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Category: Violent Crimes

LCSO Arson Suspect Arrested in School Fire

November 22, 2023 Criminal Defense, Violent Crimes

Starting a fire in a dwelling, structure, or conveyance can create a danger to yourself and any other individuals in the surrounding area. Aside from the physical dangers of starting a fire, it is also illegal. In the state of Florida, burning a building, or creating a fire within a building, can result in charges for arson. The crime of …

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Jury Finds Defendant Accused of Impregnating and Killing his Niece Guilty

October 5, 2023 Criminal Defense, News & Announcements, Violent Crimes

Nearly five years after the disappearance of Iyana Sawyer, a trial for the missing person-turned-murder-case took place in September 2023. The 16-year-old was reported missing while she was five months pregnant, with the father later being revealed as her uncle by marriage. Sawyer’s uncle was accused of killing the teenager out of fear of their secretive relationship and pregnancy becoming …

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Child Abuse vs. Child Neglect – Florida Case Examples

October 5, 2023 Criminal Defense, Violent Crimes

Causing harm to a child is not taken lightly. The state of Florida has various laws to catch individuals accused of abusing or neglecting a child under the age of 18. Despite the two offenses sounding similar, child abuse and neglect are two separate offenses. It is important to differentiate between the two, as well as becoming familiar with the …

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Arrest Made in South Florida Three-Part Bomb Threat

October 5, 2023 Criminal Defense, News & Announcements, Violent Crimes

Making a false report is never a good idea and pretending that a fake emergency will occur can cause unnecessary chaos. If law enforcement responds to the false report, it can result in resources being wasted that could be used for more serious issues. On top of that, the person who communicates the fake report can end up being arrested …

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Jury Rejects Death Penalty in First Broward Case Applying New Law

October 3, 2023 Criminal Defense, Violent Crimes

One of the first Florida cases to experience the new sentencing laws under SB 450 has just finished without imposing execution. Despite the amended law only requiring a majority vote instead of a unanimous vote, the jury in the Clarck Paul case decided not to impose capital punishment. This page will provide the case details and the trial’s outcome, along …

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NCMEC’s Updated CyberTipline

September 13, 2023 Criminal Defense, Violent Crimes

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) is the nation’s resource for missing and exploited children. Their tool, CyberTipline, allows individuals to make reports of alleged child abuse or illicit content of children seen online. Once the tip has been submitted, NCMEC will review it, add supplementary information when necessary, and forward it to law enforcement for further …

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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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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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The Challenges of Pleading “Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity”

July 26, 2023 Criminal Defense, Violent Crimes

                  On February 23, 2022, a mother from Green Bay, Wisconsin made a horrific discovery when she found her son’s severed head sitting in a bucket in her basement. Taylor Schabusiness was later accused of murdering the young man, sexually assaulting his corpse, and then dismembering his body. After her arrest, Schabusiness …

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