Why Is Johnny Depp Suing His Ex-Wife, Amber Heard for $50 Million

Celebrity divorces can be complicated. When two stars begin breaking up their assets and airing their grievances in front of a huge public audience, it can get messy. In the case of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard, it can get messy and expensive.

Depp is suing Heard for $50 million. What led to this case, and what needs to happen for Depp to win?

What Led Up to The Lawsuit?

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard were married in February 2015 and confirmed that they were breaking up in May 2016.

During their breakup, there was a lot of public speculation about the troubled nature of their relationship. There were multiple stories about alleged abuse — one included a broken bottle and Depp losing a piece of his finger. Shortly after filing for divorce, Heard was granted a protective order when she alleged that Depp hit her in the face with a cellphone.

Two years later, in 2018, Heard wrote an essay for The Washington Post detailing her experience with domestic abuse.

She referred to herself as a “public figure representing domestic abuse.” Heard’s attorneys say she wrote the essay to highlight legislation to protect domestic abuse survivors. She never mentioned Depp’s name, but due to the publicity around the alleged abuse in their marriage, many assumed the article was about Depp.

The article led to Depp’s $50 million libel lawsuit against Heard and then Heard’s $100 countersuit against Depp.

Why Is Johnny Depp Suing Amber Heard?

Depp says the article ruined his reputation and made it difficult for him to get work. Depp says he was dropped from Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean franchise four days after the op-ed was published. He says he was also later removed from the Fantastic Beasts franchise.

Depp filed the defamation lawsuit in Fairfax County, Virginia. The case is being heard in this location because The Washington Post’s online editions are published through servers in that county.

This case isn’t the first lawsuit that Depp has filed in response to allegations against him. Depp sued Heard for libel in the United Kingdom two years again. The case failed.

He also sued News Group Newspapers, which publishes The Sun, after they published an article calling him a “wife-beater” in 2018. The judge ruled against Depp. They said the paper had presented substantial evidence to show that Depp was violent against Heard on at least 14 occasions.

Depp’s latest libel case against Heard began this week with opening statements and witness testimony, including testimony from Depp.

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What Is Libel?

Libel is a type of defamation. Defamation is defined as someone making a false statement about someone’s character to a third party. It is considered libel when the statement is made through writing, such as published in a newspaper, blog, social media, etc. It is considered slander when the statement is made through oral statements.

In Depp’s case, he is alleging defamation through libel because Heard published statements about him in a newspaper.

To win a defamation case, the plaintiff must show:

  • There were false statements made by the defendant.
  • The false statements were shared publicly.
  • Damage or harm was caused to the plaintiff as a result of the statements.

In this civil case, Depp must show that Heard’s statements were false, the statements were shared with the public, and the statements caused him financial damage.

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What Happened During the Trial So Far?

The trial started with opening statements. Heard’s attorneys said Depp is seeking revenge. He is abusing alcohol and other substances, and his abuse against Heard was physical, emotional, and psychological.

Depp’s legal team is bringing on witnesses to show the other side of these statements. Entertainment Tonight reports witnesses that include: Depp’s sister and personal manager, Christi Dembrowski; Depp’s longtime friend and neighbor, Isaac Baruch; Heard’s former personal assistant, Kate James; Depp’s personal doctor, Dr. David Kipper; and Depp’s nurse, Debbie Lloyd.

The couple’s therapist, Laurel Anderson, also shared video testimony saying the abuse appeared to be “mutual,” but that Heard seemed to fight back as a defense and that Heard showed her bruises in a private session.

Depp took the stand for three hours of testimony in which he said the allegations against him are “not based in any species of truth.”

The trial will continue, and Heard is expected to take the stand in the coming days.

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In any type of legal battle, you need an attorney you can trust. If you are facing legal challenges, talk to an attorney about how they can best represent your interests and guide you toward the best possible outcome.

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What Charges Can Be Filed by the Runner Who Was Sucker Punched During His Race?

While coming around the track in first place, the last thing high school student Nathan Carter expected was to get punched. But, that’s what happened at a high school track meet last week.

Carter was knocked to the ground and out of first place. So now, we are asking who — if anyone — is going to face consequences for a teen getting punched in what should be a safe space for high school competition?

What Happened on the Track?

Carter was leading in a 1,600-meter race at the Tohopekaliga Tiger Invitational in Kissimmee, Florida, when he found the track partially blocked by another student who was not involved in the race. According to reports of the incident, Carter first passed the student and told him to move. During the next lap, Carter bumped or pushed the student out of the way as he passed.

