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Category: Juvenile Offenses

Incidents Involving TikTok Trend ‘Orbeez Challenge” Occur Across Florida

March 27, 2022 Criminal Defense, Juvenile Offenses

The latest TikTok trend – the “Orbeez Challenge” has swept across Florida, leaving law enforcement to warn both parents and children of the seriousness behind the social media trend. What is the Challenge? The “Orbeez Challenge” also referred to online as the #OrbeezChallenge, constitutes teens using a gel-ball gun or airsoft gun to shoot Orbeez, which are circular water gel …

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The Adolescent Brain – What Experts Say on Teens and Crime

March 24, 2022 Juvenile Offenses

Before the help of research by experts, sentencing for crimes was determined based solely on the severity of the crime committed. Now with the help of neuroscientists’ and psychologists’ research, the criminal justice system can evolve and change the way adolescents who have committed crimes are perceived and sentenced. For instance, factors that now may be considered in such a …

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Can You Get Arrested for Prank Calling in Florida?

March 6, 2022 Criminal Defense, Juvenile Offenses

Pranks are one form of comedy that withstands the test of time. From the 1980s and 1990s, before caller ID existed and *67 worked wonders for prank callers, to the modern-day when the technology exists to create sham phone numbers, prank calling/texting has subsisted in the mainstream. But is prank calling illegal? Can you get arrested for prank calling and …

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The Legal Repercussions Behind a False Bomb Threat

March 6, 2022 Criminal Defense, Juvenile Offenses

Unfortunately, most students have experienced a false bomb threat at some point during middle school or high school. Although these threats may start as a harmless prank that the writer believes no one will take seriously, they are no laughing matter and can land you in serious legal trouble. Florida Law Section 790.163 of the Florida Statutes details the legal …

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New Bill Would Extend 21-Day Holds for Violent Juvenile Offenders

March 3, 2022 Criminal Defense, Juvenile Offenses

Newly proposed bill SB 7040 and its companion bill HB 7029 are both titled “Time Limitations for Preadjudicatory Juvenile Detention Care.” Both center on amending and creating new conditions and procedures when it comes to detaining juveniles. The portions of the bills gaining the most attention are their proposed amendments to Section 985.26 of the Florida Statutes, which governs the …

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New FL Bill Aims to Expunge Records of Juveniles

February 6, 2022 Juvenile Offenses, Seal or Expunge Criminal Record

On February 1st, the House Judiciary Committee unanimously voted in favor of HB 195, a bill that would require the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to expunge nonjudicial arrest records of minors who successfully complete diversion programs for non-violent felony offenses. Its sister bill, SB 342, was approved unanimously in the Appropriations Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice and faces …

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New Bill on Interrogating Minors Moved by Senate Criminal Justice Committee

January 28, 2022 Criminal Defense, Juvenile Offenses

Being accused of a crime and having to experience the legal system can be a daunting and scary experience. If you’ve been accused of a crime, you will likely have to be interrogated by law enforcement officers. This is when they will ask you questions about your criminal case, trying to get you to give up information or confess to …

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“Slap a Teacher” TikTok Challenge – the New “Devious Licks”

October 18, 2021 Criminal Defense, Juvenile Offenses, News & Announcements

“Devious Licks” Challenge TikTok, a wildly popular social media platform where users share short videos, was recently overwhelmed by the “Devious Licks” challenge. This challenge centered around students posting videos of themselves vandalizing their schools and stealing items from them– from things as small as disposable masks to as large as bathroom sinks. As a result, TikTok removed content around …

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Tik Tok’s Newest Trend – “Devious Licks” – is Getting Teens Arrested

September 30, 2021 Criminal Defense, Juvenile Offenses, Social Media

Tik Tok has been known in the past for hosting some dangerous trends, like the Milk Crate Challenge and Kylie Lip Trend, which will go viral for a few months, and eventually fade into obscurity as a new trend takes over the social media app. The latest trend has teachers, law enforcement, and parents alike searching for solutions. The “Devious …

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