Happy Bill of Rights Day

Two hundred and twenty-four years ago the Bill of Rights was ratified on this day.  The Bill of Rights is made up of those first ten amendments to the United States Constitution, granting things like freedom of speech, jury trial, protection against unreasonable search and seizure, and many other useful rights.  These rights have been around awhile now and they may seem intuitive today, but the history of the Bill of Rights was anything but straightforward. Ironically the Bill of Rights was never actually a “Bill” in Congress.  It got called that because England had passed a “Bill of Rights” a hundred years earlier.  Some felt these rights should have been included in the Constitution.  Others did not think we needed this Bill of Rights at all because states would have their own bill of rights.  Originally there were seventeen amendments, but the Senate rejected some and combined others.  Furthermore, some states did not accept the Bill of Rights right away.  Massachusetts did not get around to ratifying the Bill of Rights until 1939 (two years before President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared December 15 to be “Bill of Rights Day”). Today we celebrate the Bill of Rights, but every day […] Read More

Today is Law Day, Commemorating the Magna Carta

St. Augustine turns 450 this year, and the Magna Carta turns 800 years old.  Handwritten in Latin in 1215 England, this “Great Charter of Liberties” inspired many basic rights of America today, including due process, habeas corpus, and trial by jury.  It embodies the idea that no one, no matter how powerful, is above the law.  Thus this year’s Law Day theme is “Magna Carta:  Symbol of Freedom Under the law.” Law Day is May 1 every year.  The event officially started in 1961 to mark a commitment to the rule of law in our nation, a notion that is now eight centuries old and counting. Happy Law Day!  Happy Due Process Everyday!   Read More

Amenities as a Guest of the State

If you do not eat your vegetables at home, you can get them in prison.  Florida’s inmates work on over 53 different farms, gardens, and University of Florida food and agricultural facilities, harvesting about 10.4 million pounds of produce, including broccoli, cabbage, cantaloupe, greens, peas, watermelon, and other fruits and vegetables.  If farming, roadwork, or institutional laundry or cooking is not your occupation of choice, you may want to talk to a defense lawyer before you are serving time as a guest of the State. A gated community is not for everyone, especially when the bars do not allow you to come and go as you please.  I always thought I would like jail.  I could get a lot of reading done and would not be interrupted by phone calls, but the loss of freedom is more than an exclusion of distractions.  If you have any legal issue with a prison time, it is good to have an attorney. A defense attorney can help you work with the prosecution on choices to get the best resolution possible.  You may have made bad decisions, but you do not have to put yourself in a worse position by shutting down choices.  Seek […] Read More

Memorial Day

Thanks to those who have given their lives in the past so that “We The People” may carry forward the freedom and justice our country enjoys. Have a safe and thoughtful Memorial Day.   Read More

Memorial Day

Thanks to those who have given their lives in the past so that “We The People” may carry forward the freedom and justice our country enjoys. Have a safe and happy Memorial Day. Read More

Rights & Wrongs

If you sleep on your rights, you may wake up on the wrong side of justice.  However, by standing up for your rights, you help protect the rights of all American citizens.  Everybody needs to play by the rules…the same rules.  Each legal defense ensures the liberty our laws are written to uphold. Enjoy your rights and enjoy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.     Read More