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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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  • Seeing the red and blue lights of a police vehicle behind you could be anxiety-inducing. Receiving a citation could mean paying a hefty fine, having a point placed on your license, or any number of negative consequences. Paralyzed by the fear of a run-in with the law, you may not know what to do. Alternatively, you might not think you did anything wrong, and believe the cop may not be trying to ...
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  • What Is an Automatic Stay and Can it Be Lifted?

    || 1-Aug-2019

    The moment a person files for bankruptcy, the court will issue an order for an automatic stay. This document allows the debtor relief, as it is a legal mandate that prohibits creditors from continuing to collect on unpaid debts and stops civil lawsuits. It is valid as long as the bankruptcy is in process or completed. If the case is dismissed, the court order will no longer be enforced. What Types ...
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  • Does Wage Garnishment Affect Employment?

    || 17-Jul-2019

    If an individual falls behind in payments to a creditor, the company could take legal action to force them to repay the amount owed. One way they can achieve this is by requesting the court to issue a wage garnishment order, which requires that their employer withhold a certain amount of their paycheck. The withheld amount is sent to their creditor to pay towards their debt. A wage garnishment ...
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  • What Are Florida's Peeping Tom Laws?

    || 9-Jul-2019

    A Peeping Tom is a person who watches another individual without their consent or knowledge. In Florida, engaging in such behavior is a chargeable offense and a conviction could result in jail or prison time and fines. Peeping Tom offenses are governed by Florida’s statute on burglary and trespassing. Voyeurism Under Statute 810.14, observing another person without their permission is ...
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  • Police Interrogations and Juvenile Rights

    || 20-Jun-2019

    What would it take for your child to admit to doing something they did not do? The answer to this question for five families is explored and answered in the recent Netflix series titled “When They See Us,”. The series, which revisits a 1989 case where five minority teenagers, known as the “Central Park Five”, were wrongfully accused, convicted, and imprisoned for brutally ...
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  • Bankruptcy is a debt relief option that can stop creditors from taking action against you if you are delinquent on loans. When you file for bankruptcy, most of your debt is discharged or wiped out. If you want to make purchases before or after filing, it could affect the process or result in more debt. Making Purchases Before Filing for Bankruptcy When you file for bankruptcy, you are claiming ...
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  • Florida's Laws Against Tampering with Evidence

    || 3-Jun-2019

    In a criminal trial, the prosecutor presents documents, records, statements, and other objects as evidence to build their case against a defendant. Because of this, a person can face severe penalties if they destroy anything that could potentially be submitted during the trial. Destroying or Altering Physical Evidence Florida Statute 918.13 prohibits tampering with or fabricating physical ...
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  • In Florida, many sex crime offenses require that a convicted individual register for life on the National Sex Offender Registry. The registration requirements apply to current residents and out-of-state visitors. Under Statute 943.0435, anyone required to register as a sex offender in another state who plans to reside in Florida on a permanent, temporary, or transient basis must report to the ...
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