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Is My Home My Castle?

It’s 2:00 AM, you are sleeping soundly in your bed as your wife lies peacefully next to you. Your two kids are fast asleep in their rooms. The house is quiet, still and dark. Things are as they should be this early in the morning. Somehow, you are awakened and upon opening your eyes you see a shadow of a large, hooded figure rifling through your wife’s jewelry box on her vanity. Your heart skips a beat as it begins to pound faster than you knew possible. Your breathing seems to overtake the stillness of the night and you fear that the intruder in your home will see you are awake. Your gun is within arms reach of your bed but you fear movement may incite retaliation. Before you can make your decision, the tall figure, who has now packed all of your wife’s jewelry in a small pillow case, is making his way out of your room and heading into the direction of your kids bedrooms. At this point, your instincts take over, blood rushes to your head and the next thing you know you are in your hallway standing above a dead man who you just shot. Will you be arrested for murder or did you legally defend your castle?

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The Importance of the First 10 Days after a DUI

If you are arrested in Florida for a DUI, the clock starts to tick right away regarding the consequences you face. You have a period of 10 days from the day you are arrested to take action and save your license. In most cases, it is best to hire a criminal defense lawyer in Miami to fully understand your rights and options.

The fact is, the length of your license suspension depends on if you refused to take a breath test, or if you took the breath test and the reading was over .08%. If you refused the test, your license is suspended for one year. If you took the test and the reading was .08% or higher, your license is automatically suspended for six months. If you have ever had your license suspended for a DUI in the past, you are facing a suspension of 18 months.

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How a DUI Conviction Can Lead to A Variety of Negative Consequences

According to MADD.org, a person is injured every two minutes in this country due to drunk driving related accidents. While there is no denying that driving under the influence is dangerous, what happens when a person is wrongly accused of this offense? Each year, thousands of people refuse a police officer’s request for a breathalyzer or field sobriety tests. In some instances, this denial is due to the fact that a person does not want to incriminate themselves. If you have been charged with a DUI, then your first call needs to be to an experienced lawyer. Being convicted of a DUI can result in a number of negative consequences.

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The Federal Criminal Investigation Process

Thanks to movies and television, most people have an automatic idea that comes to mind when they hear terms such as federal prosecution, federal crime or federal investigation. These images range from courtroom sketches of defendants in front of the judge, federal agents carrying boxes out of a business, and, of course, the infamous “perp walk.”

While none of this is necessarily inaccurate, it is important to understand that these images are part of a much larger process. The entire process starts with an initial investigation. Understanding more about a federal criminal investigation can help a person understand what to expect if they are facing this situation.

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Should Prisoners Have Access to the Internet?

If a convict doesn’t have access to the internet, it is believed they have a hard time integrating themselves back into the community that existed while they were away. The participation they have in the civilian community is put in limbo because they are not aware of the changes going on around the world.

When these individuals are deprived of the online world, they have to rely on older communication methods, such as snail mail. Currently, only four states allow some type of limited internet access (Florida not included) to prisoners.

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How To Avoid Having Your Identity Stolen

For most people, having a cell phone or mobile device on them at all times is normal. In these technologically advanced times we live in, staying connected is very important. The more you live your life online, the higher your risk will become of having your identity stolen. This type of cyber crime can lead to a variety of negative consequences.

If you have been wrongly convicted of stealing someone’s identity, then contacting an expert criminal defense lawyer Miami for help.

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Social Media: Is it a Loophole for Florida Sex Offenders?

Today, over 65% of all adults in the United States use social media on a regular basis.

This is a number that continues to grow. Social media is not integrated into many parts of your day and has become ingrained on society. However, with this extremely powerful communication platform, many questions come up about how it is used and who is allowed to use it.

Sex Offenders and Social Media

An extremely hot topic for many pundits, lawyers and lawmakers is whether or not convicted sex offenders should be allowed to access and use various social media platforms.

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Assault and Battery Charges in Florida: Important Information to Know

In the state of Florida, the charges of assault and battery represent two different situations, even though they are often used together. Also, these charges, which are usually misdemeanors, can also be more serious offenses, such as aggravated battery and aggravated assault, which are felonies.

If you are charged with either or both of these you need to understand what it means and the difference in the two. Due to the degrees and severity of assault and battery charges, it is highly advisable to seek representation from a criminal defense lawyer in Florida.

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Assault: Criminal Cases vs. Personal Injury Claims

When an individual is assaulted, there can be two different types of cases. The difference between the two is the key. There are criminal cases and personal injury claims. Both are similar in ways, but there are important differences that are essential.

What are criminal cases?

In a criminal case, the defendant will be judged by a jury or the judge himself. The prosecuting attorney, which is usually the district attorney, will handle the case and represent the people of the state against the defendant. The victim will only be asked to speak if he is called as a witness.

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Florida’s New Law On Mandatory Minimum Sentencing

In July, a new law was passed that has significant implications for anyone who has been arrested for a crime in which mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines would be in effect.

This specifically relates to mandatory minimum sentences for aggravated assault. This could have significant consequences for you if you have recently been arrested for or convicted of assault in Florida. It is essential to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney in Florida as soon as possible after you have been accused in order to fully understand your rights.

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What Past Clients Say

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I was referred to Mrs. Hansen by another lawyer with different expertise. From the very moment we first met and spoke about my case Marcia was a doll. Very knowledgeable in her field and good at explaining things in layman’s terms for those unfamiliar with legal jargon. I highly recommend her for any criminal cases. She was great at negotiating a plea deal for me and I’m satisfied with the outcome of this case. I’m very pleased with my decision to hire her as my representation.

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