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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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Tallahassee Sees Increase in Property Crimes

September 30, 2016 Sex Crimes

The good news to come out of data jointly released the Tallahassee Police Department (TPD) and the Leon County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) was that violent crime was for the first six months of 2016 was 13 percent lower than it was for the same time period in 2015. The bad news was that the Tallahassee Democrat reported on August 21 …

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Man Charged with Murder in Florida, Arrested in Michigan

September 26, 2016 Violent Crimes

The Tallahassee Democrat reported on September 17 that a 55-year-old man was being held in the Leon County Jail without bond after being charged with second-degree murder in the shooting of a 33-year-old woman on August 28. MLive Media Group reported on August 31 that the man was arrested in Jackson County, Michigan, by Blackman-Leoni Department of Public Safety Officers …

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Undercover Child Sex Sting Results in 22 Arrests

September 23, 2016 Sex Crimes

The Pensacola News Journal reported on September 17 that an undercover sting operation involving multiple local law enforcement agencies throughout the Florida Panhandle resulted in the arrest of 22 people. During a press conference at the Pensacola Police Department (PPD) on September 14, authorities announced that the sting targeting adults using the internet to solicit sex with children–dubbed “Operation Undertow”–was …

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Two Charged in Markel Murder, But Are More Charges Coming?

September 20, 2016 Violent Crimes

More than two years after Florida State University law professor Dan Markel was murdered at his home in Tallahassee, recent developments have revealed increasing tension between Tallahassee Police Department (TPD) investigators and the prosecutor, State Attorney Willie Meggs. Sigfredo Garcia was arrested on May 26, 2016, for first-degree murder and Luis Rivera was charged as a co-conspirator a few days …

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Domestic Violence is NOT an Exception to the Warrant Requirement in Florida

September 8, 2016 Bench Warrants/Warrants, Domestic Violence

Limitations on the Community Caretaking Exception to the Warrant Requirement in Florida The Fourth Amendment provides: “[t]he right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to …

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Pumphrey Law Offers Scholarship for Florida Students

August 26, 2016 News & Announcements scholarship

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Pumphrey Law is proud to offer a $1,500 scholarship to an accredited college or university. The scholarship is open to high school students accepted to college and current university students of all classifications. To qualify for the scholarship, the applicants must write an 800-1,000 word essay on the dangers of drunk driving and the impact it can have on a student and …

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Incarceration Affects the Children

August 19, 2016 Criminal Defense

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Think of the children.  Incarceration affects children. Our decisions as human beings impact the ones we love, particularly our children. When someone is arrested, many people outside of that individual are affected, whether the arrest or incarceration occurs locally in Leon County, Tallahassee, Florida or Nationally. Regardless of the charge, whether it is for DUI, DUI Manslaughter, Domestic Violence, drug crimes, or any other …

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