Mistakes to Avoid After a Car Accident

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Accidents Happen While none of us want to think about it, there are a lot of drivers here in the Sunshine State. Unfortunately, a significant amount of drivers are involved in car accidents every single day. In fact, more than 395,000 drivers are involved in car accidents annually in Florida.... Read More
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“Power of a Parent” by Tania Alavi, Florida Defender, Winter 2018

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At a very young age I learned about the catastrophic results that occur when life, liberty, and property are taken away by those in power without any formal process. My family was from Iran and when the revolution broke out my great-uncle who was Commander in-Chief of the Islamic Republic... Read More

The Implications of Being Charged With DUI in Florida

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WFTV News recently reported that a Marion County man is facing eight charges, including being charged with DUI after he allegedly attempted to elude authorities in a chase. Authorities and the video evidence obtained afterward indicate that the reportedly intoxicated man swerved, drove into the opposite lanes of traffic, almost rolled... Read More

Should I Accept a Plea Agreement When Facing Criminal Charges?

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Based on the many criminal justice shows that come on television these days, it is easy to assume that the bulk of criminal cases play out in a courtroom. However, this is far from the truth. In fact, over 90% of criminal cases never actually go to trial. Instead, prosecutors... Read More

Tragic Fires, Accident or Arson?

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Around the globe, there has been very devastating news about fires that are ravaging lands, destroying cities and national monuments. In our own state of Florida, each year, there are thousands of acres of land and homes that are destroyed by wildfires. While it is difficult to ascertain the exact... Read More

Kitten-tail snipper found not guilty of animal cruelty

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James Steele Reid, who testified, acknowledged to cutting the kitten tails but did so as he was going to claim them as his own. A jury found a man charged with five counts of animal cruelty last year not guilty on Thursday. At 7:01 p.m., a Marion County Sheriff’s Office... Read More

Man agrees to plea deal in crash that killed three

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The man believed to have been behind the wheel in a 2012 single-vehicle crash that left three young men dead and a fourth seriously injured after the speeding car struck a tree and split in half has been sentenced to five years of probation. The man believed to have been... Read More

List of Alachua County judicial candidates pared down to 15

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Alachua County Judge Candidates The Eighth Judicial Circuit Nominating Commission sent out letters Wednesday notifying half of the 30 applicants that they will be interviewed for the jobs, according to commission chairman Brian S. Kramer. The interviews, which are open to the public, are scheduled for March 22. Immediately after... Read More
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Jury opts for lesser charge

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OCALA - William Wilkus, 55, was acquitted on three capital sexual battery charges on a 5-year-old girl Thursday, but the jury found him guilty of lewd and lascivious conduct. “Obviously, the jury worked really hard for four hours . . . and reached a verdict based on the evidence of... Read More