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Charged with a Firearm Offense? 5 Things You Need to Do Immediately

Your gun rights come with a host of serious responsibilities. Considering the repercussions for a gun crime—which can include jail time, fines, a criminal record, and a loss of your gun rights—you should never treat the matter lightly. Whether you've been arrested for illegal gun possession, shooting an intruder, or another gun-related crime, you must always understand your rights in the...

What to Expect If You’re Ever Arrested in Florida—A Step-by-Step Guide

What does an arrest actually look like? For one thing, it doesn't always start with handcuffs and a booking—it can sometimes begin with a simple Notice to Appear in court. As a Florida resident, it's important to understand each step of the arrest process in your state. Get to know the following steps, so you can have a heads-up in case anything should happen. Step 1: Arrest If a police officer...

Florida Dependency: Here’s What Parents Need to Know

When parents are accused of behavior that harms their children, they may face a civil dependency action. The dependency process usually follows accusations of abuse, neglect, or abandonment and can result in the child's removal from the parents' custody. If you are a parent or guardian facing this situation, it's very important to understand how the civil case will proceed in your state. Keep...

Preserving Your Claim in a Florida Auto Accident

When you're involved in a car accident caused by another driver, you might find that the expenses start to pile up fairly quickly. Between medical bills, car repairs, and lost time at work, it can feel as though you're being punished for someone else's mistake. If the injuries or property damage were extensive, the insurance settlement offer may not be enough—you may only be able to recover...

The Long-Term Costs of a Criminal Conviction

When you commit a crime, you don't just do the time—you face an array of lifelong challenges. The immediate punishments for a criminal conviction could include fines, community service, or a prison sentence, depending on the type and the severity of the crime. Misdemeanor defendants typically face a lighter sentence, with imprisonment lasting up to one year, whereas felony defendants may be...

“What’s Mine is Yours” No More: Understanding Property Division in a Florida Divorce

During a divorce, one of the most difficult things that people need to go through is the division of assets. During the marriage, both couples typically have the ‘what’s mine is yours, and what’s yours is mine’ approach, which is a very healthy attitude. At some point in the divorce, however, everything that you own will need to become either yours, or your ex’s. If you can’t come to...

Social Media Prenuptials

Since my appearance on the Katie Couric Show on June 25th, 2013, I have been getting a lot of emails asking about Social Media Prenuptials or Agreements as a way to prevent Revenge Porn. I've also received several inquiries from people who are not intending to get married but are interested in a Social Media Agreement to protect them against the possibility of Revenge Porn. A Prenuptial is an...

What happens at a DUI stop?

Have you ever wondered what really happens when the police stop someone for driving under the influence? I get asked that question a lot so here is the answer from someone who has actually been there, made the stop and arrested the driver. Prior to becoming a criminal defense attorney, I was a police officer at the Miami-Dade Police Department. I was also a DUI instructor and won a M.A.D.D. award...

Revenge Pornography

The Florida Legislature missed an opportunity to protect Florida women against the newest form of domestic violence and take a position at the forefront of the battle against Internet crimes. The legislative session ended on Friday, May 3rd, 2013 at 7:16 p.m. and the legislation to make Revenge Porn a felony level crime in Florida died an untimely death. The "Computer or Electronic Device...

Freedom from Cuba — Press Release

Miami, Florida — The Law Office of Patrick J. McGeehan, P.A, has been retained by Ms. Jennifer Valdes and Mr. Berardo Valdes, the parents of Melissa Acosta, 20, of West Kendal, Florida. Cuban authorities detained Melissa, an American Citizen, on Saturday, June 28, 2014 at Jose Marti Airport in Havana. Melissa was subsequently released to family members in Cuba where she remained until returning...
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