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Understanding Child Emancipation In Florida

By William Wallshein P.A. |

Dylan is a 17-year-old teenager with good grades and a promising future. Unfortunately, he comes from a broken home and has been taking care of himself for as long as he can remember. His father is deceased and his mother is a recovering addict. Dylan must stay with friends or people willing to put… Read More »

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Florida House Bill 47: Proposing Felony Charges For Fraudulent COVID-19 Vaccination

By William Wallshein P.A. |

As COVID-19 cases continue to climb to historic levels in Florida, one state lawmaker is proposing enhanced criminal charges for residents and visitors who attempt to present a fraudulent COVID-19 vaccination card. Florida House Bill 47 would make carrying or manufacturing a fake COVID-19 vaccination record card a felony. If it passes, the bill… Read More »

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Florida Prison Staff Shortage Illuminates Parole And Overcrowding Issues

By William Wallshein P.A. |

Several North Florida prisons are closing, effective immediately, due to severe staffing shortages. Although one of the locations is considered state-of-the art, it too is closing due to an issue securing guards and support staff. Governor DeSantis met with prison officials and union representatives to discuss the possibility of increased funding to detention. But… Read More »

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Navigating School Mask Mandates With A Co-Parent

By William Wallshein P.A. |

Across the country, COVID-19 mask mandates and restrictions continue to polarize adults and children. In the South, especially in Florida, Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana, COVID-19 cases are higher than any other time during the pandemic thus far. However, governors of these states refuse to enact a state-wide mask mandate or school mask mandate. Some… Read More »

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Obtaining Emergency Temporary Guardianship In Florida

By William Wallshein P.A. |

West Palm Beach police are investigating a murder/suicide in Palm Beach this past Monday. Authorities believe a child dialed 911, and when they arrived, they heard gunshots and found the victim dead in a domestic violence escalation. The perpetrator later succumbed to his injuries, and five children are tragically without parents and staying with… Read More »

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Broward County Toxicologist Accused Of Tampering With Evidence

By William Wallshein P.A. |

Broward County toxicologist Gary Kunsman is accused of tampering with evidence and alleged theft of a controlled substance. While an investigation is ongoing, defense attorneys throughout Broward County are on notice for cases Kunsman previously lent his expertise to or testified on, because of potential bias. If an investigation confirms Kunsman’s actions, all previous… Read More »

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Unruly And Uncooperative Airline Passengers In Florida & Elsewhere Continue To Plague U.S. Flights

By William Wallshein P.A. |

The Federal Aviation Administration has requested airports provide more support for dealing with uncooperative passengers, including curbing the sale of alcohol in airports. This request comes after a deluge of increased reports of mid-air violence and assault from crazed passengers towards other guests, flight attendants and staff. Most recently, Frontier airlines flight attendants were… Read More »

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Adopting A Stepchild In Florida

By William Wallshein P.A. |

Adoption is a beautiful beginning for all parties involved. While it might not seem obvious, adoption can be complicated, taking years in some cases. Sometimes a couple is seeking a child and will use all resources available, including public and private agencies. The cost of adoption ranges depending on services utilized. Sometimes a grandparent… Read More »

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Child Negligence & Weapons Laws In Florida

By William Wallshein P.A. |

A terrible occurrence was reported in Orlando, Florida after a toddler got a hold of a loaded handgun and fatally shot his mother while she was engaged in a Zoom video call. When officers arrived, they found the mother deceased and two children present. The handgun was not secured and reportedly belonged to the… Read More »

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Understanding Florida Trespassing Laws

By William Wallshein P.A. |

Dan and Brandon are goofing around on school grounds the weekend before senior graduation. They decide it would be funny to spray paint the gymnasium and break the awards display case in the principal’s office. A silent alarm is triggered and both students are arrested for trespassing on school grounds, vandalism and criminal mischief…. Read More »

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