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Your Consultation with a Criminal Defense Attorney

Your Consultation with a Criminal Defense Attorney

If you are accused of a crime, your freedom, your family, your reputation, your immigration status, and your job may be at stake. The outcome you receive in the criminal justice system depends upon the experience and knowledge of the defense attorney you choose to represent you. Before you can hire a criminal defense attorney to represent your case, you must interview them to decide whether they’re right for you. In this blog, we will cover some important questions and suggestions to help you find and hire a criminal lawyer in your area. Finding a Criminal Defense Attorney With Experience With hundreds of criminal statutes in local, state, and federal or regional law, choosing the best criminal defense lawyer may be a matter of finding an attorney with considerable experience… […]

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Florida DUI, Refusing To Submit To a Breath Test

Florida DUI, Refusing To Submit To a Breath Test

Sobriety checkpoint in Miramar planned Friday A sobriety checkpoint will be in effect from 9 p.m. Friday through 3 a.m. Saturday for motorists traveling along the 3600 block of South University Drive in Miramar. Police officers from Miramar, Pembroke Pines, Davie and Hollywood, as well as deputies from the Broward Sheriff’s Office, will be watching for drivers who are operating their vehicles while under the influence of drugs or alcohol and will enforce other traffic-related offenses. Source. Sobriety checkpoints are predetermined locations, on roads, where police officers can halt motor vehicles and observe drivers for signs of intoxication. The purpose of these roadblocks is to discourage people from driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. A driver that is stopped may be asked to perform a field sobriety test,… […]

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Marijuana Arrests in Palm Beach County

Marijuana Arrests in Palm Beach County

In Palm Beach County, blacks per capita are arrested for marijuana possession nearly five times the rate of whites, according to a recent survey by the ACLU (source). Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw and West Palm Beach NAACP President Lia Gaines have markedly different responses. Bradshaw, whose deputies patrol an area that includes half the county population, had an adamant retort to anyone who says they are targeting blacks. “We don’t care if the person is white, black, yellow or green,” Bradshaw said. “We arrest the people who commit the crimes.” But Gaines says the numbers tell a different story. “These numbers should provoke him to do a review,” she says. “He says they are not targeting blacks, but then he should find out why this happens. This is… […]

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Jury Selection Process In Criminal Cases

In jury selection many methods used to choose the people who will serve on a trial jury. The jury pool, also known as the venire, is first selected from among the community using a reasonably random method. Jury lists are compiled from voter registrations and driver license/state ID renewals. From those lists, summonses are mailed. A panel of jurors is then assigned to a courtroom. The prospective jurors are randomly selected to sit in the jury box, then are questioned in court by the judge and/or attorneys. Depending on the jurisdiction, attorneys may have an opportunity to mount a challenge for cause argument or use one of a limited number of peremptory challenges. When one is selected to serve on a jury for a criminal trial, that person is given… […]

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Marijuana Laws, Legalization of Marijuana and Marijuana Criminal Charges

Marijuana Laws, Legalization of Marijuana and Marijuana Criminal Charges

The summit meeting of Western Hemisphere foreign ministers on legalizing marijuana took place last week and the ending revealed how rocky that path would be — and how many nations remained reluctant to join it. The frustration with current drug policy — with its high costs, death tolls in the tens of thousands across the Americas and persistent heavy flow of narcotics — is very real. Consensus on what to do about it, however, is much harder to come by. Diplomats here even tussled behind the scenes on how to follow up on the report and how further talks should be conducted. The focus on the crack in the door for legalization has obscured the fact that several countries in the thick of the problem, and not just the United… […]

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Can I Clear My Criminal Record

Can I Clear My Criminal Record

If you are accused of a crime, your freedom, your family, your reputation, your immigration status, and your job may be at stake. A national background check is an investigation into a person’s identity and past. Unlike local background checks, the national background check focuses on investigating details of a person’s life throughout an entire country. Many employers perform national background checks on potential employees, especially those who will have to handle money or sensitive information. Some employers also perform national background checks on employees who have close, personal contact with people on a daily basis. If you have been charged with criminal violations in the past, the record of those charges may affect your ability to get work, housing, public benefits, financial aid for education, to drive or to… […]

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Criminal Defense Attorneys Protect Your Rights

Criminal Defense Attorneys Protect Your Rights

If you’ve been charged with a crime, you’ll want to get an experience criminal defense attorney on your side as soon as possible. The legal representation you choose can make a difference between jail time and your freedom. While certain offenses are certainly more serious than others, even minor convictions can take a toll on your financial well being, your reputation in the community, your family life, and your ability to find and keep employment. Misdemeanors, which are lesser crimes, might only entail a fine or a brief jail sentence, but felonies, which are more serious crimes, can lead to long prison terms. This is why it is so important to have someone knowledgeable about the law argue on your behalf. Criminal law is a complex body of state and… […]

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Florida Mortgage Fraud Cases

Florida Mortgage Fraud Cases

Mortgage fraud schemes employ some type of material misstatement, misrepresentation, or omission relating to a real estate transaction which is relied on by one or more parties to the transaction. These schemes include: Foreclosure rescue schemes Loan modification schemes Illegal property flipping Builder bailout/condo conversion Equity skimming Silent second Home equity conversion mortgage Commercial real estate loans Air loans There are two types of Mortgage Fraud Fraud for Property Fraud for Profit Fraud for Property, also known as Fraud for Housing, usually involves the borrower as the perpetrator on a single loan. The borrower makes a few misrepresentations, usually regarding income, personal debt, and property value, or there are down payment problems. The borrower wants the property and intends to repay the loan. Sometimes industry professionals are involved in coaching… […]

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DUI Homicide and DUI Manslaughter Case in Palm Beach County

DUI Homicide and DUI Manslaughter Case in Palm Beach County

DUI Homicide and DUI Manslaughter does not mean decades in jail if the case is properly postured by an experienced Criminal Defense Attorney. Criminal Defense Attorney, Andrew D. Stine, was able to secure a plea and acceptance of the plea agreement, by the Circuit Court Judge, on May 21, 2013 of: One (1) Year in the Palm Beach County Jail; followed by Two (2) Years of House Arrest; and Five (5) Years of Probation; for his client who pled guilty in a DUI Manslaughter and DUI Homicide case in Palm Beach County, Florida. In case number 2012 CF 005417AXXXMB the driver of the vehicle, represented by West Palm Beach Criminal Defense Attorney Stine, was under the influence of alcoholic beverages with a blood alcohol level greater than .08, when he… […]

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Criminal Charges For Money Laundering

Criminal Charges For Money Laundering

It was a brazen bank heist, but a 21st-century version in which the criminals never wore ski masks, threatened a teller or set foot in a vault. Elvis Rafael Rodriguez and Emir Yasser Yeje, two of those charged in Brooklyn on Thursday, posed in March with approximately $40,000 in cash that the authorities say they were laundering. In New York City alone, the thieves responsible for A.T.M. withdrawals struck 2,904 machines over 10 hours starting on Feb. 19, withdrawing $2.4 million. The operation included sophisticated computer experts operating in the shadowy world of Internet hacking, manipulating financial information with the stroke of a few keys, as well as common street criminals, who used that information to loot the automated teller machines. On Thursday, federal prosecutors in Brooklyn unsealed an indictment… […]

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