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New Year Means New Laws in Florida

January 6, 2017 Criminal Defense

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Florida Governor Rick Scott signed all but three of the 272 bills that came to his desk during the 2016 legislative session. While 67 went into effect immediately upon receiving the signature of the governor and another 159 took effect on July 1, three bills became effective at the start of 2017. The three new laws in Florida include the …

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How the “Internet of Things” Could Become a Liability

January 4, 2017 Criminal Defense

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James Bates of Bentonville, Arkansas claims he woke up on November 22, 2015 to find his friend, Victor Collins, dead in his hot tub.[1]  At about 9:30 AM Bates called 911 to report that he found the body after a night of heavy drinking with Collins and another friend. [2]  Bates claims to have no memory of what occurred, but …

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Florida Residents in Limbo Following the Approval of Medical Marijuana

December 22, 2016 Drug Charges

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During the November presidential elections, Florida voters voted overwhelmingly in favor of legalizing medical marijuana; however, potential medical marijuana users are unclear on where they go to a local distributor to fill their medical marijuana prescriptions. Furthermore, many patients suffering from serious illnesses have questions regarding when and where they can retrieve a medical card. In addition to questions regarding …

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Pumphrey Law Scholarship: Spring 2017 Winning Essay

December 19, 2016 News & Announcements

Pumphrey Law Scholarship: Spring 2017 Winning Essay

Congratulations to Lauren Sumners! Please read her winning essay below:   One of my professors at Florida State University ends every class by pleading his students to do just one thing –“Please, do not drink and drive. Be safe.” This professor has taught thousands of students and boasts an impressive and long career. Every time I hear him say these …

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High School: Another Day, Another Temptation

December 13, 2016 Juvenile Offenses

The average age for a first alcoholic drink in the United States is 13 years old. One may be thinking: “Why so young?” As a senior at Leon High School in Tallahassee, Florida, I will attempt to answer that troubling question. For a high school student, the need to feel accepted is fundamental in our everyday lives. This helps us …

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The Florida Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative: Is it Final Step for Medical Marijuana, or One More Hurdle on The Long Track to Legalization?

December 9, 2016 Drug Charges

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On November 8th 2016, over six and a half million Floridians voted in favor of Amendment II, “Use of Marijuana for Debilitating Medical Conditions.”[1]  The electorate supported the measure 71% to 29%,[2] easily satisfying the 60% needed to pass.[3]  Here in Leon County, the electorate voted in favor of the amendment at an incredible 50% margin.[4]  The Florida Constitution mandates that a …

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A Wolf in The Courtroom

December 2, 2016 Criminal Defense

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“Man is not man, but a wolf to those he does not know.” – Plautus As a trial lawyer one of your most important goals is to “persuade juries,” (Berg, 2006). In order to do so this requires a certain level of confidence and bravado that some attorneys are natural born with and others are not. Effective trial lawyers must …

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Understanding the Benefits of Medical Marijuana in Florida

November 2, 2016 Drug Charges

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The video above is an advertisement paid for by People United for Medical Marijuana, a Florida-based political action committee (PAC) seeking to legalize medical marijuana. It makes a number of important points that voters should keep in mind when they head to the polls on Tuesday to decide the fate of the Florida Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative, or Amendment 2: …

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College Football is Back and So Are Aggressive DUI Arrests

October 7, 2016 Drunk Driving/DUI

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With football season in full swing at major educational institutions in Tallahassee such as Florida State University and Florida A&M, the Tallahassee Police Department and Florida Highway Patrol are seeking out intoxicated drivers, willing and ready to make driving under the influence (DUI) arrests. If you have been arrested for DUI after leaving a tailgate, a football watch party, a local …

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