» FL

Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 27, 2014 – There are exceptions to police warrant requirements. In some cases, officers can search a person or his or her personal property without a warrant. “The most common exception allows a vehicle search with probable cause. The main question here is, what kind of facts may lead to probable cause for a search for legal possession of medical cannabis?” said Thomas C. Grajek, a Lakeland criminal defense attorney. “States that have legalized some forms of marijuana possession and/or use are trying to determine when the possession of cannabis triggers probable cause for […]


Continue reading full article »

Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 27, 2014 – Rather than deal with issues that concern the nation, including immigration reform, House Speaker John Boehner has diverted attention to a lawsuit he is filing against President Obama. “It’s incomprehensible why Boehner would do something this nonsensical when an election is knocking on the door. His lawsuit alleges that the President is not executing the laws of the land by using his executive actions to change laws. The Obama administration strategies are old news, which makes his actions even stranger — until examined under the magnifying glass of potential political gain […]


Continue reading full article »

Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 22, 2014 – Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill to help foster children age 16 or older get around by car. The bill, HB 977, is a continuation of legislators’ efforts to improve the lives of Florida’s foster children and enable them to engage in normal age-appropriate activities. The 2013 legislative session saw the passage of a bill that trimmed the rules and regulations surrounding foster care that often made it difficult for children to participate in enriching activities with their peers, such as sleepovers and school field trips. Another 2013 bill extended […]


Continue reading full article »

Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 21, 2014 – Veterans, especially vets with PTSD, are much more likely to overuse drugs than the general public. Nearly 70 percent of Americans take at least one prescription drug regularly, and more than 50 percent are on at least two prescriptions. Multiple prescription drug use in the United States is fairly common, as 20 percent of Americans take five or more prescribed medications. Researchers have routinely noted that antidepressants and painkillers are among the most common prescriptions written, and both classes of medication hold risks and potentially serious side effects. Among veterans, particularly […]


Continue reading full article »

Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 20, 2014 – The cost of unaccompanied, minor, illegal immigrants entering the United States may run to roughly $2.28 billion by next year. U.S. taxpayers are footing that bill. “The $2.28 billion figure, which is an estimate, has shot up from 2014′s $868 million accumulation. These figures were sent to the Senate and House Appropriations by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and they are based on the assumption that unaccompanied minors are likely to continue to flood the borders. The numbers of young, unregistered immigrants entering the country have jumped ten-fold over […]


Continue reading full article »

Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 20, 2014 – DUIs usually refer to driving while under the influence of alcohol. With marijuara being more commonly used for a variety of reasons, such as medically/recreationally, comes the debut of marijuana DUIs. “As marijuana is sometimes used for medical purposes, there is a huge gap among states as to what defines driving under the influence. Twenty-three states and The District of Columbia are currently struggling to find an answer to that question. Interestingly, an Arizona court may have provided the solution to the question –and not just for Arizona, but across the […]


Continue reading full article »

Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 15, 2014 – Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeals (DCA) recently ruled that deterioration in a former spouse’s health can usually support a reduction in his or her alimony obligation. In Garvey v. Garvey, a former husband sought to modify his alimony obligation to his former wife after his multiple sclerosis (MS) began causing significant health problems. The decision hinged on whether the alimony agreement had been made in anticipation of such a turn in his health. “I think the Fourth DCA made the right decision here,” said Attorney O. Reginald Osenton, who is […]


Continue reading full article »

Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 8, 2014 – A Florida woman’s recent divorce taught her a tough lesson in commingling of assets. In the context of family law, “commingling of assets” is the act of combining a non-marital asset with a marital asset. The asset that couples most often commingle is cash. That is exactly what happened in the case of Sorgen v. Sorgen, which was recently decided by Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeals (DCA). Attorney O. Reginald Osenton, who is not involved with the case, explained how the case illustrates the legal ideas behind it. “Mrs. Sorgen […]


Continue reading full article »

Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 6, 2014 – Florida’s same-sex marriage ban suffered two legal defeats in July, and a ruling on a third case is still pending. On July 17, 2014, a circuit judge in Monroe County said the law violates the U.S. Constitution. Just over a week later on July 25, a Miami-Dade judge followed suit in a separate case. Each of those rulings, which would have permitted marriages to proceed in their respective counties, was stayed pending appeal by the state. A still-pending ruling on a federal case in Tallahassee would apply statewide. Attorney O. Reginald […]


Continue reading full article »

Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 5 2014 – The cost of unaccompanied minor illegal immigrants entering the U.S. may run to roughly $2.28 billion by next year. U.S. taxpayers are footing that bill. “The $2.28 billion figure, which is an estimate, has shot up from $868 million this year. These figures were sent to the Senate and House Appropriations by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and are based on the assumption that unaccompanied minors are likely to continue to flood the borders. They have jumped ten-fold over the last three years,” indicated Larry Rifkin, a well-respected Miami […]


Continue reading full article »

Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 31, 2014 – Unless changes are made, the Social Security disability fund will run out of money by end of 2016. Capitol Hill’s notorious procrastination could soon impact millions of Americans receiving Social Security disability payments. Within the next three years, Congress must come up with a plan to keep the program financially afloat. And given federal lawmakers’ proclivity for adopting short-term fixes at the eleventh hour, disabled workers may have to wait for a significant period before even finding about any stopgap measure that Congress passes. As it stands, the trust fund for […]


Continue reading full article »

Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 28, 2014 – A new study indicates that even mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) may result in cognitive problems and lasting brain damage. While severe TBI has been studied extensively, the newest study, published in the journal Neurology,focused on the mild to moderate cases that represent 90 per cent of brain injuries. Researchers found that patients with mild and moderate brain injuries showed damage to the brain’s white matter, which connects different areas of the brain and can affect a wide range of functions. “This research is an indication that what we think of […]


Continue reading full article »

Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July25, 2014 – The Florida Department of Transportation has recommended a safety upgrade to one of the most accident-prone intersections in the Tampa Bay area. The intersection of Belcher Road and Gulf to Bay Boulevard in Clearwater has been the site of several accidents over the years, but it has been the subject of renewed attention since crossing guard Douglas Carey was killed there in May. Carey was struck by a vehicle traveling 70 mph that was involved in a multi-car accident. “Dangerous intersections like this one are the site of many car accidents that […]


Continue reading full article »

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 […]


Continue reading full article »

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 […]


Continue reading full article »

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 […]


Continue reading full article »

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 […]


Continue reading full article »

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 […]


Continue reading full article »

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, […]


Continue reading full article »

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 […]


Continue reading full article »