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Consult With DUI Lawyer About Your DUI Charges

Consult With DUI Lawyer About Your DUI Charges

Drinking and driving charges may result in either DUI misdemeanors or DUI felonies. Typically, a person receives a DUI misdemeanor for their first, second or third DUI offense. Felony charges typically result after a person’s third DUI offense or if they were involved in a car accident that caused bodily injury or property damage. Penalties for DUI misdemeanors are generally lesser than felony DUI penalties, but they vary state-by-state. The severity of the charges usually depend on whether a person has had any prior DUI misdemeanor charges: monetary fines probation mandatory alcohol counseling license suspension and/or restricted driving privileges jail time. Aggravated DUI Drunk driving laws are not limited to just alcohol impairment in automobiles, while different circumstances and past criminal convictions affect how each DUI defendant is charged. The… […]

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Criminal Intent, Malice and Motives

Criminal Intent, Malice and Motives

Generally, two elements are required in order to find a person guilty of a crime: an overt criminal act and criminal intent. The requirement of an Overt Act  is fulfilled when the defendant purposely, knowingly, or recklessly does something prohibited by law. Criminal Intent Criminal intent must be formed before the act, and it must unite with the act. It need not exist for any given length of time before the act; the intent and the act can be as instantaneous as simultaneous or successive thoughts. A jury may be permitted to infer criminal intent from facts that would lead a reasonable person to believe that it existed. For example, the intent to commit Burglary may be inferred from the accused’s possession of tools for picking locks. Criminal intent may… […]

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How To Hire A Criminal Defense Attorney

How To Hire A Criminal Defense Attorney

A criminal law lawyer may either represent a person who has been accused of a crime or the government in prosecuting the accused. In a typical criminal case, a defense lawyer represents the defendant while an opposing attorney, called a prosecutor, stands in for the government. A criminal law lawyer who practices defense law can wear a number of different hats – from defending a person against a speeding ticket charge to advocating for an alleged criminal during a murder trial (source). One of the primary tasks of a criminal law lawyer is to advocate for his or her clients. In order to effectively do this, an attorney may need to put aside his or her personal opinion about a case. Why Do I Need an Attorney? The courts of… […]

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Hiring A Competent Criminal Defense Attorney

Hiring A Competent Criminal Defense Attorney

Many professional attorneys offer a free initial consultation for potential clients. For the attorney, this meeting is reserved to evaluate the merits of the case and any possible out-of-court settlements. For you as a client, this meeting is used to decide how competent your lawyer is and whether you have the right legal representation for a best chance to win the case. An experienced criminal attorney will have the background and knowledge necessary for properly defending a wide range of crimes. These crimes can include drug crimes, violent offenses, DWIs or DUIs, theft, juvenile crimes and more. If you or someone you know has been arrested or charged with a crime, a skilled criminal defense attorney and seasoned legal experts can give your case the attention and fierce representation it… […]

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Criminal Defense Attorney In Palm Beach County

Criminal Defense Attorney In Palm Beach County

A criminal defense lawyer is hired to defend both individuals and corporations, called defendants in legal settings, who have been arrested as suspects for unlawful activities. This type of lawyer may also be known as a defense attorney or simply as a criminal lawyer. In the United States, they are responsible for representing those who have been accused of criminal activities in court, where a judge and jury will then decide if the defendant is either guilty or innocent. Criminal defense lawyers have a deep knowledge about the law and how the court system works. They have attended law school, and usually have several years of experience. A criminal defense lawyer can either be hired by a defendant or appointed by the court if the defendant cannot afford an attorney… […]

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Animal Cruelty in Fort Pierce

Animal Cruelty in Fort Pierce

Animal cruelty laws in Florida are getting stricter. More and more animal sanctuary owner-operators are being charged with multiple counts of animal cruelty throughout Florida as law enforcement attempts to crack down on the crime. Animal cruelty is the deliberate harm or death of an animal cause by the intentional abuse or neglect of its owner or caregiver. Depending on the severity of the crime, animal cruelty can be charged as a felony with penalties including several years in prison. Animal Cruelty in Fort Pierce A former owner-operator of the Sanctuary Animal Refuge west of Fort Pierce is feeling the full extent of the law after being arrested Thursday and charged with 157 counts of animal cruelty.  While this number is incredibly high, anyone can understand why her sentence is… […]

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Getting The Right Criminal Defense Attorney

Getting The Right Criminal Defense Attorney

When you or someone you know are charged with a crime, selecting the right lawyer for the case can be the hardest part of the whole ordeal. Issues of ability, price, and experience are all important. Criminal defense attorneys fight for what they believe in. If your defense attorney believes in your innocence, he or she will do the research and put forth the effort to ensure your vindication. Defense attorneys fight for the preservation and continuation of everyone’s constitutional rights. A common stereotype of criminal defense lawyers is that their only role in court is to question witnesses with a prepared set of questions. However, this stereotype is misleading because a defense attorney’s role in court involves much more than that. For example, they have the opportunity to negotiate… […]

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Why You Need to Carefully Choose Your Criminal Defense Lawyer

Why You Need to Carefully Choose Your Criminal Defense Lawyer

If you are faced with criminal charges, make sure you have a criminal defense lawyer you can trust. In the case of a major mortgage-fraud trial of a former Plantation police officer and his brother, defense attorney Michael D. Walsh has apparently abandoned his defendant. A runaway criminal defense lawyer? According to the Palm Beach Post, a federal judge Tuesday issued an arrest warrant for defense attorney Walsh after he failed to show up for the start of the trial. He was supposed to represent Joseph Guaracino, the main defendant in the case, in Fort Lauderdale federal court on Monday. He also failed to show up for a “show case” hearing Tuesday morning on why he should not be held in contempt of court for failing to appear. The mortgage-fraud… […]

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Why A Deputy Shot A 17-Year-Old Delinquent

Why A Deputy Shot A 17-Year-Old Delinquent

According to an article in WPTV News, a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Deputy was forced to open fire on a 17-year old juvenile delinquent. The teen had stolen his mother’s car, and fled from the police after his mother called the authorities. “I turned out of the store, I see a white van going south on Royal Palm Beach Boulevard and I made a u-turn thinking he might need some help,” said Charles Humphrey, who lives near the scene of the accident. “When he got down here, I realized he wasn’t in need of help, he was running from the police,” said Charles Humphrey. A deputy spotted the van driving south on Royal Palm Beach Boulevard. “He couldn’t do more than 30-35mph with the tires flat on the van,” said… […]

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How Even Police Officers Need Criminal Defense Lawyers

How Even Police Officers Need Criminal Defense Lawyers

A Panhandle area police officer has been charged with shooting his former girlfriend and dragging her body into the woods, according to a WPTV News Channel 5 article. Bay County Sheriff Frank McKeithen said 43-year-old Mark Alan Bomia was arrested Saturday night and charged with murdering Anna Beach. According to an arrest report, Bomia said he went to the victim’s house to talk to her, and she attacked him. The News Herald reported Bomia admitted shooting Beach and removing her clothes and other evidence from the scene. Autopsy results are pending. Additional details are expected to be released at a press conference Monday. It’s unclear if Bomia had legal counsel. An e-mail sent to the sheriff’s office was not immediately returned Sunday. Spousal Disputes Many domestic violence cases can be… […]

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