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Monthly Archives: April 2016


APR. 26 2016
Understanding “Stand Your Ground” and “Justifiable Use of Force” Laws (Part II)
Understanding “Stand Your Ground” and “Justifiable Use of Force” Laws (Part II)

When Can an Individual Use Non-Deadly Force Against Another?

 

The previous article, Understanding Florida’s Stand Your Ground and Justifiable Use of Force Laws (Part I) focused on the legal premise of the individual’s right to use deadly force for self-defense. Because “Stand Your Ground,” “Justifiable Use of Deadly Force” and “Justifiable Use of Non-Deadly Force” laws are so important, and because understanding these laws may someday save your life or the life of another, or prevent a tragic or unwanted result, we would like to provide additional information on these topics, starting with the use of non-deadly force.

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APR. 26 2016
What to Expect from Your Criminal Defense Lawyer
What to Expect from Your Criminal Defense Lawyer
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Being accused of a crime can be embarrassing, stressful, and emotional. You may be feeling frustrated, scared, confused, overwhelmed, and even helpless.

 

Feeling these emotions is normal and understandable, but the biggest mistake you can make is to let your emotions get the better of you and react in haste, or worse, not react at all.  The truth is that most people who aren’t attorneys are clueless when it comes to their basic rights under the law.  Our justice system feeds off of that truth.  A conviction and the ensuing penalties can harm your life irreparably, so it is …

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APR. 19 2016
Understanding Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” and “Justifiable Use of Force” Laws (Part I)
Understanding Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” and “Justifiable Use of Force” Laws (Part I)

Update: We’ve further elaborated on this subject in Part II of this post. 

 

In 2005, Florida enacted the country’s first “Stand Your Ground” laws. Basically, these justify an individual whose life is in imminent danger and/or who is confronted with deadly force to:

 

  • Stand their ground
  • Not retreat
  • Shoot first

 

These laws fall under Chapter 776, Florida Statutes, entitled “Justifiable Use of Force.” Hopefully you’ll never find yourself in a position where you need to protect yourself or others with deadly force, but if you do, a basic understanding of the topics can potentially be …

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APR. 25 2016
The Best Defenses for Corporate Fraud
The Best Defenses for Corporate Fraud
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Corporate fraud is one of the FBI’s top priorities. While it’s true that this type of fraud has always been an issue, the Enron scandal of 2001 really seemed to put corporate fraud on the mainstream “map”.

 

Enron, named by Fortune magazine as “America’s Most Innovative Company” for six years in a row prior to the scandal, kept massive debts off of their balance sheets, which resulted in shareholders losing $74 billion – yes, with a b – thousands of investors and employees losing their pensions, and many employees ultimately losing their jobs.

 

WorldCom, Tyco, HealthSouth, Freddie …

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APR. 15 2016
Are You Required to Submit to Roadside Sobriety Tests in West Palm Beach?
Are You Required to Submit to Roadside Sobriety Tests in West Palm Beach?
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What Are Field Sobriety Tests and is a West Palm Beach Driver Required to Submit to Them?

 

When a police officer spots an erratic driver, his first thought is whether or not the driver is under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Typical signs of impaired driving include the inability to stay within a single lane, swerving in and out of lanes, driving at inconsistent speeds, suddenly accelerating or slowing down, driving in a jerky manner, sudden turns, and other obvious out-of-control driving.

 

The officer turns on his siren and lights and closely trails the suspect’s car. All …

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APR. 19 2016
Consequences of a Florida Domestic Violence Conviction
Consequences of a Florida Domestic Violence Conviction
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Domestic Violence is a hot-button topic in today’s society.  It is one of the more “intimate” offenses in regards to our humanity and, as such, most people have extremely strong and emotionally driven opinions about the subject.  As is unfortuately the case, as with most types of criminal allegations, when people hear about a domestic violence case on the news, many automatically presume the offender is guilty.

 

For example, here are a couple of local “headlines” for you: A long-time South Florida podiatrist was recently accused of domestic violence against his wife in an alleged violent attack. A West

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APR. 11 2016
Understanding Florida Drug Trafficking Laws and Penalties
Understanding Florida Drug Trafficking Laws and Penalties
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Florida is a prime target for the import and export of illegal drugs into the United States. Since our state is surrounded by water on three sides, we have over a dozen ports, many of them major shipping ports. And as you might imagine, traffickers are actively trying to use these ports to get drugs into, and out of, the country.

 

United States Customs and Border Protection agents are well aware of this issue, and in February they had a particularly big month. Agents discovered 154 pounds of cocaine – worth an estimated $2 million – at Port Everglades …

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APR. 4 2016
Reasonable Suspicion, Probable Cause, Proof Beyond a Reasonable Doubt and Boating Under the Influence
Reasonable Suspicion, Probable Cause, Proof Beyond a Reasonable Doubt and Boating Under the Influence
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South Florida has one of the most active boating communities in the country.  From West Palm Beach to Miami alone, there are literally thousands of marinas and boat slips housing tens of thousands of vessels.  From fishing boats to luxury yachts, on any given day there are hundreds, if not thousands, of boats cruising our waterways.  Many South Florida boat owners use their vessels for business, but most use their boats for recreation and leisure.

 

For many, there is quite literally nothing better than taking the boat out on a weekend and enjoying a day on the water with …

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