On Carter’s next lap around the track, the student on the sidelines ran up to him and punched him in the back of the head, knocking him to the ground. The punch was captured on camera, and you can clearly see the student run up to Carter and hit him from behind.

It was later reported that Carter suffered a concussion from the punch.

What Didn’t Happen on the Track?

Police were called to the scene, but no criminal charges were filed that day.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) said that neither family wanted to press charges, according to a report by TMZ. At the time, the Florida High School Athletic Association and Orange County Public Schools said they were reviewing the situation for potential disciplinary actions.

But now, Carter’s family says they were misled and that’s why they did not initially press charges.

Legal representation for the Carter family says they did not initially press charges because police told them their son would also be arrested and charged with battery for pushing the student who hit him. Now that they know their options, the family may take action against both the boy who hit Carter and the officials running the event.

“If this event hired proper officials to help run this track meet, they could have prevented this,” says the Carter family attorney.

“They could have prevented the CC athlete from standing on the track during the first turn. Or they could have moved the CC athlete after the first lap incident. Or they could have moved the CC athlete before the second lap incident. Or they could have stopped the CC athlete before he chased [my client] down and sucker-punched him. They had many opportunities to prevent this and failed to do so.”

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What Charges Could Be Filed?

The Carter family could proceed with both criminal and/or civil charges.

Criminal Battery Charges

Criminal charges could be filed against the boy who hit Carter. Under Florida law, striking a person and causing them harm is considered battery. Battery is defined under Florida Statute 784.03. It can be classified as a misdemeanor or a felony.

Misdemeanor battery can come with penalties of:

  • Up to one year in jail
  • Up to one year on probation
  • Up to $1,000 in fines

Felony battery is a more severe charge and often used if the incident led to lasting physical harm to the victim. It can come with penalties of:

  • Up to five years in jail
  • Up to five years on probation
  • Up to $5,000 in fines

The incident is on tape so the Carters have proof that the student punched Carter. Carter sustained a concussion so it meets the standard of misdemeanor battery.

Civil Personal Injury Charges

Civil charges could also be filed against the boy who hit Carter. In Florida, you can sue for personal injury if someone’s negligence or recklessness causes injury and damages. Since Carter sustained a concussion from the punch, his legal team could sue for personal injury to collect funds to pay for financial losses (such as medical bills) and/or special compensation damages (such as loss of income, cost of altered plans, and emotional trauma).

The Carter family could also seek personal injury compensation from the organizers of the event. They could argue that event organizers failed to live up to their responsibility to provide a safe environment and that their negligence led to Carter’s injury and damages.

Criminal Assault Charges

The boy who hit Carter could also pursue legal action. Since Carter tried to physically push the boy off the track, a legal team could argue that Carter engaged in simple assault. Assault is defined under Florida Statute 784.011 as an “intentional, unlawful threat by word or act to do violence to the person of another, coupled with an apparent ability to do so, and doing some act which creates a well-founded fear in such other person that such violence is imminent.” It would be more difficult to prove than Carter’s case, but it could happen.

At the time of writing this article, neither family has officially pursued legal action.

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Get Representation for a Criminal or Civil Case

Being involved in a criminal or civil legal action is serious. Make sure you have an attorney by your side who can guide you through the process and help you get the best possible outcome. If you have pending legal charges against you, don’t delay. Talk to an experienced attorney today.

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Could Will Smith Face Legal Charges for Slapping Chris Rock at Oscars?

By now, most Americans have heard the biggest story of the 2022 Oscars. Will Smith walked on stage and slapped Chris Rock across the face. Nothing like this has ever happened in the 92-year history of the Oscars, and the incident left people with many questions.

But, one of the most consequential questions is: Could Will Smith face legal charges for slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars?

What Led Up to Will Smith Slapping Chris Rock?

The shocking incident happened fast.

Chris Rock took the stage to introduce the nominees for Best Documentary. He began with a few jokes. One joke referred to Smith’s wife Jada’s short hairstyle. Jada Smith was visibly upset by the joke. She has been vocal about how having alopecia has affected her hair loss.

At first, Will Smith appeared to laugh at the joke but then moments later, he walked on stage in what seemed to be a joke at first and slapped Rock across the face.

Rock looked stunned. Will returned to his seat where he yelled to Rock, “Keep my wife’s name out of you f***ing mouth.” Rock rebounded, said he would, and continued on to the award.

