Sometimes you can’t see yourself clearly until you see yourself through the eyes of others.                                                                                                                                        —Ellen DeGeneres

Our American Family

If you ever start feeling like you have the goofiest, craziest, most dysfunctional family in the world, all you have to do is go to a state fair.  Because five minutes at the fair, you’ll be going, “You know, we’re alright.  We are dang near royalty.”

Jeff Foxworthy

 

Current Family Law Judges in Collier County

With the Unified Family Court System in Collier County, every family who has to use the court system should be assigned one of the three family law judges for all of their cases.  Family Law cases include Domestic Violence Cases, Juvenile Delinquency Cases, Juvenile Dependency Cases, Child Support Cases, Paternity Cases, and Dissolution of Marriages.  The three judges currently in the Family Law Division are Judge Mary C. Evans, Judge Joseph G. Foster and Judge Geoffrey Gentile.

Round one goes to the dogs!

The US Supreme Court ruled that when a dog alerts during a drug sniff, the government does not have to demonstrate dog’s performance in the field to support the police officer’s finding of probable cause to conduct the search. Florida Supreme Court wanted data showing the dogs “hits and misses” in the field in addition to dog training and certifications and officer training and certifications. The US Supreme Court essentially lowered the standard and is satisfied with the dog’s training and certifications.

Loud music a problem?

The Florida Supreme Court yesterday found a statue intending to ban loud music in a vehicle unconstitutional. The statute had provided that if music was heard from a distance of 25 feet away, the driver of the car could be pulled over and given a traffic ticket. However, in many situations, the ticket would only be the beginning. After the stop for loud music law enforcement often proceed to conduct unrelated investigations such as the possible presence of drugs/weapons etc. The Court found the statute unconstitutional as a violation of a person’s right to freedom of expression.