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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 28, 2015 – Overdosing on legitimate prescriptions or pill mill doctor prescriptions such as oxycodone, hydrocodone and oxymorphone now account for the single largest cause of accidental death in the U.S. Once only prescribed for the terminally ill, opiods have become an everyday tool for pain management. “Statistics from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) reveal that more Americans die from prescription drug overdoses for painkillers than from other street drugs, such as heroine or cocaine,” said noted Lakeland criminal defense attorney, Thomas Grajek. In fact, the CDC statistics also show that […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 21, 2015 – Is a judge allowed to change a sentence after one has been imposed, while the offender is in jail serving time? “The short answer in that scenario is, more often than not, no, because this situation is called double jeopardy. It would be wrong on a number of levels,” said Thomas Grajek, a Lakeland, Florida, criminal defense attorney. “No officer of the court, such as a judge, can on their own, without holding a hearing including all relevant parties, re-sentence someone after they have already been sentenced.” It is one thing […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 31, 2015 – Florida traffic safety officials say that hundreds of lives could be saved if more drivers and passengers buckled their seat belts. In Florida in 2013, there were more than 1,200 deaths in vehicle crashes, and about 48 percent of the people who lost their lives were not wearing their seat belts. According to officials, many if not most of the unbelted deaths could have been prevented. “Far too many Floridians lose their lives in traffic accidents,” said Robert Joyce, a Tampa car accident attorney with Joyce & Reyes. “It is tremendously […]


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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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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) 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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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 23, 2015 – On March 25, the military pledged to provide appropriate treatment and awards for injured service members. In a rare expression of military contrition, Under Secretary Brad R. Carson apologized for the Army’s substandard treatment of U.S. troops who were exposed to chemical weapons while serving in Iraq. The under secretary also spelled out new measures to provide medical care for those veterans suffering from chemical exposure and to recognize veterans harmed by chemicals who had previously been denied awards. Former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel appointed Carson last fall to oversee […]


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Space is very limited. Join the CLM Conversation in Tampa, FL on May 13, 2015 REGISTER NOW Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 21, 2015 – Custom Legal Marketing is launching a new nationwide series called CLM Conversations. The event promises to be everything attorneys can’t get from a crowded convention, offering attorneys a chance to have a real conversation about their online marketing with a CLM expert, entirely free and without the pressure to sign a contract on the spot. To start the nationwide tour, Custom Legal Marketing is heading back to its hometown: Tampa, Florida. The first of […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 26, 2015 – In February 2015, a Florida pain clinic was raided by several law enforcement agencies, and five people were arrested. Authorities said that evidence indicated that the clinic was operating as an illegal pill mill. Evidence was seized from the Winter Park Pain and Wellness Clinic; owner Eric Emerson, Dr. Roland Brutus and three staff members were arrested. “If the allegations are borne out by the evidence, then the law enforcement agencies and officers are to be commended for shutting down this pill mill,” said Robert Joyce, a Tampa pharmaceutical negligence attorney […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 19, 2015 – Florida law enforcement officials have noted an alarming increase in hit-and-run car accidents. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, there were more than 80,000 hit-and-run accidents in the state during 2014. Between 2013 and 2014, a 23 percent increase in fatal hit-and-run collisions appeared. Almost half of the victims were pedestrians. “Hit-and-run accidents are bad for everyone involved,” said Robert Joyce, a Tampa car accident attorney with Joyce & Reyes. “The victims left behind may have injuries that need immediate medical attention, and the perpetrators face serious criminal charges when they […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 23, 2015 – A multi-million dollar settlement has been reached in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of a teenager who died at the Clay County Jail in Florida. Daniel Linsinbigler, 19, asphyxiated and died while strapped into a restraint chair at the jail in March 2013. The family agreed to drop their lawsuit in exchange for $2.2 million. “While a monetary settlement cannot ever make up for losing a loved one, a wrongful death lawsuit can help provide some compensation for a grieving family,” said Robert Joyce, a Tampa wrongful death […]