The incident set a new tone in the theater, yet Smith was not approached by security or asked to leave. Later in the evening, he returned to the stage to accept an Oscar for Best Actor.

At the time, it seemed like Smith was facing no consequences for his action. But, could he?

What Criminal Charges Could Will Smith Face?

The incident happened in Los Angeles so it would fall under California state laws.

In California, the incident would be considered a battery charge. Battery is the intentional act of force or violence against another person. It is defined under Cal. Penal Code § § 240, 242.

In most cases, battery charges in California are classified as a misdemeanor, but they can be charged as a felony at the prosecutor’s discretion. It’s likely that the Smith case would be classified as a misdemeanor as it doesn’t meet the qualifications often associated with felony battery (such as an assault on a police officer or public worker).

Charges could be more severe depending on the level of Rock’s injury. Battery causing serious bodily injury can lead to longer jail time.

At this time, it doesn’t appear that Rock has any serious injuries so if Smith were to face charges, he would likely face a simple battery charge.

Battery in California could be punishable by:

  • Up to six months in county jail
  • Fine up to $2,000
  • Probation up to six months

So, will Smith face charges?

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Could Will Smith Face Criminal Charges?

There is clear evidence that Smith hit Rock. It was broadcast live to roughly 16.6 million viewers.

But, that doesn’t necessarily mean Smith will face charges.

Rock has declined to press charges or file a police report. Rock’s participation is not required to file charges against Smith, but Rock’s lack of interest in pursuing legal action likely means no case will be opened.

The Los Angeles Police Department says it is aware of the incident but was not pursuing any other action.

Defense lawyer Alan Jackson, a former Los Angeles County prosecutor who oversaw high-profile cases, told ABC News why the state will likely not investigate the case further.

“Would they ever in a practical world do that when Chris Rock is saying, ’I won’t cooperate with a criminal investigation?’ Not in a million years. LAPD is probably breathing a relative sigh of relief that they don’t have to get involved with two high-profile actors duking it out on a world stage,” said Jackson.

While it remains to be seen if the Los Angeles city attorney’s office will decide to bring charges against Smith, it seems unlikely at this time.

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Could Chris Rock File a Civil Case Against Will Smith?

In cases where a person is assaulted, the victim may have an option to sue for personal injury in civil courts. There does not need to be criminal charges to pursue a personal injury case.

Rock could technically file a personal injury case against Smith, but it is also highly unlikely.

Rock has already said that he is not pressing charges in the criminal matter so it is unlikely that he would pursue a civil case. Also, to secure a win in a civil personal injury case, Rock would need to prove that he experienced damages as a result of the incident. At this time, it does not appear that Rock was seriously injured or sustained any type of meaningful damages.

But, like potential criminal charges against Smith, civil charges could happen. Time will tell, but it’s unlikely to happen.

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Talk to an Attorney If Facing Criminal or Civil Charges

Potential criminal charges and civil charges can lead to serious consequences. If you or someone you know has been charged in either court, talk to an experienced attorney right away.

Even if you have been involved in an incident and charges aren’t filed yet, it’s still important to talk to an attorney and start a legal strategy right away. Talk to TJ Grimaldi about the details of your situation with a free consultation. Request your consultation or call 813-226-1023 today.

How Much Jail Time Could Parents of Oxford School Shooter Get?

Another senseless tragedy occurred on November 30 in Michigan at Oxford High School when 15-year-old Ethan Crumbley brought a gun to school and turned it on his classmates, injuring seven and killing four.

While many of the details are as familiar and heartbreaking as many other school shootings, there is something different about this case. It appears to be the first time the parents of a school shooter are being criminally charged in the case.

What’s different about Crumbley’s case, what’s the legal reasoning behind the charges, and how much jail time do the parents of the Oxford school shooter face?

Why Are Parents Being Charged in This School Shooting?

By some estimation, there have been 149 incidents of gunfire on school grounds in 2021. Far too often, we hear news about kids dying in the classroom. But, what happened in Michigan was different.

The day of the shooting, Ethan’s parents, James and Jennifer were called to the school after officials became concerned about Ethan’s behavior. The parents seemingly ignored concerns and asked for their son to be returned to the classroom. That afternoon, Ethan killed four classmates.

Failing to head warning signs is just one of the reasons why Ethan’s parents are being partially blamed for the tragedy. A series of events and situations, as reported by the New York Times, show their involvement in the days leading up to the shooting.

