Furman and Furman Attorneys LLP

Highly Specialized Criminal Defense, Fire Arms and Self Defense, Personal Injury and Adoption Law Firm
serving clients in Florida and Alabama

John Furman

John Furman

 

partiers

In 2016, crackdowns on Spring Break partying, by young people, in the Florida Panhandle, led to many choosing to flock to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, in Baldwin County, Alabama, near the port city of Mobile. This year, local law enforcement officials have issued official warnings, in the local press, that young people engaging in underage drinking, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and general rowdiness, will face a zero tolerance policy. The area has long attempted to cultivate a “family friendly” atmosphere, and the local climate is no longer favorable for young people who come to the beautiful local beaches to cut loose.

Wednesday, 07 October 2015 09:39

Raw Cuts

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Right to Bail and Pre-trial Release Procedures:

The most critical difference between Federal and State Court when it comes to bond, is that the procedure is very different than that in State Court.  Many persons charged in Federal Court have been arrested before by State authorities.  In most states, including Alabama, there is a Constitutional right to reasonable bail, based upon the charge and other factors, except in Capital Cases.

The right to bail has been abolished in Federal Criminal Cases.  Defendants are either released, pending trial, or detained until the case is finished.  The Courts look at the nature of the charge, the Criminal Record of the accused, ties to the community, likelihood of flight and other factors, in making that judgement.  

Trial:

In State Court, most Defendant’s find that, because of the overcrowded Criminal Dockets, that their case may be set, and reset, a number of times, before they are required to go to trial or work out a Plea Bargain.  Being represented by an experienced, skilled Attorney generally guarantees that the case will be pending for a number of months, if not a year or more.  This gives the Criminal Defense Lawyer time to closely examine the State’s case, and witnesses, and gives the accused time to make the crucial decision as to whether to go to trial, or negotiate a Plea Agreement (Plea Bargain).  In Federal Criminal Cases, the Defendant is required to Plead Guilty or  Strike A Jury, within 60 days of being arrested.  All Federal Prosecutions are, by Federal Law, on a fast-track.  Federal Criminal Cases can be continued, or reset, only under certain special circumstances.  This has the result of giving the accused, and his Federal Criminal Attorney, much less time to make critical preparations for the Federal Criminal Trial, and/or Plea Agreement. 

Saturday, 03 November 2012 12:49

Resources

 

Expectant Mothers

BETHANY CHRISTIAN SERVICES OF THE GULF COAST

Serves Pensacola to Live Oak, Florida

http://impregnant.org

850.478.6789

1716 East Olive Street

Pensacola, Florida

ALABAMA SATELLITE OFFICE

251.621.5440

7100 Spanish Fort Blvd.

Spanish Fort, AL  36577

Text: “impregnant” to #77054

Live Chat: http://www.impregant.org

Talk:  1.800.BETHANY (238.4269)

All calls are confidential.

CATHOLIC CHARITIES OF NORTHWEST FLORIDA, INC.

http://www.catholiccharitiesnwfl.org/3-Adoption

 

Northwest Florida Main Office

Adoption Services

850.436.6411

1815 N. Sixth Ave.

Pensacola, Florida

CATHOLIC CHARITIES OF NORTHWEST FLORIDA, INC.

Panama City Office

Adoption Services

850.763.0475

3128 E. 11th Street

Panama City, Florida

Counseling and Information

ALPHA CENTER

850.479.4391

6004 Pernella Road

Pensacola, Florida

2-B CHOICES FOR WOMEN

251.343.4636

100 S. University Blvd.

Mobile, Alabama

I CHOOSE ADOPTION

http://www.ichooseadoption.org/

 

OPTION LINE

800.395.4357

http://www.optionline.org/

NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR ADOPTION

1.866.-21.ADOPT 1.866.212.3678

http://www.healthfinder.gov/orgs/HR2020.htm

PREGNANCY RESOURCES CENTER OF MILTON

850.983.2730

5736 Stewart Street

Milton, Florida

http://www.prcofmilton.org

SAFE HARBOR WOMEN’S RESOURCE CENTER

813 E. Gadsden Street

Pensacola, Florida  32501

850.916.7233

http://www.916safe.org/

SAVE A LIFE

334.368.4949

5825 Highway 21 North, Suite 125

Atmore, Alabama

www.911babies.com

STATE OF ALABAMA ADOPTION INFORMATION

http://www.adoptuskids.org/states/al/index.aspx

 

STATE OF FLORIDA ADOPTION INFORMATION

http://www.dcf.state.fl.us/programs/adoption/

 

STATE OF FLORIDA ADOPTION INFORMATION

http://www.dcf.state.fl.us/programs/adoption/

WOMEN'S CARE MEDICAL CENTER

18555 Carolina Street

Robertsdale, AL 36567

251.947.2111              251.947.2111

Toll Free: 1.800.626.1232              1.800.626.1232

http://www.womenscaremedicalcenter.org/

 

