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    Month: November 2014

    The 9 Stages of a Standard Criminal Case

    The 9 Stages of a Standard ...

    After you have been arrested, a person wonders what happens next in the criminal justice system. While each case is different, most criminal cases follow the same due process. Many cases do not make it to trial because of plea bargains, motions to dismiss and other elements. However, if a case does make it to trial, it will follow steps similar to [...]

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    What Is the Stop and Frisk Law?

    What Is the Stop and Frisk ...

    Stopping and detaining suspects in public are two of the many tools used by police to catch criminals. This is why Florida has what is known as the “Stop and Frisk” law. It allows law enforcement to question and search individuals who they suspect of committing a crime. While controversy surrounds this law, it is vital to understand how it work [...]

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    Am I Liable if Someone Else Gets In an Accident With My Car?

    Am I Liable if Someone Else...

    We all do it—your sister needs to make a trip to the grocery store, a friend needs to run an errand—but they need to borrow your car. Seems harmless right? After all, they are responsible, licensed drivers and would never get into an accident. Think again! Accidents happen, regardless of how responsible we might be, but if you lend your car to [...]

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    What Are the Statutes of Limitations for Criminal Cases?

    Statute of Limitations Flor...

    Statutes of limitations can be either federal or state laws that place a restriction on the amount of time that can pass between a crime being committed and a person being charged with that crime. Once the allotted time has passed, charges cannot be brought against the person accused of committing the crime. Generally, the time limit starts on the [...]

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    How Do I View My Criminal Record?

    How Do I View My Criminal R...

    Any individual who has ever been arrested or convicted has some sort of criminal record. This record is publicly available and may include anything from felonies to simple traffic violations. If you have been arrested or convicted and have a criminal record, it is important to know what is listed on your record. This is important because you will w [...]

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    Could I Get a DUI While Riding a Bicycle?

    Can You Get a DUI On a Bicy...

    When you think of someone being charged for driving under the influence (DUI), you probably imagine them behind the wheel of a car. However, under Florida law, a person may be charged with DUI even if they are not driving a car. In fact, any mode of transportation that uses public streets is considered a vehicle, and “driving” includes operatin [...]

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    How Do I Reach a Plea Bargain?

    How Do I Reach a Plea Bargain?

    Criminal cases are settled with plea bargains each day. For less serious criminal matters, plea bargaining can be a good option for defendants who want to avoid the uncertainty of going to trial and save time and money in the process. What is a Plea Bargain? A plea bargain, also known as a plea deal or plea agreement, is an agreement between the de [...]

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    Know Your Rights: The Fourth Amendment

    Know Your Rights: The Fourt...

    The only way you can protect your rights is by knowing them. The United States Constitution was created to serve and protect the rights of American citizens. This is why the Constitution is the most important legal document to understand if you want to guard your rights. In this blog, we will be covering the Fourth Amendment. This Amendment protec [...]

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    Can I Get Deported for My Crime?

    Can I Get Deported for My C...

    Hundreds of thousands of people immigrate to the United States annually. Because gaining access in the United States can be challenging, it is important that immigrant residents do not face any legal trouble that could jeopardize this process. Even if someone has a non-immigrant visa or a green card, facing criminal charges could potentially be gro [...]

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    What is a Juvenile Diversion Program?

    What is a Juvenile Diversio...

    When young adults commit a low-level offense on a one-time occasion, traditional forms of incarceration can seem extreme. While the offense may not warrant jail time, if the crime still deserves some type of sentencing, a diversion program may be a good option. What is Diversion? Typically reserved for youthful offenders and young adults, diversion [...]

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