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Specializing in Divorce and Family Law throughout Stuart and the Treasure Coast for more than 40 years

In addition to being a family law firm, we are a family-owned law firm. Founded in 1992 by Russell J. Ferraro, Jr., the firm has quadrupled in size over the years as Russell was joined in practice by his three  sons and one daughter-in-law. Under the leadership of Russell, the Ferraro Family law firm has served more than a thousand divorce clients and participated in the distribution of approximately half  a BILLION dollars in marital assets.

The Ferraro Law Group is AV Rated and listed in the Register of Preeminent Attorneys. Our founding partner is consistently designated both a Super Lawyer and a Top Attorney and has been Board Certified in Marital & Family Law since 1985, the first year that this distinction was offered.

We place a premium on client service and we believe that client-education is a hallmark of an excellent… Continue reading

RJ Ferraro III, Criminal Lawyer and Blog Author

RJ Ferraro, III, Stuart, Florida Criminal Defense Attorney

RJ Ferraro, III, has been a criminal defense lawyer serving clients in and around Florida’s Treasure Coast and the Palm Beaches since 2001.  His practices is focused on representing individuals charged with crimes in both State and Federal Court.  RJ has  handled everything from routine traffic tickets to capital felonies.

Despite the fact that the law is constantly changing, ignorance is never a defense. With that in mind, the purpose of this blog is to discuss the issues that continue to re-surface on a consistent basis, and to answer many of the simple questions that people charged with a crime often contemplate.

If you are charged with a crime, the attorneys of the Ferraro Law Group, PL in Stuart, Florida are here for you.

Contact the Stuart, Florida Criminal Defense Attorneys of the Ferraro Law Group, PL today to set up… Continue reading

The Medical Marijuana Card – 3 Things You Must Know About Your License to Chill….

medical marijuana is on its way

Medical Marijuana is still the exception, not the rule in Florida.

So, it finally came, your brand new, shiny State issued ID that entitles you to purchase medical marijuana legally through a licensed dispensary.  And you’ve gone through the process of purchasing your new medicine….  So now what?  Do you have an unfettered license to chill whenever you see fit?  Not exactly.  Here are three things you must know about your new prescription…

  1. You may not smoke your prescription.  Cannabis dispensaries offer a variety of products, including THC oils, topical creams and actual cannabis flowers or “buds,” however, these flowers may not be smoked legally.  They may be consumed with the use of a vaporizer (medical delivery device), however, they must remain in the child proof container in which they came, which fits into the vaporizer like… Continue reading

New Tax Laws Change Alimony

Permanent Alimony Tax Laws

Tax Reform changes long standing alimony principles.

Anyone watching the news knows that within the next few weeks, working Americans will be seeing more money in their paychecks thanks to the Trump Tax cuts approved at the end of last year.  Some businesses have proclaimed that they will pass on a portion of their savings to their employees, others have committed to expanding in the United States.  What people aren’t hearing about, is how the new tax laws will effect permanent alimony payors and payees.

Starting January 1, 2019, any new permanent alimony award will be taxable to the payor and deductable to the payee.  Historically, it has been the opposite.  The payor has traditionally been able to deduct the amount of alimony paid each year from their gross income, thus reducing the amount of actual taxable income by the amount… Continue reading

Three Parts To Every DUI Case And What To Do To Defend Them

Being arrested for a DUI requires fast action and an aggressive defense. A DUI case is a multi-part case, and you have to pay attention to each part in order to get a satisfactory result. If you focus on only one of the moving parts of your case, you could end up without a license or spending time behind bars. Neither of those outcomes is appealing, and we know how to work your case to give you the best shot at avoiding an adverse result.

Three parts to every DUI case, and what you can do to defend each part of the case, includes the following:

  • The part of your case that takes place at the Courthouse is the criminal portion, the actual charge of DUI. This is where you will want to offer a defense to the charge of driving under the influence,… Continue reading

Three Ways Clearing Your Record Can Help

Websites and smart phone apps like Facebook and Instagram are a lot of fun, and a good way to share your life with your friends and family, but not everything about your life should be made public. Certain things are best left private, but with easy access to online documents it is getting harder and harder to maintain your privacy. When the information that is available to anyone with a connection is damaging to your reputation or could harm your chances of getting a job, it is time to take steps to get that information out of public viewing. One way to do this is to seek an order of expungement, of any criminal cases where you were a defendant.

