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Are You Living Close to One of Florida’s Many Gun Dealers?

According to recent Huffington Post Research, gun dealers in Florida now outnumber post offices in the state by three times. These study results come from Mayors Against Gun Violence and indicate just how prevalent gun dealerships are as well as the demand for purchasing guns.

Breaking this down into terms as that can translate to residents across the state of Florida, more than 99% of people who reside in the state live within a 10-mile span of at least one authorized firearms dealer.

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10 Reasons That Your DUI Breath Test May Be Wrong

Many people may be shocked to learn that the breath test conducted during a DUI stop can be challenged successfully in court with the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney.

When a breath test has been improperly conducted, performed under inappropriate conditions or recorded on defective equipment, you may be eligible to work with your Miami DUI Lawyer to have the results of these tests thrown out.

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Florida Law Puts a Stop to Policing for Profit

A new Florida law now makes it more difficult for police to seize assets and money from people who have been arrested for a criminal offense.

S.B. 1044, which amends the Florida Contraband Forfeiture Act, received bipartisan support from Florida lawmakers and was signed into law by Governor Scott in April 2016. The law took effect July 1, 2016.

If police confiscated your property following an arrest, you have important rights. Don’t hesitate to speak to a Miami criminal defense lawyer about your case.

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The Fun and Frenzy of the Fourth of July

The 4th of July is a holiday that holds a special place in my heart because it was the day that my daughter was born. So for me, it commemorates the day that my life changed for the better with the addition of the person I call “my angel”.

For most people, however, the 4th of July celebrates our independence as a nation. We celebrate with fireworks, beach parties, barbecues, hot dogs, hamburgers, beer and yummy cocktails. It is truly one of the most fun days for our country because it is capped off by heart pounding and emotional firework celebrations across our nation.

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The Necessity Defense in Criminal Cases

Life is filled with difficult decisions. In many situations, people are forced to make tough choices, even when none of their options are all that appealing.

If you committed a crime because you believed you had no other choice at the time, a Miami criminal defense lawyer may be able to argue you broke the law out of necessity. In Florida, necessity is an affirmative defense to criminal charges.

Proving You Acted Out of Necessity

Because necessity is an affirmative defense, the accused has the burden of proving he or she carried out a crime strictly under duress.

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What You Need to Know About the Federal Criminal Charging Process

The federal court system functions in roughly the same way as the state court systems, but there are some important differences. For example, federal cases are brought by United States Attorneys instead of prosecutors or district attorneys. While you can be charged and tried under both systems, usually when the federal government steps in, the State will step out.

Most federal cases proceed the same way, and knowing the steps in the criminal charging process can help ease some of the anxiety related to a federal charge. A Miami federal criminal attorney can help you through this process, and will be there for you every step of the way.

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What is Employee Theft in Florida?

Employee theft occurs when an employee unlawfully takes from their employer. Usually it will involve money, but it can involve property as well. The taking is with the intent to permanently deprive the employer of the funds or property. This particular crime is taken very seriously in Florida and it can result in severe penalties.

A Florida theft lawyer can help you defend against allegations of employee theft so you can avoid the potentially harsh penalties involved.

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The Basics of Federal Criminal Sentencing

The Federal Sentencing Guidelines can be extremely difficult to understand. Your federal criminal lawyer is well-versed in these guidelines, however. That means that she can help you determine what your penalty under federal law may be based on the guidelines.

This will be extremely important to know in your federal criminal case, particularly as you consider whether a plea bargain is the right option for you.

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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.

Previous Client 5 September 27, 2016

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