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Criminal Defense Law Is All About Changing Clients’ Lives Says West Palm Beach criminal defense lawyer

West Palm Beach criminal defense lawyer Andrew Stine is devoted to protecting the liberty of his clients, no matter the criminal charges or the situation they find themselves in. An allegation of a criminal act can impact a person life in many ways. The criminal defense attorney’s job is to focus on the client and preserve his or her liberty and freedoms, says West Palm Beach criminal defense attorney Andrew Stine, who spoke about his work and how he helped one client in particular charged with drunk driving in a recent Google+ hangout. Stine has been practicing criminal defense law since 2001 and opened his own office in 2003. Stine says, his job is the same in all of his cases. “It doesn’t matter what the person has been charged… […]

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Criminal Defense Attorney Outlines Why People Get Arrested in Palm Beach County

Certain violations are targeted by local law enforcement, but with the right criminal defense charges can be dismissed and the records expunged or sealed. In Palm Beach County, Florida citizens are most likely to get arrested for one of the following criminal matters: 1. Driving while license suspended, canceled or revoked; 2. Violation of a driver’s license restriction; 3. No valid or expired registration; 4. No valid driver’s license; 5. No proof of automobile insurance; 6. Resisting an officer without violence; 7. Trespass; retail theft; 8. open container; 9. Possession of marijuana; 10. Possession of drug paraphernalia; 11. Prostitution; 12. Solicitation of prostitution; 13. Battery 14. Petit theft and 15. DUI. Palm Beach County Clerk of Courts’ internal statistics shows that the above named criminal offenses comprise over 75% of… […]

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West Palm Beach Criminal Defense Attorney Brings Passion to the Job

Andrew D. Stine West Palm Beach Criminal Defense Attorney has a heartfelt passion for defending the rights of criminal defendants, due to his personal experience with the criminal justice system. Those facing criminal charges in South Florida, are not only dealing with law enforcement and the prosecutor’s office, but also with Florida’s punitive criminal statutes that emphasize imprisonment and punishment upon a conviction. West Palm Beach Criminal Defense Attorney, Andrew D. Stine, brings a drive and passion to defend those arrested. Stine discusses why he practices Criminal Defense Law and how he helps his clients in a recent Google+ Hangout. Stine has been defending the rights of criminal defendants since 2001, when he was hired out of law school by the Office of the Public Defenders in West Palm Beach.… […]

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Booked For Questioning or Being Under Arrest: Know Your Legal Rights

Being under arrest can be a frightening experience, but it’s not an experience all people identify immediately. An arrest is the act of depriving a person of his or her liberty usually in relation to the purported investigation or prevention of crime and presenting (the arrestee) to a procedure as part of the criminal justice system. Arrest, when used in its ordinary and natural sense, means the apprehension of a person or the deprivation of a person’s liberty. The question whether the person is under arrest or not depends not on the legality of the arrest, but on whether the person has been deprived of personal liberty of movement. When used in the legal sense in the procedure connected with criminal offenses, an arrest consists in the taking into custody… […]

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Wrongfully Convicted Cases, Statistics and Criminal Defense Lawyer Experience

Wrongfully Convicted Cases, Statistics and Criminal Defense Lawyer Experience

Wrongful Conviction A miscarriage of justice primarily is the conviction and punishment of a person for a crime they did not commit. The term can also apply to errors in the other direction—”errors of impunity” and to civil cases. Most criminal justice systems have some means to overturn, or “quash”, a wrongful conviction, but this is often difficult to achieve. The most serious instances occur when a wrongful conviction is not overturned for several years, or until after the innocent person has been executed or died in jail. “Miscarriage of justice” is sometimes synonymous with wrongful conviction, referring to a conviction reached in an unfair or disputed trial. Wrongful convictions are frequently cited by death penalty opponents as cause to eliminate death penalties to avoid executing innocent persons. In recent… […]

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Florida Sentencing

While many criminal defense attorneys and criminal defendants do not like to think about the “sentencing” proceeding, sentencing is a critical stage of the criminal proceeding. Inevitably in many criminal cases, there will come a time when the accused will be sentenced either after trial or during negotiations of a negotiated plea agreement with the Assistant State Attorney prosecuting the criminal file. How a criminal defendant is prepared for his or her sentencing can make the difference between probation and incarceration or between a withhold of adjudication and being a convicted felon for the remainder of one’s life. Prepare for the worst, so the best outcome may be pronounced by the sitting judge, as your liberty depends on it-Andrew D. Stine. Sentencing in Florida is a critical stage in the… […]

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Hire An Appellate Attorney To Review Your Case

Hire An Appellate Attorney To Review Your Case

If you lose your criminal case and disagree with the decision, you always have a right to appeal it.  That means that you would have to present your case to another court, one that is it 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 (even if it was an appeal from District Court), you may appeal to the Court of Appeals. The Court of Appeals is the highest court in the State. It hears cases almost exclusively by way of certiorari, a process which gives the court discretion to decide which cases to hear. However, the Court of Appeals is mandated by law to hear cases… […]

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Can a Felony Charge Be Reduced To a Misdemeanor?

There are a variety of crimes committed by individuals on a daily basis. Some crimes, such as murder or kidnapping, are considered serious crimes; other crimes, such as speeding or trespassing, are not. All crimes by definition violate a law and the punishments that are imposed on a criminal are based on the type of crime committed. The punishment is usually based on the seriousness of the crime. States may differ as to the classification of any particular crime. A crime committed in one state may be classified differently than if it was committed in another state. Florida Crime Classification In criminal law, there are two main crime categories: 1.      Felonies 2.      Misdemeanors A misdemeanor is considered a lesser offense against the state. These crimes tend to entail a penalty… […]

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DUI Consequences in Florida

DUI Consequences in Florida

If you drink alcohol and drive you dramatically increase your chance of being in a crash. In addition, if you are pulled over and the officer asks you to take a blood, urine or breath test you are required to comply. Florida has the “Implied Consent Law”. Implied consent is consent which is not expressly granted by a person, but rather inferred from a person’s actions and the facts. The term is most commonly encountered in the context of US drunk driving laws. When you sign your drivers license you have agreed to take these tests upon request. Refusal to take any of the tests will result in an immediate suspension for one year. A second refusal will result in an 18 month suspension. In the state of Florida, a… […]

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Criminal Defense Attorney To Defend Your Freedom

Criminal Defense Attorney To Defend Your Freedom

The principle of freedom which Americans highly prize is demonstrated in this nation’s commitment to the presumption of innocence in a criminal trial. In many other nations, the accused is presumed guilty until he proves his innocence or the government inadequately proves its case. Yet in the United States of America, the presumption of innocence requires the prosecution to prove its case against the defendant beyond a reasonable doubt before he would be pronounced guilty. Under the U.S. Constitution, everyone accused of a crime has the right to a lawyer’s defense. It is criminal lawyers who represent defendants in and out of court. They make several attempts to settle the case outside of court but occasionally, they must go to trial. Criminal lawyers, also known as criminal defense lawyers and… […]

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