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Airport Shooting in Fort Lauderdale

In the wake of the shooting at an airport in Fort Lauderdale, more information is being released about the shooter. Esteban Santiago is now in custody, after killing several people in baggage claim and injuring others.

It is now known that Santiago told FBI officials in Alaska that his mind was being controlled by US Intelligence. His mental state was concerning enough to officials at that time that his firearm was removed and a mental health evaluation was ordered. Though officials took the correct steps, it wasn’t enough to have the man declared mentally unfit and unable to carry a weapon.… Read More

How Attorneys Attempt to Suppress Evidence

If you have been charged with a crime, you may find yourself in court. You and your attorney will have spoken at length, and chances are you already know about the evidence the prosecution will attempt to use against you. An attorney experienced in criminal defense knows how to suppress evidence, and may file motions to suppress in order to get certain pieces of evidence thrown out before it can be used against you.

The Exclusionary Rule

When evidence is gathered illegally, it is thrown out of court using the exclusionary rule. This prevents the prosecution from using evidence which may violate … Read More

The Most Common Objections Used in Court

I object, your Honor!

If you watch any legal drama on television, chances are you’ve heard this exclamation more than once. We all know that television shows exaggerate in the name of entertainment, but this is one area that they typically get right. Objections are used in hearings and trials every day in an attempt to keep things fair for all involved. Here are some of the most common objections used and what they mean.

1. Hearsay

When you or someone else testifies in court, you cannot tell the court what someone else said. You must have been a firsthand witness to the event in question. You cannot… Read More

Personal Safety Resolutions for the New Year

January is a time when people decide that it’s time to get fit, eat less, quit smoking, and generally get healthier. New Year’s resolutions are made and quickly forgotten as life gets in the way. Instead of making a resolution that you aren’t likely to stick to, why not concentrate on making this year a safer one?

We are generally protected by the police and other members of law enforcement in our communities, but our first line of defense is ourselves. When we are more aware of our own safety and stake steps to protect it, we are much better off. Here are ways that you can make this Read More

Bullets That Go Up Must Come Down

revolver gun and bullets on the wooden tableCarrying a firearm is a legal right for those who have undergone the proper training and secured lawful permits. It is not legal, however, to fire guns in public when no threat exists. Such is the case on New Year’s Eve when thousands of people will fire guns into the air as a way to welcome in the New Year. But what is the problem? Firing a gun into the air doesn’t hurt anyone or pose a threat of any kind. If this is what you believe, you are wrong.

Law enforcement agencies around the country are warning people against celebratory gunfire well ahead of the New Year’s Eve holiday. When … Read More

Celebrate New Year’s Eve Safely

New Year’s Eve is one of the most exciting holidays of the year. People across the country look for the best parties and plan on spending the night celebrating with friends and family. What many people don’t consider is that their night can end in tragedy if they aren’t careful. It is estimated that approximately 95 million people will be on the road this holiday season. It is known that more people are likely to drink and drive on New Year’s Eve than on any other day of the year.

When you plan your New Year’s Eve, you do so with the hopes of having a good time and getting … Read More

The Best New Year’s Eve Parties in Orlando

If you live in Orlando or the surrounding area, you should count yourself lucky this holiday season. If you are looking for a way to ring in the New Year with style, you have no shortage of options in this vibrant city. Whether you will be celebrating with your little ones or are looking for adult-type entertainment, you will have no problem finding something to do.

1. Epcot

Imagine spending New Year’s Eve at Epcot. The party starts as soon as the gates open on Saturday morning and doesn’t end until 1 a.m. Sunday. You and your family will enjoy Disney character meet and greets, live entertainment,… Read More

Can I Really Be Arrested for a Social Media Threat?

Many people understand that threatening the life of the President is a crime. It doesn’t matter if it takes place in person or on a social networking site like Facebook. It is considered a serious threat, and all such threats are investigated. The President isn’t the only one protected from such threats, however; the general public is as well.

Cyber threats are considered very serious. A federal law makes it illegal to threaten to hurt another person, even if that threat is online. The same law covers threats made by email and through the U.S. Postal Service. States have similar laws.… Read More

The Most Common Holiday Scams

Scams are abound any time of year, but they tend to ramp up during the holiday season when people are a bit more free with their funds. Scammers are not just sitting behind computer screens. They are out and about at malls, airports and anywhere the general public can be found. Here are five of the top holiday scams to be on the lookout for.

1. Internet

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You know about identity theft. You never store your financial information online, and you know to look for the https before a URL to ensure your safety. Unfortunately, people visit and purchase from shops they’ve never frequented… Read More

Don’t Let Your Office Party Turn Criminal

If you work in an office, chances are that you can expect a holiday party this season. While many of these are fun, they can also result in embarrassment if you don’t handle yourself correctly. In the worst cases, they can turn criminal.

Now that the office party season has kicked off, here are a few tips to keep in mind to make sure the celebrations are both safe and legal.

1. Plus Ones

As an employer, you may have a clear idea of how your employees will behave at an office party. What about their dates? You can’t control the behavior of everyone, so put some rules in place before the party starts.… Read More


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