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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 26, 2012 – A relatively new form of criminal justice is taking hold in the United States. Approximately 40 “community courts” around the country are handling mostly low-level crimes in a way that shows a more humane, pragmatic approach to the problem of meting out justice for marginal transgressions. “These community courts are a welcome reform to the criminal justice process” said Polk County criminal defense attorney Thomas Grajek. “Low-level offenders should be helped and encouraged to clean up their act without being thrown in jail.” Officials at the U.S. Department of Justice say […]


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Denver, CO (Law Firm Newswire) October 25, 2012 – Noncompliant individuals who owe child support payments may have their government benefits garnished. The Treasury Department has issued a rule which allows creditors to garnish up to $700 per month of Social Security payments and Veterans Administration benefits from noncompliant individuals who owe child support payments. The garnishment is slated to begin as of March 2013, as soon as those payments are directly deposited via electronic funds. The benefits are to be protected from creditors by banks by means of a tagging system, a way to protect up to two months’ […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 25, 2012 – Some cases just defy all logic. This is one of those cases. “It’s a rare thing to hear that a police officer does not know how to perform CPR. Almost unbelievable in fact, but that is what happened in this case. An 11-year-old girl died from an asthma attack, presumably because a police officer refused to help her as he tried to hand a ticket to her mother,” recounted Brooks Schuelke, an Austin personal injury lawyer with Perlmutter & Schuelke, L.L.P. “The mother had been driving the wrong way down a […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 25, 2012 – Chad Johnson (formerly Ochocinco) and Evelyn Lozada are no longer married. Lozada filed for divorce from Johnson some 40 days after their wedding ceremony, after Johnson was arrested for domestic battery outside their Miami home. Johnson was accused of head-butting Lozada during a dispute. “Allegations of domestic violence are always troubling,” said Brandon divorce lawyer O. Reginald Osenton. “And victims need to stand up for their rights.” One month after his arrest, Johnson had a plea agreement approved by a Broward domestic violence judge. The six-time Pro Bowl player pled no […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 24, 2012 – Approximately 4.7 million dog bites occur each year in the U.S. Nearly 800,000 of these bites require medical attention. More than $1 billion is paid out by the insurance industry each year to address dog bite and dog attack claims. “Dog attacks can be terrifying and traumatic,” says John Hale, a Waxahachie personal injury attorney. “They can also cause permanent injuries, and even death.” According to the American Humane Association, approximately 92 percent of fatal dog attacks were caused by male dogs, 94 percent of them unneutered. Additionally, one-quarter of all […]


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Brunswick, GA (Law Firm Newswire) October 24, 2012 – Motorcyclist fatalities in Georgia are on the rise, according to Georgia’s Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. In 2008, 12 percent of Georgia’s motor vehicle fatalities were motorcycle drivers, an increase of some 59 percent since 2004. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates almost 2,000 people riding motorcycles were saved by wearing helmets in 2008, and that more than 800 additional lives could have been saved, if those people were also wearing motorcycle helmets. Most serious motorcycle accidents are caused by the negligence or carelessness of automobile drivers who do […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 24, 2012 – It is an interesting way to make a point – a troop of illegal immigrants touring the U.S. by bus. “It was and is a unique way to make a point,” said Larry S. Rifkin, a Miami immigration lawyer and managing partner at Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff, with law offices in Miami, Florida and Orlando, Florida. “Illegal immigrants in a bus touring the nation on their way to the Democratic National Convention. They are fed up with living in fear and aiming to raise public awareness of their situation, something they feel […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) October 23, 2012 – According to a recent study from the journal Pediatrics, a mere 55 percent of adults with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) had found employment six years after graduating from high school. According to the Centers for Disease Control, one in 88 children is diagnosed with ASD. ASD can include a range of issues, from Asperger’s syndrome to other complex social interaction, communication and behavioral issues. It is estimated that in the next decade, roughly one-half million Americans diagnosed somewhere on the ASD spectrum will be entering adulthood, but not all […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 23, 2012 – Who would have thought that we would see the day when technology has to fight to suppress technology, because people are not smart enough not to text while driving? “How many people do you know who have sent or received a text while behind the wheel of their vehicle? Likely the response is ‘lots.’ The chances are high that just about everyone has done it, is doing it and will do it, no matter what the law says about it. People never think the laws apply to them, because they drive […]


