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Blog Posts in May, 2012

How to Hire an Attorney-Five Common Tricks Attorneys use to get Your Money Part 3

Trick #2: Puffery Bloviating, false Bravado, puffery, exaggerating, bragging. These are all words for lies an attorney may tell you in an attempt to get your business. More specifically, these words ...
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How to Hire an Attorney-Five Common Tricks Attorneys use to get Your Money Part 2

Trick #1: Promises This is a biggie. The Florida Bar, the organization that regulates the conduct of attorneys, strongly prohibits an attorney from making a promise to a potential client to get their ...
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How to Hire an Attorney-Five Common Tricks Attorneys use to get Your Money Part 1

Many people go through life without ever needing an attorney. Most people, however, are in need of the assistance of an attorney at least once in their lives. They may need a will drafted, a contract ...
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Guide to Drug Crimes--Part 3

What are Some Possible Penalties? In addition to some penalties already discussed, drug crimes bring some standard sanctions. Among the variable sanctions are community service hours, drug evaluations ...
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Guide to Drug Crimes--Part 2

What are the Different Drug Crimes? The simplest drug crime is "possession". This is where an individual is in actual or constructive possession of a controlled substance. Actual possession ...
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Guide to Drug Crimes--Part 1

Drug crimes, often referred to as "narcotics" offenses or "controlled substance" charges, are the most prevalent crimes committed in Florida. Everyone is familiar with common ...
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Adjudication vs. Adjudication Withheld

It is often asked what the difference between being adjudicated and having adjudication withheld means. A formal adjudication is just as it sounds, you are dubbed "guilty" of a crime and ...
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The difference between "no contest" and "guilty"

Everybody knows what a "not guilty" plea means--that you are innocent and did not do whatever the State is accusing you of. There are two alternative choices that are similar, but have ...
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How to Complete Probation-Five Stumbling Blocks to Successfully Completing Your Probation

The final stumbling block: 5. Lack of dedication While the first four are, for the most part, out of your control, a lack of dedication is entirely on you. This is the stumbling block where you and ...
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How to Complete Probation-Five Stumbling Blocks to Successfully Completing Your Probation

Probation stumbling block number four: 4. Instability in life This is an important, but often over looked part of success with probation. This topic covers a lot of aspects. One is a permanent ...
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How to Complete Probation-Five Stumbling Blocks to Successfully Completing Your Probation

Stumbling Block Number 3: 3. Drug addicition First, drug addiction is a very real and very detrimental disease. A drug addiction can lead to a violation of probation if there is random urinalysis ...
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How to Complete Probation-Five Stumbling Blocks to Successfully Completing Your Probation

The second stumbling block in our on-going series: 2. Lack of money Probation always comes with lots of fees that are not always anticipated. First, there are court costs that will have to be paid. ...
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How to Complete Probation-Five Stumbling Blocks to Successfully Completing Your Probation

So you have been sentenced to probation. I know, it seems like the end of the world, but I assure you it is not. Whether this is your first time with probation or you think you are a pro by now, this ...
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