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What Is The Difference Between Domestic Violence, Assault, And Battery?

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in four women and one in seven men will suffer physical violence from an intimate partner during their lifetimes. In 2014, 106,882 domestic violence crimes were reported to Florida police agencies, leading to 64,460 arrests. However, domestic violence crimes often go unreported, so we [...]

By | April 14th, 2017|Criminal Defense|0 Comments

The True Cost Of A DUI In Florida

If you look only at the law itself, you will learn that the fine for a misdemeanor first-offense DUI conviction in the state of Florida can range from $500 to $1,000. Do not be misled – that's only the beginning. If someone is arrested and charged with driving under the influence in South Florida, it [...]

By | March 16th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

What Happens After A First-Offense DUI Arrest?

In South Florida, far too many are injured or killed in DUI-related traffic crashes. What makes these injuries and deaths especially heartbreaking is that almost all of them could have been avoided. In Miami-Dade, Palm Beach, and Broward County, rideshare services, taxicabs, and limos are abundant and available 24 hours a day every day. Of [...]

By | February 23rd, 2017|Criminal Defense|0 Comments

An Overview Of Palm Beach County’s Diversion Programs

Most judges and most lawmakers now understand that petty crimes committed by first-time offenders shouldn’t always be penalized with prosecutions and jail terms. First-time offenders – and our society – are better served by counseling aimed at deterring crime in the future. Diversion programs cost far less than trials and jail, and diversion gives first-time [...]

By | January 19th, 2017|Criminal Defense|0 Comments

Medical Marijuana In Florida: What To Know About The State’s New Laws

In November, voters in Florida approved Amendment 2, the Florida Medical Marijuana Legislation Initiative. More than 71 percent of the state’s voters agreed to approve the initiative. Only two years earlier, a similar measure had been narrowly defeated. Amendment 2 will allow doctors in Florida to prescribe marijuana for medical purposes to patients struggling with [...]

By | December 22nd, 2016|Criminal Defense|0 Comments

Your Criminal Issues May Be Driven By Addiction

“Addiction” is a word that most of us tend to use perhaps too casually, and it’s usually an exaggeration. We might say that we are “addicted” to old movies or to walks on the beach, but in its more precise sense, that’s not really what addiction is. Addiction is a disease. It is a complex [...]

By | November 22nd, 2016|Criminal Defense|0 Comments

How Probation Drug Testing Works in West Palm Beach and What Can Happen if You Fail

When someone is convicted of a crime in the state of Florida, depending on that crime’s severity and the offender’s previous criminal history, the offender may be ordered to prison or placed on probation. Those ordered to prison are then sometimes released on parole. Florida’s probation and parole officers work with offenders serving probation or [...]

By | October 22nd, 2016|Criminal Defense|0 Comments

Infographic – 2015’s Palm Beach County Domestic Violence Statistics

Palm Beach County has a population of 1,378,417 people. The statistics for domestic violence are staggering for a population of this size.  In the year 2015, more than 3,600 arrests were made due to domestic violence.  More than 2,700 people were charged with simple assault, this number does not include those threatened and those who [...]

By | October 3rd, 2016|Infographics|0 Comments

What Is Healthcare Fraud?

Every year, there are millions of health insurance claims submitted in Florida to healthcare companies that try to make quality care a bit more affordable. Out of these millions of claims, a minor percentage of them tend to be fraudulent. If you have been charged with healthcare fraud in West Palm Beach, we have successfully [...]

By | September 27th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

What Are The Defenses For Theft in West Palm Beach, FL?

In West Palm Beach, a person commits theft when he or she knowingly uses or obtains, or endeavors to use or to obtain another person's property permanently or temporarily. Florida state laws differentiate between grand theft and petit theft. The type of theft is determined by the value of property. Property valued over $100,000 qualifies [...]

By | September 27th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments