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Challenging the Two Main Components of a Drug Possession Case

By Eighmie Law Firm, P.A. |

Simple possession cases have long been a staple in the seemingly endless War on Drugs. In fact, these prosecutions account for over 80 percent of all drug cases in St. Lucie County. Except in marijuana cases, drug possession is typically a felony. The exact severity of the offense usually depends on the type and… Read More »


Deadly Motorcycle Collision in Martin County

By Eighmie Law Firm, P.A. |

A woman is dead following a harrowing wrong-way crash that also seriously injured several other motorists. The wreck, which occurred near the intersection of Citrus Road and Boatramp Avenue, involved two motorcycles, a Nissan Maxima, and a Ford Ranger. Two westbound motorcyclists passed a vehicle in a no-passing zone. An eastbound Maxima hit the… Read More »


Getting Around the Graves Amendment

By Eighmie Law Firm, P.A. |

As we approach the winter holidays, there will probably be lots of rented vehicles on the road. Typically, people who drive these cars are unfamiliar with the roads, so rented vehicle collisions are all too common. Under traditional negligent entrustment doctrine, owners are liable for damages if they allow incompetent drivers to use their… Read More »


Your Rights and Responsibilities at a DUI Roadblock

By Eighmie Law Firm, P.A. |

One of the most fundamental Constitutional rules in criminal law is the reasonable suspicion rule. Generally, officers must have specific, articulable facts which indicate criminal activity before they may detain motorists. The Supreme Court has diluted this rule in recent years, most notably in 2014’s Heien v. North Carolina, but the rule itself remains… Read More »


Five Child Custody Factors in St. Lucie County

By Eighmie Law Firm, P.A. |

Until fairly recently, Florida family law was heavily weighted in favor of mothers, at least informally. But now, Florida has a co-parenting law. So, the child custody factors are much more important than they were before. Briefly, a phrase like “joint custody” does not necessarily mean a 50-50 timeshare arrangement. This phrase usually refers… Read More »


(Sometimes) Getting Out of Jail Free

By Eighmie Law Firm, P.A. |

It’s very difficult to mount an effective defense if the defendant remains in jail. Many people accept unfavorable plea bargains just to end things quickly. On a closely related note, since prosecutors know there is little or no risk of a trial, they often do not offer favorable plea bargain agreements. So, the Eighth… Read More »


Three-Step Property Divisions in St. Lucie Divorces

By Eighmie Law Firm, P.A. |

Florida is an equitable distribution state. All marital property, including both assets and debts, must be divided in such a way that the divorce is not an unfair financial burden for either party. That rule is extremely subjective. So, as outlined below, Florida law sets out a number of property division factors. But before… Read More »


Fatal Pedestrian Accident on Interstate 95 in Martin County

By Eighmie Law Firm, P.A. |

A Loxahatchee man is dead after a woman driving a Volkswagen struck him as he ran from east to west across the southbound lanes of I-95. The wreck occurred near Palm City shortly after 5 a.m. According to police, the woman hit the man in the southbound entrance lane to the freeway. The force of… Read More »


Obtaining Compensation in Device Distraction Claims

By Eighmie Law Firm, P.A. |

Most people multitask their way through each day. A friend once told me she could feed her infant child, cook dinner, talk on the phone, and yell at her older children all at the same time. But behind the wheel, such multitasking is very hazardous. Driving already involves multitasking. Operators must almost simultaneously watch… Read More »


Five Search Warrant Exceptions in Florida Drug Crimes

By Eighmie Law Firm, P.A. |

Privacy rights are deeply embedded in the Constitution. For example, the Fourth Amendment prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures. Before they can enter private property, such as a dwelling or vehicle, officers must generally have search warrants based on probable cause. Over the years, the Supreme Court has carved out some search warrant exceptions in… Read More »

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