Three ways having your records cleared can help you are:

  • When you get an order of expungement to clear your record, potential employers or… Continue reading

The Top Two Ways To Violate Probation

Agreeing to go on probation is a good way to stay out of jail if you have been charged with a crime. But, it only works if you are able to stick to the terms of your probation. When you do that, you get the benefit of the bargain you made, which most times includes a reduction or dismissal of the charges against you. However, if you make a mistake, it can cost you your probation and more. A probation violation is a new charge, so you will now have to defend that charge and the original charge. And when you violate probation, you are likely to be punished to the full extent of the law for the initial charge filed against you. So, knowing what to do while on probation becomes of the upmost importance, and we are here to help get… Continue reading

The Top Two DUI Mistakes And How To Avoid Them

We all make mistakes, and hopefully when we do there are remedial actions that can be taken to get back on track. But when the mistake is made during an arrest, the repercussions can be scary, so it is good to know how to handle yourself if you are put in this position. Take the instance of a DUI arrest as an example; it can be natural to try and talk your way out of the arrest and say you have not been drinking when you have, but that can only make things worse. The best thing to do is stay calm, but we know that is a tall order. Another good thing to do is know what mistakes are commonly made, so you can take steps to avoid making these mistakes.

The top two DUI mistakes most people make, and what you can do… Continue reading

The Top Three Things To Explore When Charged With DUI

Being arrested for DUI can leave you without a license, facing possible jail time, and with the requirement to pay hefty fines. If this happens to you, you will need to develop a solid defense, and this take the help of a qualified DUI defense attorney. This is true whether you are a first time offender, or have had prior cases. And, even though each case is made up of its set of particular facts, there are some things that need to be done in every instance of DUI arrest. This should be your starting point, and from there we will work on the specifics of your case for you.

The top three things to explore if you have been arrested and charged with DUI are:

  • Take a look at the traffic stop that lead to the arrest. If that stop was not valid, then… Continue reading

Three Things To Know About Limited Licenses With DUI’s

Being able to drive is a big deal, and is a necessary task for most all of us. Without a car or a license we lack the ability to go where we want, when we want. Having to find alternate forms of transportation can be hard, and can start to wear on you and those that you call on for rides regularly. So if you get pulled over and arrested for DUI, one of the most important parts of your case will be to try and save your driving rights. It can be done, but there are procedures to follow and some things you need to become familiar with before asking for a limited license.

Three things to know about a limited license when you get a DUI include these critical pieces of information:

Three Ways Social Media Can Hurt Your Defense

For those of you that still rent DVD’s, a recent movie became available, telling the story of fast food giant McDonald’s. The movie focused on the McDonald brothers and Ray Kroc’s interaction with the brothers as Kroc built the McDonald’s empire. Sadly, the McDonald brothers lost out in the end, and their downfall was reminiscent of another pair of brothers who had a great idea and then saw it slip through their hands. The other doomed duo is the Winklevoss brothers, who famously took Mark Zuckerberg to task for “stealing” Facebook. When Facebook was first rolled out, it was for the exclusive use of college students. However, and as we all know, it has grown exponentially since that time. Facebook has millions of users, all of whom take to the site daily (sometimes multiple times a day) to post a photo or a few lines… Continue reading

Two Ways A Dismissal Is Different From Getting Your Record Cleared

Anytime you do something drastic, you wonder just how lasting that impact of new actions may be down the road. For instance, if you decide to get serious about your health and start making changes to diet and exercise, you should only expect these changes to last as long as you are practicing healthy habits. This is a positive long term effect, but not all actions have this same kind of result. A good example is an arrest, and your natural inclination to wonder if the arrest will have any kind of effect on your future. The answer depends on the type of case, the outcome of the case, and a few other factors.

Criminal cases are usually disposed of by a finding of guilt or innocence, or the charges get dropped (dismissed). If your case was not dismissed, you can take steps to have… Continue reading

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