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  • "Estoy divorciando y DCF tiene custodia de mi hijo, ¿qué hago?"

    Has solicitado un divorcio y las cosas se están moviendo a lo largo en el caso. De repente un informe es llamado al Departamento de los niños y las familias con respecto a su hijo. Hay una investigación de DCF y el Departamento tiene custodia de su hijo. ¿Qué sucede ahora? A la vez que DCF tiene la custodia de su hijo la Tribunal de dependencia tiene jurisdicción. Esto significa que el caso de la ...
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  • Why You Shouldn't Settle for a Public Defender

    If you are charged with a crime, you could be facing a number of penalties, not the least of which could be prison or jail time and fines. A criminal conviction on your record could affect the rest of your life. Choosing your attorney could be one of the most important decisions you will make. With a public defender, you probably will not have that option. An attorney will be appointed to you, and ...
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  • Will I Face Jail Time for Simple Possession Charges?

    Whether or not you face jail time for simple possession will depend on the drug, the amount, and any priors your may have. Penalties in this state are some the harshest in the country. Even a minor possession of marijuana charge should be defended in court. If you are arrested again in the future, you will be considered a repeat offender, and penalties will be more severe. If meth, cocaine, ...
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  • Overview of Sex Offender Registration in Florida

    Being charged with a sex crime is a very serious matter. You are facing not only stiff fines and prison terms, depending on the crime, but the heavy social stigma associated with sex crimes. Perhaps the most demoralizing aspect of a sex crime conviction is the requirement to register as a sex offender. It affects where you live, who you can work for, what you can do, and where you can go. If you ...
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  • How to Save Your Driver's License After a DUI Arrest

    If you are arrested and charged with DUI , your driver's license will be confiscated. They will give you a temporary license, but you only have 10 days to appeal your license suspension. The most important thing you can do to save your driver's license is to hire a Fort Myers criminal defense attorney immediately after your arrest. At Calvo & Calvo, Attorneys at Law, we can give you the ...
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  • Can I Expunge a Felony Conviction in Florida?

    If you have ever been arrested in Florida, then you have a criminal record, whether you were convicted of the crime or not. Perhaps you made a mistake in your younger days, but now you are leading a productive, law-abiding life. Regardless of the circumstances, if you were arrested, you have a criminal history that is easily accessible to prospective lenders, landlords, employers, and anyone who ...
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  • Jose Calvo Joins The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100

    The legal team at Calvo & Calvo, Attorneys at Law is proud to announce that Lead Attorney Jose Calvo recently joined The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers. This is an invitation-only organization that is comprised of elite trial attorneys from across the country, and only those who meet stringent qualifications as civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense lawyers are offered membership. ...
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  • How Do I Fight False Accusations of Domestic Violence?

    Any crime of domestic violence can have extremely serious consequences. The majority of false domestic violence accusations occur when a spouse, child or other family member tries to get retribution for a real or imagined wrongdoing, tries to gain the upper hand in divorce or custody proceedings, tries to avoid his or her own prosecution, or in an effort to win a lawsuit. Filing false accusations ...
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  • What Do I Need to Do to Clear My Juvenile Record?

    Florida law allows a person to clear or expunge certain criminal arrests and convictions from his or her criminal record, providing specific requirements are met. There are also laws which govern the expunction of juvenile records. According to Florida Statute 943.0515, if a juvenile was considered to be a serious or repeat offender, or was sentenced to time in a correctional facility or juvenile ...
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  • Understanding the Three Strikes Law in Florida

    Since 1999, the state of Florida has had a law in place that requires a judge to sentence a third time violent felony offender to a mandatory minimum term in prison, based upon the crime committed. The length of the sentence will depend on the type of violent felony crime committed. There are certain criteria which must be met before a mandatory minimum penalty can be imposed at conviction. The ...
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  • Can I Get My Criminal Record Expunged?

    Providing you meet all of the legal requirements as laid out Florida statutes, and you have obtained a Certificate of Eligibility from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, you will be able to get your criminal record expunged. Florida Statute 943.0585 clearly lays out the qualifications which must be met before the court will authorize the expunging of your criminal record. Not all crimes, ...
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