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Category: News & Announcements

Proposed Florida Bill to Order Pretrial Detention Based on Hearsay

March 19, 2024 Criminal Defense, News & Announcements

A bill recently introduced to Florida legislators could change the requirements for detaining a defendant until their trial. The Senate bill would allow hearsay statements from an alleged victim when a judge is determining whether a defendant should be released or detained until their trial. This page will cover the details of the bill and what will change in terms …

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Plaintiff in Supreme Court Case Receives Earlier Release

March 6, 2024 Criminal Defense, News & Announcements

The defendant in a landmark case for juvenile cases in Florida is finally getting released after spending decades behind bars. Terrance Graham is now 37-years-old, nearly 20 years after he was sentenced to life in prison without parole. Despite his case reaching the Supreme Court and changing the landscape of maximum sentencing for juvenile offenders, Graham remained in prison. Now …

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How Refusing a Breathalyzer Test Could Result in Harsher Penalties Under Two Potential Florida Bills

March 6, 2024 Criminal Defense, Drunk Driving/DUI, News & Announcements

Florida legislators are seeking to pass two new bills to prevent the increasing drunk driving cases. Citizens should be made aware of the new implications that can arise if the two pieces of legislation pass into law. Under SB 232 and SB 260, lawmakers are attempting to make a first refusal for a breath test a criminal offense and would …

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What is the STOP CSAM Act?

November 22, 2023 Criminal Defense, News & Announcements

In April 2023, U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin introduced a bill titled the Strengthening Transparency and Obligation to Protect Children Suffering from Abuse and Mistreatment Act of 2023 (STOP CSAM Act). The Act was created to stop the proliferation of child sexual abuse material (CSAM) online. The U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary reported that the number of child …

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What is FIBRS & How is it Changing Crime Reporting in Florida?

November 22, 2023 Criminal Defense, News & Announcements

We’ve previously covered the changes made through the FBI’s National Summary Reporting System. The federal government announced nearly a decade ago their plan to transition away from summary reporting to instead focus on specific incident reporting. Now state legislations are following suit, including Florida. Florida has adopted a new method of crime reporting under The Florida Incident-Based Reporting System (FIBRS), …

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Minnesota Supreme Court Affirms Marijuana Odor is Insufficient Cause for Searching Motor Vehicles

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

A recent ruling made by the Minnesota Supreme Court eliminated the smell of marijuana coming from a motor vehicle as insufficient grounds for police to justify a warrantless search. It is important to note that the Minnesota Supreme Court’s ruling does not change the legal standards in Florida for determining whether law enforcement may search a vehicle based on the …

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Monroe County Woman Blames Driving Infraction on Dog, Results in DUI and Felony Charge

October 26, 2023 Criminal Defense, Drunk Driving/DUI, News & Announcements

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office arrested a woman in Key Largo after a traffic violation turned into a suspected DUI. The Local 10 reported that Michele Lee Burke, 54, was driving on the Overseas Highway when she failed to move over into the left lane while passing two deputies conducting a traffic stop. Under the amended Move Over Law, drivers …

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Polk County’s Operation Traffic Stop 2 Results in 219 Arrests

October 26, 2023 Criminal Defense, News & Announcements, Sex Crimes

We previously covered the first Operation Traffic Stop in a blog post earlier this year. The second operation by Polk County Sherrif’s Office, along with several other jurisdictions, took place this September and resulted in over 200 arrests for differing sex crimes. The resulting charges varied between soliciting sex, offering to commit prostitution, and the engagement in human trafficking. This …

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Miami Man Pleads Guilty to the Distribution of $16M Worth of Adulterated HIV Medication

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

A group of individuals, including a defendant from Florida, are facing federal charges in a pharmaceutical fraud operation. The case involved the sale and distribution of adulterated prescription drugs to wholesale pharmaceutical subscribers. This page will provide the case details, along with both the federal and state penalties for such offenses. Case Details On September 25, 2023, the U.S. Department …

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