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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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Philadelphia, PA (Law Firm Newswire) January 5, 2015 – The Zeiger Firm, a Philadelphia law firm focusing on criminal defense and civil actions against government entities, is pleased to announce the launch of a new website, Zeigerfirm.com. With the launch of this website, founding attorney Brian Zeiger hopes to better connect with members of the Philadelphia community who have been victimized by overzealous law enforcement, prosecutors, or criminal justice agencies. Recent events involving the deaths of unarmed individuals at the hands of law enforcement officials have highlighted a serious problem that has been ignored for years. While these are extreme […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 22, 2014 – Bigger Law Firm magazine’s newest issue provides attorneys and law firms with the latest inside information they need to stay on the cutting edge of online marketing and technology. As the tech landscape changes, BLF helps attorneys adapt their marketing strategies to stay ahead of the latest developments. In this issue, Brendan Conley examines digital signatures with the article, “Save Time by Signing Digitally.” In online commerce, click-through agreements have quickly become ubiquitous, but some legal documents still require a “blue-pen only” paper signature. In the many in-between areas, paper signatures […]


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St. Peters, MO, (Law Firm Newswire) December 22, 2014 – In November, Greene County announced that no-refusal DWI checkpoints will be created throughout the county, allowing police to compel DWI suspects to give blood samples through the use of warrants. As the holidays approach, it is likely that other Missouri counties will follow suit. For New Year’s Eve 2013, St. Louis police declared the whole city a no-refusal zone, and then made the policy permanent throughout the city beginning January 1, 2014. “People really need to understand how the no-refusal policy works and what their rights are, because these tests […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 18, 2014 – Featured in the latest issue of Bigger Law Firm (BLF) magazine is a series of seriously helpful articles to help a busy law firm grab hold of new and promising developments. Find out how a law firm can maximize its exposure by using LinkedIn’s newest and very powerful free blogging platform. Kerrie Spencer explores the useful long-form post and how it becomes a part of a law firm’s profile. Launched in early 2014, the new platform is an ideal way to help build authority in a legal niche, such as medical […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 17, 2014 – Home confinement, often referred to as house arrest, became a fixture in the justice system in 1983 with the advent of the electronic monitoring bracelet. “Most prisons today are crowded to overflowing. More and more courts are offering home confinement to keep the prison available to hold the more serious offenders,” said Thomas C. Grajek, a Lakeland County criminal defense attorney. House arrest is more palatable for many and permits offenders to go to designated rehabilitation programs, remain in the family unit, keep working or seek work. There are a number […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) December 16, 2014 – Custom Legal Marketing (CLM) has announced that until January 1, 2015, any law firm that signs up for a legal marketing plan with CLM will get a custom app for their law firm at no additional charge. CLM’s legal marketing plans help law firms grow by using innovative digital strategies to increase quality lead flow. Because so much of the digital world is now on mobile devices, CLM founder Jason Bland says that a mobile app can be a huge asset to firms who want to grow. “A mobile app […]


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Lafayette, LA (Law Firm Newswire) December 16, 2014 – A Complaint for Damages has been filed against the City of Crowley, Crowley Chief of Police Kelly P. Gibson, Scott Fogleman and Skeat Thibodeaux in United States District Court – Western District of Louisiana – Lafayette Division by the Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess (www.clayburgess.com) on behalf of Theresa Richard. The eleven page complaint lodged December 12, 2014 lists the City of Crowley, Crowley Chief of Police Kelly P. Gibson, Scott Fogleman and Skeat Thibodeaux as defendants. According to the allegations contained in the complaint Scott Fogleman and Skeat Thibodeaux […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 11, 2014 – The main goal in dealing with juvenile offenders is always rehabilitation. If the crime committed is too serious for juvenile court, an offender may be tried in adult court. “Every state has a juvenile offender age limit, but it is not the same age everywhere. For example, New York and North Carolina’s age limit is 15 and under, while other states consider anyone under the age of 18 who commits a crime to be a juvenile offender,” outlined Lakeland criminal defense attorney Thomas C. Grajek. The juvenile justice system has broad […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 10, 2014 – Even if someone is arrested but not charged with or is ultimately acquitted of a crime, the accused’s DNA remains on file. In 28 states, no warrant is required to take DNA samples from individuals arrested for certain serious crimes or for some misdemeanors. The law has been challenged by civil rights groups who claim it violates the Fourth Amendment, which addresses unreasonable search and seizure. As such, they allege that the law is unconstitutional. In 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a ruling stating that the police may, as […]


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