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Understanding Restitution In Florida

Restitution is the payment made by a convicted criminal to the victim or victims of his or her crime. Judges in the state of Florida may require a restitution payment as part of the sentence for a crime if the victim or victims of the crime were damaged financially. Someone who sprays graffiti on the [...]

By | September 18th, 2017|Criminal Defense|0 Comments

How Does A Plea Bargain Work?

If you have been charged with a crime in Palm Beach County or elsewhere in South Florida, and if the state's evidence against you is weak, you may choose to fight the charge aggressively, take the case to a trial, and hope that the jury returns a "not guilty" verdict. However, if you make that [...]

By | August 22nd, 2017|Criminal Defense|0 Comments

What Is Family Drug Court?

Family drug courts aim at successfully reuniting families where one or both parents have substance abuse issues. The first family drug court was established in Reno, Nevada, in 1995. Today, more than three hundred family drug court programs are in operation across the United States. Family drug courts operate much like the more well-known adult [...]

By | July 21st, 2017|Criminal Defense|0 Comments

Drug Charge In Palm Beach County? Drug Court Might Be An Option

According to the National Institute of Justice, more than three thousand drug courts are currently operating in the United States. Drug courts are specialized court programs that target criminal defendants and offenders, juvenile offenders, and sometimes parents involved in child welfare cases who have alcohol and/or other drug dependency problems. Although drug courts vary, they [...]

By | June 22nd, 2017|Criminal Defense|0 Comments

Have A Warrant In Palm Beach County? Here’s What You Should Do

Law enforcement officers in Florida can arrest a person without an arrest warrant if that person commits a crime that a police officer personally observes. Arrests for driving under the influence, for example, are the most common type of unwarranted arrests. But if a person is merely suspected of committing a crime, and when the [...]

By | May 22nd, 2017|Criminal Defense|0 Comments

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