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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 22, 2015 – Criminal charges are not processed through just any court. To try a case, the court must have personal jurisdiction, subject matter jurisdiction and the power to try an accused for breaking the law. Jurisdiction equates to the word “power.” A jurisdictional issue over a legal matter has three components: · The question of whether there is jurisdiction to hand down a judgement sought · The question of whether there is jurisdiction over the matter in question · The question of whether or not there is jurisdiction over the individual charged It […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 17, 2015 – Can the mistakes of the past be erased or expunged? Yes, provided it is done with the assistance of a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney, as the process is complicated and subject to a multitude of rules and regulations and timelines. What may seem like a childlike prank may turn into something far more serious if the criminal justice system becomes involved. Once a young offender has a record, that record may follow him or her for the rest of their life, unless the record is sealed or expunged/expunction. Sealing effectively conceals […]


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St. Peters, MO, (Law Firm Newswire) July 10, 2015 – Attorney general’s findings show greater disparity in 2014 than 2013 and largest in 15 years. On June 1, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster’s office released its annual report, and its most prominent finding was the fact that in 2014 black motorists were 75 percent more likely than whites to be stopped by police. That figure is not only an increase from the previous year but also the highest since the state began recording such data in 2000, when the statistical disparity came in at 31 percent. Koster’s office cautioned that […]


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Eugene, OR (Law Firm Newswire) July 6, 2015 – The Register Guard‘s readers voted Arnold Law Eugene, Oregon’s best law firm. The Register-Guard newspaper is read by 66 percent of all adults in Lane County, either in print or online. With Lane County with a population of over 356,000 and over 1000 lawyers, the competition among law firms is strong. By Eugene standards, Arnold Law is a “medium-sized” law firm of nine lawyers. It would be a small firm by Portland standards. But having only existed since 2002, Arnold Law is proud of its Oregon lawyers’ rise in prominence. In […]


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Broward County, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 29, 2015 – During a compelling one day trial that occurred on June 15, 2015, justice was served by a jury of four women and two men when, after approximately twenty-five minutes of deliberation, they rendered a verdict awarding $844,566,000 to the family of Timothy Blaikie. Two years ago, Blaikie, then forty-nine-years-old, was struck and killed in a highway accident by a drunken driver, twenty-five-year-old Chris Morena-Vega. On May 18, 2013, Chris Morena-Vega rear-ended with Timothy Blaikie, who was riding his scooter on South Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Blaikie’s spine fractured […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 25, 2015 – These days, DUI/DWI convictions are becoming more stringent, but there are eight states with very strict penalties. “A DUI/DWI penalty is not much fun, no matter where you incur it,” points out Lakeland, Florida. criminal defense attorney Thomas C. Grajek. “However, there are some states that really take a dim view of drinking and driving and their DUI/DWI penalties are very harsh.” The eight worst states to be convicted of drinking and driving are: Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, Oregon, Georgia and New York. Arizona does not mess around, even […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 18, 2015 – Distracted driving comes in many forms. The law views two of those distractions the same: drunk driving and driving under the influence of drugs. The difficulty with taking prescription medications and driving is that many people do not realize their cognitive abilities may have become impaired. Others do not believe the warnings printed on medications about not driving when taking various medications. For whatever reasons, people just do not regard driving while under the influence of prescription medication(s) to be the same as DWI. According to a National Highway Traffic Safety […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 26, 2015 – All crimes have one thing in common: they begin with an arraignment process and a preliminary hearing. The law categorizes criminal offenses as felonies or misdemeanors, with misdemeanors being generally defined as lesser offenses (e.g. shop lifting, DWI) and felonies involving more serious offenses such as kidnapping or murder. Regardless of the classification of the offense, the ensuing process through the justice system to conviction or dismissal of charges is much the same, with minor differences per each jurisdiction. It all begins with an arraignment at the first appearance in court. […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 19, 2015 – The FBI has 77.7 million people listed in its master criminal database and add between 10,000 and 12,000 new names every day. Many Americans with criminal records cannot find employment even if the record is decades old, minor, has been dropped, not corrected or if the court found them not guilty. Although a daunting hurdle to surmount, having a record does not necessarily result in unemployability, an inability to obtain housing or secure a loan. One in every three American adults has a criminal record of some sort. The problem is […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 29, 2015 – Among the many factors that go into determining a convicted offender’s sentence is mental capacity. A defendant’s mental incapacity, once proven, may result in delayed sentencing until the individual is deemed better or may result in a reduced sentence under U.S. Sentencing Guidelines. Judges decide each case on its merits, as no two cases are ever the same. Diminished capacity is not applicable as a defense if the defendant’s mental incapacity was the result of voluntary ingestion of drugs or alcohol. State laws tend to vary on this issue. Also it […]


