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Category: Criminal Defense

Tallahassee Police Department Endorses Bystander App to Record Police Interactions

September 7, 2021 Criminal Defense, News & Announcements

The Tallahassee Police Department introduced a first of its kind  mobile phone app last month that allows the public to record their interactions with law enforcement. Coined “Tallahassee Bystander”, the app, which was unveiled by Tallahassee’s Police Chief, is supposed to be a way for law enforcement to “listen and continue to collaborate on ways to strengthen our relationships with …

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Principals AKA Accomplices in Florida Crimes

September 7, 2021 Criminal Defense

When a crime has been committed, the person who is responsible is the one who is charged with that specific crime. However, the state of Florida follows the theory of “all for one, one for all”. This describes the case of the principal, or any person who has helped in the process of the crime committed. In the case of …

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Mental Health Court – What is it & When is it Used?

September 2, 2021 Criminal Defense

Mental health courts are a special kind of court aimed at helping repeat offenders with untreated mental illness. Florida courts recognize that their jails and prisons are “not designed, equipped, or funded to deal with serious mental illness, so the creation of mental health court was a logical response.” Often, mental health courts will order offenders to attend treatment facilities …

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All About Disorderly Conduct in Florida

September 2, 2021 Criminal Defense

Under Florida law, disorderly conduct is crime consisting of disturbing, or breaching, the public peace, outraging public decency, or fighting in public. This crime is categorized as a misdemeanor in the second-degree, which can pose severe consequences, like jail time, probation, and a criminal record which can affect professional and housing prospects. That is why it is incredibly important to …

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Everything you Need to Know About Florida’s “Red Flag” Law

September 1, 2021 Criminal Defense, News & Announcements

What is a “Red Flag” Law In response to the 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, the state enacted a “red flag” law that allowed judges to order potentially dangerous individuals to surrender their firearms. Five states had some version of a red flag law before the Stoneman Douglas shooting; however, eleven additional states enacted …

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“DON’T TOUCH MY CAR!” Karen Calls the Manager and Wins

August 31, 2021 Criminal Defense, News & Announcements

The Karen’s are at it again—this time with a winning outcome in their favor. To get the background on the origin of Karen’s and their unusual characteristics, read our Karen blog post here.  In a recent court case, Alison Taylor had to go head-to-head with the city of Saginaw, Michigan, over 14 parking tickets. Although 14 seems like a high number, …

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Are Twitter Direct Messages Legally Binding?

August 30, 2021 Criminal Defense, News & Announcements, Social Media

In the current age of smart phones, it is easy to assume that most people are participating on social media. With popular platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, it appears that there are endless ways to virtually interact with people both locally and globally. Additional tools have been introduced on these platforms over the years including direct messaging, shopping, …

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The De-escalation Bill in Florida

August 28, 2021 Criminal Defense, News & Announcements

The last two years have seen a rise in violence, or excessive force being used during police-citizen encounters. After the summer of 2020, protests took place across the entire country to ask for reform of the police departments. These recent events have created a tense relationship between police officers and citizens.  Law enforcement officers have the authorization to use force …

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No Texting & Driving, But What About AirPods?

August 28, 2021 Criminal Defense, News & Announcements

Texting & Driving According to Section 316.305 of the Florida Statutes, a person may not operate a motor vehicle while texting. Specifically, the statute states  “A person may not operate a motor vehicle while manually typing or entering multiple letters, numbers, symbols, or other characters into a wireless communications device or while sending or reading data on such a device …

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