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Florida Appeals Court Rules That Defendant Does Not Have to Turn Over Cell Phone Passcode in Response to Warrant

By William Wallshein P.A. |

In June, one Florida appeals court made a very important decision in siding with a criminal defendant who refused to turn over his cell phone passcode to the police; even though they had first obtained a warrant. This is an issue with courts around the country, which are unquestionably struggling to find common legal… Read More »

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The Best Way to Protect Your Money & Assets in Divorce Is Not Via Separate Bank Accounts

By William Wallshein P.A. |

These days, many young people who are interested in getting married are also interested in doing things differently in their marriage, for example, keeping the finances and checking accounts separate. This could be in part because they have seen how difficult it can be to divide assets in the event of divorce, and in… Read More »

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A Look at The Prosecution & Defense of Jeffrey Epstein in & Outside of Florida

By William Wallshein P.A. |

The criminal case against Jeffrey Epstein has dominated news headlines of late. The billionaire is accused of engaging in sex crimes in both Florida and New York. In 2007, US Attorney’s Office in Florida allowed him to plead guilty to state prostitution instead of sexual abuse charges and serve 13 months; mostly from his… Read More »

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How to Minimize Taxes After Divorce

By William Wallshein P.A. |

There is no question that losing the alimony deduction has thrown a huge wrench into divorce negotiations. This deduction has, for many years, played an important part in divorce planning, allowing couples to shift taxable income and, in doing so, save on their tax bills. Therefore, the question ultimately becomes whether anything can be… Read More »

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Florida’s New Law Legalizing Hemp Has Completely Changed Arrests, Seizures, And Prosecutions of Marijuana-Related Crimes

By William Wallshein P.A. |

Florida’s new hemp law went into effect in July, legalizing hemp that contains up to .3 percent THC. However, according to reports, the legalization of hemp has thrown a wrench into law-enforcement and its arrests and seizures involving marijuana. This is because there is no way for police to tell the difference between hemp… Read More »

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Rape Survivors & Parental Rights

By William Wallshein P.A. |

For a number of women every year, worries over their rapists gaining parental rights is a very real nightmare. According to some statistics, the estimated number of rape-related pregnancies in the U.S. is between 8,000 and 32,000. For these women, concerns over how to protect their children plague them every day. This is because… Read More »

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New Data Indicates That Only Two Percent of Federal Criminal Defendants Go to Trial, And Most Are Found Guilty

By William Wallshein P.A. |

Recent data collected by the federal judiciary and analyzed by the Pew Research Center paints a bleak picture of a system that arguably denies justice to criminal defendants, especially when it comes to federal cases, in particular. According to the data, approximately 80,000 people were federal criminal defendants during the 2018 fiscal year, but… Read More »

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Florida Makes It a Crime to Own, Distribute, Etc. “Childlike Sex Dolls”

By William Wallshein P.A. |

In late May, Florida banned (i.e. makes it a crime to engage in) owning, distributing, and engaging in a number of other activities with respect to childlike sex dolls. Amongst other activities, the law prohibits someone from “knowingly having in their possession, custody, or control an obscene childlike sex doll” under the justification that… Read More »

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What Judges Specifically Consider in Calculating Alimony & Child Support

By William Wallshein P.A. |

We have briefly touched on how alimony and child support are calculated, but as attorneys who practice family law here in Florida, we regularly receive a number of questions about what kind of income the court specifically takes into account in determining these payments. Judges do have some leeway in making these decisions (in… Read More »

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Facial Recognition Programs—Although Never Mentioned in Court—Have Become a Routine Policing Tool

By William Wallshein P.A. |

Every year, more and more police departments around the country purchase and rely on facial recognition software in arresting people and accusing them of committing  crimes; in and outside of Florida. This market, which includes law-enforcement at local state and federal levels, is expected to reach $375 million by 2025. In a nutshell, facial… Read More »

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