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April 2015 Archives

A lawyer can be an asset to a business throughout its life

The decision to start a business is often preceded by a great amount of thinking and planning. There is good reason for this as there are many potential pitfalls and some businesses do not survive. To help make sure a business has the best possible chance of succeeding, it is vital to have a relationship with a business lawyer. In addition to helping to get a business started, these individuals can also help throughout the life of a business. This is true regardless of the size or type of business.

What is the "automobile exception" regarding police searches?

As a general rule, the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects individuals against unreasonable searches and seizures. One way to ensure that a search is reasonable is for police to obtain a search warrant before performing the search. Searches without a warrant run the risk of having any evidence collected during the search held to be inadmissible at trial, which is known as the "exclusionary rule" or the "fruit of the poisonous tree" doctrine.

When can police use deadly force on a fleeing suspect?

The recent incident from another state in which a man apparently fleeing from a police officer was killed when the officer fired his pistol at him has made headlines nationally. One of the underlying questions invoked by the shooting is under what circumstances a police officer may use deadly force in general, and in particular against a fleeing suspect.

Florida courts to reconsider some juvenile sentences

A 36-year-old man sentenced to life in prison without parole when he was 15, and a 20-year-old man sentenced to 70 years in prison when he was 14 are but two of potentially hundreds of Florida inmates serving sentences that were imposed when they were juveniles who will have to have their sentences reconsidered when they were charged as adults. This is the impact of a Florida Supreme Court decision from last month, which aims to bring the state's juvenile sentencing into line with earlier U.S. Supreme Court rulings on the same subject.

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