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  • Your driver's license will be suspended if you are convicted of certain drug offense.

    In some cases, attorneys don’t always advise of possible collateral consequences. Whether they don’t know due to lack of experience or just don’t think they need to advise on that, it’s important for the unsuspecting client to understand that collateral consequences do exist in certain criminal case scenarios. A specific collateral consequence that comes up often is the driver’s license suspension ...
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  • Stepparent Adoptions

    You’ve been married for several years. Your spouse has a child from a prior marriage, and you love that child as if they were your own biological child. The child views you as their parent and may even call you “mommy” or “daddy.” You find yourself wishing that somehow you could “officially” become this child’s parent. What if I told you that was possible? An adoption creates a legal parent-child ...
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  • What Documents are Needed for Divorce in Florida?

    In the state of Florida, divorcing spouses are required to provide their lawyers with a wide range of documents and information in order to determine the terms of their separation agreement. This information will play a key role in determining how your assets, debts, and property will be distributed, as well as how issues such as child custody and spousal support will be negotiated. Spouses must ...
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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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  • 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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  • Changes in Florida DUI Law for 2013

    Effective July 1, 2013 the Department of Motor Vehicles is allowing first-time DUI offenders to waive their right to a formal review hearing in exchange for a permit to drive while their DUI case is pending. This new change allows a permit to be issued during the entire process. Pre July 1, 2013, if you were arrested for a DUI first offense and refused the breath test, there was a 90 day ...
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  • Possible Defense against the Intoxilyzer 8000

    Pursuant to Florida's Implied Consent Law (Florida Statute Section 316.1932) and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement's (FDLE) regulations, in DUI cases in Florida all breath testing must be done on one of two instruments manufactured by CMI, Inc., based in Owensboro, Kentucky: either CMI's Intoxilyzer 5000 or its Intoxilyzer 8000. Fla. Admins. Code R. 11D-8.003. For a breath test to be ...
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  • Zimmerman Trial & the Stand Your Ground Law

    George Zimmerman is currently on trial in Seminole County, Florida, in a nationally publicized case for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Mr. Zimmerman was charged on April 11, 2012 with second degree murder . The charges arose from an incident on February 26, 2012 in which Mr. Zimmerman fatally shot Mr. Martin. During interviews with police, Mr. Zimmerman asserted that he shot Mr. Martin in ...
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