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West Palm Beach Criminal Defense Attorney Explains Florida Concealed Weapons Law

Criminal defense lawyer Andrew Stine clarifies Florida concealed weapons laws and describes when carrying a concealed firearm is illegal. In Florida, the estimated number of firearms is well over 16 million. Guns are a way of life for many Floridians, says West Palm Beach criminal defense attorney Andrew Stine. Firearm ownership has been on a sharp increase over the past 7 years, not only in Florida but throughout America. So what does Florida law say about carrying a concealed firearm? Under section 790.01(2), Florida Statutes, the law provides that “a person who carries a concealed firearm (without a concealed firearms permit) on or about his or her person commits a felony of the third degree.” Under Florida law, a “concealed firearm” is defined as “any firearm . . . which… […]

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Florida Passes Law to Save Kids and Pets in Cars, Says Palm Beach Defense Lawyer

Criminal defense attorney Andrew Stine reports on a law passed by the Florida Legislature protecting citizens who break into locked cars to save kids and pets. The Florida Legislature passed a new law that allows Good Samaritans to forcefully enter any unattended motor vehicle without civil liability, if they reasonably believe the vehicle is locked and any vulnerable person or any domestic animal is in danger, reports West Palm Beach criminal defense attorney Andrew Stine. Under this new Florida law, the “vulnerable person” definition is tied to the same meaning in Florida General Statue 435.02. Under Fla. Gen. Stat. 435.02 “vulnerable person” basically means a “minor child.” Domestic animal under the new statute is defined as any animal that may be kept as a household pet, but does not include… […]

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Palm Beach Domestic Violence Lawyer: Responding Sheriffs Are There to Make an Arrest

When law enforcement arrives after a 911 domestic violence call, it’s not to act as marriage counselors or therapists. They are there to take someone to jail. In Palm Beach County, FL when a domestic disturbance is called into law enforcement officials through the 911 system or through the non-emergency number, police must respond, says Palm Beach domestic violence lawyer Andrew D. Stine. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is not responding to the domestic violence call in order to be a marriage counselor or family therapist. The deputy sheriff is responding to the domestic violence call to take someone to jail; and if children are present in the home, DCF will be notified by the responding officer. Palm Beach County has a “must arrest” policy on all domestic battery… […]

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Palm Beach Defense Attorney to Defend 18-Year Old Charged With Posing as Doctor

Criminal defense attorney Andrew Stine explains Florida law about who can and cannot legally open a medical clinic in the state. West Palm Beach criminal defense attorney Andrew D. Stine is defending Malachi Love-Robinson, the 18 year old criminally charged with posing as a doctor. The full story will be told at trial, but in order to appreciate what is happening now, in this Palm Beach County criminal case that has captured national attention, you must first understand Florida law, as it applies to “who can open a clinic or a doctor’s office” in the State of Florida, and what a medical doctor does under his or her license. In Florida, there is “No requirement” that the clinic, doctor’s office or other medical facility be owned and incorporated by a… […]

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Andrew D. Stine Talks About His Client – Malachi A. Love-Robinson

Teen Who Allegedly Posed As a Doctor Says His Intentions Were Pure Did an 18-year old West Palm Beach resident practice medicine without a license? That’s the question we plan to discuss today with Andrew D. Stine, the defense attorney defending the young man accused. West Palm Beach criminal defense attorney Andrew Stine about what Florida law states with regard to owning a medical clinic and practicing medicine in the state of Florida. Read more

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Criminal Defense Attorney Explains How to Reduce a Florida Criminal Sentence

Those arrested need honest advice from an experienced criminal defense lawyer to try to obtain the lightest sentence, says West Palm Beach attorney Andrew Stine Many of those facing criminal charges in Florida face the possibility of spending time in prison, possibly many years depending on the alleged crime. West Palm Beach criminal defense attorney Andrew Stine in a Google+ Hangout says that there are different ways to address that possibility but no matter the situation, he says one thing remains the same, his honesty with his client. Whether a client wants to discuss a possible plea bargain or try to convince a judge to deviate from the sentencing guidelines, his approach is the same. “The most important thing is to be truthful with the client.” “I’m not a magician.… […]

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Palm Beach Drug Defense Lawyer: The State Will do Anything to Get a Conviction

Palm Beach County enforcement officers often use questionable tactics that are supported by prosecutors says West Palm Beach defense attorney Andrew Stine. Arrests for drug possession, sale of drugs, manufacturing of drugs, or trafficking in illegal substances has always been at the forefront of those in the law enforcement communities throughout Palm Beach County, FL. The “drug epidemic” has been at the tip of the spear for local and state officials in Florida for decades. Palm Beach County, and little cities like Delray Beach, FL have become known as the “drug recovery” capital of America. Those same locations in Florida have always been synonymous with titles like “cocaine cowboy” and the “pill mill” capital of America. The driving factors for illegal drug use vary from economic pressures to peer pressures.… […]

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“Can I Get My Time Reduced?” is Often Asked of Criminal Defense Lawyers

West Palm Beach criminal defense attorney Andrew Stine answers the question for his clients with an eye to a bridge to a better life. As a criminal defense lawyer, I am often asked questions by my clients, about getting their “time” reduced if they take responsibility for their actions. The conversation many times comes up after the accused is confronted with evidence that shows they likely committed the crime but not always. Believe it or not, many times those accused of criminal offenses are sorrowful for their actions and want to make amends for their wicked ways with the coercion of inculpatory evidence. When these heart to heart conversations take place between a criminal defense attorney and the accused a path to hopefully a better life is being bridged. In… […]

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Palm Beach Criminal Defense Attorney: Backpage.com Can Put You on the Front Page

Backpage.com leads to a rise in arrests for solicitation of prostitution in Palm Beach County, FL. Backpage.com is a website that caters to prostitution, escorts, unlawful massages and other acts that lead to criminal arrests for many people throughout Palm Beach County, FL, reports Palm Beach criminal defense attorney Andrew D. Stine. The website Backpage.com is also notorious for undercover law enforcement officials, who also troll the pages to set up those who want to engage in illegal activity like solicitation of prostitution. Yes, law enforcement officers set up fake Backpage.com pages to lure unsuspecting men and bust them for wanting to pay for sex. The undercover officers place ads on Backpage.com offering themselves for sex acts in exchange for money. The citizen telephones the number provided on the advertisement… […]

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Palm Beach County Defense Lawyer: Local Traffic Stops Are Often Based on Race

Palm Beach County has seen growing disparity between pulling over blacks and whites in traffic stops, reports criminal defense attorney Andrew Stine. The real motive for officers pulling over motorists throughout Palm Beach County, Fla. for not wearing their seat belts has nothing to do with the officers looking out for motorist safety. But the stop by the officers has everything to do with what other crimes they can manufacture after the stop has taken place, says criminal lawyer Andrew Stine. Recently, the American Civil Liberties Union issued a report that calls on the Florida Attorney General’s Office and the Palm Beach County Commissioners to take action because of the alarming rate at which black residents of Palm Beach County, Fla. are stopped by law enforcement officers for not wearing… […]

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