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Category: News & Announcements

Incoming Florida Funds – Aimed for Criminal Justice Reform?

March 7, 2022 Criminal Defense, News & Announcements

On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) into law, which would help grant financial relief to states and local governments that were affected by COVID-19. This was a one-time-one grant, and Florida received a total of $8.8 billion. So far, the state of Florida has only received $4.4 billion of the total amount, and …

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New Bill to Protect Identity of Death Penalty Lethal Cocktail Manufacturers Approved by the House

March 6, 2022 Criminal Defense, News & Announcements

Florida’s use of capital punishment has a long and troubling history. To read about Florida’s death penalty timeline and recent decisions, read our blog post here. Now, new moves are being made in the realm of Florida’s capital punishment. The House gave preliminary approval on March 1st to House Bill 873. This bill would provide an exemption from public records …

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Post-Conviction Innocence Claims in Florida – the Gary Cannon Case

March 3, 2022 Criminal Defense, News & Announcements

The case of one Florida man is yet another example of the new era for post-conviction innocence claims. Across the U.S. newly formed conviction review units are starting to work alongside defense attorneys. The purpose of these units is to reexamine evidence, look for information that wasn’t seen or heard during the initial trial, or find possible flaws within the …

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New Florida Bills Would Punish Those Who Stand and Film Police After Warning

February 28, 2022 Criminal Defense, News & Announcements

HB 11, titled “Impeding, Provoking, or Harassing Law Enforcement” was originally filed on January 22, 2022. Its companion bill, SB 1872, was introduced January 18, 2022, and both are facing backlash. So, what do these bills say, and how would their implementation conflict with existing Florida law? HB 11 & SB 1872 Republican representative Alex Rizo, from Hialeah, Florida, filed …

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Florida’s Anonymous Crime Tip Line – The Success That Spread Across the Country

February 24, 2022 Criminal Defense, News & Announcements

Florida’s Anonymous Crime Tip Line – The Success That Spread Across the Country Florida’s anonymous tip line went into effect on October 1, 2020, with the goal of avoiding confusion between the multiple Crimeline and Crimestoppers hotlines that operate throughout the state. The line has seen such success that it is now being implemented nationally. Ashley Moody, Florida’s Attorney General …

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Involuntary Commitment Under Florida’s Marchman Act

February 17, 2022 Criminal Defense, Drug Charges, Drunk Driving/DUI, News & Announcements

The Hal S. Marchman Alcohol and Other Drug Services Act, commonly referred to as the Marchman Act, was passed in 1993 as a measure to help individuals cope with their substance abuse issues by actively encouraging them to voluntarily seek treatment. Florida’s Marchman Act is codified under Chapter 397 of the Florida Statutes, which encompasses voluminous provisions centered around substance …

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New Bill Seeks to Increase Penalties for Organized Retail Theft

February 17, 2022 Criminal Defense, News & Announcements

Florida lawmakers are seeking to revise existing penalties for organized retail theft through HB 1511. This bill, spearheaded by Representative Chuck Clemmons of Jonesville, seeks to prohibit certain retail theft at multiple locations within a specified timeframe. Clemmons states that such crime is  “becoming a larger and larger problem not only in Florida but across the nation.” Its companion bill, …

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Anti-Masker Facing Charges After Refusing to Mask Up at Airport

February 17, 2022 Criminal Defense, News & Announcements

This far into the COVID-19 pandemic, almost anyone with a smartphone has seen a video of someone refusing to wear a mask being kicked out of a business or off of a flight. This usually occurs after the flight attendants, workers of said business, or even upper management get involved and repeatedly ask the individual to simply put on a …

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Bill Proposes Restoration Care to Treat Inmates in County Jail

February 10, 2022 Criminal Defense, News & Announcements

What Does it Say? This week, the Children, Families & Seniors Subcommittee voted in favor of HB 1249, titled “Treatment of Defendants Adjudicated Incompetent to Stand Trial.” The bill, spearheaded by Representative Jenna Persons-Mulicka of Fort Myers, would allow individuals who are adjudicated as incompetent to receive mental health treatment inside of county jails, rather than at a state hospital. …

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