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I am always early!

Getting to court early has benefits. Often, I need to speak with a prosecutor before a court hearing. Prosecutors are notorious for not returning phone calls. Getting to the courthouse early allows me to get to the prosecutors first. Sometimes I can ever catch them walking over from their office to the courthouse. On Mondays, especially after a holiday weekend, parking can be impossible. When...

Welcome to the 21st Century!

I'm always amazed that in the 21st Century, with all the technology available, that there are still lawyers that require their clients to make appointments days or weeks out and drive all the way downtown for an office meeting. Let's face it, we are all busy, you are busy, I am busy, everyone is busy. We know that. In the present fast-paced world, time is money. Your time is valuable. I always...

Stress: This is what I do.

Ever get to where you are so worked up about something you can't sleep? Yeah, me too. Maybe once or twice a month, I get worked up about something that keeps me awake at night. Sometimes it is trial preparation, crafting opening or closing statements, a deadline, strategy, or a host of other problems. Nothing too serious. Nothing like the stress I was under as a police detective, but it does...

DUI while not driving? Yep!

It is true! In Florida, you do not have to be driving to get arrested for DUI. Florida law allows for the prosecution of driving under the influence if you are in actual physical control of a vehicle. I have seen people arrested while sleeping in their car, while next to their car, and while sleeping in the back seat of their car. All of these people had the car keys in their pocket, in their...

Everything You Need to Know About the 4th Amendment: Vehicle Searches

The 4th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution sets limits on the power of the Government to subject you to searches and seizures. The 4th Amendment protects us from unreasonable searches and seizures. Unless a specific exception applies, the police must have a warrant to conduct a lawful search. One such exception is when searching a vehicle. Because vehicles are pervasively regulated and there is...

Don’t ever do this!

Remember when you were in kindergarten and your mother told you to always keep your hands to yourself? We this is an example of what happens when you don't keep your hands to yourself. While this guy may have thought this was funny at the time, I bet he is seriously doubting his judgment now. In Florida, the battery statute is very broad. Battery is any unwanted TOUCHING. It does not have to...

Depositions win cases!

I say it all the time, "Depositions win cases!" I also get a lot of grief from opposing attorneys who do not like to do depositions, especially in domestic violence cases. Here is another example of how a deposition can win a case for clients. Recently, I did a deposition of an investigator in a domestic violence case. The opposing party was sure the investigator was going to testify favorably...

How to get a bunch of DUIs all at once

I see a lot of DUI cases with multiple charges of DUI from one incident. In Florida, that is a very easy situation to be in. I had a client come in today with four DUIs, not previous arrests or over a period of time, but four DUIs form one incident. This client has never been arrested before. A standard DUI is when you are arrested for driving with a blood alcohol content in excess of .08%,...

Do not hire a lawyer!

I get a lot of calls from clients who have been screwed by someone and want to sue. Often, the amount they are out is so small it doesn't make sense to hire a lawyer to bring the case. Lawyers can run anywhere from $100.00 per hour to several hundred dollars per hour. Many times, a lawyer will require a retainer or amount to be paid upfront to start on the case. Sometimes, it just is not worth...

Divorce Misconceptions

https://youtu.be/Gn97XHepT0g Some very common divorce misconceptions There are a lot of misconceptions about divorce and how to file for Divorce. One I deal with all the time is the belief that your spouse must agree to the divorce, must sign divorce papers before or at the time of filing. This is all simply not true. In Florida, you just need to be a resident of the state for 6 months and want...
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