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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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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 29, 2015 – The daughter of a man killed at a ropes course attraction at a mall in Orlando, Florida has filed a wrongful death lawsuit on her late father’s behalf. Robert Belvoir died Christmas Eve at the SkyTrail attraction in Artegon Marketplace. His harness became disconnected from the course’s rails, and he fell about 30 feet to the concrete floor. Belvoir’s daughter, Penelope, had finished the course and watched as her father fell to his death. She filed the wrongful death lawsuit against the manufacturer, Ropes Courses Inc., and other defendants. “In tragic […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 31, 2014 – In 2012, the state of Florida passed a youth concussion law designed to protect young athletes from brain injuries, joining more than 30 states that had already adopted such laws.  Safety advocates say that such protections are badly needed. Of the more than 300,000 head injuries reported each year in high school sports, more than 90 percent are concussions. “Measures like Florida’s youth concussion law provide some much-needed protection,” said Robert Joyce, a Tampa attorney with Joyce & Reyes who handles brain injury lawsuits. “Brain injuries can have serious long-term effects […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 29, 2014 – In 2014 alone, 11 people have died in six Tampa Bay area collisions that involved wrong-way driving. Four fraternity brothers from the University of South Florida died in February when a wrong-way driver crashed into their vehicle on Interstate 275. Several other wrong-way crashes and arrests of wrong-way drivers have brought national attention to the problem. “Clearly, negligence on the part of the wrong-way driver is a factor in many of these tragic accidents,” said Robert Joyce, a prominent Tampa car accident attorney with Joyce & Reyes. With new attention paid […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 24, 2014 – Tampa Bay area law enforcement officials say action is needed to reduce pedestrian injuries and deaths resulting from car accidents. According to Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, there were nearly 26,000 pedestrian-related traffic accidents in Florida during the three years from 2011 to 2013. Pedestrian crashes increased by 19 percent during the same period. To improve pedestrian safety, the Florida Sheriffs Task Force has initiated a program called Operation Safe Steps. “There are far too many pedestrian injuries and deaths in the Tampa area and in the state of Florida,” said […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 18, 2014 – A Florida Appeals Court decision may affect who accesses cellphone data after a fatal accident. The appeals court’s ruling arises from the death of Tabitha Antico in 2012. Antico, who was 18 at the time of the accident, died after colliding with a truck. Her estate filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the trucking company and the truck’s driver. Sindt Trucking Inc. and James Williams were the named defendants in the action. Initially, a circuit court justice agreed that the defendants could hire an expert to mine Antico’s cellphone data to […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 17, 2014 – Two certified nursing assistants employed by a nursing home in Winter Haven, Florida, have been arrested after a hidden camera recorded them apparently abusing an elderly Alzheimer’s patient. “Abuse and neglect are significant problems in nursing homes,” said Robert Joyce, a Tampa attorney who handles cases of nursing home abuse and neglect. “If these allegations are true, then this is a particularly outrageous case.” Dale Wilson’s father is 76 years old and suffers from Alzheimer’s disease. Dale and his wife Debbie became suspicious when they noticed that his father had unexplained […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 11, 2014 – This year, Florida was working on a possible new category of driving impairment: driving under the influence of a physician-recommended intoxicant, such as cannabis for medicinal purposes. But the idea failed at the polls. The passage of such a law in Florida would have depended on Amendment 2’s success. Amendment 2 failed, even though polls suggested that the public supported medical marijuana use by almost 90 percent. The poll was close, but not close enough. Florida requires a supermajority of 60 percent or higher in favor. The Amendment came in with […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 20, 2014 – Depending on the political party one listens to, immigration reform is an excellent or terrible plan.  But no one is asking the immigrants waiting for reform. “Statistics have been released that show tens of thousands of unaccompanied children crossing the border to find their families. President Obama indicated his intention to use executive action to spur reform, but he eventually backed away from signing such an order,” outlined Larry Rifkin, a Miami immigration attorney. Whenever an American president indicates an intention to use executive powers, the potential ramifications may develop into […]


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