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Category: Criminal Defense

What 1st Degree Murder Defendants Need to Know About Florida Supreme Court Decision Davidson Jr. v. State.

July 28, 2021 Criminal Defense, News & Announcements, Violent Crimes

On July 8, 2021, the Supreme Court of Florida decided the case Donald H. Davidson Jr., v. State of Florida. The basis for this case is Davidson’s appeal of his prior conviction of first-degree murder and sentence of death. The Facts of the Case In 2014, Davidson was released with supervision from prison and was required to wear an ankle …

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A Tragic Case of Shaken Infant Syndrome and the Murder Charge that Followed 37 Years Later

July 28, 2021 Criminal Defense, News & Announcements

The Facts Terry McKirchy was charged with attempted murder and aggravated child abuse for shaking 5-month-old Benjamin Dowling when she was babysitting him on July 3, 1984. When Benjamin’s mother picked him up from McKirchy’s home she was immediately concerned as his body was limp and his fists were clenched. After rushing him to the hospital, doctors determined that Benjamin …

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The Victim-Centered Approach

July 27, 2021 Criminal Defense

The Empathetic Perspective That Should Be the Center of All Criminal Defense  What is the Victim-Centered Approach? The victim centered approach is defined by the Office for Victims of Crime as a focus on the needs and concerns of victims of human trafficking to ensure the compassionate and sensitive delivery of services in a nonjudgmental manner. It seeks to “minimize …

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The Criminal Side of Lying

July 26, 2021 Criminal Defense

The truth and justice go hand in hand. Even knowing that, it can be hard for some people to be completely candid toward the court when testifying. Questioning and examination in court or during a legal proceeding can lead to some embarrassing or unsavory details that are hard to speak honestly about. However, it is incredibly important that all witnesses, …

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What You Need to Know About Price Gouging this Hurricane Season

July 23, 2021 Criminal Defense, Florida Panhandle Arrests, News & Announcements


What is Price Gouging? As hurricane season approaches, it is important for Floridians to watch out for themselves and their community. There are many ways we can care for one another, but a surefire way to neglect or hurt your fellow Floridians is to price gouge. This term refers to charging unconscionably high prices for commodities in short supply during …

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Can I Get in Trouble for Feeding Other People’s Parking Meters in Florida?

July 23, 2021 Criminal Defense

What? This is a Real Law? Strangely, the idea of someone going around feeding change into almost-expired parking meters has created quite a legal stir throughout the United States. In 1995, a man dressed as a clown named Twister made headlines when he was fined $13 for unauthorized meter feeding in Santa Cruz, California, an ordinance he called an “Anti-Good …

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New Florida Law Allows Use of Hazard Lights During Severe Weather

July 23, 2021 Criminal Defense, News & Announcements

Florida, known for our severe weather patterns, strange crimes involving wildlife, and great sports teams, just implemented a new law that will save motorists money and stress! Approved by Governor Ron DeSantis on June 29th, 2021, new Florida law, Chapter No. 2021-188, allows Florida motorist to use their hazard lights during periods of heavy rainfall in limited circumstances.  This law …

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Everything You Need to Know About Pasco County Sheriff Department’s Controversial ‘Predictive Policing’

July 22, 2021 Criminal Defense, News & Announcements

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On June 14, 2011, the Pasco County Sheriff Department established ‘The Intelligence-Led Policing Section’ (ILP). It was created “to advance the agency’s crime fighting initiatives to a modern-day philosophy.” ILP consists of 30 members which include a director, manager, two analyst supervisors, and twenty analysts. ILP implemented as one of its strategies a form of ‘predictive policing’, an attempt to …

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What You Need to Know About Florida’s Sex Offender Classification Levels

July 21, 2021 Criminal Defense, Sex Crimes

An individual added to Florida’s sex offender registry will suffer major consequences – both personal and professional. These consequences can range from limitations on jobs the individual is able to have all the way to where they can live. Since the consequences are severe and life-long, it is important to stay informed regarding Florida’s sex offender laws. What Offenses Will …

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