Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Having police officers banging on your front door can be a panic-inducing experience—and that’s putting it lightly. If ever the same happens to you and you are placed under arrest on criminal charges, try your best to remain calm. Don’t forget you always have the right to the following: Access to an Attorney Immediately inform officers that you wish to speak to an attorney. When you invoke this right, police officers are legally bound to help you find an attorney. Naturally, the sooner you can get an attorney on your side, the better shape you’ll be in. With that in mind, try to keep the contact details of a respected Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorney, like Richard F. Della Fera, tucked away in your wallet.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
To protect a victim of domestic violence against further harm, a court may issue an order of protection such as a temporary restraining order (TRO). Violation of such a court order can spell serious consequences for the accused, including arrest and penalties for contempt. Since, however, a TRO can be easily issued by the court for certain grounds, chances are it can be misused.
With the law approved, kind-hearted people like Mr. Abbot face the prospect of having a day in court and facing 60 days in jail plus a $500 fine for breaking the ordinance, which is a criminal charge. This may sound surprising but not all criminal charges are about murders and robberies. If this happens to you, you should have an experienced Ft. Lauderdale criminal lawyer like Richard Della Fera by your side. Legal representation is the best way to ensure that you get a fair hearing and a chance to beat the charges against you. There are two types of criminal charges that can be filed against you: misdemeanors and felonies. Misdemeanors are lighter cases usually involving breaking local ordinances like Mr. Abbot did; they carry the consequence of a fine or a stay at the local jail. Felonies are worse crimes like robbery and mean a stay in a federal penitentiary.
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Florida law states that it is a crime for any person to use, or to possess with intent to use, drug paraphernalia. So what constitutes drug paraphernalia? These include bongs, pipes, needles, vials, ziplock bags, even everyday items like spoons, bowls, blenders, straws, and sifters that are used to plant, propagate, cultivate, grow, harvest, manufacture, convert, compound, produce, process, ingest, inhale, or any other means that introduces a controlled dangerous substance to the human body.