  • November 26: James and Jennifer took their son to a gun shop and purchased a  9-millimeter Sig Sauer pistol for him as an early Christmas gift. Ethan posted a photo of the gun on his social media with the caption, “Just got my new beauty today,” with a heart emoji. The gun was reportedly stored unlocked in their house.
  • November 29: The day before the shooting, the school notified Jennifer that Ethan was caught searching for ammunition on his phone during school hours. In response, she texted Ethan, “LOL I’m not mad at you. You have to learn not to get caught.”
  • November 30: The day of the shooting, both parents were called to the school after a teacher saw a drawing of Ethan’s that depicted a handgun along with the phrases “the thoughts won’t stop,” “help me,” and “blood everywhere.” The parents declined to remove their son from school. They also didn’t inspect the backpack he had with him, which held the gun he used to kill four students later that day.

Oakland County prosecuting attorney Karen McDonald says the Cumbleys gave their son access to a handgun and ignored warning signs that showed he was a threat to those around him. She believes the Crumbleys could have prevented the shooting, which is why she filed criminal charges against them.

What Criminal Charges Are Ethan Crumbley’s Parents Facing?

The shooting occurred in Michigan so it will follow the laws and statutes of that state.

James and Jennifer were both charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter, one count for each student that died in the shooting.

Each charge carries a maximum $7,500 fine and 15 years in prison. The parents face $30,000 in fines and 60 years in prison if convicted on all four counts.

For the parents to be found guilty on the charges, prosecutors will need to prove:

  • The parents’ gross negligence led to the deaths of the student.
  • The parents failed to act when they were presented with evidence that an ordinary person would recognize as having the potential to create harm.

Both of the Crumbleys have pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Have Parents Been Charged in School Shootings Before?

What makes this case unique is that parents are rarely, if ever, criminal charged in school shootings.

Civil lawsuits have been filed in past school shootings. In fact, there is already a civil suit filed in the Oxford school shooting. A set of parents are suing the school district for endangering the lives of their two daughters. One daughter was shot in the neck and the other witnessed it. Their parents say they are now both dealing with post-traumatic stress.

Dozens of civil lawsuits were also filed by parents of students who died or were injured in the 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

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Parents of shooters have also faced civil charges in the wake of school shootings. The lawyer representing the parents of the two daughters involved in the Oxford school shooting also sued the parents of Columbine shooters back in 1999.

But, this seems to be the first time parents of a child who committed a school shooting have been prosecuted in criminal courts.

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Getting Justice for Injured Parties

It is a tragedy any time a person is injured or loses their life in a situation that could have been prevented. The criminal courts will now decide if the negligence of Ethan Crowley’s parents is enough to warrant jail time. Civil courts will determine if the school is also partially responsible for the terrible tragedy.

If you or a loved one experienced a senseless act that led to the death of a loved one, justice needs to be served.

Talk to a wrongful death attorney about your options for holding liable parties accountable. Learn how you can get justice for a loved one. Talk to attorney TJ Grimaldi today. Schedule your free consultation or call 813-226-1023.

Breaking Down the 7 Charges Kyle Rittenhouse Faced at His Trial

A jury recently made their decision on the multiple charges facing Kyle Rittenhouse, a teenager who shot and killed two people during a protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

In a case that gained significant public attention, most people now know that Rittenhouse was found not guilty on all charges. But, many are still trying to understand what he was charged with and what it meant for his case.

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What Was Kyle Rittenhouse Charged With?

Rittenhouse shot three people, killing two. At the end of this trial, the jury deliberated on five counts against him — finding him not guilty on all charges.

Here’s a look at what Rittenhouse was charged with and how each charge relates to the incidents that took place that night, according to reporting by the Associated Press.

Charge 1: First-Degree Reckless Homicide, Use of a Dangerous Weapon 

Charge one was related to the incident that led to the death of Joseph Rosenbaum, the first man Rittenhouse shot. Rittenhouse is said to have shot Rosenbaum after Rosenbaum chased him through a parking lot and grabbed Rittenhouse’s gun, according to video footage and witness testimony.

A reckless homicide charge in Wisconsin differs from an intentional homicide in that the murder was not necessarily intentional. Instead, the murder was caused due to an utter disregard for human life.

Rittenhouse was found not guilty of this charge.

Charge 2: First-Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety, Use of a Dangerous Weapon

The second charge is also related to the Rosenbaum shooting. A reporter (the same man who provided witness testimony that said Rosenbaum reached for Rittenhouse’s gun), was in the line of fire that killed Rosenbaum.

The defense argued that when Rittenhouse shot Rosenbaum, he also endangered the life of the reporter. In Wisconsin, the charge is punishable by 12 ½ years in prison.

