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Category: Criminal Defense

New Bill Seeks to Increase Penalties for Organized Retail Theft

February 17, 2022 Criminal Defense, News & Announcements

Florida lawmakers are seeking to revise existing penalties for organized retail theft through HB 1511. This bill, spearheaded by Representative Chuck Clemmons of Jonesville, seeks to prohibit certain retail theft at multiple locations within a specified timeframe. Clemmons states that such crime is  “becoming a larger and larger problem not only in Florida but across the nation.” Its companion bill, …

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Anti-Masker Facing Charges After Refusing to Mask Up at Airport

February 17, 2022 Criminal Defense, News & Announcements

This far into the COVID-19 pandemic, almost anyone with a smartphone has seen a video of someone refusing to wear a mask being kicked out of a business or off of a flight. This usually occurs after the flight attendants, workers of said business, or even upper management get involved and repeatedly ask the individual to simply put on a …

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The Duress or Necessity Defense in Florida

February 17, 2022 Criminal Defense

Duress, or Necessity, is an affirmative defense in Florida. It generally occurs when someone commits a crime but felt that they had no choice but to commit the crime. Essentially, the defense argues that the defendant only committed the criminal act because there was an emergency or danger. If this defense is successfully raised, the defendant could face zero criminal …

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Florida Goes Against National Trend in 2021 Murders

February 14, 2022 Criminal Defense, Violent Crimes

The Pandemic’s Silver Lining – Florida Goes Against National Trend in 2021 Murders Florida may be a part of a positive trend coming from the COVID-19 pandemic. Although there were a lot of negative outcomes from the pandemic’s outbreak, one silver lining is that the number of murders decreased in several major Florida counties from 2020 to 2021. Considering the …

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Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor in Florida

February 11, 2022 Criminal Defense

Under Florida law, you cannot cause a child to be in need of services or encourage them to violate a legal ordinance. This offense is codified under Florida Statute Section 827.4(1) entitled “Contributing to the Delinquency or Dependency of a Child.” It is a lesser-included offense of child neglect or abuse and is most often charged to an adult who …

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Withdrawing Your Guilty Plea

February 10, 2022 Criminal Defense

What is a Plea? Plea bargaining is a method by which many criminal cases are disposed of without going to court. Essentially, both of the parties come to an agreement regarding the disposition of the case. Plea bargains are common because defendants can avoid the expense and time of going to trial, the risk of a more severe sentence, and …

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Florida’s Baker Act – What Does it Entail and at What Time Do You Need a Criminal Defense Attorney?

February 10, 2022 Criminal Defense, Drug Charges

Baker Act – General Goal & History Florida’s Baker Act, also known as the Florida Mental Health Act, is a law encompassed in Chapter 394 of the Florida Statutes that provides comprehensive legal procedures when it comes to mental health treatment and examination. The law was enacted in 1971 and named after Maxine Baker, a Miami State Representative who sponsored …

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Bill Proposes Restoration Care to Treat Inmates in County Jail

February 10, 2022 Criminal Defense, News & Announcements

What Does it Say? This week, the Children, Families & Seniors Subcommittee voted in favor of HB 1249, titled “Treatment of Defendants Adjudicated Incompetent to Stand Trial.” The bill, spearheaded by Representative Jenna Persons-Mulicka of Fort Myers, would allow individuals who are adjudicated as incompetent to receive mental health treatment inside of county jails, rather than at a state hospital. …

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Out of State Medical Marijuana Cards in Florida

February 8, 2022 Criminal Defense, Drug Charges

Marijuana has started to become more openly accepted across the United States. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) it’s now recreationally legal in 18 states and legal for medical reasons in 37 states, including Florida. However, marijuana—also referred to as weed—is still considered a controlled substance under federal law. This means getting caught with marijuana can still …

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