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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 21, 2014 – Según un informe publicado recientemente, el área de Tampa Bay es la segunda área metropoli-tana más peligroso del país para los peatones. La Coalición Nacional de Calles Completas publicó el informe que le asigna un índice de peligro para los peatones en las principales áreas metropolitanas basadas en muertes de peatones y el número de personas que se desplazan a trabajar a pie. La zona metropolitana de Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater fue clasificado como el segundo más peligroso del país, y de otras partes de Florida también tienen peligro. “Son demasiados los accidentes […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 17, 2014 – In 2014′s June/July Issue, BLF takes a two-pronged approach to maximizing your law firm’s business potential. With strategies to attract, accommodate and keep your web visitors, BLF helps lawyers reach out to prospective clients. Then, to build your firm from within, the issue covers new technologies and new mindsets to enhance your expertise and marketing impact. This issue’s feature advises legal marketing teams to “Design for All.” More and more seniors are heading online – in fact, they belong to the fastest-growing web demographic. Yet few websites cater to their unique […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 11, 2014 – If a person has consumed enough alcohol to alter their mental state and/or affect their physical ability, and they drive, they run the risk of breaking the law. “Many alcohol related crimes are considered to be misdemeanors, but with the presence of alcohol at higher blood concentrations, a lesser crime has the ability to turn into a serious offense,” states Lakeland criminal defense attorney, Thomas C. Grajek. The most serious crime committed while under the influence of alcohol is driving while impaired, driving while intoxicated or driving under the influence. Even […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 4, 2014 – There are a variety of criminal defenses that may be used in court. Each depends on the circumstances of the case. “There are a number of defenses that may be used to excuse criminal behavior, which varies from state to state. However, the basic concept remains the same in every state. The thing to remember is that rather than a defense being an excuse, it is a valid defense for a person who is, by law, innocent until proven guilty. There have been numerous cases in the U.S. where a defendant […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 26, 2014 – According to a report released recently, the Tampa Bay area is the second most dangerous metropolitan area in the country for pedestrians. The National Complete Streets Coalition published the report, which assigned a pedestrian danger index to major metropolitan areas based on pedestrian fatalities and the number of people who commute to work by walking. The Tampa-St.-Petersburg-Clearwater metropolitan area was ranked the second most dangerous in the country, and other parts of the Sunshine State composed the rest of the top tier. “Far too many auto accidents involving pedestrians occur in […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 25, 2014 – Immigration reform is likely to be a major election campaign issue. “There are plenty of predictions about who will win the election, such as Nate Silver’s forecast on ESPN’s FiveThirtyEight.com. Silver suggests the GOP will win control of the Senate and remain in control of the House of Representatives. He also foresees that Republicans may snag as many as six seats in the Senate alone. His forecast is predicated on the apparent flagging popularity of the President, balanced with the GOP’s ever increasing slate of relatively appealing candidates,” says Larry Rikfin, […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 23, 2014 – A pair of courts in California are offering divorce programs in which the bulk of the legal work is done– and the divorce is granted — in a single day. The programs are intended for the large numbers of divorcing couples who either cannot afford to hire a lawyer or do not want to do so. A New York Times story on the quick-divorce programs quoted a family law judge as saying some three-quarters of those seeking divorce lack attorneys. Those couples often find their cases languishing in the legal system […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 19, 2014 – Companies testing computer-controlled driverless cars predict that the new technology could reduce traffic accidents by up to 90 percent. However, some collisions will still occur, and liability involving these vehicles is still uncertain. Google is developing its own driverless cars, and major automakers are currently testing their models. Autonomous vehicles are already being tested on highways in Florida, one of four states that permits them. Some observers worry about the liability issues that still need to be resolved. Robert Joyce, a Tampa car accident attorney, believes that the legal system is […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 19, 2014 – Avoiding surprises may be the most important step in minimizing inheritance disputes among family members. Dealing with the passing of a family member can be a stressful experience – one which does not always bring out the best in survivors. When money (in the form of asset inheritance) is added to the mix, bitter conflicts sometimes rise up between family members dealing with difficult emotions. Probate attorney O. Reginald Osenton says that when heirs are taken by surprise at how the decedent’s assets are to be distributed, they are more likely […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 18, 2014 – Immigration reform has long been a sticking point between Republican members and their House Speaker, John Boehner. This situation seems to have gotten worse. “It seems that Boehner has two points of view on immigration reform. The first comes to the fore when assuring party members in opposition to comprehensive immigration that zero will be done about the issue until the President and his men can be relied upon to enforce the laws. Republicans figure that really means that will never happen. Boehner’s party members accuse him of double-speak,” adds Larry […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 11, 2014 – Deciding what