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Domestic Violence in Palm Beach County

Florida law defines domestic violence as any assault (threat or attempt to do bodily harm), battery (intentional, unlawful touching or striking) sexual assault, sexual battery, stalking (repeated, willful and malicious pattern of harassing, or following), kidnapping, or false imprisonment or any criminal offense resulting in physical injury, or death of one “family or household” member by another who is, or was, residing in the same single dwelling unit. Domestic violence is a serious problem and it is getting worse every year. It is a common cause of injury. Victims may suffer physical injuries like bruises or broken bones – or worse. They may also suffer emotionally from depression, anxiety and social isolation. It is hard to know exactly how many domestic violence incidents there are in Palm Beach County because… […]

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Ten Tips For Hiring A Good Criminal Defense Lawyer

I hope you never have to use this list. But if you ever need a criminal defense attorney in Palm Beach County, this is a good guideline to follow. If you get charged with a crime, you are going to need a criminal lawyer. It’s as simple as that. 1) Where Do I Find a Criminal Defense Lawyer? Phone books or on-line directories may help but they take time and you don’t have a lot of time. Your best bet is a personal referral, whether it is from a friend, family member or business associate. Talk to the lawyer over the phone first. Ask about their level of experience and determine the hourly rate before you sign anything. 2) Does the Location of the Lawyer Matter? Yes. Even though technology… […]

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Assault and Battery in West Palm Beach

The West Palm Beach metropolitan area is the 13th most violent city in the country. There are many violent crimes committed in Palm Beach County and assault and battery are two of the most serious. Most people think “assault and battery” are the same offense but technically “assault” and “battery” are two distinct and separate crimes. Assault – An intentional, unlawful threat to cause bodily injury to another by force. An assault can be completed even if there is no actual contact with a plaintiff, and even if the defendant had no actual ability to carry out the threat. For example – a defendant who points a realistic toy gun at a plaintiff may be liable for assault – even if he was 20 feet away and had no ability… […]

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drug-crimes-in-palm-beach-county

Drugs are everywhere in Palm Beach County – from the seediest alleys in Riviera Beach to the fanciest homes in Boca Raton. In spite of the millions of dollars being spent on education, interdiction and incarceration, drugs are not going away. If you are a drug user, chances are you are going to get caught sooner or later. There is a mandatory minimum prison sentence of at least three years for many drug crimes in Florida. Here are some sobering statistics from Florida Department of Corrections: Drug offenders who have been sentenced to prison under the current minimum 85% of sentence served policy will, on average, serve a significantly longer period of time in prison than at any time over the past 25 years. The average prison sentence under this… […]

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What Does It Take to be a Criminal Defense Lawyer?

Criminal defense is not an easy job. There are over 6,000 lawyers in Palm Beach County and less than 1,000 of them specialize in criminal law. A criminal defense attorney is a unique breed of lawyer – unlike anyone else. I have been practicing criminal law for a while and there are many things I have learned over the years. You need a commanding knowledge of the law and you need to be able to apply it to each case. You need to argue each case convincingly. You have to read minds and you have to be able to persuade a judge or jury. You have to think fast on your feet and you need a reputation as a fighter and a man who will go to bat for you.… […]

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How to Handle a DUI in Palm Beach County

Getting charged with a DUI (Driving Under the Influence) is a serious offense and it could impact your life forever if you are convicted. Each year, states impose tougher DUI laws and more severe drunk driving penalties. Florida is no exception. This is what can happen to you for a first time DUI conviction in Florida: Jail – 6 Months Maximum – blood alcohol level (BAL) from .08 to less than .15 Jail – 9 Months Maximum – BAL above .15 Fine – From $500 to $1,000 – BAL from .08 to less than .15 Fine – From $1,000 to $2,000 – BAL above .15 or Minor in Vehicle License – Suspended from 180 Days to 1 Year Hardship Reinstatement – Complete DUI School Prior to Hardship Application Ignition Interlock… […]

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Andrew Stine – Criminal Defense Lawyer

Hi – my name is Andrew Stine. I have been practicing criminal law in West Palm Beach for over 10 years and I have a damn good track record. I am criminal defense lawyer, not an Internet blogger. So why am I doing this, you might ask. The Internet has become an important communication tool for many businesses and services – including criminal law. Blogging is a good way to share information about this practice and help educate people about my profession. That why I am going to take a little time before my day starts and write about the life of criminal defense attorney. Criminal defense is one of the toughest jobs in law. It is not just about breaking the law, it is about your reputation, your career… […]

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Constitutional Battle Between the First and Fourteenth Amendments

Constitutional Battle Between the First and Fourteenth Amendments

What Constitutional Right prevails, when the First Amendment of the United States Constitution and the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution collide? This question was recently answered by the Florida Appellate courts in Long v. State, -So.3d- , 2014 WL 5462459 Fla. App. 1st DCA 2014. Long was convicted of two counts of lewd and lascivious molestation and one count of sexual battery, by a person in familial or custodial authority. Long argued on appeal that because the trial judge allowed, over Long’s objection, burly men wearing jackets embroidered with “Bikers Against Child Abuse;” a freedom of expression guaranteed under the First Amendment, to be present near the courtroom and therefore in the presence of jurors, prior to the commencement of his trial, violated his Fourteenth Amendment Right to… […]

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