Florida Domestic Violence Laws, Your Rights, and General Information

Florida Domestic Violence Laws, Your Rights, and General Information

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. It’s a month set aside during the year to bring awareness to the issues and victims of domestic violence across the nation. It’s an issue that urgently deserves more attention. Every minute across the U.S., 20 people experience domestic violence. We’ll touch on domestic violence statistics in Florida plus State laws and your rights below. However, if you require immediate assistance, please call the Florida Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-500-1119

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2019 Florida Criminal Justice Reform: What You Need to Know About the Law

2019 Florida Criminal Justice Reform: What You Need to Know About the Law

In June 2019, Governor Ron DeSantis signed a comprehensive criminal justice bill into law. Officially becoming law on October 1, 2019, the law reforms many Florida Statutes dealing with the State’s criminal justice system. We’ll discuss many of the criminal justice changes impacted by the law below. If you’re curious about how the criminal justice reforms could potentially impact a criminal charge you’re involved in, we’ll be happy to provide a free consultation. Give us

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Holding Employers Accountable for Alcohol-Related Personal Injuries and Wrongful Deaths

Holding Employers Accountable for Alcohol-Related Personal Injuries and Wrongful Deaths

On December 10, 2018, a 24-year old bartender working for a Jupiter, Florida restaurant, owned by Tiger Woods and operated by General Manager Erica Herman, crashed his car and died after leaving his place of employment. The bartender had been drinking in the restaurant after his shift ended and had a blood-alcohol level of .256—three times over the legal limit—when he crashed his car. Earlier this year, the bartender’s parents brought a wrongful death suit

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Tips on Co-parenting an Adolescent with an Ex-Spouse

Tips on Co-parenting an Adolescent with an Ex-Spouse

Raising a teen can be a stressful experience for any parent. Dealing with teens can be especially complicated when co-parenting them with an ex-spouse. Both parents are dealing with separate households and potentially new relationships. Now, along comes a teenager seeking their own independence. Where before they adoringly followed along with the parent’s instructions and guidance—they’re now constantly questioning and challenging the authority of both parents. Divorced parents along with all other parents deal with

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What You Need to Know About Texting and Driving in Florida and Your Rights

What You Need to Know About Texting and Driving in Florida and Your Rights

This year, Florida joins 45 states in making texting while driving a primary traffic offense. Now, police can pull you over if they see a phone in your hand while driving. Before this new legislation goes into effect on July 1, 2019, texting and driving was considered a secondary offense where drivers could be cited when pulled over for another offense. The legislation aims at reducing the rate of distracted driving in the State. Distracted

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What You Need to Know About Dog Bite & Injury Laws in Florida

What You Need to Know About Dog Bite & Injury Laws in Florida

Florida is a dog-friendly state. Wherever you are, there’s probably a canine nearby. Dog owners frequently take their dogs to restaurants with outdoor patios. Dogs accompany owners on errands, including visits to those big hardware stores. As summer nears, dogs can be found running about with families at Florida beaches and parks. All these Florida Fido activities can be fun and exciting; however, they open up a potential dog bite scenario. A dog bite can

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What You Need to Know About Alimony & Spousal Support Laws in Florida

What You Need to Know About Alimony & Spousal Support Laws in Florida

When our clients start the process of dissolving their marriage in Florida, the topic of alimony and spousal support invariably comes up. Usually asked in some phrasing of the following questions: “Can I get alimony from my ex?”  “Will I have to pay my ex alimony?” Our answer to both questions is: “Maybe.” Florida laws do not provide a guarantee either spouse will be granted alimony or spousal support in cases of divorce. Below, we’ll

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When You Need Legal Help, Hire a Full-Service Law Firm like Fusco Law Group

When You Need Legal Help, Hire a Full-Service Law Firm like Fusco Law Group

Have you ever been in a situation where you say to yourself: “I better call MY attorney” That situation could be a potential criminal offense like one of your children being accused of drug possession. Possibly you’ve just been rear-ended in your car and not sure what your next steps should be. Maybe your spouse is considering a divorce and you have questions regarding child custody. If you’re facing any of those situations or countless

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Police Can’t Force You to Unlock Your Smartphone Using Fingerprint or Face

Police Can't Force You to Unlock Your Smartphone Using Fingerprint or Face

According to Magistrate Judge Kandis Westmore of the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of California, police cannot force a suspect to unlock their phone through facial recognition, a fingerprint or an iris scan. Forcing a suspect to do so would violate their rights against self-incrimination as protected by the Fifth Amendment. This decision overrules previous circuit court rulings in California that biometric features were considered testimonies since suspects weren’t verbally giving up their

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January is Dubbed National Divorce Month. Are You Considering Participating?

January is Dubbed National Divorce Month. Are You Considering Participating?

When the holiday festivities end, people begin their planning for the New Year. For many couples, the New Year means beginning the process of divorce. January is dubbed National Divorce Month. It’s the month when courts start seeing a spike in divorce cases. In 2019, January 7 is dubbed Divorce Day. A day when Family Law Attorneys receive an increase in inquiries about divorce. The timing makes some sense. Many couples prefer not to spoil

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