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    Month: October 2014

    Help I’m in Jail How Do I Make Bail

    Help! I’m in Jail. How Do I...

    When a person is arrested and put into jail, the first thing they want to know is “how do I get out?” Most people who are arrested, but have not yet gone to trial, are given the option of posting bail. Bail is a specified amount of cash that is set by the court for that person or their family to pay in order to release the detainee from jail. [...]

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    What is Medical Malpractice

    What is Medical Malpractice?

    No one expects to receive medical care that results in serious injury or even death—but each year in the United States alone, over 15,000 medical malpractice claims are filed. You can protect yourself and your loved ones by knowing the common medical malpractice errors, the elements of a medical malpractice claim and whether or not you are entitl [...]

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    Know Your Rights: What is Probable Cause

    Know Your Rights: What is P...

    Before the police are allowed to make an arrest, conduct a search or receive a warrant, they must first be able to establish probable cause. However, police sometimes try to intimidate you into letting them search your vehicle or home when they do not actually have probable cause to do so. Do not let the police bully you into an illegal search and [...]

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    Assault and Battery: What is the Difference?

    Assault and Battery: What i...

    The terms assault and battery are often used interchangeably, but have different meanings in the court of law. While the two are frequently confused, in Florida, assault generally encompasses verbal threats while battery encompasses physical harm. What is Assault? While many people assume that assault is the same thing as battery, the two hold diff [...]

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    What are Miranda Rights

    What are Miranda Rights?

    “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided for you. Do you understand the rights I have just read to you? With these rights in mind, do you wish to speak to me?”   Many of us know these word [...]

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    What Is Double Jeopardy

    What Is Double Jeopardy?

    Under Federal law, “Double Jeopardy” is a type of defense that prohibits a defendant from being tried twice for the same crime. The Double Jeopardy Clause is part of the Fifth Amendment in the United States Constitution and was ultimately enacted to protect defendants from abuses of state power and to promote the finalization of judgments. Doub [...]

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    Definition of the Week: Negligence

    Definition of the Week: Neg...

    In a personal injury case, the injured party must be able to establish negligence to prove that another person is at fault for their injuries. According to the Florida Supreme Court, negligence is “the failure to use reasonable care.” Negligence is the cause of thousands of injuries and deaths across the U.S. every year. Citizens are required [...]

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    What is my Fifth Amendment Right and When Do I Use It

    What is my Fifth Amendment ...

    More than likely, you have heard someone casually say, “I plead the fifth.” Perhaps you have jokingly thrown out the phrase yourself when someone asked you an embarrassing question that you did not want to answer. While many are familiar with the idiom, some do not know the root of the phrase or what it actually means. “I plead the Fifth” [...]

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    What Is a Product Recall

    What Is a Product Recall?

    All manufacturers are responsible for providing safe products to the public. The government works with manufacturers to ensure high quality and safety by setting safety standards that all products must meet. If somehow a product makes it to the market without meeting the standards, then the manufacturer or government may recall it. How Does a Recal [...]

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    Definition of the Week: Product Liability

    Definition of the Week: Pro...

    When you make a purchase, whether a car or a child’s toy, you expect the product to be free of defects and safe for use. Companies are responsible for making sure that the products they sell are safe. If a product is deemed defective or unsafe and is considered to be dangerous if used, it is the responsibility of the company to correct the produ [...]

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