Does The U.S. Provide Protection For Immigrants That Arrived As Children?

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) was an American immigration policy that allowed some individuals who entered the U.S. as minors, and had either entered or remained in the country illegally, to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and to be eligible for a work permit or Employment Authorization Document (“EAD”).…

What Types Of Cases Are Heard By The Division Of Administrative Hearings (DOAH)?

DOAH judges preside over a variety of cases that impact the entire state of Florida, one or more regions of Florida, or cases that can substantially impact the lives of particular individuals.  For example, DOAH judge hears cases involving employment discrimination, licensure discipline involving numerous professions, environmental and land use disputes, exceptional education disputes, Baker…

What Is The Marchman Act?

The Marchman Act is a Florida Statute that provides for the voluntary or involuntary commitment of a person for a substance abuse assessment. The Petition asking the Court to force a person to be assessed must show that there are good faith reasons to believe that:  (1) the person is substance abuse impaired, (2) because…

What Is The Baker Act?

The Baker Act is a Florida Statute that permits the involuntary admission of a person to a treatment facility for a mental health examination. An adult may be held for up to seventy-two hours for the involuntary examination.  The examination period for a minor (someone who is seventeen or younger) is shorter.  The examination will…