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Florida Criminal Sentencing Report an ‘Eye-Opener,’ says Attorney Jordan Redavid

Criminal defense lawyer, Jordan Redavid urges Floridians to vote Yes on 2.

Criminal defense lawyer, Jordan Redavid

Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 17, 2017 – A major investigation by the Sarasota Herald-Tribune on the sentences handed down by Florida criminal judges shows disparities in those sentences between black defendants and whites.

Miami criminal defense attorney Jordan Redavid said the report is revealing, but not surprising.

“I saw it myself in my time as a public defender,” Redavid said. “Minorities are treated differently. They’re arrested, charged, and convicted at rates disproportionate to their crimes. Same with low-income people. This report is important for people to see. This should be a real eye-opener to the general public.”

Reporters at the Herald-Tribune conducted a year-long review of two state databases including tens of thousands of criminal proceedings and interviewed more than 100 legal experts. They also built a database to compare the sentences handed down by individual Florida criminal judges. A study of this scope and detail is a first, the newspaper claims.

The report shows that even though Florida judges issue sentences based on a points system intended to ensure equitable punishment across counties and demographic groups, discrimination remains. Blacks spend a significantly longer time behind bars than whites for crimes that earn the same number of points. This holds true statewide and county-by-county. Moreover, sentence lengths are far from uniform across the state.

The greatest racial disparities of all are in drug cases. In virtually all Florida counties, blacks are sentenced to more time in jail for felony drug possession than whites. In nearly half the counties, blacks spend more than twice as long behind bars even though their crimes and backgrounds are similar.

For his part, Jordan Redavid said that the Herald-Tribune’s investigation has only strengthened his resolve and commitment to ensure that each and every one of his client’s get justice irrespective of race or socio-economic status.

“People much wiser than me made sure that lady justice was blindfolded, and with good reason,” he said. “Justice should not see color, race, or anything else. Only the evidence.”

Redavid Law, PLLC
55 SE 6 Street Suite 205
Miami, FL 33131
Phone: (305) 938-9939

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Law Office of Richard J. Arendt has Launched a New Website for its Expansion

Richard J. Arendt, Esq.

Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) January 17, 2017 – The Law Office of Richard J. Arendt is pleased to announce we are expanding our law practice and have launched a new website to celebrate our over 38-years of service to business clients and individuals.

“It’s tough out there for small businesses,” said respected Chicago business attorney, Richard Arendt, “and we pride ourselves on offering personal, one-on-one legal advice and, if necessary, litigation services to our clients. Clients are not numbers; they are friends who need the best advice to stay afloat in an uncertain economy.” Arendt runs a small but agile law firm that practices its’ philosophy of client-oriented personal service at reasonable rates, with attention to detail and honest assessments of each client’s issues.

Running a small to mid-sized enterprise these days is particularly difficult given the constant evolution of laws and regulations governing business. All entrepreneurs merely want to run their business and strive to achieve success. Most, however really need the assistance of committed professionals to accomplish their business goals – which includes an experienced attorney who understands that the cornerstone of a viable business in today’s marketplace is competent and insightful legal advice. To that end, Arendt is offering the services which are vital to a business owner moving forward into the marketplace of the future.

“The biggest mistakes we see when someone starts a business is in forming it improperly with regard to existing law. Likewise, not protecting the future of their company by providing for business ownership and management succession can have serious repercussions,” said Arendt.

The Law Office of Richard J. Arendt offers experienced and compassionate legal counsel to businesses and individuals in the following areas:

Business entity formation, advising, administration
Business law
Employment law
Environmental law
General contract law
Residential real estate
Residential landlord/tenant practice
Commercial real estate
Commercial landlord/tenant practice
Estate planning
Business succession planning
Probate and trust administration
Probate and trust litigation
Purchase and sale of business
Tax planning, preparation, filing, e-filing
Business litigation
Commercial litigation

To schedule a free consultation, contact the Law Office of Richard J. Arendt, located in heart of River North in Chicago, Illinois.

Contact:
Richard J. Arendt
640 North LaSalle Street, #680
Chicago, Illinois,
Ph: 1-312-642-9606
Fax: 1-312-642-2015
Email: [email protected]

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Texas Law Does Not Require Background Checks or Evidence of Convictions for Liability

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Austin Personal Injury Lawyers – Perlmutter & Schuelke, PLLC

Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 16, 2017 – A recent Texas lawsuit demonstrates that a company was negligent in knowingly providing an unsafe workplace.

In April of 2015, a young man was killed on-the-job at a metal products company by a co-worker. The deceased was shot with a 38-caliber handgun. The killer is currently serving 45-years in jail.

According to court documents, the convicted killer had pulled a gun on workers at a job prior to being hired at the metal products company and had waved a gun at workers in a local restaurant as well. The company was sued for failing to properly do a background check. It was alleged that had the metal products company completed a background check the convicted individual’s prior charges and convictions would have been revealed and the deceased would still be alive.

It was further alleged in the statement of claim that the metal products company was negligent in knowingly providing an unsafe workplace, failing to conduct a criminal records search and not paying attention to multiple complaints from other workers about the shooter being unstable and erratic at work.

“Ultimately, the wrongful death lawsuit resulted in a $1.2 million verdict,” said Austin wrongful death attorney, Brooks Schuelke. “Either way, it was likely the case would have resulted in a win for the plaintiff, as Texas law does not require background checks or evidence of prior convictions to determine liability.” The law also bars exemplary damages when criminal acts cause an injury, even if the person who perpetrated the criminal act was invited onto a company’s premises or invited by a co-worker.

There are two ways in which a criminal homicide is different from a wrongful death claim. In a wrongful death claim, surviving family or a personal representative, must file the claim. In such cases, liability is determined solely in terms of monetary damages. However, in a criminal case, a prosecuting attorney files charges and a guilty verdict may result in fines, imprisonment or probation. In Texas, a wrongful death claim may be filed even if there are criminal charges in the works.

Perlmutter & Schuelke, PLLC
206 East 9th Street, Ste. 1511
Austin, TX 78701
Call (512) 476-4944


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