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Author: Don Pumphrey, Jr.

Possession in Florida: Actual vs Constructive

October 13, 2020 Drug Charges

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There are many crimes in Florida which require that the person be in possession of an illegal substance or item. These include but are not limited to: possession of drugs, possession of child pornography, and possession of a weapon by a felon. The state must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a defendant legally possessed the contraband item, a much …

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What Constitutes Consent in Florida?

October 13, 2020 Sex Crimes


Rape and sexual assault occur almost 50 times every hour in the United States. Often these crimes go unreported, and sometimes there are false reports that undermine the legitimate outcry of victims. Unfortunately, this is one area of the law where the criminal justice system frequently gets it wrong. Rape and sexual assault incidents as well as false allegations are …

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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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