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Driving after Registration has Expired

A cop has pulled you over for a traffic violation. So you turn off your car engine, roll down your window, and maybe try to give your best “please go easy on me” smile. The cop approaches your vehicle and begins to speak. Let me give you a hint, the next words out of his […]

Driving without a License

In Florida, just like every other state in the U.S., driving is a privilege not a right. Pursuant to Florida Statute §322.03(1), a person may not drive any motor vehicle upon a highway in Florida without a valid, unexpired driver’s license. The penalties for driving without a valid license in Florida depend on the reason […]

Florida’s Cyberstalking Laws

While the Internet, email, smartphones, and the widespread usage of social media sites have improved our lives in many ways, they have also unfortunately become the breeding grounds for new types of crime. In Florida, as well as many other jurisdictions, reports of cyberstalking have grown exponentially in recent years. You may have heard people, […]

How Defendants Should Dress for Court in South Florida

As a South Florida criminal lawyer with over 30 years of courtroom experience, I’ve seen thousands of criminal defendants come through the South Florida courts. Since the South Florida court system does not impose an officially sanctioned dress code for defendants appearing in court, I’ve seen defendants wear a variety of glaringly inappropriate clothing to […]

Contempt of Court Charges in Florida

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve surely caught wind of the viral news story about Miami’s bad girl du jour: the foul-mouthed, bird-flipping teen Penelope Soto. Here’s a recap of the infamous February 2013 courtroom incident: Ms. Soto appeared before a Miami-Dade Circuit Court judge on drug possession charges. When the judge asked […]

Online Publication of Mugshots in Florida

A mugshot (also known as a mug shot, police photograph, or booking photograph) is a photographic portrait taken of a defendant by the police department after the defendant has been arrested and is in police custody. Typically, the arrestee will take one front-view photo and one-side view photo. The purpose of a mugshot is to […]

Inaccurate Legal Process on Television Shows

L.A. Law, The Practice, Matlock, Ally McBeal, Boston Legal, CSI, Law & Order, JAG, Night Court, Judging Amy, Suits, Damages….   It seems that since the beginning of time (or at least television), legal television shows have captured our hearts, imaginations, and let’s not forget—our Nielsen ratings. What’s your favorite legal television show? As for […]

The Attorney-Client Privilege in Florida

Communications between a client and his attorney are generally privileged under the attorney-client privilege, which is a legal and ethical concept that preserves the confidentiality of communications between a client and his attorney. This means that, in the absence of any exception or waiver, neither an attorney nor a client may be compelled to divulge […]

Weird Fort Lauderdale Laws

The Galanter Law Blog typically covers topics related to serious legal issues in South Florida such as driving under the influence, boating under the influence, criminal defense practice, domestic violence, drug charges, traffic crime offenses, and current events such as local DUI checkpoints, but today we wanted to lighten things up a bit and talk […]

Juvenile Fake ID Laws in Florida

  Persons under the age of 21 in Florida will often use a fake, false, or altered driver’s license or identification card to purchase alcohol or gain entry into a bar, club, or other establishment where you have to be 21 to enter. Such persons will purchase or make their own driver’s license or identification […]