For Crisis Pregnancy Centers near you (for South Mississippi, Alabama, and Northeast Florida)

http://www.bethany.org

The Gianna Center of the Gulf South

985.466.1919

71380 LA-21, Suite 101

Covington, Louisiana 70433

http://giannagulfsouth.org/index.html

Saturday, 03 November 2012 12:48

Placement and Finalization

Furman for Families has selected Catholic Charities and Bethany Christian Services because they place the baby with the adoptive family as soon as the baby is released from the hospital if all legal paperwork has been approved.  In the case of interstate adoptions, addition paperwork must be approved. In some instances, the expectant mother may allow the adoptive parents to be present for the birth.

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Finalization of the Adoption and Other Questions

The timeline for finalization of an adoption varies from state to state and also on the situation surrounding each adoption.  Each state has different rules regarding the birth parents withdrawing consent for the adoption.  Furman for Families is here to help you understand the timelines specific to your adoption.

Adoptive parents pay the fees associated with the adoption and may pay for some expenses experienced by the expectant mother.  Your Adoption Social Worker will guide you through the particulars for your case and your state.

Adoptive parents should be aware a Federal Adoption Tax Credit may be available.  Check with your Adoption Social Worker and your tax preparer to see if you are eligible.  This tax credit lowers the income tax owed by qualified tax payers.  Many employers offer adoption benefits.  Some states offer adoption benefits to state employees.

The health of the child is always a concern to all involved.  If the birth mother tests positive for drug use, the adoptive parents will be made aware of the facts (even in a closed adoption).  At Furman for Families, we urge adoptive parents not to let the health of the baby, or even the possible drug use of the birth parents, deter them from adoption.  Drug use by birth mother does not always indicate that the child may face neurological problems.  We strongly believe a child born into drug use can thrive given lots of love, bonding and proper medical treatment.  We have seen children with health concerns overcome their problems to flourish and become happy, well adjusted, loving children.

It is not just the love of the adopting mother and father that bring a child into a family.  The love and support of the extended family and friends are invaluable in helping a child overcome the problems he or she may have suffered as a result of poor birth mother health.  The love and support of the extended family and friends is important is all adoptions.

Saturday, 03 November 2012 12:47

Interstate Adoptions

Yes, it is possible to adopt a child from another state!  Furman for Families works with agencies and state entities to ensure a smooth flow of paperwork between all involved.  The Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC) was established as law in 1984 to assure cooperation among states regarding conditions and requirements for interstate placement of children.  All states, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Guam are members of the Interstate Compact. The compact covers adoption, foster care, residential and relative placements.  It ensures protections for all involved including each involved state and provides a timely manner in which home visits and adoptions may occur.

The ICPC ensures that states will cooperate with each other “in the interstate placement of children so that…each child requiring placement shall receive the maximum opportunity to be placed in a suitable environment with a person or institution having appropriate qualifications and facilities to provide a necessary and desirable level and type of care.”

The ICPC allows children to be sent to another state for placements that are:

· Preliminary to an adoption.

· For foster care, including foster homes, group homes, residential treatment facilities and institutions.

· With parents and relatives when a parent or relative is not making the placement.

Furman for Families believes in the creation of families.  Place of birth or residency of the adoptive or birth parents are not deterrents to making a successful adoption.

Links:

http://www.michigan.gov

http://dhr.alabama.gov

http://www.dcf.state.fl.us

http://dfcs.dhr.georgia.gov

Saturday, 03 November 2012 12:46

Steps to Adoption

 

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Prospective parents wishing to adopt should contact Bethany Christian Services or Catholic Charities.  You will be invited to attend an informational meeting or take part in an initial consultation.  You will meet your Adoption Social Worker who can answer questions specific to your state, your adoption and the particular requirements and workings of the agency.

http://catholicsocialservicesmobile.com

http://www.bethany.org

Prospective parents will take part in a Home Study.  This involves individual and joint interviews with the couple.  Pre-placement paperwork required by your state is completed.

Pre-placement counseling helps prepare you for parenthood and the placement of a child into your home and family.  Even if you already have children, you need to take part in educational meetings.  The agencies provide both pre-adoption and post-adoption counseling for adoptive and expectant parents.  Adoption Social Workers are always available to address your concerns.

Bethany Christian Services and Catholic Charities help connect potential parents to expectant parents.  Usually, the birth mother selects a couple to adopt her child.  The birth father also can participate in the selection process if he chooses to.  This process can take the form of Open, Closed or Semi-Open adoption.

