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February 18, 2018

Florida Child Support: When Can I Really Stop Payment?

The thought of child support can often make one think of monthly payments that have no end in sight. Child support payments do end, however, the question of when they will actually cease is not as straightforward and depends on the circumstances. When Your Child Turns 18 According to Florida laws, child support ordinarily is meant to end on your child’s 18th birthday. If the order was made in favor of more than one child, child support is calculated according to different dates in the future. It reduces as each child turns 18 and finally ends once the last child turns 18. If […]
February 12, 2018

Why You Need To Hire A Divorce Attorney

Family law is not like other area of law. It is personal, and most of the time, you are directly in conflict with someone you had a relationship with. While this is not exactly bad, it can pose a problem when you and the other party don’t see eye to eye, especially when it concerns a divorce. Divorces can be dirty, emotionally trying and quite a hassle. There’s no law that says you can’t handle it on your own. However, the emotional whirlwind of divorce and its complicated legal processes may necessitate the support of a strong presence that can offer […]
February 6, 2018
Health Professional

Baker Acts In Florida

The Baker Act is a law in the State of Florida that allows family members or some licensed authorities to call for urgent medical attention and evaluation for people who might be having mental health issues. This provision was created in 1972 to provide aid to people who are at risk of harming themselves or members of the public. These individuals are often unable to determine on their own that they need to seek medical help. The act was not only created to ensure the safety of the person and to prevent such person from inflicting harm on anyone, but was […]
February 3, 2018
Florida DUI on Horse

Can You Be Arrested For DUI In Florida While Riding A Horse?

The idea that you can only be arrested for DUI (Driving Under the Influence) while operating a motor vehicle is a common fallacy that has garnered widespread discussion. This notion was recently highlighted when police in Lakeland, Florida arrested a woman for riding her horse down a busy highway while intoxicated. Polk County police charged the 53-year-old woman with drunk driving, even though she was on a horse, not driving a car. Multiple drivers called into the police station to report the woman after close-calls were made by cars swerving around her horse. Upon arriving at the scene, officers had […]
January 24, 2018
Domestic Violence

FSU’s Deondre Francois Investigated for Domestic Violence

According to the Tallahassee Democrat, Florida State University quarterback Deondre Francois was recently investigated for a domestic violence incident. The report states that he was accused of committing domestic violence, specifically, battery on a pregnant woman. As with a large number of similar cases, there were conflicting reports and accounts of the incident and no charges have been filed. Under Florida Statute 741.28 domestic violence includes battery and agrevated battery of one family or household member by another family or household member. Family or household members include husbands or wives, ex-wives and ex-husbands, people related by blood or marriage, people living together as a […]
December 14, 2017
Orlando DUI Lawyer

DUI Defense: What Happens If The Cop Didn’t See Me Driving?

Clients often ask my advice when they’re facing DUI (Driving Under the Influence) charges in Florida. Perhaps the most recent question in DUI law that has been brought to my attention is whether the police can make an arrest for DUI without having personally witnessed the suspect behind the wheel, actually driving a motor vehicle while intoxicated and a crash didn’t occur. There are two cases that provide clarity on how your DUI charges might turn out under circumstances like these. The first is a 2011 case, M.W. v. State. (51 So. 3d 1220 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2011)). In […]
November 18, 2017
Domestic Violence Injunction

Domestic Violence Injunctions

What is Domestic Violence? Domestic Violence is any assault, aggravated assault, battery, aggravated battery, sexual assault, sexual battery, stalking, aggravated stalking, kidnapping, false imprisonment, or any criminal offense resulting in physical injury or death of one family or household member by another family or household member. F.S. 741.28 What Is An Injunction? An injunction, more commonly referred to as a restraining order, is a judicial order that restrains a person beginning or continuing an action that threatens or invades the legal right of another. What Does A Petition For A Domestic Violence Injunction Need To Prove? In order for a judge to sign […]
November 15, 2017

Understanding The Motion For Contempt For Child Support

What Is The Motion For Contempt For Child Support? Divorce and custody cases rarely end with the judgment of the court in favor of either party. Often, you or your spouse may have to drag each other back to court for the enforcement of the judgment of the court. If you have to go back to court in order to enforce the order of the court, you can consider going through contempt, especially if it concerns child support. The law recognizes that an amicable settlement or dissolution of a marriage by a court may not always go as agreed. Either one […]
August 7, 2017
Orlando Criminal Defense Lawyer

Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law

Stand Your Ground is changing and has recently been the subject of great debate because the Florida Legislature and the Florida Courts are battling it out. As a basic procedural principal, in a criminal trial, the State of Florida (the prosecution) must prove every element of the alleged crime beyond a reasonable doubt. Prior to the recent changes, if a defendant raised the affirmative defense of self-defense by standing his ground (he or she claims to have had no alternative but to use deadly force to defend him or herself), the defendant had to prove self-defense was reasonable, necessary, and […]
July 12, 2017
Orlando DUI Lawyer

5 Things We Can Learn From Celebrity DUI Cases

5 Things We Can Learn From Celebrity DUI Cases Celebrities are constantly in the news, but sometimes it can be for all of the wrong reasons. We’ve all seen the occasional mugshot floating around after an arrest of a high-profile individual. There is a lot we can learn from celebrities who have been arrested or charged with a DUI.   In Florida, your mugshot is public record. In Florida, if you are arrested your mugshot is instantly public record. Just ask Tiger Woods. This means that your mugshot can be accessed by anyone. Hopefully in the future if your record […]