Category: Criminal Defense

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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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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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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…

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How Probation Works In Florida

Criminal Defense

Fines and jail terms are only two of the tools that judges in Florida may use when they impose a sentence on a convicted criminal offender in this state. However, many convicted offenders in Florida are placed not behind bars, but instead back in their communities, to serve probation. If…

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Weapon Charges In Tampa – What Are The Consequences?

Criminal Defense

No matter what you believe about the gun control controversy and the right to bear arms, every person in Florida should know this state’s gun and gun ownership laws. You are about to read a general introduction to Florida’s complex gun laws, but if you find yourself charged with a…

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Alternatives To Jail When You Have A Drug Charge In Hillsborough County

Criminal Defense

The National Association of Drug Court Professionals, based in Arlington, Virginia, says that drug courts are the most effective type of judicial intervention for treating drug-addicted individuals. Over 3,000 drug courts are currently in operation across the U.S., according to a report from the National Institute of Justice. Drug courts…

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Summertime Means More Juvenile Crime: What To Do If Your Child Is Arrested?

Criminal Defense

You already know – by the temperature – that it’s now summer. Young people are out of school, enjoying the beaches, working at their summer jobs – and sometimes committing crimes. Here in the Tampa Bay area, since public schools dismissed for the summer, crimes involving juveniles have been on…

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What Is Community Control And How Does It Work In Florida?

Criminal Defense

In a general sense, the phrase “community control” may refer to several kinds of criminal penalties that are imposed on convicted criminal offenders as alternatives to incarceration. Community control could refer to probation, work release, house arrest, or other kinds of alternative sentencing. More precisely, however, what does “community control”…

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Has Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law Reduced Violent Crime?

Criminal Defense

The Florida “Stand Your Ground” (SYG) law, adopted by this state in 2005, did not create a “new” defense for homicide defendants. The legal use of deadly force in self-defense if someone reasonably believes that such force is necessary to avoid death or great bodily harm has been the law…