WHAT ARE SOME EXAMPLES OF COMMON TERMS OR CONDITIONS OF PROBATION?

Some examples of common terms and conditions of probation are: Check in with a probation officer as instructed; Abstain from using illegal or non-prescribed drugs, and do not abuse prescribed drugs; Abstain from alcohol; Attend and complete drug and/or alcohol rehabilitation; Submit to random or scheduled drug screens; Submit to random searches Stay employed or […]

What defenses can I use for criminal trial?

In order for a person to be convicted of a crime, the prosecutor must prove, in trial, beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant is guilty. At trial, a defendant is given the chance to present a defense that supports whether or not they committed the crime, and if they did commit a crime, a legal […]

What Should I Do After A Car Accident?

What should I do after a car accident? I often have to answer this question for friends, family and curious strangers who find out that I am a lawyer. I answer it so often I decided to make a quick outline: Call the Police: By calling the police you can get help to the scene and the […]

Justice…Finally

“Mr. Lafrance, thank you for believing in me and my story.” Those were the words my client said to me as she hugged and sobbed in my arms. I remember when she first walked into my office and asked me to represent her. My client was being accused of battery (at the time). The allegations […]

What Happens After You’re Arrested in Broward County?

The first 48 hours after being arrested for a crime are stressful. For a lot of people this is their first time ever being arrested and having their liberty taken. It’s the fear of not knowing what to expect that plagues their minds those first 48 hours. They don’t know what to expect from the […]

What is Assault and Battery?

Recently I sat down with a potential client who believed he was being charged in correctly. He advised me that he was being accused of hitting someone when he never laid a hand on anyone. He was fairly adamant that his case should be dismissed because he did not assault anyone. After about 10 minutes […]

What is the Juvenile Justice System in Broward County?

Criminal offenses committed by a person under the age of 18 in Florida are typically handled by the Juvenile Justice System. The Juvenile Justice System focuses on rehabilitating youthful offenders as opposed to the adult court system which is punitive in nature.  The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) plays a major role in the administration of […]

What is the Juvenile Justice System Process?

Many parents and guardians of youthful offenders want to know what their child will encounter as they move through the Juvenile Justice System. Understanding the process will allow parents and guardians to be knowledgeable and properly involved in supporting their child. A juvenile criminal case may proceed as follows: 1. Law EnforcementThe police arrest the […]