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DCF Involvement in Florida Criminal Cases

DCF Involvement in Florida Criminal Cases

As a criminal defense attorney, and also a family/criminal defense attorney who helps people with DCF cases, I many times find criminal cases intertwined with issues that involve intervention by the Department of Children and Families. DCF involvement in criminal cases is at an alarming rate, here in Florida. Alleged criminal activity of the defendant that has no nexus with his or her children many times become the target of DCF. Criminal defendants who have been arrested on drug related crimes, domestic battery accusations or find themselves facing incarceration often times also have a DCF matter to contend with. Florida law is clear on the termination of parental rights: “Termination of parental rights by the state requires clear and convincing evidence of: (1) a statutory ground for termination set forth in… […]

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Florida DCF Investigations into the Exploitation of the Elderly

Florida DCF Investigations into the Exploitation of the Elderly

In Florida, especially in South and Central Florida, the elderly have a dense population throughout our communities. We often read in the local paper or watch the nightly news with astonishment, when the coverage is about a story regarding an elderly person being swindled out of money, real property like a home or being duped out of home improvements, by an unscrupulous repair man or company. Florida General Statute 825.103, specifically articulates the legislature’s intent in attempting to keep the elderly safe from different forms of exploitation. In Florida,  a person is guilty of the exploitation of an elderly person or disabled adult when: (1) that person either stands in a position of trust and confidence, or has a business relationship, with the elderly person or disabled adult and knowingly,… […]

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