Pumphrey Law Blog

2017 CS/HB 949 Driving Under the Influence

March 23, 2017 Drunk Driving/DUI

The 2017 House Bill 949 entitled Driving Under the Influence was introduced by State Representative Cord Byrd (R- Neptune Beach) in the Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on March 7, 2017. On March 21, 2017, the bill passed the House and is currently pending review of CS under Rule 7.18(c). The 2017 CS/HB 949 amends Fla. Stat. § 316.193(2) to provide …

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DUI Ignition Interlock in Florida, All about DUIs?

March 22, 2017 Drunk Driving/DUI

DUI Ignition Interlock in Florida, All about DUIs?

“Make no mistake there is always money attached to legislation that moves toward expanding or developing or implementing any device”, says Don Pumphrey, Jr., Owner and Founder of Pumphrey Law located in Florida’s Capital City, Tallahassee. This is a campaign that’s being pushed for mere safety?  One random company touts preventing over 4 million “illegal” starts since 1992 yet in …

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Stand Your Ground under Senate Bill 128

March 10, 2017 Violent Crimes

Stand Your Ground (SYG) has been a widely debated topic across the United States, especially with the numerous high-profile cases involving self-defense. Approximately twenty-two (22) states have some version of a stand your ground law. As of today, the states that have SYG laws include Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, North …

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Vaping and Hash Oil

March 10, 2017 Drug Charges

Although marijuana legislation in Florida is a controversial issue, recreational use is becoming more acceptable across the country. The health benefits of marijuana are becoming more acknowledged and more states are getting on board with legalization. Currently, twenty-eight (28) states, including the District of Columbia, have legalized medical marijuana. Seventeen (17) states have decriminalized marijuana, and seven (7) states have …

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Respondents Beware When Dealing with Injunctions for Stalking

March 10, 2017 Domestic Violence

I am a criminal defense attorney in Tallahassee, Florida, and I primarily focus on criminal allegations. However, I also handle collateral matters and allegations, the increasing number of which, involve ex-girlfriends, friends with benefits, friends, strangers found on social media and on and on  . . . .  It’s seemingly never-ending. Here is how it goes, someone gets their feelings …

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Pensacola Group Suggests Major Change to Florida’s Sex Offender Registry Program

February 16, 2017 Sex Crimes

Pensacola Group Suggests Major Change to Florida’s Sex Offender Registry Program

A Florida advocacy group has proposed that Florida legislators make a major change to their sex offender registry program. With over 65,000 sex offenders currently registered on Florida’s state registry, this list includes offenders charged with minor offenses such as indecent exposure and those charged with more serious crimes such as sexual assault. The Florida Action Committee suggests that a lack of …

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Florida Lawmakers Seek to reduce Penalties for Juvenile Offenders through Citations

February 2, 2017 Juvenile Offenses

Florida Lawmakers Seek to reduce Penalties for Juvenile Offenders through Citations

As of February 2, 2017, Senate Bill 196 is circulating Florida’s Senate. Senate Bill 196 aims to provide a less stringent alternative for juvenile offenders charged with minor or first-time offenses. Under Senate Bill 196’s proposed penalties for eligible misdemeanors, juvenile offenders found committing any of the offenses provided under this Bill will be provided with a citation in lieu of an …

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Florida Passes New Laws to Combat a Growing Drug Abuse Problem

January 19, 2017 Drug Charges

Florida Passes New Laws to Combat a Growing Drug Abuse Problem

Following the 2016 election, Florida has passed several laws aimed at reducing Florida’s growing prescription drug and over-the-counter drug abuse problem. Some these laws are aimed at healthcare policies and their respective benefits. With the rising number of opioid addiction cases in the state of Florida, Florida legislators have taken steps to limit this growth, and reduce the number of drug abuse …

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New Year Means New Laws in Florida

January 6, 2017 Criminal Defense

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

How the “Internet of Things” Could Become a Liability

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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