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Hazing Laws on College Campuses

Hazing is a type of ceremony in which many fraternities or sororities will harass, abuse, or humiliate new pledges as a way of initiating them into a group. Hazing can range from something as benign ...
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Beware of the Prescription Drug DUI

Believe it or not, you can be charged with driving under the influence (DUI) without having a drop of alcohol to drink. Certain medications can do to your body what alcohol normally would—that ...
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Why You Need to Use Your Right to Remain Silent

Your right to remain silent is important to us and we want to do what it takes to protect it. This, however, must begin with helping you understand your right and when to invoke it. For the most part, ...
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Probation Violations - What You Need to Know

Violating your probation is a serious matter and can result in severe consequences, especially when it is not properly handled. A violation of probation occurs when the specific conditions set forth ...
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License Suspension after a DUI

A DUI is a serious conviction which can result in hefty fines, jail time, and severe consequences such as having your license revoked and suspended. These penalties can be lifelong, and a DUI can also ...
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Several Charged for Contractor Work Without Licenses in Florida Sting

Volusia County law enforcement have concluded an extensive sting to catch several individuals throughout the area who had allegedly been posing as contractors without any official licenses or ...
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Top Steps to Take When Going Through a Divorce

Divorce can be an incredibly confusing time, especially because each divorce is different. Finances, children, and the overall relationship between two people differs from case to case, which is why ...
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Looking for an Alternative to Litigation? Try Mediation!

The typical courtroom litigation route isn’t always the best way for some families when it comes to solving family law issues. Your family is unique, so when you and your spouse are looking to ...
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Understanding Annulment & How to Get One

confusing to ascertain which one may be the best choice for you. Divorce is no longer the only option for people hoping to part ways with whom they are married to. Many of these people believe ...
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Is Distracted Driving as Dangerous as Drunk Driving?

Many people believe drunk driving is the most dangerous thing you can do. While the implications of drunk driving can be fatal and incredibly hazardous for all in immediate vicinity, there are ...
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Things to Know About Pursuing Sole Custody of Your Children

If you’re getting divorced or separated in Florida, child custody will likely be a hotly contested issue in your case. It can be difficult for spouses to come to an agreement as to who spends ...
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What to Do if You Are Arrested

Being arrested for having allegedly committed a crime is one of the most frightening experiences a person can undergo. Whether innocent, partially guilty, or completely guilt ridden, you will want to ...
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FL Restraining Order Violations | Buckmaster & Ellzey

Restraining Order Violations in Florida Obtain Experienced Legal Counsel from Our Daytona Beach Criminal Defense Attorney In Florida, those who are allegedly victimized by domestic violence are ...
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Reasonable Doubt in the Casey Anthony Case

What is reasonable doubt? Reasonable doubt is a standard of proof that must be surpassed to convict the accused in a criminal proceeding. It is required under the Due Process Clause of the Fifth ...
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Jeremy Buckmaster Joins the Citizens' Law Enforcement Advisory Board as Vice Chair

For over 15 years, Attorney Jeremy Buckmaster has grown in his skills as an attorney, particularly in the area of criminal defense. His abilities were recently recognized by the City of Ormond Beach, ...
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Attorney Recognition for "Patriotic Employer" Award

Michelle Bruney missed the U.S. Navy after serving from 2000 to 2004, so she decided to fill this void by joining the Naval Reserves. "I knew it was something I had to do," she said. "I ...
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Changes with the Department of Motor Vehicles and Hardship Licenses that took Effect July 1, 2013 (DUIS)

There are numerous reasons for which an individual may have his or her driver's license suspended. Multiple traffic violations, reckless driving and DUI are all reasons the Department of Highway ...
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The Issue with Unfair Guidelines for Federal Child Pornography Cases

Federal law defines child pornography as any image, photograph, video or other visual rendering of sexually explicit conduct involving a minor. These types of images do not need to be developed, ...
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Websites Hit with Lawsuits & Other Fallout for Alleged Violations of Arrestee Rights

Being arrested for committing a crime can be a very embarrassing and humbling experience. One moment you are going about your business just like you would on any other day, then suddenly you are put ...
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Higher Stakes for DUI Defendants as NTSB's recommends Lower BAC

On May 14, 2013 the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) voted unanimously to recommend that 50 states reduce the blood alcohol content (BAC) limit from.08 to.05 or lower. In addition to this ...
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Florida's Stand Your Ground Law

In February 2012, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed at close range by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch coordinator during an altercation. According to Zimmerman, his actions ...
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State Funding Cutbacks for the Florida Public Defender's Office

I hear the question every week in my office. Why should I hire you and not just get a free lawyer through the Public Defender's Office. It is a great question that I wish I was asked more often. ...
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Refusing A DUI Breath Test

In the state of Florida, a conviction of a DUI can have many consequences including a driver's license suspension, fines and court costs well over $1000, alcohol classes, outpatient treatment, ...
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Padilla v. Kentucky

In March 2010, the United States Supreme Court set precedence with the decision of Padilla v. Kentucky 130 S. Ct. 1473. This case addressed the deportation risks that arise in a criminal defense case ...
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Florida's Newly Proposed Immigration Laws

In early May, the Florida Senate approved a new bill to control the illegal immigration issue that has been a topic of interest for many states including, Arizona, Alabama, and Georgia. The Florida ...
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