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Category: News & Announcements

Polk County Woman Calls 911 When McDonald’s Got Her Order Wrong

May 26, 2022 Criminal Defense, News & Announcements

Calling 9-1-1 in your hour of need can be a nerve-wracking experience. In 2020, there were over 14 million calls to 911 in Florida. Misusing 911 is a serious offense in Florida and can have serious consequences. In a recent incident, a woman called 911 after the local McDonald’s got her order wrong. The following blog will go over what …

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13 Years Missing Girl Case Solved

May 25, 2022 Criminal Defense, News & Announcements

After thirteen long years of searching for their daughter, the Drexels finally have closure. Brittanee Drexel was only seventeen-years-old when she went missing in Myrtle Beach in 2009. Years of search parties, differing suspects, and FBI rewards granted to anyone with information have all failed up until now. Brittanee Drexel’s body was found this month after the arrest of the …

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Update in the Ongoing Dan Markel Murder Case

May 25, 2022 Criminal Defense, News & Announcements, Violent Crimes

We recently covered the details of the Dan Markel case and its retrial happening this month. Dan Markel was an FSU professor that was shot and killed in July of 2014. Despite the amount of time that has gone by since the murder, the alleged murder-for-hire case has returned to the courtroom after an arrest was made in April. To …

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Competency in a Criminal Trial – The Ryan Rogers Case

May 24, 2022 Criminal Defense, News & Announcements

The trial for the death of 14-year-old Ryan Rogers is set to take place in the coming months, but first, the Court must decide whether the alleged killer is competent. Public defenders have said it will be hard to maintain a fair trial for the defendant if the competency hearing is announced and discussed publicly. However, the judge disagreed, saying …

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New Controlled Substances Bill Signed by Gov. DeSantis

May 23, 2022 Criminal Defense, Drug Charges, News & Announcements

Governor Ron DeSantis has just signed HB 95 into law on May 19th, 2022. We have previously covered SB 190 and HB 95 in previous blogs, and now the Controlled Substance bill has officially been passed. The Governor of Florida paid a visit to the Polk County Fire Rescue Station in Kathleen to sign the new bill. Grady Judd, Polk …

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Florida’s Struggle to Keep Up with Marsy’s Law

May 23, 2022 Criminal Defense, News & Announcements

Although Marsy’s Law has been signed into the Florida Constitution since 2018, there are still issues surrounding the topic. Mainly, how to interpret the law into action within each circuit. As of now, it appears that several different counties are struggling to maintain a uniform process when it comes to Marsy’s Law. We will briefly cover what is Marsy’s Law, …

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Wendi Adelson Requests to Invoke the Fifth When Called to Testify, But What Does it Mean to “Invoke the Fifth”?

May 19, 2022 Criminal Defense, News & Announcements

Taking the Fifth and pleading the Fifth has been a part of our culture and media for a long time. However, invoking the Fifth isn’t as easy as just shouting “I plead the Fifth!” The following blog will describe what invoking the Fifth means and what it means for Wendi Adelson in the ongoing retrial of Katherine Magbanua for the …

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Florida Governor DeSantis Signed a Bill Banning Residential Protesting, What Does the Bill Actually Say and What Does This Mean for Floridians?

May 19, 2022 Criminal Defense, News & Announcements

In recent news, we have seen people organize and protest outside of the Supreme Court Justice’s homes. However, protests in residential areas are not a new phenomenon. Last year, Edward Mathews, a resident of New Jersey, faced protestors outside his home after an argument with a neighbor went viral. In 2017, there were also protests outside of Vice President Mike …

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Mass Shooting in New York – Most Recent Hate Crime in the U.S.

May 17, 2022 News & Announcements, Violent Crimes

This past Saturday marked a horrific mass shooting in Buffalo, New York. The suspect was an 18-year-old man who supposedly held racist motives for driving over three hours to open fire on a local supermarket. Disturbing statements from the alleged shooter were supposedly filled with hate, directed specifically towards the Black community. In addition, the shooter had been studying previous …

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