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The National Trial Lawyers Announces I. Scott Skier as One of Its Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers in Florida

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For Immediate Release The National Trial Lawyers is pleased to announce that I. Scott Skier of The Skier Law Firm, P.A. in West Palm Beach has been selected for inclusion into its Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers in Florida, an honor given to only a select group of lawyers for their superior skills… Read More »

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Is Florida Trying Too Many Children as Adults?

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Most people have a basic sense of what being “charged as an adult” means. It’s literally when a juvenile is charged in an adult court of law and faces adult sentencing. Adults themselves are charged in criminal courts for their crimes while children are usually charged in family court to answer for theirs. However,… Read More »

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Juvenile Offenses While Being a Minority

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Recently, a Lauderdale boy was charged with armed carjacking after his mother saw footage of him on the news and took him into the police department. The boy, who is just 14 years old, was allegedly part of a carjacking cohort. Another boy, who is only 12 years old, is being tried as an… Read More »

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Teen Crime on Slight Rise

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Teen crime is on the rise in South Florida according to NBC 2 News. Police say that during winter break there is generally a minor increase in teen crime because students are out of school. Typical crimes include petit and grand theft, auto theft, and other felonies and misdemeanors that can haunt a young… Read More »

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Florida Charges Minors as Adults More Than Any Other State

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A 17-year-old Florida minor allegedly fatally shot a man as he withdrew money from an ATM, as reported by Miami Herald. The defendant was charged with second degree murder. The youth had previously been arrested at least 13 times before, with the first arrest occurring when he was 11 years old. Previous charges included… Read More »

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House Passes Bill to Impose Mandatory Minimum for Teenage “Sexters”

By The Skier Law Firm, P.A. |

Sexting is the process of taking a pornographic image of oneself and texting it to another person. The practice has grown popular amongst a variety of age groups, and in particular, teenagers. However, what was once an act that might have called for school suspension and being grounded by a parent, may, in the… Read More »

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Minors and Auto Theft

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Not all cars are stolen by professional adults who can hotwire a car in mere minutes, take it to a chop shop, and sell the car for more money in parts than the car is actually worth. There is another growing trend in Florida made up of teenagers and pre-teens who break into vehicles… Read More »

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Youthful Offenders

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Teenage and young adults do not always make rational choices when confronted with a decision that a fully mature adult would have no problem navigating. This is because the frontal lobes of the brain are not fully developed until we reach the age of 25 or so, according to numerous peer review research, including… Read More »

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West Palm Beach Teen Indicted on Impersonation Charges

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A West Palm Beach teenager has been incarcerated in Virginia, after impersonating a physician in that state. The teen, aged 19, was indicted by a grand jury early this January on charges of identity theft, forgery, attempting to obtain money through false pretenses, and making false statements in order to obtain credit, according to… Read More »

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Florida Judge Says Mandatory Minimums for Minors Unconstitutional

By The Skier Law Firm, P.A. |

A Florida judge has recently ruled that mandatory minimums for minors are unconstitutional. Judge William Fuente, a judge on the 13th Judicial Circuit Court, handed down an opinion that held that mandatory minimums for minors violates the eighth amendment prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment. In order to fully understand the ruling, it is… Read More »

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