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Contact Criminal Defense Attorney Immediately After Your Arrest

Contact Criminal Defense Attorney Immediately After Your Arrest

If you have been arrested and charged with any criminal offense, from a traffic violation to federal drug charges, an early intervention is the best defense strategy in any criminal case. In criminal law, state or federal governments bring legal action against someone for violating legal rules or laws. The U.S Constitution guarantees that “no person be deprived of life, liberty or the pursuit of happiness without due process of law.” In addition, the constitution mandates that the accused only be found guilty if the prosecution proves the case beyond and to the exclusion of every reasonable doubt to every element of the crime. Part of due process of law, involves the right to criminal defense. Under the Fourth Amendment of the US Constitution, as interpreted by the Supreme Court… […]

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Criminal Charges And Their Impact

Criminal Charges And Their Impact

A criminal conviction can have a very serious impact on your life, affecting your professional status, personal relationships, financial situation, and any future opportunities. A conviction can be especially serious if you are a professional, who must possess a licensed to legally practice your profession, within your state. Even a criminal charge without a conviction can have a negative impact on your career, possibly resulting in suspension or even revocation of your professional license. Criminal charges and wrongs are typically classified as infractions, misdemeanors or felonies depending on the severity of the wrong.  The more serious the charges, the more serious the punishment usually is as well.  Crimes against moral turpitude are also very viewed as sanction able against your professional license. Infractions  Infractions are violations of law or ordinances that are typically… […]

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Legal Guide For First Time Offenders in Florida

Legal Guide For First Time Offenders in Florida

As the name implies, a first offender is a person who is convicted of a crime for the first time. Both adults and juveniles can be first time offenders. Punishment always depends on the type of crime committed. Sentencing guidelines are often more lenient for people who committed crimes for the first time. Hiring a Criminal Defense Attorney with years of experience can make the difference as to whether you will have a criminal record or not. So, in Palm Beach County, Martin County, Okeechobee County, St. Lucie County and all of South Florida, if you have been arrested and are a first time offender get legal advice from Criminal Defense Lawyer Andrew D. Stine and help position yourself for a clean record. To meet the condition of a 1st… […]

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Representing Yourself Or Hiring A Criminal Defense Attorney

Representing Yourself Or Hiring A Criminal Defense Attorney

“In propria persona, pro se = Latin; in one’s own person, on one’s own behalf. “ Being arrested for a crime cannot be taken lightly. Even though people have a right to represent themselves in court, choosing to do so is rarely advisable.  There are certain requirements that a person must meet in order to represent himself or herself. He who represents himself as his lawyer has a fool for a client. Never navigate the waters by yourself; have an experienced captain at the helm. 1. You will be faced with a qualified and competent Assistant State Attorney, the prosecutor, who will challenge you in court and not spare you. The Assistant State Attorney may choose to be especially ruthless as winning is everything in the courtroom and the smell… […]

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Stand Your Ground Laws in Florida

Stand Your Ground Laws in Florida

Like any Friday night in Florida, two friends are leaving a restaurant after a meal and a few drinks. Words are exchanged in the parking lot between your friend and some hot head. The hot head is pumped up; and likely on roids. Yes, he is juiced. Not to be deterred by the blonde muscle head, your friend says something back, one thing leads to another and a fight breaks out. Well, as luck would have it, your friend is on the losing end of the fist fight. The big muscle head guy is using your friend like a punching bag and doing burpees with him. Your friend is being viciously attached at this point, and you, his female date, are looking on in horror. To make matters worse, some… […]

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Federal and State Court System Proceedings

Federal and State Court System Proceedings

The Judicial Branch has two court systems: federal and state. While each hears certain types of cases, neither is completely independent of the other. The two systems often interact and share the goal of fairly handling legal issues. The federal court system deals with legal issues expressly or implicitly granted to it by the US Constitution. The state court systems deal with their respective state constitutions and the legal issues that the U.S. Constitution did not give to the federal government or explicitly deny to the states. When Federal Law Prevails When a state and federal law explicitly conflict, it is the federal law that prevails. This happens when a state law expressly permits an action that the federal law expressly forbids. For example, if a federal law prohibits the… […]

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Consult With Attorney To Understand The Nature Of Your Criminal Charges

Consult With Attorney To Understand The Nature Of Your Criminal Charges

Few people understand the criminal justice process. Our criminal justice system can be overwhelming and frightening. The incarceration rate in the United States is much higher than that of other industrialized countries. Prison sentences are getting longer and more frequent. If you face the possibility of being accused of a crime, contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer as early in the process as possible, preferably even before questioning or investigation by the police. A skilled attorney can fight for your legal and constitutional rights. Police Stops You may be stopped for questioning by the police. A stop isn’t considered an arrest if you’re briefly detained and not moved to a different location. Maintain your legal rights when stopped by the police: Remain calm and polite. Keep your hands in view… […]

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Criminal Attorney Experience With Appeals

Criminal Attorney Experience With Appeals

If you lose your case and disagree with the decision, you always have a right to appeal it if you proceeded through a jury trial.  That means that you would have to present your case to another court, one that is it at a “higher” level and has the authority to hear your case.  If you lost your case in District Court, you may appeal to Circuit Court.  If your case was in Circuit Court you may appeal to the Court of Appeals. An appeal is a review of the trial court’s application of the law. There is no jury in an appeal, nor do the lawyers present witnesses or, typically, other forms of evidence. The court will accept the facts as they were revealed in the trial court, unless… […]

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Your Criminal Charges Can Be Reduced With Experienced Attorney Present

Your Criminal Charges Can Be Reduced With Experienced Attorney Present

When facing criminal charges your rights, freedom, reputation, and future are all threatened. Suddenly, the things you used to take for granted, such as financial stability, the eligibility for future employment opportunities, and basic civil rights like the right to vote, become endangered privileges you are actively aware of. The legal system, which before seemed very black and white, is now full of grey areas that you don’t understand. The good news is that you do have one right as an American citizen to help you through all this – the right to an attorney. A criminal conviction of any type will have life altering implication and for many offenders, the complications are experienced immediately when facing a sentence on a criminal charge. Hiring an experienced criminal defense attorney at… […]

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Criminal Records Information Guide

Criminal Records Information Guide

A criminal record (rap sheet) is a document listing person’s history with law enforcement and legal system. Criminal record information can vary depending on a person’s age. Juvenile criminal records are usually sealed, meaning that they can only be accessed in special situations. It is also possible for adults to seal all or part of their records by request. In other cases, however, a criminal record is public information and anyone can access it by filing a records request and usually paying a small fee to compensate clerks for pulling the record and providing a copy. Depending on a state, an applicant may not have to reveal any or some type of potentially damaging information ash as arrests not resulting in conviction or convictions of minor matters. Your criminal defense… […]

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