Spring break

Risky Behavior during Florida Spring Break

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The tradition of college students celebrating spring break dates back to the early 1930s. By the late 1950s, college students everywhere were heading south in droves, with Florida being the most popular destination. However, the sun, warm weather, sandy beaches, and the party scene are risky combinations that escalate Florida... Read More
homeless

Court slams Ocala’s ‘Open Lodging’ ordinance

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The City of Ocala can no longer arrest or cite homeless people for simply sleeping outside without first checking on the availability of emergency shelter beds, according to a U.S. District Court ruling issued on Monday. Read more here. Read More
juvenile crimes

Juvenile Crimes have Serious Consequences

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Children and minors frequently make mistakes, often exhibiting impulsivity and errors in judgment. When minors violate the law, the Florida juvenile justice system focuses on rehabilitation rather than punishment. It is sometimes less formal than the adult criminal system. Penalties for juvenile crimes are usually less severe than adult crime penalties,... Read More
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Wrongful Conviction in Florida

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Prevention of Wrongful Convictions    Criminal defense attorneys play a vital role in preserving the integrity of our criminal justice system. But due to many factors, wrongful convictions incarcerate many innocent people in jails and prisons across the country. Those affected often have their lives destroyed as they lose careers... Read More
Marijuana possession

Will Florida Decriminalize Marijuana Possession?

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   On December 8, 2020, Senator Randolph Bracy announced a bill to decriminalize marijuana possession and distribution, to be introduced to Florida lawmakers during the 2021 legislative session. If passed, this bill will exclude the possession and distribution of fewer than 20 grams of marijuana as a crime in Florida.... Read More
violent assembly

Proposed Legislation for Violent or Disorderly Assembly

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Note: This article mentions proposed legislation, and is subject to change.   The death of George Floyd in May of this year in the state of Minnesota rocked the nation. It sparked violent protests, calling for equality and police reform. Cities around the country have tried variable approaches to deal with... Read More
Digital threats

Criminal Defense for Threats of Bodily Harm Using Electronic Technology

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   Digital messages such as social media posts, texts, and e-mails have taken center stage as the way our society communicates. However, what starts as a comment or post, especially during tumultuous political times, can quickly become a debate or a heated argument. Digital messages are prone to misinterpretation, as... Read More
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Electronic Devices and Fourth Amendment Rights

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    The Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution was designed to safeguard American citizens from unreasonable searches and seizures. It ensures the right to privacy and security from government intrusion. However, there is a controversy regarding technological tools in this digital age and our citizens' rights in criminal and civil... Read More
Student Hazing Crimes

Criminal Defense for Misdemeanor and Felony Hazing Crimes

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As the new school year approaches, there are concerns about acts of violence on high school and college campuses in the form of hazing. The act of hazing is perpetuated as a cultural norm, despite anti-hazing laws. In Florida, hazing is a public health issue and a criminal offense with... Read More
Firearms Convictions

The Consequences of Firearm Convictions

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Firearm and ammunition sales soared in March of 2020 due to COVID-19 and fears of an economic downfall that could escalate crime. Following the death of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, and the subsequent social unrest regarding alleged police brutality, the sale of firearms and ammunition spiked. People exercising... Read More