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 want…read more


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

In this final installment of our series on staying safe during police interactions, we are covering how to keep a bad situation from getting worse following an arrest. Arrests often cause stress and confusion, particularly if it’s your first time. Simple mistakes can make your case much harder to defend in court. In this article,…read more


Series: How to Protect Yourself During a Police Investigation.  Part 4: Traffic Stop Checklist

As discussed throughout this series, police interactions can be scary and sometimes dangerous. Getting pulled over by the police is scary, but it’s essential to stay calm and make sure the interaction goes smoothly. If you live in Florida or are visiting, it’s crucial to know how to behave during a traffic stop to avoid…read more


Series: How to Protect Yourself During a Police Investigation.  Part 3: Miranda Rights

In part 2 of this series, we outlined the basic constitutional rights relevant to staying safe in an interaction with law enforcement. Most Americans have heard the term “Miranda Rights” and know that they include the right to remain silent and right to an attorney. However, many people misunderstand Miranda Warnings.  Understanding Miranda requirements can…read more


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. Know…read more


Series: How to Protect Yourself During a Police Investigation. Part 1: Avoiding Suspicion

If a law enforcement officer approaches you in Florida, it is important to know how to protect yourself. Officers are well-trained to identify movements, statements and other details which can incriminate the subjects of their investigation. Even the most innocent statement could incriminate you. Everyone should know what to do and say to stay protected…read 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”. …read more


DUI Legal Guide

This guide is a roadmap to beginning to repair the damage from a brand new DUI. It assumes that this is your first offense, and that you are released from jail the day after your arrest.