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  • DUIs in Florida: Everything You Need to Know & More

    In an effort to help you obtain as much information needed as possible, our Miami criminal defense lawyers have compiled a list of questions that are most commonly asked about DUI charges in Florida. If you have been arrested for a DUI in Florida, contact us and request a free consultation with Mitchell & West immediately. Question: When can I get charged with Driving Under the Influence (DUI) ...
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  • Accidental Gun Shootings: Who Is Liable?

    According to the National Center for Injury Protection and Control, over 70,000 people are treated in emergency departments for non-fatal gunshot injuries annually. Another 30,000 are killed each year from gun-related unintentional shootings, homicides, and suicides. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states gun accidents result in more than 15 percent of the injuries and ...
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  • What Not to Do During Divorce

    When you are embarking on the journey of divorce, it is important you handle it as carefully as possible in order to make the process as seamless as possible. This means sometimes avoiding following your instincts, which may lead you to a disadvantage. While it may feel good or okay to engage in certain behaviors, especially since you are no longer in obligation to do what your ex wants. However, ...
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  • What Constitutes Domestic Violence?

    Domestic violence refers to the act of abusing, harming, or instilling the fear of harm to another person. It typically occurs between people who have somewhat of a close or intimate relationship, such as those who are in a romantic partnership, or even between family members. Victims of domestic violence don’t have to face this difficult situation on their own, which is why it is essential you ...
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  • What to Do if You've Been Wrongfully Accused of Sexual Assault

    An accusation of sexual assault must be taken seriously, because the consequences of a conviction can be life-altering. While you may feel overwhelmed and devastated by the false allegations, you have to take the steps to protect yourself and plan your defense as soon as you suspect you are being investigated. Here is what you should do if you’ve been falsely accused of sexual assault: Hire an ...
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  • Do I Need an Attorney for Misdemeanor Charges?

    A misdemeanor might not seem like a big deal, but it is a crime that can result in jail time and big fines and eventually turn into a felony, if you repeat an offense. So while you might not think you need legal guidance now, here is what an attorney can do for you in regards to a misdemeanor charge: Avoid jail time: Any time you are charged with a crime, there’s the chance of incarceration if you ...
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  • Overview of Florida Wrongful Death Laws

    The loss of a loved one due to the negligence or misconduct of another is an extremely painful ordeal to endure. Though Florida laws are subject to change, there are certain laws put in place to protect the families of victims if such accident occurs. If someone else is responsible for your loved one’s death, it is essential you enlist in the help of a Miami wrongful death lawyer you can trust, ...
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  • Gun Control Laws

    The state of Florida is a shall issue state, meaning citizens are required to hold a license in order to carry a concealed handgun. Both residents and non-residents are issued concealed carry licenses. Though convicted felons have very few rights to gun possession, Florida is generally considered compliant in terms of gun laws, as Florida’s concealed weapon license is widely recognized across 35 ...
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  • How Long Does It Take to Recover From a Whiplash Injury?

    The timetable for recovering from whiplash varies based on the severity of your injury . Whiplash symptoms can sometimes disappear after a couple of days. Other times, the injury might take weeks or months to heal. Doctor sometimes recommend physical rehabilitation to help your injured muscles and tendons regain their strength and flexibility. Keep in mind that everybody heals at their own unique ...
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  • Common Mistakes Dads Tend to Make When They Get Divorced

    Divorce is a very emotional and trying experience for many fathers. Your feelings towards your former spouse can become hostile and cloud your judgment. Although you might be angry or hurt, you don’t want to resort to reckless actions that might negatively impact your divorce proceedings. This is why it is important that divorced fathers become aware of the common mistakes other dads have made ...
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  • Signs of Parental Alienation

    Parental alienation is the psychological manipulation of a child by one parent to turn him or her against the other parent. This type of manipulation usually occurs during a divorce, when one parent may feel spiteful or angry about the process. Parental alienation can also lead to parental alienation syndrome, which develops in children who came to fear, hate, and reject the targeted parent as ...
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  • Types of Alimony in Florida

    When couples divorce, one-half of the couple may be granted alimony, or spousal support, in particular circumstances. Alimony was much more common in previous years when more women were expected to stay at home rather than work for wages; a husband who wished to divorce his wife, therefore, would have to pay alimony for a certain amount of time, perhaps permanently if his ex never remarried. These ...
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  • Should I Say "Sorry" After An Accident?

    Accidents tend to be chaotic and incredibly overwhelming and those involved might feel confused, in shock, or scared. With emotions and adrenaline running high, it is easy to say things like, “I’m sorry,” in the aftermath of an accident. While apologizing might seem like the most natural response, however, this simple gesture can have major consequences when the time comes to secure compensation ...
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  • Preparing for High-Asset Divorce

    Divorce is rarely easy. The process of separating unified lives can be long, arduous, and filled with emotional strain. This is particularly true for the process of dividing marital property between spouses and determining who will get to keep what as well as what will happen to some of the marriage’s most important assets. When a marriage has a substantial amount of these assets, including ...
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  • The Dangers of Using Social Media During a Divorce

    Social media is more ubiquitous than ever, allowing individuals across the globe to share photos, thoughts, life experiences, and more through a variety of platforms, including Facebook and Instagram. While social media can be useful, it can also be incredibly detrimental for those going through a divorce, providing a wealth of evidence for spouses to use against one another. It can impact ...
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