Series: How to Protect Yourself During a Police Investigation.  Part 5: Common Post-Arrest Mistakes

Series: Protection from Police.  Part 2: Constitutional Rights
In Part 1 of this series, we discussed using self-control and composure to protecting yourself in an encounter with law enforcement. In this article, we’ll review your individual constitutional rights and how to invoke them to protect yourself. Most police know about individual rights and are taught about important Court decisions regarding those rights. more
Can You Divorce Your Common Law Spouse in Florida?
Before last week, I’d have answered this question with a simple, “no”. Section 741.211, Florida Statutes explicitly states, “No common-law marriage entered into after January 1, 1968, shall be valid…”.  The title of the section is “common-law marriages void”.  It seems cut and dry.  However, in typical lawyer fashion, my answer today is, “it depends”. more
Traveling Abroad with a Criminal Record
After Arrest Criminal cases come with significant restrictions on a person’s freedoms both before resolution and after sentencing.  Typically, a person facing charges must pay a bond and comply with travel restrictions imposed by the Court to ensure their future appearance in Court.  Courts often order the person to obtain specific permission if they more
Protect Yourself From Debt Harassment
Early in my career, I stumbled upon some of Florida’s consumer protection laws.  A friend was being harassed by a debt collector who was based out of state, but was conducting business going after residents of Florida