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Moorestown, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) October 22, 2012 – Many clients are coming into The Begley Law Group to discuss their options for estate planning and estate administration. “Our clients first concern is the two types of possible tax assessments against an estate,” says New Jersey estate planning attorney Ethan Ordog. “Estate tax can include an assessment from the state in which the individual passed away or owned property, as well as the imposition of federal tax, based upon those assets in which an individual would otherwise direct for distribution to heirs from their estate.” The estate tax is calculated […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 22, 2012 – According to a recent column by Financial Advisor’s Associate Editor Karen DeMasters, if an individual is looking to retire, it is best to take one’s spouse into account when deciding when to begin drawing on Social Security benefits. If one’s spouse lives longer, that individual is essentially drawing from their future funds. “It is common for people to gauge when to begin drawing on their social security benefits based on their own retirement wishes,” agrees Brandon Social Security disability attorney David Magann. “But it is important that they also look at […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 22, 2012 – The U.S. Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division recently released a grim report accusing Florida officials of improperly housing disabled children in adult nursing homes. Federal laws require state governments to house and treat disabled people in socially integrative settings or at their homes whenever possible, as opposed to warehousing them in large, isolated institutions. “This new report is troubling in its accusations,” said Tampa personal injury attorney Robert Joyce. “Disabled children should not be housed in nursing homes unless it truly means the best possible care for the child.” The Justice […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 22, 2012 – A smaller number of people than expected have applied for a new program to allow certain undocumented immigrants to live and work in the U.S. Of 1.7 million people who are potentially eligible for the program, only about 120,000, as of October 1, 2012 have applied. The program, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), allows undocumented immigrants 30 years of age or younger, who arrived in the U.S. as children, to avoid deportation and receive a Social Security Number (SSN) and work permit. The program does not provide a green card, […]


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Nashville, TN (Law Firm Newswire) October 22, 2012 – Virtuoso Legal Marketing LLC (www.VirtuosoLegalMarketing.com), a company based near Nashville, Tennessee that specializes in online marketing for law firms, will host a free webinar for law firms on the subject of using local SEO to gain a competitive advantage over bigger law firms with bigger marketing budgets. Some of the topics discussed will include: Conducting local-focused keyword research SEO – the first step toward local optimization Getting your firm listed in local directories Making sure your contact information matches from one directory to the next What are citations Getting your friends […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 19, 2012 – Tattoos have seen a rapid rise in popularity in recent years. Some ink enthusiasts choose designs and placements that are commonplace, while others may choose one-of-a-kind tattoos in unusual locations on the body. The more distinctive the tattoo, the more it serves to identify an individual — a fact that has not escaped law enforcement officers. “Criminal suspects need to be aware that any distinguishing physical characteristics, including tattoos, may be used to build a case against them,” said Polk County criminal defense attorney Thomas Grajek. “Unfortunately, cases of false identification […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 19, 2012 – Complicated legal issues may arise when, as is often the case, a divorced parent wishes to relocate with their child(ren). Florida law strictly regulates the relocation of a child’s primary residence in order to protect the well-being of children. A recent case demonstrates that even well-established laws can allow for very different interpretations. “Relocation of a child’s primary residence is potentially disruptive to the child’s life and parental relationships,” said Zephyrhills divorce lawyer Marcie Baker. “It is important that the rights and responsibilities of everyone involved are well understood.” Florida Statute […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) October 19, 2012 – Driving safely includes paying attention to everything one sees on the road, but that did not happen in these two biker deaths. “Drivers have a duty to drive with due care and attention. However, many don’t seem to see motorcycles, and therein lies the problem. If they are not aware enough to see ‘all’ the traffic around them, someone may end up dead due to their inattention. That is what happened in these two cases,” explained Mike Smith, an Arkansas injury lawyer and Arkansas accident lawyer, practicing personal injury law […]


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Denver, CO (Law Firm Newswire) October 18, 2012 – Courts in all fifty states can find it difficult to collect delinquent child support payments from a noncustodial parent. In attempting to collect, they try everything from instituting tougher penalties to the revocation of professional certifications. They even, in some cases, impose jail time. But the Maryland court system is attempting a new approach. “Maryland is to be applauded for the way it has approached the very real issue of noncompliance when it comes to child support payments,” said Denver child custody lawyer Bill Thode. “It may be that other states, […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 18, 2012 – Fort Lauderdale Boat Club Ltd., recently filed for Chapter 11; the Boat Club had in excess of a reported $13 million in assets, with an estimated $10 million in liabilities. Investors purchased the site for $16 million in 2006. Losses of some $3 million in just a few years, much of which likely occurred in or about 2008 when the national economy began to collapse, appear to have been too difficult to overcome. Fort Lauderdale is home to numerous coastal areas, including many docks and residential slips for personal watercraft. Plans […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 18, 2012 – Many big rig accidents are the result of the trucker driving while impaired. The fatality statistics are frightening. “Many states have a zero tolerance policy when it comes to truckers hauling large loads on America’s highways. However, whether there is a policy in place or not, it seems there are more and more truckers who ignore it, and hit the road while drunk,” remarked Brooks Schuelke, an Austin personal injury lawyer with Perlmutter & Schuelke, L.L.P. “Picking up the pieces from a wreck with a semi-truck is devastating, as many of […]


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