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Family Law – Moving Out-of-State With a Child

Family Law – Moving Out-of-State With a Child

The right of a parent to move out-of-state with a child is an area of family law where many states are divided. Previously, states would automatically allow the custodial parent to move wherever he or she wanted to. In recent years, some states have placed restrictions on the right of the custodial parent to move with the child. These states have a strong policy in favor of preserving continuity in the relationship between the child and non-custodial parent. Florida’s policy lies somewhere in the middle but they did change their law about child relocation in 2006. New Florida Custodial Relocation Statute The new Florida law requires that a custodial parent provide written notice to the non-custodial parent of intent to relocate, signed under oath and under penalty of perjury. This… […]

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The Florida Death Penalty

The Florida Death Penalty

The death penalty, or capital punishment, is the killing of a person as punishment for society’s most serious crimes. The word ‘capital’ comes from the Latin ‘capitalis’ which means ‘regarding the head.’ Therefore, a capital crime was originally punished by severing the head. Capital punishment is legal in Florida. Florida was the first state to reintroduce the death penalty after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Furman vs.State of Georgia in 1976. Since then, 69 people have been executed at the Florida State Prison in Starke. Before 1972, murder was not the only capital crime in Florida. People were also executed for rape and, in earlier years, for helping runaway slaves. Now, capital felonies in Florida are restricted to murder. Types of Capital Murder Felonies in Florida 1) Capital Murder –… […]

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Cat Killer Case Goes to Trial in Palm Beach County, Florida

A former teacher who is accused of leaving her two cats in her apartment for over a month without food or water is in Palm Beach County court this week. The Boca Raton Woman said she didn’t have time to feed her animals and didn’t check them for over a month, according to police. Jury selection in the Alison Dinsmore felony animal cruelty trial began Monday and closing arguments are today. Alison Dinsmore was a teacher at Congress Middle School in Boynton Beach when she was arrested in April 2009. Prosecutors argue that the cats died an extraordinarily cruel death, clawing in cabinets for food and searching for water. Photographs taken at the scene show one cat’s body sprawled inside a kitchen cabinet and the other under a dresser. Police… […]

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Illegal Immigrant Crimes in Lake Worth and West Palm Beach, Florida

Illegal Immigrant Crimes in Lake Worth and West Palm Beach, Florida

Illegal immigration is the movement of people across a national border that violates the immigration laws of the country. Illegal immigrants are also known as illegal aliens or “non-citizens” to differentiate them from legal aliens. Between 12 and 20 million illegal immigrants are estimated to be living in the United States. There are between 2 and 3 million illegal immigrants in Florida. What Happens When An Immigrant Is Arrested in Palm Beach County For many minor crimes, especially involving juveniles, an individual may be not arrested and only a small percent of those arrested are brought to the courts for trial. More serious crimes like drugs, DUI, assault, theft, animal cruelty and weapons charges can result in multiple criminal charges if you reside in the United States illegally. The consequences… […]

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Family Law in Palm Beach County – Child Custody

Family Law in Palm Beach County – Child Custody

Child custody or child guardianship are the legal terms that describe the relationship between a parent and his or her child, the right of the parent to make decisions for the child and the parent’s duty to take care of the child. There isn’t a more sensitive, emotional or acrimonious area of family law than this. Family law proceedings that involve residence and contact of children often cause bitter disputes. Some parents cooperate when it comes to sharing their children and resort to mediation to settle a dispute, but other cases pit one parent against another. There are mutual accusations including sexual, physical, and emotional abuse, brain washing, sabotage and manipulation. The 15th Circuit  Family Court in Palm Beach County is busy with child custody hearings every day. The outcome… […]

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Did You Break the Law on Spring Break?

Did You Break the Law on Spring Break?

Spring break is here. After one of the coldest winters on record, thousands of people are heading south to Palm Beach County next week for some much-needed R & R. That means sun, surf, beach, golf, tennis, parties and nightclubs. It can also mean flashing lights, handcuffs, jail and bail – if you get arrested. Have you ever heard of the old saying, “Come to Florida on vacation and leave on probation?” Unfortunately, it is true for many out-of-staters. The most common crimes during spring break in Palm Beach County are: DUI, drunk & disorderly conduct, drug possession, shoplifting, theft, assault, weapons offenses and solicitation of prostitution. If you are charged with a misdemeanor DUI, you will go to the Palm Beach County Jail for the night and be required… […]

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Marijuana Grow Houses in Palm Beach County

Marijuana Grow Houses in Palm Beach County

A grow house is a home, warehouse or garage that is used for the production of marijuana and is usually located in a suburban residential neighborhood. The houses are typically outfitted with sophisticated hydroponic equipment to provide water, food and light for the plants. Hydroponics is a method of growing plants in water without soil. The houses themselves are kept in good condition so that they blend in with the neighborhood. Illegal electrical hookups are a common feature of grow houses. They save money and make it harder for authorities to identify them due to a spike in electrical usage. Florida – Grow House, U.S.A. Indoor marijuana manufacturing is on the rise in Florida. The state is second behind California in the burgeoning business. Palm Beach County ranks right behind… […]

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Sex Crimes in Palm Beach County

Sex Crimes in Palm Beach County

What is a sex crime? It is defined in different ways depending on jurisdiction and state. Different types of sex crimes in Palm Beach County include non-consensual, forced physical sexual behavior like rape or sexual assault, psychological forms of abuse like sexual harassment, stalking, human trafficking and indecent exposure, and the use of a position of trust for sexual purposes like pedophilia, pederasty, sexual assault and incest. It is a major area of crime in Palm Beach County and the category is growing each year. Computer-based sex crimes have been a primary reason for the increase in these charges. These particular sex crimes include child pornography, obscene material, dissemination and on-line solicitation. There are many instances – however – when innocent people are wrongly accused of sex crimes. Simply being… […]

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Why You Need a Good Palm Beach County Criminal Attorney By Your Side

Why You Need a Good Palm Beach County Criminal Attorney By Your Side

This is what happens when you get arrested. First – you are sent to Palm Beach County Jail on Gun Club Road and you stay there until a bond can be set. Depending on the severity of the crime, your bond can be set automatically or you will have the right to appear before a judge within approximately 72 hours. Posting Bond You are entitled to a reasonable bond set by the court depending on the charge. A (bail) bond is a binding agreement to pay money to the court in the event you do not show up for court. It may either be a cash bond in smaller cases, or a surety bond if it is a serious charge. A surety bond is an alternative to cash bail. If… […]

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Palm Beach, Florida – What Happens When The Rich Get Arrested

Palm Beach, Florida – What Happens When The Rich Get Arrested

There is rich. There is super rich. Then there is Palm Beach. Palm Beach, Florida is a world unlike anywhere else – an ultra-exclusive island awash with spectacular estates and fabulously manicured lawns. It is a place where new money and old money play all day and party all night long. There are a few towns in America that are wealthier than Palm Beach but there is no town with more history or snob appeal. Even the rich get into trouble now and then. So what happens when a Palm Beacher gets arrested? They don’t retain a gentleman attorney from their country club. They go across Royal Park Bridge and hire an aggressive street fighter from West Palm Beach. Getting Arrested in Palm Beach Bail, of course, is a non-issue… […]

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