constitutes a reasonable expectation of privacy revolves around two questions. “The ability of the police to search automobiles is not absolute. However, if a court finds that evidence presented in court was taken during an unlawful search, the prosecution is barred from using it,” explains criminal defense attorney, Thomas C. Grajek. A search happens when representatives of the government, such as police officers, invade an area where an individual has a reasonable expectation of privacy. There are two questions involved in the determination of this expectation. Did the individual […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 4, 2014 – Whether or not a police search is legal depends on the facts of the case. “The Fourth Amendment bans police from making unreasonable searches of people’s personal possessions, their homes and the accused. However, whether searching a suspected criminal is legal depends on the facts of the case,” outlines Thomas Grajek, a criminal defense attorney in Lakeland, Florida. Should the search be illegal, any evidence collected during the search may not be used. Over the last few years, since the advent of the smartphones, criminal searches involving e-devices and cell and […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 23, 2014 – On February 19, the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced a new policy to expedite some high-priority disability claims. Hopefully, these changes are already helping former members of the military who are awaiting a determination on benefits eligibility. The new policy went into effect in March. Under it, SSA will accelerate the claims process for veterans who have been classified as fully disabled by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Fully disabled veterans, or those with a 100 percent disability rating, will be prioritized, as will other groups, including service members who were […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 19, 2014 – A new school bus route will transport students across a dangerous stretch of East Hillsborough Avenue in Tampa, Florida. The site will also receive safety upgrades. The stretch of road between North 22nd Street and North 30th Street separates a large apartment complex to the north from a shopping center and Middleton High School to the south. The eight-block span, which lacks a crosswalk, has been the site of two student fatalities since 2011. “Hillsborough Avenue runs through the heart of a busy, lower-income part of the city at this location,” […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 15, 2014 – Lawmakers are desperate to put a dent in the national deficit. On Capitol Hill, both Democrats and Republicans are searching for potential areas to cut spending or increase revenue. One such idea has Social Security disability advocates particularly uneasy.  Under the proposal, those who collect unemployment benefits would become ineligible for disability payments. While the federal budget deficit has narrowed a bit this February (compared to the same month last year), it still stands at $193.5 billion. The suggestion to eliminate disability payments to those who collect unemployment benefits appeared in […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 14, 2014 – This interesting case is the first of its kind involving Bitcoin virtual currency. “Recently two Florida men were arrested in Miami-Dade for using Bitcoin virtual currency in an alleged money laundering scheme. The charges for this case, which I am not involved in, are allegedly engaging in an unlicensed money servicing business and money laundering. Thirty-year-old Abner Espinoza and 28-year-old Pascal Reid remain in custodial care,” indicated Thomas Grajek, a Lakeland criminal defense attorney. The unusual aspect of this case involves the use of Bitcoins, adding a new twist to the […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 12, 2014 – Three operators of a Tampa pill mill have been convicted on dozens of charges. They now face years in Florida prisons. Jorge Gonzalez-Betancourt, 53, and Michele Gonzalez, 37, owners of pain clinic First Medical Group, were convicted of charges including racketeering, trafficking in oxycodone and conspiring to traffic in oxycodone. Maureen Altman, 58, the clinic’s manager, was found guilty of charges including racketeering and conspiring to traffic in oxycodone. Many of the charges against the three carry a maximum prison sentence of up to 30 years. Tampa pill mill attorney Robert […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 7, 2014 – There are those that feel if a person continually ends up on the wrong side of the law, that they should be thrown in jail and left there. It’s not that cut and dried. “A recent case, that I am not involved in, caught my attention because the man involved is considered to be a habitual offender in a number of states and has a criminal record featuring several felony convictions for things such as theft, burglary and drugs, assault, resisting arrest and robbery, and a rape case. His arrest record, […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 28, 2014 – The effects of Florida’s pill mills on adults are widely understood, but their effects on children are only recently becoming more clear. A major investigation by the Miami Herald, titled “Innocents Lost,” has uncovered serious shortcomings in the way the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) protects children vulnerable to abuse and neglect, as well as how it tabulates and reports data on deaths of those children. One report from the investigation exposes the deaths of many children of drug-addicted parents – whether due to abuse, neglect or the prescription […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 24, 2014 – In 2014′s March/April Issue, BLF helps legal professionals tone and strengthen their marketing approach with new services, tools and tactics. In this issue’s feature, “The Strength of Google Plus,” James Ambroff-Tahan draws focus to the surprising power of the once-struggling social network. Integration with the world’s most popular search engine links your profile to other powerful web forces, including YouTube, while its Circles allow you to target your key demographics precisely. Your Google Plus content, keywords and hashtags can attract more potential clients in their own right — and they can […]


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