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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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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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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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The Origin of ‘Karen’ – How the Name Became the Meme

July 15, 2021 Criminal Defense, News & Announcements


If you’re on the internet, you’ve probably heard of the ‘Karen’ phenomenon. This previously popular name became one of the internet’s most prolific memes, with Google Trends reporting a huge spike in this search term in July of 2020. With the rise of viral videos, tweets, and posts, someone on the internet can usually find a post regarding someone being …

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Allison Mack’s Lenient Sentence for Her Role in Nxivm Cult – How Coercion is an Important Factor to Be Considered When Punishing “Bottoms” of Trafficking Rings

July 12, 2021 News & Announcements

Nxivm is a company created by Keith Raniere that offered self-improvement workshops that promised “a path to happiness [by] seducing wealthy people who felt they lacked a higher purpose in life.”[1] Raniere was hailed as “an elusive, god-like savant within the company” who could cure anxieties and conditions.[2] In reality, this self-help program was a fraud scheme and sex cult …

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New Drone Law in Florida – What You Need to Know

July 12, 2021 Criminal Defense, Drone Law, News & Announcements

New Drone Law in Florida – What You Need to Know

Florida Senate Bill 44 (SB-44).[1] was introduced in December of 2020. It proposed an expansion of the authorized use of drones by law enforcement agencies, state agencies, political subdivisions, or by fire department personnel. This bill was approved and went into effect officially on July 1, 2020.[2] Prior to SB-44’s approval, Florida state law prohibited law enforcement agencies from using …

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Federal Study Reports that THC Level Testing is Unreliable in Assessing Marijuana Intoxication

July 8, 2021 Criminal Defense, Drug Charges, Drunk Driving/DUI, News & Announcements

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Marijuana has been a hot topic in the press and political spheres for years now due to the rapidly changing laws surrounding the drug. Many states are repealing or amending their marijuana laws in light of studies and social consciousness that promote the plant’s benefits[1], like reducing pain for those suffering from arthritis, fibromyalgia, endometriosis, and migraines, managing anxiety, epilepsy, …

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