the Influence ( DUI ), your license may be automatically suspended for six (6) months if you had a breath test result of.08 or greater, or 12 months, if you ...
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What are the benefits of establishing Paternity?

“Paternity” is the legal process for determining who is the father of a child. Children born during a marriage are presumed to be children of the husband. However, if the child is born to ...
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Two strikes and you're out!

You have always heard the phrase “Strike Three -You’re Out”, but in Florida certain criminal acts don’t afford you such a luxury. In certain cases, you don’t get a third ...
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5th Amendment Rights - They are that important!

I have been practicing law in the State of Florida for over twenty years. In that time, I have found that some of the most basic constitutional rights that we share in our free society are ones nobody ...
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Early Termination of Probation

Florida Statute § 948.04(3), states the following: If the probationer has performed satisfactorily, has not been found in violation of any terms or conditions of supervision, and has met all ...
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Mediation and Marital Settlement Agreements are Contracts in Florida

While it is often thought that a Judge determines the terms of a divorce or paternity action, the reality is that, in a majority of cases in Florida, the parties are able to negotiate and settle their ...
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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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