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CS/SB 494 - Compensation of Victims of Wrongful Incarceration

CS/SB 494 - Compensation of Victims of Wrongful Incarceration Finally Getting Rid of Clean Hands? What happens when a prisoner is wrongfully accused of a crime? We can hardly deny that prison, for any length of time, can be a completely life changing experience. Especially if the wrongfully accused crime was something heinous such as sexual assault, homicide, or serious drug offenses. So what has the Florida government done to ease wrongfully convicted individuals… Read more

Florida Criminal Hazing Accusations

Florida Criminal Hazing Accusations Hazing under Fla. Stat. § 1006.63 At many colleges, universities, and post-secondary institutions, hazing is a rite of passage that allows one to cross over into membership in the "Greek" community.  "Greek" refers to the various fraternities and sororities designated by Greek letters that promote camaraderie and philanthropic activity among students and alumni.  Although hazing may be a tradition… Read more

The Role of Anticipation in the Courtroom

The Role of Anticipation in the Courtroom If you could somehow read the mind of opposing counsel and anticipate their every argument, would you? On some level, you may be privy to the opposition's case through their brief and/or disclosure of evidence, but being able to predict what they will say is impossible, or is it? In sport, an athlete's ability to predict their opponent's next move is what differentiates a novice from an expert, and… Read more

What to do If You Get Pulled Over?

What to do If You Get Pulled Over? I'm getting pulled over! Oh Crap! There are blue lights flashing behind you indicating that you need to pull over.  What should you do?  The blue flashing lights are directed at you.  What do you do if you get pulled over by the police? Be calm. Stay in your vehicle.  Above all else, be calm. You should notify someone that you are being pulled over, (preferably a sober friend or parent who can come… Read more

So You Need a Tallahassee Criminal Defense Attorney?

"Criminal Defense Attorney" or "Attorney" are not common search terms here in Tallahassee; our State capital.  Unfortunately, "Tallahassee Criminal Defense Attorney" is the most searched term, let's face it. The reason is quite simple.  Tallahassee or Leon County ranks at the top of crime rate as reported by The Tallahassee Democrat. According to the Tallahassee Democrat, "[the number of reported… Read more

The Gang Members Protection Act?

"Gang Members Protection Act," as dubbed by State Attorney Aronberg of West Palm Beach, is just another term used for something that places the burden of proof in stand your ground cases squarely on the shoulder of the prosecutors. "Prosecutors never like having the burden shifted to them--it creates more work," stated Tallahassee Criminal Defense Attorney Don Pumphrey, Jr."It creates less funding,… Read more

2017 CS/HB 949 Driving Under the Influence

The 2017 House Bill 949 entitled Driving Under the Influence was introduced by State Representative Cord Byrd (R- Neptune Beach) in the Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on March 7, 2017. On March 21, 2017, the bill passed the House and is currently pending review of CS under Rule 7.18(c). The 2017 CS/HB 949 amends Fla. Stat. § 316.193(2) to provide that, in addition to other the other… Read more

Dismissal, No Information, Nolle Prosequi, What Does it all Mean in Florida

In Florida, dismissal cases, no information separated from the almighty nolle prosequi.  The majority of the defendants in any given Florida courtroom could not tell you the meaning of the term nolle prosequi. Nolle Prosequi, in legal terms, means"[a]t common law the State has the discretion to announce a nolle prosequi any time prior to the swearing of the jury to try the cause. Wilson v. Renfroe,… Read more

DUI Ignition Interlock in Florida, All about DUI's?

"Make no mistake there is always money attached to legislation that moves toward expanding or developing or implementing any device", says Don Pumphrey, Jr., Owner and Founder of Pumphrey Law located in Florida's Capital City, Tallahassee. This is a campaign that's being pushed for mere safety?  One random company touts preventing over 4 million "illegal" starts since 1992 yet in the same paragraph… Read more

Respondents Beware When Dealing with Injunctions for Stalking

I am a criminal defense attorney in Tallahassee, Florida, and I primarily focus on criminal allegations. However, I also handle collateral matters and allegations, the increasing number of which, involve ex-girlfriends, friends with benefits, friends, strangers found on social media and on and on  . . . .  It's seemingly never-ending. Here is how it goes, someone gets their feelings hurt because breakups… Read more
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Attorney Don Pumphrey Jr. is a former prosecutor, former law enforcement officer, and a successful and experienced criminal defense attorney.

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