Florida’s Anti-Riot Law: What You Should Know About Protecting Your Right to Protest

Florida’s Anti-Riot Law: What You Should Know About Protecting Your Right to Protest

In April 2021, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law House Bill (HB) 1 – the Combating Public Disorder Act. The law created new criminal offenses related to riots and updated existing laws and penalties associated with rioting such as burglary, robbery, property damage, and unlawful assembly. Often called the “anti-riot” law, many people opined the statute criminalizes protests and dampens demonstration efforts in Florida. Many see the law as an assault on their First

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The Legal Process of Adopting a Child in Florida

The Legal Process of Adopting a Child in Florida

Adoption can be a momentous occasion in the life of the parent(s) and child. Adoption is a legal process where a child becomes part of a family other than their birth parents through a court decision. It’s a serious legal matter in Florida where courts will take an in-depth look at potential parents. Any adult married or unmarried and who works and lives in Florida can seek the adoption of a child within the State.

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Police Cannot Pursue Florida Residents into Their Home for Minor Offenses without Warrant According to a Supreme Court Decision Reinforcing the Fourth Amendment

Police Cannot Pursue Florida Residents into Their Home for Minor Offenses without Warrant According to a Supreme Court Decision Reinforcing the Fourth Amendment

A June 2021 Supreme Court decision reinforces the Fourth Amendment guarantee that your Florida home is indeed your castle and secure from unreasonable searches and seizures—even when the police are in hot pursuit for a minor offense. When “Hot Pursuit” Doesn’t Justify Entering Home Without a Warrant Until the June 2021 Supreme Court decision, police have long held the confidence that they may enter a home and conduct a warrantless search when pursuing a fleeing

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Understanding Florida Drug Crime Laws

Understanding Florida Drug Crime Laws

Facing a drug crime charge in Florida can be a terrifying experience with potentially life-changing consequences. Florida Drug crime offenses are broken down into the following categories with varying degrees of misdemeanor and felony penalties based on: Type of substance Weight of found substance Possession of a Controlled Substance The most common drug charge in the State of Florida is possession. A controlled substance can be: Illegal possession of a prescription drug An illegal drug

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Why Basketball Players Need a Sports Attorney

Why Basketball Players Need a Sports Attorney

For many professional basketball players, the acquired skills of the game began by shooting hoops in the driveway or at the local park with friends and family. As they improved their skills at dribbling, shooting, running, and jumping in high school and college, they may have dreamed of being one of the players on an NBA team or playing on an overseas team and seeing the world. Of course, the dream journey to becoming a

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Contested vs. Uncontested vs. Simplified: How Long Does a Divorce take in Florida?

Contested vs. Uncontested vs. Simplified: How Long Does a Divorce take in Florida?

That’s a question we frequently get asked when people reach out to us about getting a divorce. It’s a reasonable question when considering how the decision to dissolve a marriage is often accompanied by confusion, feeling overwhelmed, and a complex mixture of emotions—anxiety, relief, and sadness. Once they’ve decided to divorce, many people just want to get it over with quickly and move on with their life. The Type of Divorce Impacts How Fast the

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COVID-19 Update: When Will the Florida Court System Go Back to Normal?

COVID-19 Update: When Will the Florida Court System Go Back to Normal?

With COVID-19 vaccinations proceeding rapidly in 2021, many people in the legal field and those with pending legal matters are wondering when the Florida court system will get back to normal. In Duval County, there has been some movement in jury trials with an emphasis on remote proceedings. However, a “back to normal” court system may happen well into the future—and maybe not as normal as before. The pandemic has left an impact on the

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Personal Injury Guidance: Can You Sue If You Signed a Liability Waiver in Florida?

Personal Injury Guidance: Can You Sue If You Signed a Liability Waiver in Florida?

Many businesses, organizations, and sporting events require people to sign liability waivers to help avoid personal injury lawsuits. Signed liability forms are often required when an activity or service carries a certain amount of risk. The purpose is to release the organization from legal liabilities due to injuries incurred on their property, through a provided service or sponsored event. Who Requires Liability Waivers? Typically, liability waivers are required by: Gyms and recreational activity businesses such

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How to Protect Your Credit During a Divorce

How to Protect Your Credit During a Divorce

A divorce can be a complicated legal process, an emotional rollercoaster and a financial challenge for both spouses. How a divorce will impact credit history and scores is a frequent concern for divorcing spouses. That’s certainly understandable as many people worry about how they’ll land on their feet financially after a divorce. Spouses considering a divorce should start the process of establishing accounts (checking, savings, and credit) separate from the other spouse. Order a credit

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Being Arrested for DUI in Florida: Frequently Asked Questions

Being Arrested for DUI in Florida: Frequently Asked Questions

A DUI arrest in Florida can potentially lead to financial burdens (fines, higher insurance rates, etc.), jail time, suspended license, and loss of employment opportunities. Approximately 30,000 people are arrested for DUI in Florida each year. These people face a legal process that can be overwhelming and confusing. They may also face long-term effects from that arrest. Below, we’ve provided answers to frequently asked questions about DUI arrests in Florida. However, if you’re facing a

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