Rittenhouse was found not guilty of this charge.

Charge 3: First-Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety, Use of a Dangerous Weapon 

Rittenhouse faced another charge of recklessly endangering safety with the use of a dangerous weapon. Just seconds before Anthony Huber approached Rittenhouse, an unknown man moved toward Rittenhouse.

In a video, the man is seen moving toward Rittenhouse with a skateboard, and Rittenhouse fires two rounds at him but misses.

Rittenhouse was found not guilty of this charge.

Charge 4: First-Degree Intentional Homicide, Use of a Dangerous Weapon 

The fourth charge relates to the death of Anthony Huber. After shooting Rosenbaum, Rittenhouse ran down the street, according to video footage from the scene. Huber approached Rittenhouse and raised a skateboard as if he was about to hit him. Huber reached for Rittenhouse’s gun before Rittenhouse shot him.

Huber was killed. Unlike the first charge, which was a charge of reckless homicide, this charge was intentional homicide. The criminal complaint alleged that Ritttenhouse had the intent to shoot and kill Huber. If convicted of this charge in Wisconsin, Rittenhouse would have faced life in prison.

The jury was able to have discretion with this charge. They were given the option of second-degree intentional homicide and first-degree reckless homicide in Huber’s death.

Rittenhouse was found not guilty of this charge.

Charge 5: Attempted First-Degree Intentional Homicide, Use of a Dangerous Weapon 

The fifth charge against Rittenhouse was related to the shooting of Gaige Grosskreutz. Grosskreutz is said to have come toward Rittenhouse with a pistol in his hands. Seconds after shooting Huber, Rittenhouse pointed his gun at Grosskreutz and discharged one shot. The shot hit Grosskreutz in the arm and did not fatally wound him.

In Wisconsin, the charge could carry a sentence of up to sixty years in prison. For this charge, the jury was also given the option of considering second-degree attempted intentional homicide and first-degree reckless endangerment charges.

Rittenhouse was found not guilty of this charge.

Charge 6: Possession of a Dangerous Weapon by a Person Under 18

At the time of the shooting, Rittenhouse was a 17-year-old armed with an AR-style semi-automatic rifle. In Wisconsin, minors are prohibited from being in the possession of firearms unless they are hunting or being supervised by an adult for the purpose of target practice or instruction.

This charge was dismissed after prosecutors argued that the defense was misreading the statute. They argued that the statute only related to the prohibition on short-barreled guns. The judge dismissed the charge.

Charge 7: Failure to Comply with an Emergency Order From State of Local Government 

This final charge pales in comparison with the seriousness of the other charges. At the time of the shootings, there was a city curfew in place that restricted people from being out past 8 pm. The charge carried a potential $200 fine. The charge was dropped during the trial.

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Defending a Case in the Public Eye

Dealing with criminal charges can be stressful and difficult. The situation can be made worse if the case gains regional or national attention. If you face charges that gain media attention, make sure you work with a criminal defense attorney who knows how to navigate the complexities that come with defending you in front of the court and the public.

TJ Grimaldi has experience dealing with the media in high-profile cases. If you have any questions about how to manage a case that has gained public attention, contact our office today.

Request your free consultation to talk directly with TJ Grimaldi about how he can help you navigate your complex legal situation to get the most fair and just outcome. Request your consultation or call 813-226-1023 today.

 

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If Trump Ignored Positive COVID-19 Results, Could He Be Liable for Getting Someone Sick?

Many people abide by COVID-19 social rules. If you test positive for COVID-19, you should stay away from other people to prevent spreading the illness. But, not everybody follows these rules — which leads to questions.

Are the rules really rules? And, can you — or Donald Trump — get in trouble for not following them?

Trump’s COVID-19 Testing Timeline

Late on October 1, 2020, President Donald Trump announced on Twitter that he had tested positive for COVID-19. He began to quarantine and was hospitalized the next day. He seemed to follow the “rules” of protecting others after getting a positive COVID-19 test. But, new accounts tell a different story.

In a new book, former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows revealed that Trump actually tested positive for COVID-19 much earlier than officially announced. Meadows, along with two other sources, say Trump tested positive for COVID-19 on September 26, according to NBC News.

Rather than quarantining after receiving a positive COVID-19 result, Trump held a large event with 150 people in attendance at the White House Rose Garden (to announce the nomination of Supreme Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett) before heading to a campaign rally.

