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The Dangerous Intersection Between Disability and Human Trafficking

June 8, 2021 Criminal Defense, Sex Crimes

What is Human Trafficking? The Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons Especially Women and Children, also known as the Trafficking Protocol, defines human trafficking as a crime that involves an act, a means, and an intended purpose.[1] The act involves “the recruitment, transportation or transfer, harboring, or receipt of persons”, while the means can include threats, use …

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How COVID-19 Affects Florida’s Speedy Trial Rules

June 8, 2021 Criminal Defense

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the lives of many, including how criminal trials are conducted. If you are charged with a crime, contact a criminal defense lawyer to understand your rights and what to expect from the court process during the pandemic. Don Pumphrey is a trusted criminal defense attorney in Tallahassee that can help you navigate this everchanging process. …

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A History of the Death Penalty in Florida and What it Means for Capital Defendants

June 8, 2021 Criminal Defense, Violent Crimes

            Florida is an outlier when comes to decisions regarding the death penalty. Recent Florida Supreme Court decisions have left this state in the company of only a few others in terms of the procedural safeguards afforded to capital defendants. These decisions affect the sentencing process and review process, two incredibly important steps in the treatment of capital defendants. If …

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Florida Sentencing Guidelines

June 3, 2021 Criminal Defense

Florida criminal offenses are split into two categories: misdemeanors and felonies. Misdemeanor convictions are pretty straightforward. First degree misdemeanors are punished with up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine. Second degree misdemeanors carry up to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine. Sentencing in misdemeanor cases is largely up to the judge, with information provided by …

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Florida Statutory Rape Laws

May 24, 2021 Sex Crimes

statutory rape in florida

What is Statutory Rape? There are many sex crimes which can be charged under Florida Law. Rape (officially referred to as Sexual Battery) is outlined in Florida Statutes § 794.011. Most people don’t need to click any of those links to have a pretty accurate understanding of what rape is, whether forceful, through the use of drugs, or through coercion. …

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Florida Drug Laws Chapter 893

February 1, 2021 Drug Charges

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In 1973, the Florida Legislature passed the “Florida Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act” in order to “comprehensively address drug abuse prevention and control in this state.” This was codified as Florida Statutes § 893, and now serves as the controlling drug law in the state. Regardless of what the goal cited, this act has served to create criminal …

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What is the Stand Your Ground Law in Florida?

December 21, 2020 Criminal Defense

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One of the most common questions asked of defense attorneys in hypothetical situations is “when I can defend myself?” The question and the potential answers reflect the politically charged atmosphere surround self-defense laws. In Florida and at least twenty-five other states, the answer is defined by a law called “stand your ground.” Stand your ground laws refer to when and …

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What is the Difference between Grand and Petit Theft in Florida?

December 14, 2020 Theft/Property Crimes

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Theft crimes often carry significant penalties under Florida law. These crimes are charged either as petit theft (petty theft) and grand theft.  The main differentiation is the amount of property that is taken. Petit theft is very often charged in shoplifting cases, due to the lower dollar amount. Shoplifting can also fall under grand theft though; the only key factor …

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What is White-Collar Crime?

December 14, 2020 Criminal Defense

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White-collar crime is not a specific umbrella of crimes, such as theft or violence. Instead white-collar crimes are crimes that are perpetrated under specific circumstances. White-collar crimes are generally associated with individuals who don’t have a criminal history, either professionals or organized crime members. This creates confusion for the courts, generally a first offense carries substantial leniency, but the complicated …

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