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Florida Law: Disestablishing Paternity As A Married Man

In Florida, a married guy is assumed to be the legal father of their spouse’s kid. As a result, parental rights and obligations are effective immediately. It is possible for a man to disestablish paternity if he discovers later that he is not the child’s biological father, although this is not guaranteed. It might be challenging to disprove paternity. There are particular steps that must be taken. A married man cannot disestablish paternity just because a test indicates he is not the biological father. Florida Law: The Standard for Disestablishing Paternity Under Florida law (Florida Statutes § 742.18), If a… Read More →

BlueBird Educational Foundation Presents Oriente

The BlueBird Educational Foundation, a local non-profit in Fort Pierce, is thrilled to present Oriente at the Sunrise Theatre on October 20th at 7:30pm. Based in Miami but launched in New Orleans, Eddy Balzola and his band Oriente stand out with an exciting original sound featuring a powerful fusion of Cuban roots and rhythms influenced by blues, jazz, Brazil and Caribbean flavors. BlueBird Educational Foundation is a smaller non-profit in Ft. Pierce that has served the Treasure Coast community for almost fifteen years. T. Charles Shafer, a local attorney, has served on the Board of Directors of BlueBird Educational Foundation.… Read More →

14th Annual “Swinging Fore the ARC” Golf Tournament

ARC of the Treasure Coast is holding the 14th Annual “Swinging Fore the ARC” Golf Tournament at Harbour Ridge Yacht & Country Club on Saturday, September 24th. Proceeds from this year’s golf tournament will be used by the ARC to provide support and funds for the organization to fulfill its mission, assisting children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities achieve their fullest potential. This year’s Golf Tournament will feature the 2004 Senior British Open Championship winner, Pete Oakley. Join us Friday, September 23rd at 6pm for a Cocktail Par-tee at the Harbour Ridge Clubhouse. The Par-tee will feature hors… Read More →

Termination of Parental Rights in Florida

Courts and legislatures across the country recognize that parents play an extremely important role in the life of their children. Children who grow up without the presence of one or both parents may require therapy or other interventions in order to overcome the pain and trauma of growing up with one or both parents absent from the home. Recognizing this, state laws (including Florida’s statutes) make it difficult for an adult’s parental rights to be terminated. This does not mean that parental rights are guaranteed, however. In certain cases, courts can terminate a person’s parental rights. The circumstances under which… Read More →

ACLU Member – T. Charles Shafer

T. Charles Shafer, Esquire, proudly announces that he has become a member of the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU was founded in 1920 and is our nation’s guardian of liberty. The ACLU works in the courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to all people in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States. GUIDING PRINCIPLES AND VALUES We value justice, where all people are treated fairly, with dignity, and have equality under the law. We value liberty, where all people have self-autonomy, freedom from suppression, and freedom to… Read More →

Dependency – Frequently Asked Questions

What is dependency? Dependency is a legal process where the Court intervenes to protect children who are suffering abuse, neglect or abandonment, or may at risk for such suffering. Who initiates a dependency case? While “anyone with knowledge” may file a dependency case alleging abuse, in actuality the Florida Department of Children and Families (“DCF”) prosecutes all but a slight fraction of dependency cases brought to court. Can my children be taken from me? Most definitely. When can my children be removed from my care? If the circumstances warrant, upon investigation by a child protection investigator, an action can be… Read More →

Marijuana Charges – Legal Trouble in Florida

Treasure Coast Marijuana lawyer Marijuana is the most frequently used illegal substance in Florida and the United States. Although states throughout the country have amended their laws regarding marijuana, Florida’s marijuana laws remain particularly harsh. Charges and convictions can lead to severe punishments, including both criminal punishments and additional indirect consequences. One of the most severe consequences of a marijuana offense is its effect on your ability to legally drive. A conviction for any marijuana charge under Florida law will result in a six-month driver’s license suspension. Other indirect consequences may include being unable to obtain certain financial aid for… Read More →

Expungement/Sealing of a Criminal Record in Florida

What is the difference between expungement and sealing a record? Sealing a criminal history record prevents the public from having access to it.  However, certain governmental or related entities, especially those listed in S. 943.059(4)(a), Florida Statutes, have full access to sealed records in their entirety. An expunged record allows entities that would otherwise have access to a sealed record to be informed that the subject of the record has had the record expunged.  However, an inquiring entity is not allowed access to the record itself without a court order.  They will receive a caveat statement indicating that, “ CRIMINAL… Read More →

ARC WALK-A-THON IS COMING!

ARC of St. Lucie County is holding their 2021 Gene Lofton Walk-A-Thon on September 25th at Lawnwood Stadium in Ft. Pierce. The organization is looking for sponsors and teams. All funds raised during the event will benefit the disabled people in St. Lucie County, and sponsorships are tax deductible. The walkathon is close to the hearts of many in the Arc organization, as it honors a man named Gene Lofton, who spent many years raising awareness and funds for Arc of St. Lucie County. Gene Lofton was not just a man who raised money for Arc, but one who himself… Read More →

T. Charles Shafer recognized by Who’s Who of America

Fort Pierce, Florida attorney, T. Charles Shafer, has been nominated and approved to represent Criminal Defense Attorneys in the upcoming edition of the Marquis Who’s Who of America. Since 1898, Marquis Who’s Who has been the world’s preeminent biographer. Marquis Who’s Who registry lists over 1.5 million accomplished individuals from all areas of life. Inclusion in Marquis Who’s Who is an endorsement of the credentials of that individual. Mr. Shafer is a former President of the St. Lucie County Bar Association. He has been recognized throughout his career for excellent work in both criminal defense and family law. “Being recognized… Read More →