3 Things to Do if Wrongfully Charged with Kidnapping

False kidnapping accusations occur more than people may think. In fact, in April 2014 a Florida teen faked her own kidnapping because she wanted sympathy after a bad breakup with her boyfriend. In other cases, one parent may accuse another of kidnapping a child even if it’s entirely in the parent’s right to take the child. In other cases, witness misidentification may lead to accusations Read More →

Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) and Its Impact on LGBT Immigrants in Florida

The lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT, community has faced a lot of discrimination through the years. Still, Out and Equal commissioned a Harris Poll report that found 76 percent of Americans believe there are workplace protections for LGBT employees. But there is no such federal protection, and Florida is one of 29 states currently with state laws protecting employees from discrimination based on Read More →

Know the Facts about Florida’s Penalties for Armed Robbery

If you or someone you know has been charged with armed robbery, learning Florida’s armed robbery penalties is probably at the top of your list. Discussing the penalties for armed robbery as well as other legal issues with a defense attorney can be helpful when building a defense against these charges. In addition, it is important to know how armed robbery differs from burglary. What Read More →

Haitian Refugee Status in the USA

While the United States did grant refugee and/or protected status to Haitian nationals for a time period during the late 1990s, and again for a brief period after the earthquake of 2010, the timeframe for many such immunity programs has passed. However, there are still some options for Haitians in the United States who meet required criteria. The United States enacted the Haitian Refugee Immigration Read More →

Green Cards for Cuban Natives or Citizens

The United States established the Cuban Adjustment Act in 1966 to provide refuge and relief from political persecution to the people of Cuba. This act enables individuals of Cuban birth or citizenship to apply for a green card and permanent residence in the United States after they have lived in the country for at least one year. The Cuban Adjustment Act gives power to the Read More →

The Help Haiti Act of 2010

To help alleviate the suffering and homelessness of many Haitian citizens after the massive earthquake of 2010, the United States Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security paroled many Haitian orphans that were in various stages of the adoption process by families in the United States. This effort to help Haitian children become United States citizens expedited their relocation. It also provided for additional steps Read More →

Hague Convention Intercounty Adoption vs. Non-Hague Adoption

Intercountry adoption is the process of adopting a child from a country other than that in which the adopter has citizenship. In intercountry adoption, the adopted child is moved to the country of the adopting person(s) to live indefinitely. While this type of adoption is similar in many ways to domestic adoptions, intercountry adoption does present multiple considerations that warrant oversight to protect the best Read More →

South Florida Juvenile Delinquency Programs

Treatment, prevention and intervention services are available in South Florida through juvenile delinquency programs. These can be utilized either by children within — or in danger of entering — the justice system. The Florida Department of Justice has implemented and manages multiple programs for juvenile delinquents in South Florida and throughout the state. These programs vary from voluntary youth crime prevention to mandatory, court-ordered programs Read More →

Intercountry Adoption in South Florida

Many Fort Lauderdale couples or individuals seek to adopt a child from another country in an intercountry adoption. The legal hoops to jump through and applications to complete for these adoptions, however, are complicated. Parents may work with a South Florida international adoption agency and may consult an immigration lawyer for related legal issues. Overview of Intercountry Adoption Rules There are three ways to bring Read More →

Resisting Arrest: Grounds for Charges & Possible Punishment

Unfortunately for some Fort Lauderdale residents, a criminal charge is compounded by the state adding resisting arrest accusations as well. It’s not unknown for prosecutors to add the charge to increase the chance of a conviction. There are valid defenses, however, that defendants can raise to combat resisting arrest charges. Elements of Resisting Arrest There are two types of resisting arrest crimes in the Florida Read More →

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