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  • How College Campuses "Handle" Sexual Assault Allegations

    || 10-Dec-2018

    Investigations of sexual assaults at colleges and universities have gained significant attention from news outlets throughout the country. According to a 2017 report from the Department of Education, there were more than more than 300 open investigations of sexual assault cases. The Department of Education also noted that the following schools in Florida were under investigation: Full Sail ...
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  • Does Bankruptcy Stay on Your Credit Report?

    || 3-Dec-2018

    If you are dealing with past due bills and other forms of debt that you can’t seem to keep up with, then bankruptcy might be the right option for you. Before you file for bankruptcy, you should first learn about the long-term consequences. In this blog, we tell you if filing for bankruptcy will stay on your credit report. Bankruptcy & Your Credit Report Filing for bankruptcy can have a ...
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  • How Do I Discharge Medical Debt in Florida?

    || 21-Nov-2018

    Did you know that most people who file for bankruptcy in the state of Florida do so because of medical debt? Although medical debt is a leading cause of bankruptcy, it is not considered secured debt, which means it can be discharged as part of a Chapter 13 bankruptcy repayment plan. In this blog, we explain how bankruptcy can be used to discharge your medical debt. How Much Medical Debt Can I ...
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  • Contested Divorce in Florida

    || 16-Nov-2018

    When a couple is seeking to end their marriage but there are still unresolved issues that must be sorted out, they generally file for a contested divorce. In this blog, we explain what you need to know about contested divorce in the state of Florida. How Do I Start a Contested Divorce? To start your contested divorce, you will need to file a petition with the circuit court. After you file the ...
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  • What Happens If I Fail to Register as a Sex Offender in Florida?

    || 7-Nov-2018

    The state of Florida has strict registration requirements for people who have been convicted of sex crimes. Under Florida Statute 943.0435, sex offenders and sexual predators must comply with the following reporting guidelines: Report in person to the sheriff’s office to register within 48 hours of being released from prison. Report in person to the sheriff’s office to register within ...
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  • What to Do If You Are Arrested While on Vacation in Florida

    || 15-Oct-2018

    Florida is a very popular tourist destination for people across the country and around the world. People vacation in Florida to relax, unwind, and enjoy the state’s many attractions. Unfortunately, your long awaited vacation can become a nightmare if you find yourself being taken to jail by Florida law enforcement officers. Our state attracts a variety of students and tourists who sometimes ...
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  • Should I Wait Until the New Year to File for Divorce?

    || 12-Oct-2018

    Are you thinking of leaving your spouse? Are you already in the middle of the divorce process? If so, you might want to speed things up and get your divorce wrapped up before the end of the year. In this blog, we explain why new changes to the tax code will impact divorces that aren’t completed by Dec. 31 of this year. Last year, Congress passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which will do away ...
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  • Fewer Floridians Are Filing for Bankruptcy This Year

    || 1-Oct-2018

    The American Bankruptcy Institute released statistics for the amount of bankruptcies that have been filed so far in 2018. According to these statistics, consumer bankruptcy filings in the state of Florida have dropped by 8% when compared to data from 2017. These statistics suggest that the current economic climate has helped consumers manage their debt. However, statistics for the month of March ...
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  • How Can I Stop Wage Garnishment?

    || 17-Sep-2018

    When you are struggling with debt, things can get out of control fast if you aren’t able to manage your finances. Millions of Americans are living from paycheck to paycheck, and when creditors start to take money out of their hard earned checks, it makes it even more difficult to get a handle on the situation. One way to put an end to wage garnishment is to file for bankruptcy. Wage ...
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  • How Much Influence Does a Prosecutor Have on a Criminal Case?

    || 3-Sep-2018

    When it comes to criminal defense, there are a number of factors that can have a major influence on the outcome of a person’s case. People often think the judge has the most power, and while the judge does have a significant role in a criminal defense case, most people overlook the influence of the prosecutor. In this blog, we explain how much influence prosecutors have on criminal cases. ...
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  • Cryptocurrency & Your Bankruptcy

    || 15-Aug-2018

    Cryptocurrency is becoming more and more popular throughout the world. And while cryptocurrency has largely gone unregulated by governments, more and more nations are starting to take a stance on cryptocurrency in regards to regulations and law. While the world’s legal and government sectors have been trying to catch up with legislation for cryptocurrency, one area of law that has seen ...
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  • Why You Should Never Let Police In Your Home Without a Warrant

    || 1-Aug-2018

    When police are at your door, it can be a frightening experience, especially if you don’t know all of your rights. A sudden knock on the door from law enforcement can leave you wondering: Do I have to answer the door? Am I legally obligated to speak to the police? Can the police enter my home without my permission? A “knock and talk” is a common investigative technique used by ...
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  • Why Are There More DUI Arrests During Summer?

