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Author: Don Pumphrey, Jr.

Leon County Sheriff’s Office sees an Increase in “Smash and Grab” Cases

June 27, 2022 Criminal Defense, Theft/Property Crimes

The Leon County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) has reported an uptick in vehicle break-ins that they are referring to as “smash and grab” crimes. The sheriff’s office is warning citizens to be careful and to refrain from leaving belongings in their cars. The LCSO has described smash and grab as when a person breaks the window of your car or property …

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Gain Time in Florida and its Eligibility for Inmates

June 22, 2022 Criminal Defense, News & Announcements, Sex Crimes

A man convicted of attempted sexual battery headed back to the courtroom for an appeal against his initial sentence. McMillan Gould was accused of attempted sexual battery on a child under 12 years old in 2016 and was sentenced to 25 years in prison. The sentencing document never mentioned the eligibility of gain time, or the possibility of a shortened …

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Death Penalty Upheld in Temple Terrace Case

June 20, 2022 Criminal Defense, News & Announcements, Violent Crimes

A conviction of capital punishment, or the death penalty, was upheld this week for a man convicted of first-degree murder. Granville Ritchie, 41, was charged and found guilty of raping and killing a 9-year-old girl in 2014. The decision for the death sentence was unanimous, but an appeal was made by the defense team for potential improper behavior by the …

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Ex-Florida Commissioner Sentenced to Three Years for Shooting

June 14, 2022 Criminal Defense, News & Announcements

A former City Commissioner in Lakeland has just been sentenced to three years in prison as a result of a 2018 shooting. Michael Dunn, 51, was accused of shooting a man in the store he was working in almost four years ago. Dunn had originally been charged with second-degree murder for the shooting, but reached a plea agreement with the …

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10-Year-Old Facing Murder Charges for Shooting

June 14, 2022 Criminal Defense, Juvenile Offenses, Violent Crimes

A 10-year-old girl in Orlando may be facing murder charges after shooting an adult this past week. The tragic event happened after her mother got into an altercation with another woman in their apartment complex. The fight turned violent when the young girl grabbed her mother’s gun and shot the other woman. Now that the girl has been taken into …

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Judge Halts Murder Trial After New Evidence Surfaces

June 12, 2022 Criminal Defense, News & Announcements, Violent Crimes

The trial process is long and complex. There are many hearings and motions heard before the trial even starts. However, once the trial has started and a jury has been seated, then it’s usually off to the races and the trial is conducted with no stopping. During COVID we had many trials suspended due to courthouse closures and concerns from …

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June 12, 2022 Drug Charges

Florida’s war on drugs has made the state one of the strictest when it comes to illegal substances. Being found guilty of illegally possessing a controlled substance could have you facing harsh penalties since most cases are treated as felonies. Not only could you face prison time but could be looking at lifelong effects if found guilty. This type of …

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June 9, 2022 College, College Student Disciplinary Hearing, Criminal Defense

With busy streets, hot tropical weather, and a need to get from point A to point B, it’s no wonder that our beautiful city of Tallahassee has partnered with various electric scooter companies to bring the best e-scooter service to Florida’s Capitol. Students at Florida State University have a great opportunity to utilize these scooters or the free Trolley while …

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Defense Requests to Withdraw from Parkland Case

June 9, 2022 Criminal Defense, News & Announcements

Although we have already covered the beginning struggles with the search for a jury in the upcoming trial against Nikolas Cruz, there have been more issues arising within the last week. The trial is not deciding Cruz’s innocence—the defendant has already pleaded guilty to murdering 17 people at the Florida high school in 2018. What is being decided in the …

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