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Are “Dabs” A Felony In Florida?

DUI

It was a relatively unknown practice only a decade ago, but “dabbing” has now emerged as an increasingly-popular cultural phenomenon. What is dabbing? Is it legal? What does the law in Florida say about dabbing? “Dabs” are concentrated doses of marijuana that are made by extracting the active chemicals in…

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Can Prosecutors In Tampa Use Your Criminal History Against You?

Criminal Defense

Even if you are now a model citizen, if you have a criminal past, your life can be quite complicated. A previous conviction, for example, can make it tough to find a job. And if you are charged with a subsequent crime, an old conviction can be counted against you…

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Does Florida’s Revised “Stand-Your-Ground” Law Apply To Older Cases?

Criminal Defense

In May, a Miami court determined that Florida’s revised “stand-your-ground” law is constitutional, but the court also said that it does not apply in cases that started before the statute took effect. The problem is that only a week before the Miami court handed down its ruling, a court in…

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Florida’s New Gun Law

Criminal Defense

Florida’s new gun legislation is a response to the February 14th shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. The new gun statute, Senate Bill 7026, also known as the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act, includes these five major provisions: You must now be 21 years…

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On St. Patrick’s Day, Don’t Push Your Luck

DUI

Across the United States, and in fact around the world, fans of all things Irish are preparing for St. Patrick’s Day. How can you make sure that your own celebration of St. Patrick’s Day goes well – without a driving under the influence (DUI) arrest? Any time you drive or…

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Push To Restore Voting Rights Of Ex-Felons Has Broad Support

Criminal Defense

If a proposal to restore voting rights to ex-felons in Florida passes in November, how will the Voting Restoration Amendment work? Will it help ex-felons? If you or someone you love has a criminal record in Florida, this potential amendment may help. The Voting Restoration Amendment gained momentum when state…

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How To Deal With An Out-Of-State DUI Warrant

DUI

What happens if you are in one state, but another state wants to arrest you for driving under the influence? Maybe you were booked on the charge and you fled to Florida, or maybe the charge is old and you’ve simply forgotten about it. Will another state be able to…

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What Are The Legal Defenses For Drug Possession Charges?

Drug Crimes

How does the state of Florida prove that someone is guilty of possessing illegal drugs? What if the accused person is innocent? If someone is charged with the possession of illegal drugs in Florida, how can that person defend himself or herself? In 2015, nearly 1.5 million people were arrested…

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When Is Self-Defense Justified?

Criminal Defense

Self-defense is accepted almost everywhere as a legal defense against a serious criminal charge. However, the precise rules governing self-defense vary from nation to nation, and in the U.S., from state to state. How does Florida define self-defense? If you are accused of a crime in this state, how can…

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Can Using Bitcoin Lead To Money Laundering Charges?

Criminal Defense

Can the use of the virtual currency called “Bitcoin” lead to an accusation of criminal money laundering? Precisely what is the law in Florida regarding “alternative” or “virtual” forms of currency? Should the average person in Florida know about – or be concerned about – Bitcoin and money laundering? You…