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Can A Judge Rewrite A Divorce Settlement After The Fact?

By Faulkner Law Group, PLLC |

Divorce cases are often resolved with both parties negotiating and signing a marital settlement agreement. Once approved by the court, the agreement is a legally binding contract. As one Florida appeals court recently observed, the language used in such agreements “must be crafted with precision, and when they are not, the parties should neither… Read More »

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When Can A Judge Order Pretrial Detention Of A Criminal Suspect?

By Faulkner Law Group, PLLC |

In most Florida non-capital criminal cases, a defendant is entitled to reasonable bail. State law, however, does make a number of exceptions. Some may surprise you. For example, a person charged with DUI manslaughter–drunk driving that results in death–can be ordered held pending trial under certain circumstances. Specifically, Florida law states that pretrial detention… Read More »

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When Is Expert Testimony Inadmissible In A Criminal Trial?

By Faulkner Law Group, PLLC |

Expert witnesses provide context and analysis for jurors who are presumed to lack specialized knowledge in certain areas. Both the prosecution and the defendant may call expert witnesses in support of their case. But the judge has the final say on whether such witnesses are actually permitted to testify. Under a rule known as… Read More »

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How Statutory Rape Laws Work In Florida

By Faulkner Law Group, PLLC |

Let’s consider the following hypothetical situation. David is a 25-year-old graduate student. He goes to a local bar one night to enjoy a few drinks with his friends. While at the bar looking to get another beer, he meets a young woman named Irene. She’s sitting by herself and sipping a drink. David decides… Read More »

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What Is The Difference Between A Bench And Jury Trial In A Florida Criminal Case?

By Faulkner Law Group, PLLC |

You likely already know that when you are charged with a serious crime in Florida, you have the right to a trial by jury. But can you waive that right? What happens if you want the judge to decide your case without a jury? And is there any reason you should want to do… Read More »

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What Is The Difference Between Felony And Misdemeanor Trespassing In Florida?

By Faulkner Law Group, PLLC |

We have all seen “NO TRESPASSING” signs. So what happens if you ignore the sign and trespass? Have you actually committed a crime? Under Florida law, the answer is yes. Section 810.09 of the Florida Statutes defines “trespass on property other than a structure or conveyance” as a first-degree misdemeanor. The statute also contains… Read More »

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When Can A Judge Modify A Parent’s Child Visitation Schedule?

By Faulkner Law Group, PLLC |

When minor children are involved in a divorce, the role of the court is to determine “all matters relating to parenting and time-sharing.” In other words, the judge must decide issues related to custody, visitation, and so forth based on what is in the “best interests of the child” and not necessarily what is… Read More »

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Why You Need To Carefully Understand The Conditions Of Criminal Probation

By Faulkner Law Group, PLLC |

Criminal sentences often contain a number of terms and conditions that the defendant must strictly follow while on parole or “supervised release.” If there are any questions or concerns about these conditions, they need to be addressed upfront. In too many cases, a defendant only learns after-the-fact that prosecutors and probation officers have fairly… Read More »

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How Selling Drugs Near A School Or Licensed Childcare Facility Can Affect A Criminal Prosecution

By Faulkner Law Group, PLLC |

So-called “drug free zone” laws impose additional penalties on persons convicted of possessing or distributing controlled substances within a certain designated area. Typically, drug free zones are designed around schools, daycare facilities, or other buildings were children are normally present. This means that if the police arrest you with drugs near one of these… Read More »

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Does The Prosecution Have To Disclose Their Witness List To The Defense Before Trial?

By Faulkner Law Group, PLLC |

In a Florida criminal trial, the prosecution is not allowed to ambush the defense with “surprise” witnesses. To the contrary, the state’s criminal procedure rules require prosecutors to disclose the names of any witnesses they plan to call at trial. This includes identifying any “expert” witnesses who may be used to explain certain technical… Read More »

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