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Category Archives: Criminal Defense

Teen Shooters Made 2016 a Deadlier Year for Central Florida

In the wake of the Pulse nightclub massacre in which 49 people were killed, it should surprise no one that homicides in Orange County, Florida were up in 2016. However, even controlling for that aberrant event, homicides were up in Orange and the surrounding counties of Central Florida, with the big story being teen shooters […]

What to do in the event that you are Arrested

If you unfortunately find yourself being arrested by the police there are a few things that you should know and do that will help protect your interests in your pending criminal case. DO NOT speak to the police unless you are requesting an attorney. The police are only speaking with you to get information from […]

What Can the Police Search When They Arrest You?

Police often take every opportunity to conduct searches of people they stop, detain or arrest. Laws describing when searches are legally allowed are extremely complicated and confusing, but there are some clear rules you should know concerning search incident to arrest (SIA). A search incident to (happening along with) a lawful custodial arrest has been […]

The Consequences of Driving with a Suspended License

Driving with a suspended license in Florida puts you at serious risk. The state takes this offense very seriously and can imprison you, even if you didn’t realize your license was suspended. First-time offenders can be sentenced to up to 60 days in jail, in addition to fines. There are many reasons why your driver’s […]

Actual Possession vs. Constructive Possession of a Controlled Substance

When police find illegal drugs, they will often arrest everyone they find near those drugs. Luckily, the law requires more evidence than just proximity to convict people of drug possession. There are two types of possession under Florida law. The first is actual possession. This is what most people think of when they think of […]

What to Expect from Florida’s Juvenile Justice Process

In Florida, criminal offenders under the age of 18 go through the state’s juvenile justice system, which focuses on attempting to rehabilitate young offenders instead of subjecting them to the adult court system. If your child has been accused of a crime, you need to understand how Florida’s juvenile justice system works. If the juvenile […]

Expunging a Florida Criminal Record

If you have ever been arrested or convicted of a serious crime, you are probably worried that your criminal record may have devastating consequences on your personal or professional life. Luckily, Florida allows qualifying individuals to have their criminal records expunged or sealed. To qualify to have your criminal record sealed or expunged, your case […]

Florida May Soon See Changes to its Juvenile Justice System

Florida’s legislature is expected to adopt some significant changes during its 2014 session, particularly relating to its juvenile justice system. The session is expected to focus on rehabilitation and prevention for underage offenders. After struggling to pass meaningful legislation on juvenile sentencing guidelines in recent years, the legislature is also expected to address the question […]

How to Navigate Domestic Violence Charges in Florida

Domestic violence allegations can have a dramatic effect on your life, impacting your freedom, child custody and visitation rights, access to your own home and much more. In addition, domestic violence charges may pit your word against your accuser’s, which can make it even more difficult to know how to deal with these types of […]

University of Florida Sued Over Ban on Firearms

Florida Carry, Inc., a state gun rights advocacy group, is suing the University of Florida over its school-wide firearms ban, which bars students from keeping weapons in their residence halls. The organization previously took the University of North Florida, another public university, to court over its gun control policies. The ruling in that case, settled […]

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