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South Florida One Step Closer to Reducing Marijuana Arrests

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Criminal Defense Lawyer in Fort LauderdaleDuring the month of June, Miami-Dade County leaders moved closer to passing a proposal about minor, non-violent marijuana cases. If this proposal is passed it would give arresting police officers the authority to choose whether to write a $100 civil citation to those accused of possessing marijuana (20 grams or less), or to take the ...

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Florida Governor Rick Scott signs Beer Growler Bill

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Fort Lauderdale Criminal Defense Lawyer

Starting July 1st, breweries in Florida will now be able to sell beer in refillable growlers; these growlers are able to hold 64 oz of beer. Signing this bill, Gov. Rick Scott is putting an end to what some are calling the “Florida Growler War.” Craft beer aficionados can finally rejoice, now able to get their latest brew ...

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Florida Approves Heroin Antidote

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Last Spring Florida became the latest state to pass a law that approves the use of naloxone (more commonly referred to by its brand name Narcan).Naloxone is a heroin antidote that has proved to be effective in instantly bringing back victims from overdose. Florida joins New York, California, Illinois, New Mexico, and Washington as states that allow the use of the lifesaving drug by anyone who is willing to go through proper training on its use.

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What Should I do If I’m Pulled Over for a DUI in Fort Lauderdale?

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What Should I do If I’m Pulled Over for a DUI in Fort Lauderdale?

It is never safe to drink and drive; that much has been proven time and time again each week in the News headlines. When you drink and drive you will likely face steep fines, a licence suspension, several years of probation, as well as possible jail time.

While driving under the influence is a serious crime in Fort Lauderdale and across the nation, just because you are pulled over by an officer under suspicion of driving under the influence ...

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How to Select the Best Fort Lauderdale Criminal Defense Attorney

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Fort Lauderdale Criminal Defense Laywer John Castellano

Best Fort Lauderdale Criminal Defense Lawyer

When you are in need of a criminal defense attorney in Fort Lauderdale, the search can become overwhelming quickly. With the internet, you have an abundance of access to attorneys in your area. But how do you know if you are choosing the right Florida criminal defense ...

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Why I’m a Fort Lauderdale Drivers License Reinstatement Attorney

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shutterstock_193508120One of the best things about being a Fort Lauderdale Drivers License Reinstatement Lawyer is helping put people back in control of their lives.  Besides the obvious danger of going to jail, having a suspended license may limit your employment options.  Few places require a drivers license more than south florida, without one, getting around is very difficult.  Many people believe ...

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Child Abuse, Neglect or Intent?: Burns v. State

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Too many individuals intentionally abuse and hurt children today, and naturally, they richly deserve serious penalties for these unspeakable and inexcusable crimes; but just as often, innocent parents are swept up in this national fervor to punish the guilty, when many of these parents are simply “neglectful,” and NOT intentionally committing crimes against children. For these less sinister, but simply irresponsible or neglectful parents, we fight to keep them from being criminally-indicted and sent to prison. Here is some law ...

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Sad truth today: “How much justice can you afford?”

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“Appeals?” I remember those:

ALL judges know what almost ALL lawyers know — that almost ALL lawyers will accept the Judge’s ruling on a legal motion regardless of its merit, and will never take that ruling up on appeal. And why won’t they appeal the Judge, no matter how wrong the ruling? “It’s the Benjamin’s,” as some clients will say, i.e., the money, pure and simple. “Money talks.” The clients won’t find the money to fund the “filing fee” for the ...

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The Five P’s of Criminal Defense

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Ask your criminal defense lawyer to remember the “5 P’s: Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance,” especially since your liberty and life depend on it! As a former prosecutor and now Fort Lauderdale criminal defense lawyer for close to 30 years now, I implore you to urge your criminal defense lawyer to file this defense motion on your behalf too:
The Defendant ___ (that would be you! 🙂 , by and through undersigned counsel, moves this Honorable Court for an order compelling the State ...
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Ft. Lauderdale Criminal Defense Lawyer John M. Castellano shares a Early Termination of Probation Template

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Many people, knowing that I’m a Ft. Lauderdale criminal defense lawyer, will write to me or call me with questions regarding their own #probation or their family member’s probation and the hope that they might be able to get off probation early — and yet they don’t have the money any longer to hire a lawyer to argue this request on their behalf. I’m hoping this might help everyone:
Below is a draft of a template of sorts for any of you ...
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