    || 15-Jul-2018

    Summer is a time people like to celebrate by going on picnics and road trips to the beach. Because many people have more free time from work and school during the summer, the roadways are much busier with drivers, including those who have had a few alcoholic beverages before getting behind the wheel. The summer months see an increased presence of law enforcement officers on the lookout for DUIs, ...
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  • Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Exemptions

    || 3-Jul-2018

    Many people assume that they will lose all of their assets when they file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. However, this is not necessarily true. Under the Bankruptcy Code, debtors can keep certain assets from creditors and their trustee. The property that debtors choose to keep is known as “exempt property.” When the debtor files their case, they can claim property as exempt. As long as no ...
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  • 6 Most Frequently Committed Crimes

    || 13-Jun-2018

    At Albaugh Law Firm, we have taken on all sorts of criminal cases and have helped numerous clients clear their name and restore their reputation. As criminal defense lawyers with more than half a century of collective experience, we understand how tough it can be to prove your innocence under the law. If you are charged with a crime, you should immediately call our attorneys to discuss how to ...
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  • What to Look for in a Bankruptcy Attorney

    || 4-Jun-2018

    If you are struggling to pay off all of your debts, it might be time to really consider filing for bankruptcy. However, filing for bankruptcy can be a complicated and confusing process, which means you will likely need the assistance of a skilled attorney to ensure that your legal rights are protected. But with all the TV and radio advertisements you come across, it can be hard to decide which ...
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  • Teens and other youths can be charged both criminally and civilly for a crime they have been accused of. If a juvenile is charged with a criminal offense, they can face the possibility of jail or prison time, as well as expensive fines. Civil charges also have substantial consequences. If the juvenile is 17 or older, they will be treated as an adult, and the charges against them will remain on ...
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  • Can I Keep My Tax Refund If I file for Bankruptcy?

    || 8-May-2018

    If you are thinking about filing for bankruptcy, you are likely wondering what will happen to your tax refund during your case. In this blog, we explain what you can do to keep your tax refund if you are thinking about declaring bankruptcy. Is My Refund Part of the Bankruptcy Estate? Yes, your refund is considered a part of your bankruptcy estate. Once your bankruptcy is filed, any of the assets ...
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  • How a Drug Dealer Gets Caught By Law Enforcement

    || 17-Apr-2018

    The United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), spends nearly $15 billion a year on investigating drug crimes. State and local police spend about $25 billion investigating similar drug offenses. With an annual total of $40 billion, about $500 is spent per second investigating drug crimes in the U.S. The DEA collaborates with the FBI, CIA and U.S. Customs and Border Patrol to combat both national ...
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  • How Is My Credit Score Determined?

    || 2-Apr-2018

    Your credit score is essentially a reflection of your ability to pay back the money you borrow. The better your score is, the easier it will be to take out a mortgage, car loan, lease, credit card or other forms of credit from lenders like banks and stores. Information about your our credit score is contained in your credit report, which is used by lenders to decide whether your request to borrow ...
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  • What You Need to Know About Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

    || 15-Mar-2018

    Chapter 11 bankruptcy is sometimes referred to as a “reorganization bankruptcy.” This type of bankruptcy is available for corporations, partnerships, and sole proprietorships. Individuals can also file for Chapter 11 if they have too much debt to be eligible for a Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Before you decide to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, you should consult with a bankruptcy attorney to ...
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  • The Worst Forms of White Collar Crimes, According to the FBI

    || 7-Mar-2018

    The term white collar crime was first coined in 1939, but has since become synonymous with a wide range of deceptive and fraudulent practices committed by business and government professionals. White collar crimes involve deceit, concealment, or violation of trust. These crimes are usually motivated by financial incentives such as gaining more wealth, property, or a personal or business advantage. ...
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  • Rebuilding Your Credit: Credit Cards to Use After Bankruptcy

    || 15-Feb-2018

    Many people become discouraged about their credit score after filing for bankruptcy. Depending on the type you filed, a bankruptcy can be listed on your credit report for up to 10 years. Even after your bankruptcy is discharged, there is a good possibility that your credit score will remain low until you take the necessary steps to begin rebuilding your credit. In this blog, we explain how to ...
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  • A federal judge declared that the process for restoring voting rights to felons in Florida is unconstitutional. In a strongly worded ruling, U.S. District Judge Mark Walker said the disenfranchisement of felons who have served their time is "nonsensical" and violates the First and 14th Amendments of the Constitution. While the majority of U.S states don’t allow people who are ...
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  • 5 Types of Bankruptcy

    || 15-Jan-2018

    If you are considering bankruptcy, you are probably wondering how to get started and what kind of options are available for you. In this blog, we explain 5 different types of bankruptcies to help you determine which option is right for you. Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Sometimes called “liquidation,” "straight bankruptcy," or “complete bankruptcy,” Chapter 7 is perhaps ...
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