Category: Criminal Defense

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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…

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Federal Assault – From Bad To Worse

Criminal Defense

Assault is a serious crime. When a person makes threats or actions toward another person that makes them feel as if they are in danger, it is assault. You do not have to strike someone to be found guilty of assault. The threat to harm them is enough. There are…

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Is A Dog Considered A Weapon In Florida?

Criminal Defense

When we think of laws involving our dogs, we may be reminded of leash laws, animal protection laws, and even laws about posting signs to warn people that a dog is on our property. We rarely assume that a dog can be considered a weapon, but it is possible if…

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Legal Defenses For Assault In Tampa, Florida

Criminal Defense

Assault is taken very seriously in the state of Florida. There are many types of assaults, from simple assault to felony aggravated assault. The consequences of a conviction for assault in Florida is severe. It is necessary to have a qualified defense attorney on your side if you are being…

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Defending Against Charges of Battery In Florida

Criminal Defense

Misdemeanor battery, also known as simple battery, is the crime of striking or touching another person against their will. Simple battery is different from an assault charge because rather than threatening the victim, the accused makes physical contact with them. Assault is the threat of physical harm without contact. Due…

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Assault and Battery In Tampa Florida

Criminal Defense

When we hear the term assault and battery, we think of a violent crime where someone has been injured. However, assault and battery are not the same crime. They are two separate crimes, each with their own penalties and punishments. The two crimes often occur at the same time. Therefore,…

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Staying Safe And Festive At Gasparilla

Criminal Defense

It’s almost time again for Tampa’s largest annual celebration. The Gasparilla Pirate Festival has been held in late January or early February since 1904. Hosted by Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla and the City of Tampa, the Gasparilla Festival in 2015 had an economic impact of $23 million on Tampa’s…

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The Difference Between Actual Possession And Constructive Possession

Criminal Defense

The state of Florida still imposes strict penalties for a number of drug crimes and drug-related crimes. While the possession of a small amount of an illegal drug for personal use is not the most serious drug offense, a conviction for possession can still send a defendant to jail. Scores…