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  • In light of the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), this article is very timely. After President Donald Trump declared a national emergency in mid-March, movie theatres shut down, schools switched to online learning, concerts and events were canceled, and “non-essential” businesses were ordered to close their doors. The result? Millions of Americans lost their jobs and even as of this ...
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  • Resisting an Officer Without Violence in Florida

    || 8-Jun-2020

    You’ve probably heard the term “resisting arrest” on many occasions, especially on TV or in the movies. Usually, a police officer is depicted as trying to arrest someone and the person shouts obscenities, refuses to get out of their car, refuses to be detained, or runs away from the cop. Once the officer catches up to the suspect, he or she slaps on the handcuffs and tells them ...
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  • Can I Travel Abroad with a Felony Record?

    || 18-May-2020

    If you’re a U.S. citizen who was convicted of a felony in the past, you may be wondering if you can travel abroad with a felony on your record. This is a very good question and one that should be answered before you book your big trip. For starters, let’s discuss U.S. passports. Generally, if someone has a felony conviction on their record, they should not have any trouble obtaining a ...
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  • How COVID-19 is Impacting Child Support Cases

    || 4-May-2020

    Around the middle of March, American’s lives changed forever. It was around that time that President Donald Trump declared a national emergency in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Within weeks of the president’s order, people were told to practice social distancing, schools were closed, and non-essential businesses were shut down. In effect, millions of ...
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  • Underage Possession of Alcohol in Florida

    || 28-Apr-2020

    In all 50 states, it’s illegal for anyone below the age of 21 to possess or purchase alcohol. The only time someone who is under the age of 21 can possess alcohol is when they’re employed in an establishment, such as a restaurant that serves alcohol, and they have to handle or otherwise come into contact with alcohol as a part of their employment. Under Section 562.11 of the Florida ...
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  • Amid COVID-19, Florida Governor Suspends Foreclosures

    || 20-Apr-2020

    Since President Donald Trump declared a national emergency due to COVID-19, Americans’ lives have been turned upside-down. Schools have been closed and students switched to online learning. Businesses everywhere have shut down. Concerts, conventions, and events have been canceled, and even movie theatres have closed their doors. As a result, millions of Americans have been forced out of ...
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  • Impact of Coronavirus on Time Sharing

    || 15-Apr-2020

    Since the outbreak of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) several months ago, family law courts have been asked to weigh in on the question of whether or not the shelter in place mandates, and specific health and safety concerns parents have override their existing time sharing orders. In what appears to be an attempt to avoid an avalanche of Emergency Motions to Temporarily Suspend Time Sharing, local ...
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  • COVID-19 Lockdown Could Lead to More Divorces

    || 6-Apr-2020

    Ever since the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that the COVID-19 outbreak is a pandemic on March 11, 2020, the United States and many countries throughout the world have issued “stay-at-home” orders to have people isolate themselves at home in order to “flatten the curve.” Although being at home with a spouse all day and every day can bring a couple closer ...
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  • Can I Obtain a U.S. Passport with a Felony Record?

    || 18-Mar-2020

    Many, if not most Americans end up traveling abroad at some point in their lives. After all, it’s very common for people to travel overseas to visit family, for their jobs, or for vacation. If you were previously convicted of a crime, as a term of your probation or parole, you may have been prohibited by the court to leave Florida, let alone the country. Now, you have completed your sentence ...
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  • Covid - 19 (Coronavirus)

    || 12-Mar-2020

    Rest assured, we are clean! Coronavirus Precautions In-House Here at Albaugh Law Firm we are adhering to the CDC and OSHA guidelines to the best of our ability in order to keep all staff, visitors, and clients safe and healthy! We are washing our hands frequently with anti-bacterial hand soap, wiping down all common areas several times a day with antiseptic wipes and generally keeping everything ...
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  • What Happens to Debt When Someone Dies?

    || 4-Mar-2020

    If you’re like most people, you don’t enjoy contemplating your own mortality. In fact, this is such a sensitive subject that a lot of people, including high-net-worth individuals, never create an estate plan. But have you ever wondered about your debt and what would happen to it if you died? If you’re married, would your spouse be on the hook for it? Could your family members ...
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  • Can I Be Deported for DUI?

    || 17-Feb-2020

    “Florida has long been home to a large number of immigrants, many of whom hail from the Caribbean. One in five residents in the state is an immigrant, together making up more than a fourth of Florida’s labor force. As workers, business owners, taxpayers, and neighbors, immigrants are an integral part of Florida’s diverse and thriving communities and make extensive contributions ...
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  • Can You File Bankruptcy if You're Unemployed?

    || 3-Feb-2020

    If you’re unemployed and having a hard time paying your monthly bills, you may be considering bankruptcy and reasonably so. But you may also be wondering if you can file for bankruptcy when you’re unemployed. Will unemployment be a problem? It depends on the type of bankruptcy you’re interested in. Generally, if you file Chapter 7 bankruptcy, the fact that you’re unemployed ...
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  • Will My Case Go to Trial?

