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Jury Instructions in Criminal Cases in Florida

September 22, 2020 Criminal Defense

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Jury instructions in criminal cases in Florida are read to the jury at the end of the trial and serve as a set of directions for the jury to abide by. Jury instructions outline not only how the jury is obligated to evaluate the evidence, but also puts a set of hard rules in place for what is proper and …

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Reducing a DUI Charge to a Reckless Driving Charge

September 2, 2020 Drunk Driving/DUI

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A conviction of Driving under the Influence (DUI) can have extremely significant impacts on all areas of your life. These penalties and ramifications increase significantly depending on prior convictions: First DUI Jail – Up to 6 months If BAC over .15, or minor in the car = 9 months If cause of accident = 12 months License suspension – 6 …

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The Importance of Criminal Defense Representation for Juveniles

August 24, 2020 Juvenile Offenses

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Juvenile Defense Attorney in Tallahassee, Florida The State of Florida has an entirely separate set of rules when someone under the age of 18 is charged with a criminal violation. In some cases, repeat offenders or those accused of extremely serious offenses can have allegations directly filed into an adult case and are handled by the traditional criminal justice system. …

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False Accusations by Children who Suffer from Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)

August 12, 2020 Criminal Defense

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False accusations in the criminal justice system are a pervasive issue. It is estimated that between 2% and 10% of all allegations of sex assault alone are likely false allegations. [1] Every time a falsely accused individual is arrested and the blatantly false accuser suffers no ramifications, the countless legitimate victims across the country are set back tremendously. False allegations …

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How to Protect Myself When Interacting with Law Enforcement

August 12, 2020 Criminal Defense

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Protect Your Rights When Dealing with Law Enforcement Most Florida residents will go their entire life without being accused of any criminal activity. Very few can go an entire lifetime without having non-consensual contact with the police. Often this takes the form of a traffic stop, but can also be contact on the street, search warrants, arrest warrants, or a …

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Tackling Injustice: False Accusations based on Race

July 30, 2020 Criminal Defense

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The news feeds of 2020 in the United States have been dominated by three narratives: a presidential election, a global pandemic of unseen proportion, and the scale of racial inequality in the criminal justice system. By the time this article is published, 150,000 Americans will have likely tragically died from COVID-19, and both major political parties will be gearing up …

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How Do Police Body Cameras Impact a Criminal Defense Case?

July 16, 2020 News & Announcements

How Do Police Body Cameras Impact a Criminal Defense Case?

Body worn cameras are deployed across the United States by law enforcement agencies at every level. These cameras, usually deployed at the chest level allow a police officer to video interactions with the public during potentially high-stress confrontations, many agencies require their use. Currently, these devices have been deployed across the state of Florida by twenty-nine out of sixty-seven counties …

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Defenses Against Drug Charges in Tallahassee

June 30, 2020 Drug Charges

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Tallahassee, Florida has one of highest crime rates in the state of Florida. A substantial portion of these criminal contacts arise because of suspicion of drug trafficking, manufacture or possession. Unfortunately, many people have contact with the criminal justice system for the very first time due to an allegation of drug charges in Tallahassee. The process can be very complicated, …

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Difference between Assault, Battery, and Domestic Violence in Florida

June 14, 2020 Domestic Violence, Violent Crimes

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What is the Difference between Assault, Battery, and Domestic Violence in Florida? Assault, Battery and crimes of domestic violence are crimes which are commonly mistaken for one another and mixed up. They have very different meanings in the state of Florida, and if you have been accused of one of these crimes, it is important to understand exactly what the …

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