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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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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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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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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) 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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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 24, 2014 – The Florida legislature is soon to vote on a bill to place restrictions on lawsuits against nursing homes. The bill would protect passive investors from lawsuits related to care of nursing home residents. It would require evidentiary hearings in cases in which residents pursue punitive damage claims against homes. It would also place penalties on nursing homes that don’t pay judgments against them, including possible revocation of operating licenses. Tampa nursing home abuse attorney Robert Joyce offers his thoughts on the bill’s provisions. “I’m always wary of bills that might restrict […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 24, 2014 – What started out as a potential “maybe” for immigration reform at the start of 2014 has now deteriorated to a “No, not until 2015.” “Listening to the various positions held by the House Speaker and the President is entertaining, but definitely not informative. The President states immigration reform must be passed this year. John Boehner agreed in January, but now says not until 2015 because then the Republicans would likely have a majority in the House and Senate,” remarks Larry Rifkin, a Miami immigration lawyer and managing partner at Rifkin & […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 17, 2014 – Many Americans feel Obamacare is built on lies, resulting in a fiasco. Now, the need to push through immigration reform has taken on a note of desperation. “It’s interesting to note that many Americans feel they got ‘had’ when it comes to Obamacare. And now, it seems the Democrats are pushing immigration reform to happen soon. Now the President says it’s time to allow immigrants to fulfill their dreams, for Republicans to do the right thing. Really? If anyone else gets the sense this is a shell game, or diversionary tactic, […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) April 9, 2014 – Florida’s commercial trucking regulations are under scrutiny in the wake of a fatal accident involving a semitrailer. A collision between a semitrailer and a sedan on Interstate 75 resulted in the sedan driver’s death. Although the truck driver’s commercial license (CDL) was nearly free of violations, his total driving history included 27 violations. That personal history did not prevent him from lawfully obtaining a commercial driver’s license. Now, a Florida legislator wants to pass a law that would prevent such circumstances. “It’s common sense that at some point, a history of […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 20, 2014 – The driver of a tractor-trailer involved in a fatal auto accident has a driving history detailing over two dozen infractions during the past decade. Wayne Damari Waldon, 30, has 27 infractions on his driving record. Just two of those, both non-moving violations, applied to his commercial driver’s license. Driving with a suspended license and speeding are among his personal violations. “In Florida, your driving history, no matter how bad, cannot disqualify you from obtaining a commercial driver’s license,” explains Tampa personal injury attorney Robert Joyce. “You need only pass a written […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 6, 2014 – Florida was listed among the “Worst States” for highway safety laws by a Washington, D.C. safety advocacy group. Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (AHAS) recently published the list, which summarizes a number of traffic safety laws, including those governing seat belts, helmets for motorcycle riders and text messaging. “Each year, thousands of Florida families suffer a death or serious injury on our highways,” said Tampa auto accident attorney Robert Joyce. “Fatalities have been on the decline in recent years, and last year’s partial text messaging ban is an improvement. But […]


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Florida confab of lawyer, accountants, etc. discuss new law’s implications. Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) February 28, 2014 – As the annual Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning reconvened in mid-January in Orlando, Fla., the eagerly anticipated conference of some 2,900 attendees was particularly interested in discussing the impact of recent changes in tax law. And the major engine for change in how lawyers and accountants will approach estate planning is the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012. The buzzword for estate planning since the passage of the new law is so-called portability, which allows widows and widowers to carry over […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 24, 2014 – Advocates are hailing a recent ruling by the Supreme Court of Florida as an important step forward for gay rights in the state. A Florida woman who donated an egg to her lesbian partner filed a lawsuit when the birth mother left the state with the child without informing the plaintiff after the couple ended their relationship. The two had planned to raise the child together. The state’s highest court ruled by a vote of 4-3 that the egg donor had parental rights, and it ordered a lower court to arrange […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 19, 2014 – The parents of a woman killed by an allegedly drunk driver are suing the driver and the nightclub where he worked. In the early morning hours of September 2, 2013, Christopher Patrick Weed left Shephard’s Beach Resort in Clearwater, Florida after finishing his shift as a “bar back.” According to the lawsuit, he had consumed “numerous” alcoholic beverages over the several hours previous. At about 6 a.m., on Clearwater Memorial Causeway, Weed struck and killed Rob Lemon, 25, and his girlfriend, Hilary Michalak, 27, who were riding a tandem bicycle. Tampa […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 14, 2014 – There is a lot of speculation about what the real reasons are for the holdup on immigration reform. Meanwhile, it languishes in the House. “In the greater scheme of things, it may not matter what the reasons are for delaying immigration reform. The fact is, it is not going anywhere and this has a direct impact on over 11 million undocumented illegals in the nation. 2013 was hailed as ‘the’ year it would be passed. Truth be told, there is an agreement of sorts out there, but it sits on the […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 7, 2014 – Immigration reform is also about gays, lesbians, the disabled, women and bisexuals. This is truly comprehensive reform. “When Americans speak of immigration reform, they tend to think in broad strokes, only thinking about immigrant workers. In truth,” says Larry Rifkin, a Miami immigration lawyer and managing partner at Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff, with law offices in Miami, Florida and Orlando, Florida. “really comprehensive immigration reform has a much broader scope than that, and it includes gays, lesbians, the disabled, women and bisexuals, whether we like it or not. Reform is about improving […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 13 , 2014 – In this case a young teen was beaten and raped at a friend’s house, while the incident was captured on another teen’s cellphone. Three teens, two females and one male, have each been charged with two counts of sexual battery with the use of force and two counts of kidnapping. “The youngest juvenile charged is 15-years-old and the oldest is 19. The three younger teens, if convicted, face juvenile detention and most likely reasonable bail, as they cannot be given life sentences and Florida abolished parole,” explained Thomas Grajek, a […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 27, 2013 – A law extending foster care to young adults in Florida is getting pushback from the state’s “community-based care” (CBC) organizations. The law, scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2014, extends eligibility for the benefits of foster care to age 21 for those who would otherwise age out of the system at 18. But the state’s 19 private CBC organizations that provide the foster services say the law creates costs they cannot afford. “This is an important law for foster children, who face steep challenges creating stable, secure lives for themselves […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 19, 2013 – The coming holiday season means long road trips and unfamiliar weather for some Americans. Many inhabitants of Florida and other warm-weather states may find themselves driving in snow and ice if they travel northward. Tampa auto accident attorney Robert Joyce points out how challenging these conditions may be for those who have never encountered them. “Driving in snow and ice is often challenging even for lifelong Northerners,” Mr. Joyce said. “Many people from around here are going to visit family up North for the holidays. They may think that driving through […]


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