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Category: News & Announcements

Florida Prepares for its Sixth Execution in 2023

September 13, 2023 Criminal Defense, News & Announcements

Only several months after Florida’s death penalty requirements changed, another death row inmate is preparing for his looming execution. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has made it clear that the state is becoming tougher on crime—however, the result could be more and more people being executed in the Sunshine State. This will be the sixth execution to occur in Florida this …

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Tallahassee High School Football Game Ends in Panic and Arrest

September 13, 2023 Criminal Defense, News & Announcements, Violent Crimes

A preseason high school football game in Tallahassee ended early due to violence that broke out, which created even more chaos when police noticed a student with a suspected firearm. The laws and regulations for minors who commit crimes work differently than those who are charged as adults. This page will provide the case details, as well as information on …

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Documentary on Florida’s Harsh Two-Strikes Law

September 12, 2023 Criminal Defense, News & Announcements

We’ve previously covered details from the Mark Jones case in Florida, an inmate serving life in prison after being sentenced through Florida’s Prison Releasee Reoffender law (PRR), also referred to as the “Two-Strikes” law. Jones’ story is now being highlighted in a new documentary from Frontline, The Marshall Project, and Firelight Media. The documentary’s goal is to shed light on …

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Palm Beach County “Bird Bandit” Captured and Charged

September 4, 2023 Criminal Defense, News & Announcements, Theft/Property Crimes

The state of Florida has no current legislation for specifying the theft of animals or pets—instead, a person accused of stealing another person’s animal can be charged with theft. Depending on the value of the stolen animal, the charge may be considered petit or grand theft. The search for the Palm Beach “bird bandit,” who was accused of stealing nearly …

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New Florida Bill Increases Penalties for Fentanyl

September 4, 2023 Criminal Defense, Drug Charges, News & Announcements

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis first announced his plan for cracking down on fentanyl-related cases at the January 2023 Miami Police Benevolent Association. Since then, Florida lawmakers have been working on amending various drug statutes to help fight the growing issue of fentanyl overdoses. As of May 1, 2023, Gov. DeSantis signed HB 1359 into law, amending the current penalties for …

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Federal Gun Ban for Cannabis Consumers Rejected by Appeals Court

August 28, 2023 Criminal Defense, Drug Charges, News & Announcements

A federal court in New Orleans just ruled that restricting marijuana users from possessing a firearm is unconstitutional. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously found the 1968 law conflicts with a citizen’s right to carry a firearm. More specifically, prohibiting a person from purchasing or possessing a firearm when declared an “unlawful user” of …

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Could a Texas Case Decide Florida’s Fate on Gun Laws?

August 28, 2023 Criminal Defense, News & Announcements, Violent Crimes

Following the 2018 massacre that took place in Parkland, Florida, state legislators passed a law to prevent anyone under the age of 21 from purchasing a rifle or long gun.   Shortly after the law was passed in 2018, the National Rifle Association (NRA) challenged it, claiming it was unconstitutional by violating both the Second and Fourteenth Amendment. The Florida …

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Corrections Officer Takes Medical Marijuana Firing Case to Florida Supreme Court

August 28, 2023 Criminal Defense, Drug Charges, News & Announcements

The legal confusion and misconceptions surrounding medical marijuana continues to puzzle Floridians. In one recent case, a Department of Corrections officer is taking matters to the Florida Supreme Court after getting fired for his prescribed use of medical marijuana for PTSD. The case brings up the ongoing issue of whether Floridians should be allowed to possess a firearm while they …

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NBA Removes Marijuana from Prohibited Substance List

July 26, 2023 Criminal Defense, Drug Charges, News & Announcements

A new agreement signed by the NBA Players Association and NBA league officials has removed cannabis from its list of banned substances. While random drug screenings may still occur for players, there will be limits to the specific punishments. The agreement comes after both the NFL and MLB have adopted similar agreements to become more lenient on marijuana use. This …

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