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Florida Appeals Court: Police Cannot Search Individuals Just Because They Are Carrying a Concealed Weapon

By Julia Kefalinos |

The Constitution protects your right to be free from “unreasonable” searches and seizures by the police. Among other things, this means that a police officer must have reasonable suspicion that some “criminal activity may be afoot” before searching you for a weapon. The officer cannot simply search you for no reason. A “Potentially Lawful… Read More »

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Can My Spouse Seek a Domestic Violence Injunction Because We Had a Verbal Argument?

By Julia Kefalinos |

Domestic violence laws are designed to protect individuals from the threat of “imminent danger” to their physical safety. It is not a mechanism for parties to resolve their relationship disputes. In other words, just because you and your partner get into an argument or your relationship is breaking down, that does entitle you to… Read More »

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What Actions Constitute “Repeat Violence” Under Florida Law?

By Julia Kefalinos |

Florida law permits victims of repeated acts of domestic violence to seek a permanent protective order against the perpetrator. There are very specific requirements for such an order, however. The law defines repeat violence to mean “two incidents of violence or stalking” committed against the accuser or their immediate family by the same individual… Read More »

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Can My Ex-Spouse Get a Domestic Violence Injunction Just by Asking for One?

By Julia Kefalinos |

A final judgment for protection in a Florida domestic violence case can be devastating for the defendant. Not only does a permanent injunction publicly tar you as an abuser–even if you never committed a violent act–it can affect your basic civil rights. Indeed, if you are an immigrant living in the U.S. you can… Read More »

Child Abuse Hotline Takes No Action, Child Dies

By Julia Kefalinos |

Earlier this February in Tampa Bay, a 5-year-old girl was thrown off a bridge and killed. The child’s followed not one, but two calls to the Department of Children and Families– neither of which resulted in an investigation. If you notice the warning signs of a child in danger of physical abuse, you should… Read More »

Beware of Predatory Schemes; Seek Serious Debt Relief Solutions

By Julia Kefalinos |

Anyone can land in debt, and it’s becoming easier to fall prey to financial ruin. Many Florida homeowners recently discovered that their mortgage insurance policies did not protect them after a foreclosure, resulting in worsened debt. Unfortunately, people seeking debt relief solutions often turn from one predatory system to another, and find that credit… Read More »

George Zimmerman Arrested for Domestic Violence

By Julia Kefalinos |

Domestic violence can occur even with high-profile individuals. George Zimmerman attracted national attention in 2012 following the confrontation that resulted in the death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin. After a protracted legal battle, a jury held Zimmerman not guilty of second-degree murder. Recently, however, Zimmerman is back in the news with allegations of domestic… Read More »

For-Profit College Entices Students with Strippers, Buries Students in Loan Debt

By Julia Kefalinos |

Student loan debt may be one of the most challenging burdens faced by individuals in debt: it is relatively easy to accumulate, it can amount to hundreds of thousands of dollars per student, and it can be extremely difficult to discharge. Although there is no quick fix to getting rid of debt, a debt… Read More »

NFL Players Accused of Domestic Violence Return to the Field

By Julia Kefalinos |

The legal system provides several mechanisms of support for victims of domestic violence, including restraining orders, injunctions for protection, and a Batterer’s Intervention Program. Accusations of domestic violence can lead to the alleged perpetrator losing custody of their children, receiving less money in a divorce, or even being deported. As a result, the law… Read More »

In Florida, Juvenile Criminal Records May Not Be Confidential

By Julia Kefalinos |

Teenagers who have been charged with a juvenile offense, such as a DUI or a drug charge, can benefit from the assistance of an experienced Florida juvenile defense attorney to navigate the juvenile justice system. For most juvenile offenses, rehabilitative options such as community service and diversion programs are available to help young individuals… Read More »

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