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Custody By Extended Family Member
Custody By Extended Family Member Mon, Jul 24, 2017 In my practice as a family law attorney, I have seen over the years where children have essentially been raised and their daily needs provided for by family members other than the child’s parents. It happens in a variety of different contexts, and th... Read More

Warrant for Cell Phone and Cell Site Records
Warrant for Cell Phone and Cell Site Records Thu, Jun 22, 2017 On June 5, 2017 the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear and review a case of whether law enforcement and prosecutors will need to first obtain a search warrant in order to review a person’s cell phone records and cell-site records revealing the locatio... Read More

Florida's Stand Your Ground Amendment
Florida's Stand Your Ground Amendment Mon, May 08, 2017 The Florida Legislature on May 5, 2017, passed a bill that now puts the burden on the prosecution to prove by “clear and convincing” evidence to overcome a person’s request for immunity from criminal prosecution in a ‘Stand Your Ground’ case. Read More

Let's Go To The Video...
Let's Go To The Video... Mon, Apr 24, 2017 In a renewed posture, both chambers of the Florida Legislature are, once again, taking up the requirement that all portions of law enforcement interrogations be recorded. Currently, there is no requirement under Florida law that law enforcement offic... Read More

Warrant needed to search a car’s “Black Box”
Warrant needed to search a car’s “Black Box” Thu, Apr 20, 2017 An appeals court in our state has recently ruled that law enforcement authorities must obtain asearch warrant from a court as part of any criminal investigation before they can search ordownload information from a car’s ‘black box’, which is otherwis... Read More

Should I Take A Polygraph Test?
Should I Take A Polygraph Test? Mon, Mar 13, 2017 The answer to the question above is simply no. Law enforcement and police agencies many times will request individuals that are the subject of a criminal investigation or that have been arrested to take a polygraph, lie detector, or sometimes what is... Read More

What Is A Diversion And Am I Eligible
What Is A Diversion And Am I Eligible Fri, Jan 20, 2017 One of the first things I look at when I am retained to represent someone in a criminal case is whether they are eligible for what is referred to as a Diversion.  This can mean different things in different jurisdictions, but what I am referring to i... Read More

Things to NOT Do If You Are Arrested:
Things to NOT Do If You Are Arrested: Mon, Jan 09, 2017 It is very important to realize that if you are arrested for any crime, it can be tempting to do certain things due to being scared, upset, and confused about the situation.  When I am speaking with someone after they have been arrested (or if they h... Read More

Supportive Relationships in Florida and Effect on Alimony
Supportive Relationships in Florida and Effect on Alimony Wed, Oct 12, 2016 The family law courts in our state over the last several years have been seeing a larger number of what is called 'Supportive Relationship' cases. When a spouse in a divorce case is awarded spousal support or alimony, the payment award is usually ter... Read More

Abandonment of the Marital Home- is such a recognized theory in a divorce case in Florida?
Abandonment of the Marital Home- is such a recognized theory in a divorce case in Florida? Thu, Jan 28, 2016 I am often asked when I consult and meet with people regarding a dissolution of marriage if he/she leaves the marital home are they abandoning the home or property, and as a result, will he/she lose their interest in the home? This is followed by the... Read More

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