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Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law Could Be Strengthened

The ‘Stand Your Ground Law’ is a very controversial law that has come into the spotlight in recent years. In many states, the law allows people to stand their ground and use deadly force as a means of self protection. The Stand Your Ground Law In Florida Florida was the first state in America to pass a stand-your-ground law 12 years ago and since, 34 other states have followed in their tracks. Currently, the stand-your-ground law in Florida states that residents are allowed to use force as a method of self-defense if they feel as though their lives are in danger. Defendants can opt for immunity under the current law as long as there is evidence present. The state of Florida has just passed measures that would bolster the law, taking… […]

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Andrew D Stine Defends Client Successfully In Palm Beach County Felony Battery Case

Making the choice to go to trial or plead guilty in a criminal case is up to the accused. But with proper guidance and information, the accused can make a better decision when they rely on an experienced criminal defense lawyer like Andrew D Stine. On January 24, 2017, a Palm Beach County jury picked by Andrew D Stine came back with a not guilty verdict in an aggravated battery with a deadly weapon case. The Case In case number 15CF006162AWB, the defendant Michael Joseph, was charged with a second degree felony punishable by 15 years in prison. The State of Florida alleged that Mr. Joseph used his vehicle as a missile in running down and striking Nathanial Holmes, causing Holmes to receive severe bodily injuries in Belle Glade, FL.… […]

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Should You Ever Give A Statement To Law Enforcement?

Should a person accused of a crime go down to the sheriff station and give a statement to law enforcement? The guiding principle as to whether or not one accused of a crime should ‘ever’ talk to the police is embodied in the United States and the Florida Constitutions. The answer is simply: NO! Do Yourself a Favor and Hire an Attorney Before You Speak As a criminal defense lawyer, I am contacted regularly by people who are under investigation or who are being questioned by law enforcement. The telephone will ring or the office conference will occur, and the person will undoubtedly ask whether or not they should speak to the ‘cops’? The target of the investigation (the suspect) will then go into panic mode and try to give every… […]

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Animal Law Conference Next Tuesday

Animal law is evolving rapidly and the changes can be seen throughout the nation. The laws in South Florida changed to make the laws that protect animals much stricter, specifically the tethering laws. These new laws have seen a spike in animal cruelty arrests in the area, and the laws are only continuing to change. Animal Law Conference A live audio conference will be held on November 15 at 1:00 pm ET for a full hour and 30 minutes discussing the field of animal law. The conference is hosted by Lorman Educations Services and will discuss issues like litigation, legislation, and corporate/transactional work. It is important to understand how much animal law is changing and developing throughout the country and this conference can serve as a comprehensive introduction to the… […]

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I Committed a Crime, but I Had No Choice

I Committed a Crime, but I Had No Choice

Sometimes in life, we have to make tough decisions. Deciding between two evils is never easy to do. Taking the life of a person or animal is not what most people inspire to do when they awake in the morning. But what happens when you are put into a position to kill or be killed? To protect your children, family, friends or a stranger from an inherit evil that you did not cause is what Criminal Defense Lawyers call a Necessity Defense. The Necessity Defense, also known as the choice of two evils doctrine, exists when a defendant commits a criminal act, when he reasonably believed that a danger or emergency existed that he did not intentionally cause and that the threatened harm is real, imminent, and impending. If the… […]

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Being Investigated for a Crime

Being Investigated for a Crime

When you or a loved one is being investigated for a crime or criminal wrong doing, the first thing you need to do is call an attorney. Experienced criminal defense attorneys know how law enforcement officer investigate crimes through interviewing witnesses, gathering evidence and tracking the criminal target. Today more than ever, in the high tech society we live, law enforcement officers are able to gather evidence against the criminal target, quicker and more persuasively than ever before. If the crime you are being investigated for is one of a sexual nature; like sexual battery, lewd and lascivious battery, rape, sexual abuse of a minor or any other sex crime in Florida, there are certain things you must know. First, law enforcement officials will immediately interview the alleged victim or… […]

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Federal and State Court System Proceedings

Federal and State Court System Proceedings

The Judicial Branch has two court systems: federal and state. While each hears certain types of cases, neither is completely independent of the other. The two systems often interact and share the goal of fairly handling legal issues. The federal court system deals with legal issues expressly or implicitly granted to it by the US Constitution. The state court systems deal with their respective state constitutions and the legal issues that the U.S. Constitution did not give to the federal government or explicitly deny to the states. When Federal Law Prevails When a state and federal law explicitly conflict, it is the federal law that prevails. This happens when a state law expressly permits an action that the federal law expressly forbids. For example, if a federal law prohibits the… […]

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Your Criminal Charges Can Be Reduced With Experienced Attorney Present

Your Criminal Charges Can Be Reduced With Experienced Attorney Present

When facing criminal charges your rights, freedom, reputation, and future are all threatened. Suddenly, the things you used to take for granted, such as financial stability, the eligibility for future employment opportunities, and basic civil rights like the right to vote, become endangered privileges you are actively aware of. The legal system, which before seemed very black and white, is now full of grey areas that you don’t understand. The good news is that you do have one right as an American citizen to help you through all this – the right to an attorney. A criminal conviction of any type will have life altering implication and for many offenders, the complications are experienced immediately when facing a sentence on a criminal charge. Hiring an experienced criminal defense attorney at… […]

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What Happens After Arrest

What Happens After Arrest

Each and every county in Florida; Palm Beach, Broward, Martin, St. Lucie, Okeechobee, Dade, has a chief prosecutor titled State Attorney. Each State Attorney has many Assistants working under him. The State Attorney Offices are in charge of prosecuting all criminal offenses that occur within their prospective counties. The State Attorney is within the Executive Branch of Government. The State Attorney may charge a criminal defendant with an accusation of a crime in one of two ways: (i) filing and information or (ii) impaneling a grand jury to return a true bill. It is important to remember that Law Enforcement Officials cannot charge someone with a crime; they only have the ability to arrest. Only the State Attorney or his Assistants may charge someone with a criminal case. In Florida,… […]

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Consultation With Your Criminal Defense Attorney

Consultation With Your Criminal Defense Attorney

Being charged with a crime can be a frightening experience. It can be especially frightening if it is your first time ever being arrested and you have no knowledge of the legal system. Anytime you are arrested, it is important that you seek legal representation from an experienced defense attorney. If you are a first time offender, your attorney may be able to present evidence of your good character that could lead to your charges being dropped or reduced. An attorney consultation is the first step in hiring an attorney to deal with a legal matter. For people who do not have a regular attorney, or who need an attorney who specializes in an area outside of the area of practice their attorney handles, it is a good idea to… […]

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