In the following days, he had debate prep sessions with his team, held a press conference, attended a reception for Gold Star families, held two outdoor events at the White House, attended two fundraisers, and most importantly, participated in a Presidential debate with Joe Biden.

Trump participated in all of these activities after receiving a positive COVID-19 test.

Trump’s team claims that after the initial positive test, Trump had a follow-up test that came back negative. They say they believed the positive test to be inaccurate.

So, did Trump break any rules — social, procedural, or legal?

Did Trump Break Any Rules?

Social rules, as guided by the CDC, suggest that you should take a positive test seriously. You should isolate yourself for 10 days “after symptom onset and after resolution of fever for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing medications, and with improvement of other symptoms.” Trump did not follow these rules if the report by Meadows and others is true.

Procedural rules as they pertain to the presidential debate said each participant needed to test negative for the virus within 72 hours of the debate. If Trump did receive a negative test after his initial positive, he seems to have abided by the debate rules.

Legal rules are more complex. Laws and legal precedent would make it difficult to hold Trump legally liable if he knowingly spread COVID-19.

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A Legal Look at COVID-19 Liability

When looking at the liability and potential consequences of spreading COVID-19 or not following rules and guidelines, you need to consider both civil and criminal charges.

Related: What’s the Difference Between a Civil and Criminal Case? 

Civil Matters: In civil matters, when a person’s negligence has led to the harm of one or more individuals, it can lead to a personal injury lawsuit. There are many types of personal injury lawsuits — such as an auto accident or a slip and fall. But, it would be difficult to prove that someone’s negligence caused another person to contract COVID-19.

To sue for personal injury over a case of catching COVID-19 from someone, you would have to prove unequivocally that the defendant gave the plaintiff COVID-19. This fact would be difficult to prove given the high contagion rate of COVID-19.

Criminal: While it is unlikely that a person would face criminal charges if they were accused of infecting one or more people with COVID-19, there are other criminal charges that could be a consequence of not following COVID-19 guidelines.

State and local ordinances gave local governments the power to arrest or fine someone for violating rules related to mask-wearing, social distancing, and quarantining. People across the country faced a range of charges for failing to meet these guidelines. In June 2021, the state of Florida pardoned all Floridians accused of violating local COVID rules.

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Could Trump (or You) Be Liable for Giving Someone COVID?

Even if the story about Trump’s updated COVID-19 testing timeline is true, It is very unlikely that he would face any civil or criminal charges. Proving liability in a case of spreading COVID-19 would be very difficult, and as of now, it isn’t clear he broke any local or state ordinances.

It is unlikely that you will face civil or criminal charges related to your actions if you spread COVID-19. But, as we have seen with COVID-19, things are always changing. If you or someone you know is facing legal charges, civil or criminal, related to COVID-19, talk to a defense attorney right away. Know your rights and get an attorney who can guide you through the process and to the best possible outcome.

Get help today by contacting TJ Grimaldi. With experience in both civil and criminal matters, TJ can help you navigate any charges against you. Get advice today. Schedule your consultation or call 813-226-1023 to talk to TJ.

 

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Attorney Marc Matthews Interviewed by ABC Action News regarding lawsuit against Lucky Dog Day Care

A family is heartbroken after their 4-year-old French Bulldog, Porscia, died of a heat stroke at Lucky Dog Daycare and Resort of South Tampa.

The grieving pet owner is filing lawsuit against Lucky Dog Day Care. Along with her attorney, Marc Matthews, they hope to raise awareness about the laws surrounding pets.

Learn more by watching the interview below.

Can Bankruptcy Help with Past-Due HOA Fees?

The short answer is yes! Often times when dealing with mounting homeowner’s fees, you may feel there is no available option to remedy the situation. The bills continue to pile and fees add up with no end in sight. However, there are several options available to you with respect to alleviating some of this financial strain.

Florida law permits HOAs to impose a lien upon a property to secure payment. Hiring a lawyer for your bankruptcy is the best way to know more about the law, and get things done legally and properly. In Florida, under both Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy, you can potentially strip off your HOA lien if the property is worth less than the amount you owe on your mortgage. While filing for bankruptcy may eliminate past due amounts, you will be responsible for paying current amounts as they become due after you file your bankruptcy case if you wish to retain the property. A Chapter 13 bankruptcy may also give you an opportunity to restructure past amounts due if you wish. To further understand your legal options it is best to discuss your particular case with an experienced bankruptcy attorney.

For more information on how bankruptcy can help with past-due HOA fees, contact the bankruptcy lawyers at McIntyre Thanasides today.