Criminal

Stages of a Lawsuit

April 12th, 2017

At the Law office of Robert Eckard & Associates, P.A., we understand, whether you are a Defendant or Plaintiff in a lawsuit, it can be a complex, stressful and confusing time.  Therefore, we have put together a basic outline you can use to familiarize yourself with how your case will progress.  Obviously, we can only… View Article

How I Was Called To The Legal Profession

March 2nd, 2017

One summer night before starting my senior year in high school, I was riding my bike home from a friend’s house. Out of nowhere a police cruiser abruptly pulled up onto the sidewalk, cutting me off.  It was so abrupt that I nearly fell off my bike and hit head first into a pole.  The… View Article
marijuana, marijuana law

Legal Marijuana: What You Need To Know To Legally Advertise To This Budding Economy

January 16th, 2017

One underreported outcome of the November elections is that nearly 25 percent of Americans now live in a state where recreational marijuana use is legal. Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada and of course California voted to legalize recreational marijuana, bringing the total to eight states, including Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Colorado, and the District of Columbia, while… View Article
defamation, social media

Avoiding Defamation on Social Media – Important!

December 22nd, 2016

Avoiding Defamation on Social Media: Know Your Rights What is Defamation?           Defamation is a statement that is communicated to another that expressly or by implication injures the reputation of another or causes others to not associate with that person or their business interests. While each state’s laws vary, the Florida… View Article

The Police Have Stopped Me, Now What Do I Do?

December 2nd, 2016

Know Your Rights: What to do When Pulled Over by the Police. The sight of flashing police lights behind you can be quite stressful for sure.  Was I speeding? Do I have anything in my vehicle that I should not have?  Did I have drinks while out at dinner? These and others may be a… View Article

Thinking of Representing Yourself?? Pro Se?

November 17th, 2016

The term “pro se” means representing yourself in a legal proceeding. This a valid option however, you need to decide if it is the best option for you. There are many advantages to hiring a lawyer for your case. A lawyer knows how to navigate the legal system where as a pro se litigant most… View Article

Do I have to blow for a DUI stop??

November 4th, 2016

In Florida, anyone who accepts the privilege of driving (issued a driver license), is presumed to have given their consent to submit to a lawful request to provide breath, blood, or urine for the purpose of determining your blood alcohol content or the presence of chemical or controlled substances (DUI)[section 316.1932 Florida Statutes]. The penalties for refusing… View Article

Do You Suspect Domestic Violence? Be AWARE!

October 27th, 2016

Do you suspect domestic violence? October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic violence is a serious and preventable crime. It is important to be there and support victims and survivors of domestic violence. An important step in ending domestic violence includes educating the community. The following are 5 things you can do to support a… View Article

Here’s Your Sign!

June 17th, 2015

Those immortal words of comedian Bill Engvall could not hold truer than with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s this week.  Does anyone remember our Fourth Amendment? In an effort to thwart car burglaries, Deputy Sheriffs are patrolling Pinellas County looking for unlocked vehicles.  When they discover a car with an unlocked door, they open it, lock… View Article

Could a DUI End My Career?

May 29th, 2015

With the ease of information gathering today, a DUI conviction can negatively affect your career.  A DUI charge and/or conviction can show on a background report almost instantaneously.  However, some positions are more sensitive than others.  Jobs considered to be more sensitive than others include working with children, law enforcement, financial [or any position handling… View Article