October 5, 2017

Pleading No Contest

by Silva

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What’s the Difference?!?  “No Contest vs. Guilty”   When pleading to a criminal case, it is so important to use proper language.  So many of my clients ask me what is the difference between pleading no contest vs. guilty.   First, what is a plea?  A “plea” is a client’s formal response to the Court […]
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September 6, 2017

Monitoring Your Child’s Social Media…the New Norm

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ABC news, http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/harvard-students-ouster-offensive-posts-stirs-debate-48127099 , recently reported that ten Harvard bound freshman lost their College Harvard dreams when their acceptances were rescinded because of social media posts. This case highlights what I tell my clients both young and old alike: watch what you post, because it’s not just your friends who see what you post.  The […]

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August 7, 2017

What Parents Should Know if Their Child is Arrested

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The following is a step by step guide to help parents when their child is arrested. This is part 1 of a multi part series. ___ The phone call from the police alone can make any parent scared beyond words: your child has been arrested. 1) Calll an attorney skilled in Juvenile defense. An attorney […]
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August 1, 2017

What To Do When Your Child Is Bullied

by Silva

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What To Do When Your Child is Bullied I was recently contacted by a parent whose child was being bullied and threatened in school. She needed help and guidance. To say she was concerned is an understatement. When she had contacted me, she found out her son, who is not allowed on social media, had […]
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July 12, 2017

Right To Remain Silent…Anything You Say…WILL MAKE IT WORSE!

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I will never forget defending a client who was arrested for a drug charge.  The client was properly Mirandized by the officer who arrested him.  My client was an intelligent man…he was kind, educated and a hard worker.  He was a recreational drug user who understood his rights and the importance of his rights.  What […]
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January 24, 2017

Let the children know…Never Talk To Cops if Arrested

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You must be 18 to vote… You must be 21 to drink… 18 to serve in the military… BUT, did you know, police may talk to your child if they are under suspicion for committing an offense, AND YOU as the parent HAVE NO RIGHT TO BE PRESENT. It’s amazing, when it comes to juvenile […]
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June 15, 2016

Top 10 Online Resources for Legal Services

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Whether it be forming an LLC, incorporating your business, or filing for bankruptcy, legal services tend to be a costly and time-consuming affair. There are tons of lawyers and legal aides out there, but finding a good one is an altogether different matter. Here are our top 10 picks of online legal services that will […]
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April 27, 2016

A New and Much Needed Perspective in Defending the Mentally Ill

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As a criminal defense attorney, I fight hard for my clients.  One question I am often asked is, “how can you defend those people.”  I always appreciate the question—the truth is my clients are wonderful, law abiding citizens…some are absolutely innocent and never thought they would have ever needed a criminal defense attorney.  Others, make […]
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January 6, 2016

What Makes a Great Criminal Defense Attorney?

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I love representing my clients–and as a criminal defense attorney, I have many obligations to my clients:  Honesty, trust, communication and experience.   Here are two recent posts about our firm: “Ms. Silva is Wonderful! Without sharing too many details as why we needed Ms. Silva’s services in the first place, I want to tell […]
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July 27, 2015

Frequently Asked Questions

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Q. My child has been arrested how can I make sure their record remains clean? It is always difficult to watch a child suffer, and having your child arrested is not any easier. The system considers anyone under the age of 18 as a child. Children are not held in jail–but held in juvenile hall. […]
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