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Q. “How do I beat the piss test, when I have to drop a urine at Probation?” A. “What are you, a moron?”

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“Yes, there are always ways to beat a urine or anything at all, for that matter, but do you think I’m stupid enough to tell you the answer?” — Ft. Lauderdale criminal defense lawyer John Castellano

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Q.”I just stopped my wife from coming at me, by putting my hands up, and now I need a bondsman?!” A. “If your hands touched her neck area, you’re now looking at the new felony charge called ‘strangulation,’ and your work life is over,” warns John M. Castellano

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“That’s right, the State Attorney’s Office is now charging anyone who puts their hands up around the neck of a ‘victim,’ with that new ugly felony charge of ‘#STRANGULATION,’ which connotes the most heinous of visuals, we know; and if this happens to you and you’re ever charged with this crime — regardless of whether you just grabbed your wife or girlfriend in the neck and shoulder area JUST to get her off of you — or ladies, if you ...

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“Why did my wife call it ‘Domestic Violence’ instead of simple ‘battery’ like it always was? A. “Marriage, by definition, is ‘domestic,’ and it certainly does ‘violence’ to your independence :) * but #domesticviolencelawyer John Castellano gives you the real answer:

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“Seriously, domestic violence is really nothing we ought to be joking about. I’ll apologize if I offended any victims out there, *but it’s equally true that I just got your attention and this too is important, since I’d like to share with ALL of you some very important updates in the domestic violence laws in Florida.” — #Floridacriminaldefenseattorney John Castellano

“The domestic violence ‘statutes’ (fancy word that the Legislature chooses to use instead of using the word, ‘laws’) have changed dramatically ...

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Q. “My lawyer got me a nice deal of no conviction on my felony, calling it a ‘withheld adjudication,’ so how can they now treat me like I’m convicted?!” A. “Things have changed, and you NEED to know this,” explains John M. Castellano

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“Be careful thinking you’re avoiding all consequences of a ‘conviction’ in your life, just because you score an ‘adjudication withheld’ — which otherwise means that the Judge is ‘withholding’ the ‘adjudication’ from you, NOT ‘adjudicating’ or ‘convicting’ you, as a disposition of your felony charge. — #FortLauderdalecriminaldefenselawyer JohnContini

“I say this because, an ‘adjudication withheld’ is STILL a ‘conviction’ for ALL purposes in the context of any ‘immigration’ issues or concerns, as the Feds and Homeland Security (formerly INS folks) unfortunately ...

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“Do I really have to be on probation for all the years the Judge said?!” A. “No, there’s always a way out,” explains John M. Castellano

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“Your lawyer can file a ‘Motion for Early Termination of Probation’ and set a hearing on the motion — and assuming your lawyer does the right ‘behind the scenes’ work with the assigned probation officer and prosecutor — going that ‘extra mile’ (Matthew 5:41) for you, then very good things can happen for you!” — Ft. Lauderdale criminal defense lawyer John Castellano

Please know that you can always call me in the office @ 954 766 8810, and I would be ...

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Q. “How can they suspend my license for five (5) years just for tickets?!” A. “Three strikes and you’re NOT necessarily out,” explains John M. Castellano

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“They CAN’T, *if your lawyer gets the name or listed charge on the tickets changed, negotiating a ‘change of charge’ as I will explain.” — Florida criminal lawyer John Castellano

“Your lawyer can now negotiate what is quietly being called a ‘Judge’s withhold,’ which is not even known to most lawyers, and if you score this particular ‘disposition’ or result of the charge, then it will NOT count as a ‘conviction’ in the court record — and if that’s the case, ...

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“Q. Is it true, that the U.S. Supreme Court did away with my right to remain silent last week?!” A. Ft. Lauderdale criminal defense lawyer John M. Castellano tells you the real deal:

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Check out the latest: If you were thinking that your “rights” were being stripped from you slowly but surely, you’d be correct, we of course know; but worse yet, you’d be further alarmed by last week’s frightening Supreme Court decision that NOW allows the Government to use your “PRE-arrest silence” against you, calling it “evidence of guilt” …. forgetting 57 years of “Miranda rights” protection (“You have the right to remain silent … “) and more than 200 years of ...

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Q. “Is it true that my lawyer should have asked for an ‘in limine’ ruling by the judge?” A. “This is what ‘in limine’ means, and why it is good,” explains Ft. Lauderdale criminal defense lawyer John M. Castellano

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“Not too many people ask this question, precisely because most folks have never even heard of ‘in limine’ motions. Many people don’t know that the best lawyers can narrow the playing field a whole lot ell in advance of atrial, limiting the kind of evidence and type of testimony that the jury is ever allowed to hear. — Florida criminal attorney John Castellano

“Yes, it’s always and STILL the very best practice to ‘think around the corner’ as Solomon wisely said ...

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Q. “How do they figure my sentencing in federal court?” A. “This is just a glimpse, below, of how they do it,” explains Ft. Lauderdale federal criminal lawyer John M. Castellano

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Re: federal sentencing guidelines:

“The Federal Judge wants to know what kind of person is standing before the bench, and there are “points” assigned to every prior criminal conviction of the individual’s life, and there are so many “points” assigned to the actual charges to which the individual is pleading guilty at this time, and all of those points are added together for an aggregate total, and the total number of points corresponds with a total number of “months” in ...

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Q. How can they charge me with a felony for just pushing my wife?” A. “Domestic Violence is often filed in Florida today as a felony battery or felony domestic violence, under one condition,” explains Ft. Lauderdale criminal defense lawyer John M. Castellano

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“If the same ‘victim’ — in this case your wife, to use your example, has ever complained of being your victim on an earlier occasion, then the State of Florida will often enhance the misdemeanor battery charge and file a new FELONY domestic violence charge, based upon the ‘fact’ that you have committed domestic violence against the same victim more than once.” — Ft. Lauderdale domestic violence lawyer John Castellano

“This is all a throwback to the Nicole Brown Simpson and ...

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