    || 15-Jan-2020

    If you’re facing criminal charges for the first time, you probably have a lot of questions going through your mind right now. Will you be found guilty? Will you be incarcerated? How much will the fines be? Will you lose your job? And, will your case go to trial? For the purposes of this article, we’re going to discuss the last question about the likelihood of your case going to trial. ...
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  • Legal Age to Buy Tobacco Products in U.S. Increases to 21

    || 7-Jan-2020

    As part of sweeping spending bills signed by President Donald Trump in December 2019, the minimum age to purchase cigarettes, cigars, e-cigarettes, and other tobacco products in the United States is now 21 years old. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) confirmed the news on December 21, 2019, and plans to submit a final rule within 180 days. The new law addresses the nationwide concern about ...
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  • Beginning January 1, 2020, motorists in Florida will be ticketed if police catch them texting while driving. The law went into effect in July of 2019, but drivers were given a learning period to get used to the changes and understand what constitutes prohibited behavior. That meant, for the past 5 months, law enforcement officers were only issuing warnings to violators. Now, they'll be issuing ...
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  • Can Child Support Be Discharged in Bankruptcy?

    || 1-Jan-2020

    “Sometimes it’s difficult to collect past-due child support, especially when those amounts reach into the tens of thousands of dollars. The average amount owed among noncustodial parents with child support debt is more than $21,000,” according to the Office of Child Support Enforcement. If you can relate to the above paragraph because you too have had difficulty paying your child ...
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  • How Having Tinted Windows Led to Drug Charges

    || 10-Dec-2019

    A Florida man was recently sentenced to 7 years in prison and fined $100,000 for trafficking methamphetamine. How did he get caught? He was a passenger in a car that had tinted windows. Florida’s Law on Window Tinting With the harsh Florida sun beating down on drivers while they travel through the state, many might opt to have their windows tinted. Not only does it add a level of protection ...
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  • How Will Filing Bankruptcy Separately Affect My Spouse?

    || 3-Dec-2019

    If your financial obligations become overwhelming and you have a high amount of debt you might consider filing for bankruptcy, which may offer financial relief. One factor you might be thinking about when deciding on taking this legal step is how the action will affect your spouse and their finances. Deciding How to File When deciding to file for bankruptcy, you could either do it on your own or ...
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  • What Is Florida's Law on Making a Written Threat to Kill?

    || 15-Nov-2019

    At times, life can be tough and filled with various upsets that cause emotional reactions. This is especially true for adolescents who are still trying to figure out how to navigate the world. When a juvenile goes through trying times, they express their feelings in text messages or on social media. Unfortunately, when they post about taking their anger out on others by firing a weapon at school, ...
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  • How Does Compound Interest Work?

    || 5-Nov-2019

    The simple, yet somewhat complicated, definition of compound interest is that it is interest charged on top of interest. Basically, it means that you are paying interest for the total amount of a loan balance, not just the original. Additionally, it can significantly affect how much you owe your lender. The Principal and Interest Let’s break down how interest works a little more before we ...
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  • Is It Illegal to Wear a Mask on Halloween?

    || 15-Oct-2019

    Halloween is just around the corner, which means putting on a costume and heading out for a party. Part of your chosen outfit might include a mask, but you might have heard about a Florida statute that bans people from wearing an item that covers their face in public. You might wonder: Does this law pertain to Halloween costumes? The short answer is “no,” but let’s dive a little ...
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  • What Is a Zombie Debt & How Is It Revived?

    || 1-Oct-2019

    You believe you’ve settled all your debts and are ready to get a fresh start on life. But then, you get a notice in the mail stating that you owe money on a specific credit card, a loan that you don’t even remember having or that you’re sure you paid off. An old or paid off debt that comes back to life to haunt you is what’s known as a zombie debt. Why Are Old Debts ...
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  • Can "Stand Your Ground" Always Be Used as a Defense?

    || 13-Sep-2019

    Generally, Florida’s “stand your ground” law protects people from facing criminal charges if they use or threaten to use force against a person who unlawfully places them at risk of harm. The defender's actions must be equal to those of the assailant. That means if Bill punches Tom, Tom can push or threaten to push Bill to stop the attack. If Tom was later charged with ...
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  • What Happens if You Voluntarily Pay Discharged Debt?

    || 3-Sep-2019

    When you file for bankruptcy, some of your debts can be discharged. That means you’re not liable for paying the remaining balance on specific loans. Additionally, creditors and/or lenders are prohibited from attempting to collect on the balance or taking legal action against you to recover funds. Although you are no longer obligated to make payments on a discharged debt, bankruptcy does not ...
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