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Palm Beach Defense Lawyer: State Offers No Love to 18 Year Old Who Played Doctor

The Office of the State Attorney wants Malachi Love Robinson to accept a plea bargain that would put him in jail for three years for operating his clinic. Andrew D. Stine, West Palm Beach criminal defense attorney reports that Malachi Love Robinson, the 18 year old who “played doctor,” according to the Office of the State Attorney in and for Palm Beach County Florida has again been the center of many national news sources. Malachi Love Robinson, also known as Dr. Love, was in court this week and the assistant state attorney announced that the State of Florida is requesting that Dr. Love plead guilty in exchange for 3 years in the Florida Department of Corrections with 5 years of probation to follow the prison sentence. The State believes they… […]

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I Have a Warrant in Palm Beach County, Florida what should I do?

I Have a Warrant in Palm Beach County, Florida what should I do?

In the criminal justice system, a warrant for your arrest can be caused by several different factors. The leading factor for why a warrant appears for your arrest in Palm Beach County, Florida is that you missed a scheduled court date which is called an FTA or failure to appear. Failure to appear is the leading cause of all warrants being issued in Palm Beach County, FL. Missing a court date will likely have the judge issue a warrant or a capias for your arrest. Many times after being arrested for a criminal traffic citation, like dui or for a misdemeanor crime, like possession of marijuana, a “notice to appear” or an “NTA” will be provided to you. The “NTA” is an informal arrest that provides you with a court… […]

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Florida’s Bail and Pre-Trail Release Process

In Florida, most criminal defendants or those accused of a crime have a right to bail or pre-trial release as matter of law. See Florida General Statute 893. Those accused of crimes in Florida that do not have a right to bail or pre-trial release are those individuals facing crimes punishable by death or life imprisonment or those defendants that the state seeks to file a motion for pretrial detention. Overall, the vast majority of criminal defendants in Florida are released on bail or pre-trial release after being arrested. The conditions of the pretrial release or bail can differ greatly from accused to accused. The First Appearance Judge is the one who sets the conditions of bail or pretrial release for those facing criminal charges in Florida. The first purpose… […]

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How Bail Is Set In Criminal Cases

How Bail Is Set In Criminal Cases

Posting Bond In most cases, you are entitled to a reasonable bond set by the court. Generally, this requires that you post a bond with the court. A bond is a binding agreement to pay money to the court in the event that you do not appear for your scheduled court dates. A bond is intended to ensure your appearance in the case. Your bond may either be a cash bond in smaller cases, or a surety bond in larger cases. To post a surety bond, you will need the assistance of a bondsman who will file a bond with the court on your behalf, guaranteeing your appearance at all scheduled court dates. The bond is a conditional release, therefore, if you are arrested for subsequent offenses while you are… […]

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Federal Conviction, Criminal Records and Expungement

Federal Conviction, Criminal Records and Expungement

Depending on a state, a job applicant may not have to reveal any or some types of potentially damaging information, such as arrests not resulting in convictions or convictions for minor matters. Some states have procedures to judicially “erase” a criminal record. A criminal defense attorney can help determine whether you may be eligible to get a conviction sealed, expunged or otherwise legally minimized. Criminal records are technically public records, which means that anyone can access them. Public records are those records which are available for public inspection. These records are often offered for free to the public for review at the location where they are stored. In other cases, they may be available for a small fee. Public records are often named according to where they are kept, or… […]

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Refusing A Breathalyzer Test During DUI Stop

Refusing A Breathalyzer Test During DUI Stop

In every state, refusing to take a breathalyzer is allowed, but it’s also grounds for punishment. That’s because of “implied consent” laws (source). All states have adopted this law in some form and with varying penalties. In essence, the law forces drivers to consent to all field sobriety and chemical tests as a condition to being given a driver’s license. There’s no way to get around it. If you want to be a licensed driver, you have to consent. The penalties for refusing differ across the country. Typically though, drivers can be fined around $500 and/or even jailed. In most states, refusal results in an automatic license suspension for generally about six months. But the fun doesn’t end there. As with most crimes, the punishment tends to create a ripple… […]

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