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Offering top-notch legal services in South Florida for over 30 years.
- Personal Injury
- Civil Rights
- Consumer Law
- Business Law
- Employment Law
- Appeals & Appellate
- Criminal Law
- Animal & Dog Law
- Family Law
- Arbitration & Mediation
Additional Practice Areas
- Land Use & Zoning
- Car Accidents
- Slip & Fall
- Police Misconduct/False Arrest
- General Civil
- Condominium Law
- Handicap Rights
- Malicious Prosecution
- Free Consultation
Free consultation for certain legal areas; otherwise, very reasonable consultation fees
- Credit Cards Accepted
- Contingent Fees
Contingent (percentage) fees offered in appropriate cases
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
- 11th Circuit
- Finnish: Spoken, Written
- German: Spoken, Written
- Swedish: Spoken, Written
- University of Florida
- J.D. (1984) | Law
- University of Florida
- B.A. (1981) | Political Science
- Broward County Bar Association
- Florida Dispute Resolution Center
- Association of South Florida Mediators and Arbitrators
- National Lawyers Guild
- North Dade Bar Association
- South Broward Bar Association
- Federal District Court for the Southern District of Florida
- - Current
- Activities: Volunteer Lawyers Program
- Florida Bar # 509825
- - Current
- Activities: Federal District Court, Federal Appeals Court
- Certified Circuit Civil Mediator
- Florida Dispute Resolution Center
- Qualified Arbitrator
- Florida Supreme Court
59 Questions Answered
- Q. if i was put in jail. i win trial let but i lost everything.what should i do.
- A: You question is vague, but you seem to be wondering if you can seek compensation from anyone for being arrested, jailed, and prosecuted. For compensation from law enforcement authorities, the answer is yes, IF there was no probable cause for the arrest and/or no probable cause for the prosecution. However, in almost all cases that go to criminal court trial, the probable cause exists; otherwise, the case likely would never have made it that far. Probable cause means there are facts that would cause a reasonable officer to believe that you PROBABLY committed a crime (NOT that you are guilty). To be certain, you would need an attorney to carefully analyze the facts and records of the case. Because your case did go to trial, most or all attorneys would charge you a consultation fee to analyze your case, because, right off the bat, the odds are against it being a viable lawsuit that an attorney can handle on a contingency (percentage) basis. In some cases, you can seek compensation from the person who accused you of the crime (that is, the alleged "victim"), if it can be proven that the accusation was a compete fabrication. There again, an attorney would need to analyze the potential viability of the case, including whether that person has any assets or wages to collect from.
- Q. I own land that's protected by the government. What can or can't I do with it?
- A: That depends on a host of factors, including the applicable zoning code, environmental regulations, and whether the local government is treating you equally to those with a similar type of land. The first step is to ask your local Planning & Zoning officials. If you don't like their answer, consult an attorney.
- Q. State Farm Insurance Company, my carrier, two days after I was hit by a person DUI of drugs who hit me with a 5,000 lb
- A: Why are you messing around seeking on-line advice on representing yourself for this very serious accident instead of going into an attorney's office for a free consultation? Sounds like you are dealing with some real jerk adjuster - all the more reason to retain counsel.
- Q. Hello someone sold my items with out my permission I wrote a police report and want to see what’s my next step
- A: You can let the police investigate and determine if there should be an arrest, following which the State Attorney's Office would determine if it should seek restitution (payment) from the culprit, or you can sue that person in court, or you can pursue both avenues simultaneously.
- Q. If a guy who lives 2 houses down brings his puppy over and leaves it for days then wants her back do I have to ?
- A: This is a typical situation where the parties make the mistake of not putting anything in writing, which of course can result in "he said - she said", which in turn, would have to be resolved by a court, if the matter is not settled. First, it must be determined handing the puppy over to you was intended as a GIFT. If it's a gift, that's the end of the story; the giver has no claim to ownership. If it wasn't a gift, then it was an arrangement for him to retain ownership and with you temporarily taking care of the dog - for which you can claim compensation. Maybe you can get this resolved by hiring a lawyer to demand that he agree in writing it was a gift, and if he won't do that, to pay you X amount of dollars, with a warning that the dog will be registered in your name if he doesn't comply. (By the way, this is not a civil rights issue, it's a property dispute.)
- Q. I filed a 1983 while in prison in fla doc. I was release befre my verdic or renderence of...i need to speak to somebody
- A: Your inquiry is very vague. Sounds like you filed a Section 1983 civil rights suit while incarcerated complaining of lack of medical attention, which is a valid ground for suit under certain circumstances - but it's hard to tell from your inquiry whether it's ongoing, or a judgment was entered against you. In any event, for this type of case, you need to consult a civil rights attorney, or in the alternative, contact the Florida Justice Institute in Miami, (888)358- 2081, or the Human Rights Defense Center in Lake Worth, (561)360-2523.
- Q. Can a city government impose exorbitant civil fines on a senior citizen FL homesteader with income below poverty line?
- A: Her homestead status protects her from foreclosure/eviction, not from fines. Also, her age does not protect her from fines. She needs to hire an attorney (or see if the local Legal Aid/Legal Services office can represent her) to contest the code violations at the hearing. Often, the code enforcement officials are willing to reach a settlement with the "violator", and having an attorney contesting the matter would give her more leverage in settlement negotiations.
- Q. my son is in prison in florida. he is disabled and is being treated unfairly by the facility.
- A: There are two places to contact to seek help with this type of issue. One is the Florida Justice Institute in Miami, Tel. (305)358-2081, website www.floridajusticeinstitute.org. The second is the Human Rights Defense Center in Lake Worth, Tel. (561)360-2523, website www.humanrightsdefensecenter.org. Good luck.
- Q. had one of my testicles removed by a urologist after a nurse roughly ruptured an artery in my right testicle
- A: Sure sounds like negligence, and I'm sorry to hear about your ordeal. A review of the facts and medical records would reveal whether there would be worthwhile case to be brought on a contingency fee basis (meaning fees are paid upon prevailing or settling, and there is no fee if no recovery). Schedule a free consultation as soon as possible.
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