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Elizabeth, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) April 29, 2015 – Dan T. Matrafajlo, member and lead partner at Beninato & Matrafajlo Attorneys At Law, LLC, has once again been named as one of the top up-and-coming attorneys in the area by New Jersey Super Lawyers. This is the fourth time Matrafajlo has appeared on the New Jersey list. Attorney Dan T. Matrafajlo is one of the highly credible list of top attorneys who has been selected for inclusion in the 2015 edition of the New Jersey Rising Stars list. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of lawyers in the state […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 22, 2015 – T.V. crime shows have made many familiar with the part of the Miranda warning stating that if the offender cannot afford an attorney, the court may appoint one for them. The U.S. constitution guarantees the right of an accused to speak to an attorney. Public defenders came into being in the United States in 1963, as a result of a decision handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court in Gideon v. Wainwright. It stated the Sixth Amendment mandates that the government provide free legal counsel to indigent defendants in criminal cases. […]


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Okaloosa County, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 9, 2015 – The media regularly reports on sexual assault allegations, many of which take place on college campuses and involve young students. Unfortunately, many of these allegations may be unfounded or even completely fabricated. Much deference is given to an assumed sexual assault victim and, too often, young men find themselves wrongfully facing serious consequences that can have a severe effect on their lives. Such consequences include fines, probation, jail time, and registering as a sex offender in the state of Florida. Being classified as a sex offender can substantially impede future […]


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Okaloosa County, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 18, 2015 – As spring break approaches, millions of young high school and college students head to sunny Florida to vacation with their friends. Unlike other popular spring break destinations, such as Mexico, the legal drinking age in Florida is 21 years of age, and this age limit is strictly enforced whether it is spring break or not. Unfortunately, many spring break visitors ignore this limit and attempt to engage in underage drinking while on vacation in Northwest Florida. Underage drinking may result in more than a citation for Minor in Possession of […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 17, 2015 – Everyone charged with a criminal offense has the right to ask for a lawyer. If they do not want one, they may appear pro se or pro per, meaning “on one’s own behalf.” Some individuals choose to go it on their own for several reasons. One may feel that he or she knows the facts of the case better than an attorney, may not trust lawyers, may not qualify for a court-appointed lawyer or may not want to pay for legal counsel on their own. The Sixth Amendment states that all […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 10, 2015 – The U.S. justice system not only entitles anyone charged with a criminal offense within the country to an attorney to defend the case, but also does not automatically consider those charged to be guilty Although exculpatory defenses used in criminal cases differ from state to state, many of the basic concepts involved in a defense are the same. One defense that tends to get a lot of media play is the plea of insanity. If a defendant was clinically insane at the time the crime took place, the court may find […]


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Okaloosa County, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 16, 2015 – In an effort to call attention to the often life-changing effects of a criminal conviction, Florida attorney Steven G. Cobb has named January “Juvenile Crime Awareness Month.” In addition, Mr. Cobb is hoping to raise awareness of the fact that juvenile criminal misconduct may be indicative of an underlying brain disorder that has the potential to cause serious problems well into adulthood. While the law takes an offender’s age into account in criminal sentencing, the consequences of a criminal conviction can still be significant, even for youthful offenders. In certain […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 15, 2015 – Committing a crime against the justice system is an act involving a disruption of the operating of the system itself – a system that protects the rights of all Americans. For those that watch reality court TV or police shows, the terms defying a court order or being held in contempt of court are fairly familiar. In some instances, authorities do not consider these offenses to be criminal, but if they are, they may be punishable by jail time and the imposition of fines. Most are not aware that being in […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 8, 2015 – Victimization via computer is a growing problem for law enforcement. It is not easy to track cybercrimes, and the more sophisticated cybercriminals become, the harder it is to keep up with the latest in technology to catch them. “More often than not, cybercrimes have been perpetrated against children,” says Thomas Grajek, a Lakeland, Fla. criminal defense attorney. “However, over the course of the last few years, crimes against older teens and young adults have also been on the rise. Consider the case of the male nurse who counseled at least two […]


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