FIRST OFFENSE DUI

Consequences of a first-offense DUI on the Treasure Coast include fines, license suspension, vehicle impoundment, having to install an ignition interlock device (IID), and jail time. Enhanced penalties apply if you had blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .15% or more, were involved in an accident that resulted in injury or property damage, or had a passenger in the car under 18 years old. Administrative Penalties include license suspension. Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor ...
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What you should do if you are arrested?

LAW TALK By Leonard Villafranco If you are arrested in Florida, the decision to answer any questions is entirely yours. Give this matter serious attention because any oral or written statements will be used as evidence in court. If you are offered, coerced or forced to sign anything, advise your attorney or the senior police official in charge immediately. If you do not have an attorney, you can ask to see one immediately before giving up your right to remain silent. You can ask to speak wi...
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Catastrophic Injury

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LAW TALK By Leonard Villafranco Catastrophic Injury & illness can include brain injury, spinal cord injury, accidental amputation, severe burns, multiple fractures, or other neurological disorders and many other bodily injury types. A catastrophic injury usually occurs suddenly and without warning. Injuries are considered catastrophic due to the enormous impact they have on the lives of the individuals who experience them. A catastrophic injury very often causes severe disruption to the ce...
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Custody and Visitation

Custody and visitation are fighting words. Divorce lawyers and judges are beginning to use the less confrontational term “time-sharing” instead. The new term is not just a euphemism. It also signals a different approach to an age-old problem. It emphasizes the needs of the children, not the rights of the parents. Florida’s family law courts believe that it is usually in the child’s best interest for both parents to have frequent, unhampered and meaningful access to their children, even infants, ...
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Domestic Violence

Treasure Coast Florida families often find themselves facing domestic violence and battery charges, especially when going through a divorce or a custody battle. When one member of the family is charged with domestic violence, they find themselves in a difficult and emotional situation. These charges have consequences that extend beyond criminal records. You should fully expect the state Attorney’s office to arrest and prosecute you for domestic violence, once the police are called to the scene. ...
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