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How Lawyer and Attorney Terms are Used

Rarely you will find a profession with so many title variations as lawyer. The titles Attorney, Lawyer, Barrister and Esquire are frequently used, sometimes interchangeably, in the field of law. So what are the differences in titles? A lawyer is someone who is educated in the law. A person who has been educated in the law will always be addressed as a lawyer, even if he does not give legal advice to other people. In fact, a lawyer in the United States is simply anyone who has gone through law school. However, the lawyer who has just completed his education in law school may not be allowed to do certain jobs until they succeed in the bar exam that is conducted in the specific area they may wish to practice.… […]

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Criminal Defense Lawyer in Palm Beach County

Criminal Defense Lawyer in Palm Beach County

When you or someone you know is accused of a crime, especially if there is the possibility that he or she could face prison or jail time, its highly advisable to hire a criminal attorney. While many people feel capable of representing themselves, the benefits of having a criminal attorney on your side far outweigh the cost. Considering the possible penalties of a criminal offense, hiring a criminal attorney is a is a no brainer. Good criminal attorneys know the ins and outs of criminal law. They have the ability to assess a case and determine whether the individual has a chance of beating the accusation based upon years of experience and learning. Selecting the right lawyer for the case can be the hardest part of the whole ordeal. Issues… […]

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Understanding The Criminal Process

Understanding The Criminal Process

Law Enforcement makes an arrest based upon the witnesses’ information. After an arrest most assailants are entitled to bond. As a victim you are a witness. When you hear that someone is “out on bail or bond” it means he has paid a certain amount of money or agreed to certain conditions for his release. These conditions or money are to make sure he will show up for Court. Part of the conditions may be that the defendant is not to have any contact with the victim except through the Attorneys. If you would like to have input or be notified about the accursed bond hearing, let the Assistant State Attorney or Victim Assistance Program know. FIRST APPEARANCE If an arrest is made, within 24 hours the Court holds a… […]

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Faced With Violating Your Probation or Parole Charges

Faced With Violating Your Probation or Parole Charges

probation allows the convicted individual to serve a period of time, usually longer than any prison sentence, free from imprisonment but with certain restrictions. Probation can be seen as a test granting conditional freedom instead of a harsher punishment. In some cases, people use the term interchangeably. There are differences between to law terms. Probation is a portion of the sentence or it is the sentence given by the judge. Most often, when a judge gave the person a probation, it could be a part of the number of imprisonment and then followed with a probation period. There are times that a number of probation years will serve as the punishment for a minor crime committed. If a person is under probation, there are weekly or monthly sessions that he… […]

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Criminal Law, Types of Crimes and Importance of Having A Competent Criminal Attorney on Your Side

Criminal Law, Types of Crimes and Importance of Having A Competent Criminal Attorney on Your Side

The U.S. justice system divided into to two distinct branches, civil law and criminal law. Criminal law involves prosecution by the government of a person for an act legally classified as a crime. People convicted of a crime may be incarcerated and/or fined. Criminal cases differ fundamentally from civil lawsuits. Criminal prosecution intends to punish undesirable actions, while civil lawsuits generally intend to enforce private rights or obligations or redress private wrongs. In a criminal case, the state brings charges against the accused through a prosecutor, while civil cases generally are between private parties or between a private party and a government entity. Crimes include both felonies and misdemeanors. Felonies usually are punishable by imprisonment of a year or more, while misdemeanors are punishable by less than a year. However,… […]

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What You Need To Know About DUI Arrests in Florida

What You Need To Know About DUI Arrests in Florida

It is not illegal to drink and drive in Florida, so long as your blood alcohol content (BAC) is not over .08 or your normal faculties are not impaired. It is not illegal to have a drink with your meal and drive. However, it is illegal to drink too much and then drive. The thresh-hold for legal intoxication (.08 in Florida) is easy to exceed. The best advice to follow is not to drink and drive. Ever. Breath Tests You will be presented two tests- one roadside and one at the jail in most circumstances. The roadside units are subject to frequent challenges and are rarely recommended. In Florida, it is a crime if you refuse to take a breath test TWICE. That does NOT mean twice in the same… […]

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Bond Questions, Posting Bond and When Bail Is Denied

Bond Questions, Posting Bond and When Bail Is Denied

A 31-year-old cab driver, accused in the Dec. 22 fatal shooting of a nanny who was riding her bicycle on South Olive Avenue in West Palm Beach, was denied bond this morning in court. Rupert O’Neil Harty, of suburban West Palm Beach, told investigators that he “heard a voice tell him to go kill someone” around noon on Dec. 22. He shot Amaria Grant around 20 minutes later, according to the arrest report released by city police. Harty will be charged with one count of first-degree murder. He was arrested late Thursday night and booked into the Palm Beach County Jail just after midnight. Making his first appearance in court around 9:45 a.m. today, Harty appeared in jeans and a white plaid shirt with his hair pulled back.. He spoke… […]

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Criminal Law and Arrests Involving Non-Citizens

Criminal Law and Arrests Involving Non-Citizens

The Federal Government’s “get tough” policies on immigration-related issues is creating havoc for hundreds of thousands or perhaps millions of non-citizens wanting to remain in the United States. An ever increasing number of people in South Florida are being deported, sometimes years after being found guilty of the types of criminal offenses which, prior to the 1996 enactment of two immigration reform laws, were frequently overlooked by U.S. immigration officials. Aliens granted temporary stays for academic studies or temporary work and legal permanent residents (LPR’s) face devastating consequences when arrested for the types of criminal offenses which have significantly less life-disrupting impact on U.S. Citizens. Convictions for a number of criminal offenses, including but not limited to those listed below, jeopardize one’s ability to remain in the United States: Certain… […]

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Florida DUI Education. Driving with an unlawful alcohol level (DUBAL) – (.08)

Florida DUI Education. Driving with an unlawful alcohol level (DUBAL) – (.08)

According to Florida DUI law, your license will be suspended as of the arrest date for 6 months for the first offense and one year for any other offense of DUBAL (source). You will be given a 10-day permit on the date of the arrest. Once the permit has expired, then 30 days of the suspension must be served before the driver is eligible to apply for a hardship license. You will be eligible for a hardship license on the first and any consecutive suspension, unless you have been convicted of a DUI in Florida two or more times. Under the Florida DUI law, you must provide proof of enrollment in a driving under the influence school to the Administrative Reviews Office for consideration for a hardship license. If given… […]

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Criminal Defense Lawyer Selection Process

Criminal Defense Lawyer Selection Process

Criminal defense attorneys represent clients before the jury. It is very important that the criminal defense attorney understands and argues the facts of the client’s case well. Do your research and take time to visit different criminal defense attorneys before choosing the one who will represent you. A well-experienced attorney will help you to understand the legal battle before you and will guide you through the legal process. When interviewing a criminal defense attorney, be sure to find out how much experience he or she has in the area of criminal law that applies to your case. Find a lawyer who has worked on numerous cases like yours. With law firms with multiple attorneys, different lawyers may represent different cases. Be sure to meet the attorney who will be working… […]

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