Tuesday, 30 October 2012 09:22

Slip / Trip and Falls

Slip-and-fall accidents are the second-leading cause of disability and accidental deaths. Slips and falls cause more than 20,000 fatalities per year in North America and are responsible for $32 million dollars a day in expenses related to care and recovery.

A slip or fall can result in lost wages and devastating physical injuries, including permanent disability and death. If you have been injured as a result of a slip or fall caused by another party, you will need an experienced slip-and-fall lawyer. Let the attorneys at the Furman and Furman help prove your case.

Mobile Alabama Slip, Trip or Fall Accident Attorney

Tuesday, 30 October 2012 09:21

Workplace Accident Injury

Thousands of workers are injured or killed each year in accidents in all types of occupations. At the Furman and Furman, we represent industrial workers, agricultural workers, restaurant employees, manual laborers, medical industry employees, warehouse workers, longshoremen and maritime workers, and those injured in transportation accidents while at work and all other types of employees who have been hurt on the job in Alabama.

When you’ve been hurt in an Alabama workplace accident, it’s easy to get the help you need—the Mobile and Baldwin County personal injury lawyers at Furman and Furman are ready to fight for you. Pick up the phone and call us today or fill out our free online consultation form.

 

Mobile Alabama Workplace Injury Attorney

Saturday, 23 June 2012 00:15

Assault Charges

If you have been charged with assault or any assault related crime, contact the law firm of Furman and Furman who are very familiar with the assault laws in Alabama and will fight to make sure that your interests are protected against an assault charge.

Assault in the first degree

(a) A person commits the crime of assault in the first degree if:

(1) With intent to cause serious physical injury to another person, he causes serious physical injury to any person by means of a deadly weapon or a dangerous instrument; or

(2) With intent to disfigure another person seriously and permanently, or to destroy, amputate or disable permanently a member or organ of his body, he causes such an injury to any person; or

(3) Under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life, he recklessly engages in conduct which creates a grave risk of death to another person, and thereby causes serious physical injury to any person; or

(4) In the course of and in furtherance of the commission or attempted commission of arson in the first degree, burglary in the first or second degree, escape in the first degree, kidnapping in the first degree, rape in the first degree, robbery in any degree, sodomy in the first degree or any other felony clearly dangerous to human life, or of immediate flight therefrom, he causes a serious physical injury to another person; or

(5) While driving under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance or any combination thereof in violation of Section 32-5A-191 he causes serious bodily injury to the person of another with a motor vehicle.

(b) Assault in the first degree is a Class B felony.


Assault in the second degree

(a) A person commits the crime of assault in the second degree if the person does any of the following:

(1) With intent to cause serious physical injury to another person, he or she causes serious physical injury to any person.

(2) With intent to cause physical injury to another person, he or she causes physical injury to any person by means of a deadly weapon or a dangerous instrument.

(3) He or she recklessly causes serious physical injury to another person by means of a deadly weapon or a dangerous instrument.

(4) With intent to prevent a peace officer, as defined in Section 36-21-60, or emergency medical personnel or a firefighter from performing a lawful duty, he or she intends to cause physical injury and he or she causes physical injury to any person.

(5) With intent to cause physical injury to a teacher or to an employee of a public educational institution during or as a result of the performance of his or her duty, he or she causes physical injury to any person.

(6) With intent to cause physical injury to a health care worker, including a nurse, physician, technician, or any other person employed by or practicing at a hospital as defined in Section 22-21-20; a county or district health department; a long-term care facility; or a physician's office, clinic, or outpatient treatment facility during the course of or as a result of the performance of the duties of the health care worker or other person employed by or practicing at the hospital; the county or district health department; any health care facility owned or operated by the State of Alabama; the long-term care facility; or the physician's office, clinic, or outpatient treatment facility; he or she causes physical injury to any person. This subdivision shall not apply to assaults by patients who are impaired by medication or to assaults on home health care workers while they are in private residences.

(7) For a purpose other than lawful medical or therapeutic treatment, he or she intentionally causes stupor, unconsciousness, or other physical or mental impairment or injury to another person by administering to him or her, without his or her consent, a drug, substance or preparation capable of producing the intended harm.

(b) Assault in the second degree is a Class C felony.


Assault in the third degree

(a) A person commits the crime of assault in the third degree if:

(1) With intent to cause physical injury to another person, he causes physical injury to any person; or

(2) He recklessly causes physical injury to another person; or

(3) With criminal negligence he causes physical injury to another person by means of a deadly weapon or a dangerous instrument; or

(4) With intent to prevent a peace officer from performing a lawful duty, he causes physical injury to any person.

(b) Assault in the third degree is a Class A misdemeanor.

If you have been charged or are being questioned for any of the above crimes, contact the law firm of Furman and Furman immediately.

Baldwin County Criminal Defense Lawyer

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