How Legal Advice Can Help Make the Adoption Process a Joyous Journey

How Legal Advice Can Help Make the Adoption Process a Joyous Journey

Each November, communities across the nation celebrate National Adoption Month. It’s an opportunity to raise awareness about adoption-related issues. For Duval County, National Adoption Month unofficially kicked off on October 31st. This past Halloween, 18 kids officially got new families during a Jacksonville adoption ceremony at the Duval County courthouse. We can just imagine the festivities and delight experienced by both the children and their new parents this holiday season. Adoption can be a joyous

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Possessing a Fake ID in College Can Lead to a Costly Future

Possessing a Fake ID in College Can Lead to a Costly Future

It’s Saturday night, you’re 20 years old and out partying with your college friends. Someone suggests going to that new nightclub in Jacksonville Beach. No problem, you think. You recently bought a fake id saying you’re over 21 that will make it easy to buy a couple drinks. However, the bouncer at the club spots the fake, keeps ID and prevents you from entering the bar. While you’re hanging out in the parking lot, a

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Social Media and Divorce: A Match Not Made in Heaven

Social Media and Divorce: A Match Not Made in Heaven

According to the Pew Research Center, seven-in-ten Americans use social media. The number of marriages heading to divorce ranges between 40 to 50 percent based on various sources. If you’re a Jacksonville couple heading toward divorce and have social media accounts, let’s combine the above topics into a shocking reality check: 81 percent of attorneys encountered or used posts from social media sites in divorce cases according to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. While

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How to Avoid Self-Incrimination

How to Avoid Self-Incrimination

As a Jacksonville police officer takes you into custody, he informs you that: “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you.” As you’re put into the back of the police car, it’s imperative you understand and heed those words. Especially the first

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The Art of Co-Parenting

The Art of Co-Parenting

Throughout the year, Jacksonville soccer fields team with thousands of kids and their cheering parents. Soccer parenting is a traditional way of life for many households. In April, a Facebook post and photo celebrating a 4-year old Georgia girl and her four supportive soccer parents went viral. As of mid-July, over 87,000 Facebook members shared that post and over 3.4K left comments. The photo and the story behind it have been featured in media across

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What to Do and Not to Do When Driving With a Suspended License in Florida

What to Do and Not to Do When Driving With a Suspended License in Florida

A Jacksonville police officer just pulled you over. Why? Well, maybe you have a broken brake light, tag light, or another minor traffic infraction. You hand over your license, registration and insurance card as requested. The officer runs your license, then asks “did you know your license is suspended?” Your answer could mean the difference between a civil traffic infraction (moving violation)—essentially a traffic ticket with some teeth—or a criminal traffic charge (misdemeanor or felony

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What to Do When Legally Carrying a Firearm and Stopped by the Police

What to Do When Legally Carrying a Firearm and Stopped by the Police

Getting pulled over by police during a traffic stop can be nerve wracking, especially if you have a firearm in the vehicle. If you’re a law-abiding gun owner—meaning you hold a concealed weapon license (CWL) or you are properly storing the firearm in your vehicle without a concealed permit—you need to familiarize yourself with the law and your constitutional rights. After all, we’ve all probably seen various news media reports on police interactions with gun

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Too Fast Too Reckless: When Speeding Leads to Criminal Charges

Too Fast Too Reckless: When Speeding Leads to Criminal Charges

Let’s say you’re late for work; you hop on I95 and start speeding north toward Downtown Jacksonville. Hey, that car in front is moving way too slow for you. You tailgate for a moment looking for that brief opening in the lane on your left. There’s the opening. You whip your car over, punch the gas passing the car on your right then zip over in front of it. Weaving in and out, you’re now

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Why You Should Stay at the Scene of an Accident

Why You Should Stay at the Scene of an Accident

Given the driving conditions in Northeast Florida, you could say auto accidents are just waiting to happen. If you’re unfortunate to be involved in a car accident, here’s my very important legal advice: Don’t leave. Staying at the scene of an accident can help you avoid significant hit and run penalties that include fines, revoked licenses and jail time. If you’ve left the scene of an accident, stop reading and please call my office immediately

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The Medical Marijuana Battle isn’t Over—It’s Just Begun

The Medical Marijuana Battle isn’t Over—It’s Just Begun

Your right to legally use medical marijuana in Florida took a giant leap forward on January 3, 2017. That’s when amendment 2–Florida Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative—went into effect. On November 8, 2016, 71% of Florida voters said yes to legalize medical marijuana for individuals with specific debilitating diseases or comparable debilitating conditions as determined by a licensed state physician. While the amendment win is big news for marijuana-use advocates, celebration might be premature. The actual

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