Today marks the 14th anniversary of the
worst day in my lifetime. I'll always
remember exactly where I was when I
first heard about the terrible attacks
taking place around our great country.
This day touched the lives of every
American, regardless of color, creed,
age, ethnicity, class, etc. Many of us
lost loved ones on that fateful day,
and while I can say that I have not, today does always make me think about two of my cousins...
In 1994. to combat a rash of gang
related violent cases, California
instituted the 3 Strikes Law. In a nut
shell that law made your second
felony a sentence of double the
maximum and your third felony was
25 to life. While the State of Florida
does have several similar punishments
for multible time felons, this post is
going to focus on the crimes themselves that become more serious when committed multiple times. Usually...
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It is that time of year where pranksters
pull out their tricks while costumed
children scramble for treats. Thinking
about showing your devilish side this
Halloween? You may opt for candy
over criminal records after you check
out some of the consequences for
seemingly harmless pranks.
Criminal Mischief charges abound during Halloween night. Egged houses, crushed mailboxes, toilet...
October 27, 2015
How to Keep Your Stuff Safe This Holiday Season
Beaches, booze, babes, and bail?
Every year, thousands of high
school and college students head
to Central Florida beaches, theme
parks, and the warm weather for a
good time. Every year, thousands of
those students also end up partying
with the police in the county jail.
Here is an insight into common Florida criminal laws that could sour your Spring Break.
May 16, 2016
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Juvenile Sealing and Expungment
It's important to remember that it's up
the Prosecutor in Orange, Seminole,
Brevard, Sumter, Volusia, or Lake county
to determine what to charge you with if
anything. That means the depending on
the attorney assigned to your case, you
can be charged with a number of felonies
or nothing at all.
Many times a defense attorney can get in contact with the prosecutor making this decision and explain to them why to file your case as just a misdemeanor or not file it at all...
a failure to appear. I wanted to take this time to discuss
victim's rights in Florida. For the exact statute on...
I don't know if this happens to you,
but every now and then I come across a
news story that is so crazy, that I can't
stop thinking about it. For me, this is
the most recent example of that.
This story got me thinking about crime
and the holidays, especially thefts. It's
easy to see why the number of theft
cases skyrocket towards the end of the
year: people are looking for gifts, other people have purchased a bunch of gifts, and many people are...
The lights turns yellow, you look at how
far you have to go to get through the
intersection...you take a chance, and
just a split second before you get into
the intersection, the light goes red.
A red light camera flashes, and a few
weeks later you get a letter in the
mail demanding you pay $158. While
this may seem like a simple situation, nothing could be further from the truth...
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As technology has improved, our ability
to self-evaluate has become easier and
more convenient than ever. This is
particularly important as laws and
legislation have become stricter about
things like BAC. BAC or Blood Alcohol
Content is the amount of alcohol in your
November 30, 2016
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BACK TO SCHOOL
It is (almost) every parent's favorite time of year: Back to School!
While parents are adjusting to new schedules, activities, homework, and the millions of papers they have to to sign, most parents forget to review information that could potentially keep their children (and themselves) out of the principal's office. Here are a few things that you should review with your child at the beginning of this school year to make it smooth and easy.
Sept. 11th The Day That Changed Everything
The idea for this post started when I first read this article:
In it, the victim of a domestic violence attack fails to show up for court after she was subpoena'd and is thrown in jail for
As we last visited the topic, the two options for adults/juveniles are expunging or sealing the records relating to a criminal case. Expunging the case is essentially destroying the record in its entirety, while Sealing is making the files not viewable except for handful of exceptions that we
Furlough: Maintaining Your Life While Incarcerated
Juvenile Civil Citations
Victim's Rights & Direct Contempt
March 2, 2016
There are many aspects of life that cannot be controlled when someone is sentenced to a period of confinement. The question then becomes, “How does an inmate cope with the unique problems of being segregated from their community, their family, and the workforce?”
October 26, 2016
Sealing & Expunction: When the Past Doesn’t Haunt you!
This isn't an April Fools Joke, Silly Florida Laws
March 23, 2016
The Importance of Calculating your BAC...
Spring Break: Bash or Bust?
Red Lights Cameras: When Red Means Green
Heather M. Trick
April 1, 2016
A child being arrested can create a nightmare scenario for parents. Nobody wants to get a phone call from local law enforcement informing them that their child is in custody. The ramifications that follow a juvenile arrest can be costly. Expulsion from their school, loss of scholarship and job opportunities, criminal records, and much more.
Should a child who commits a minor offense have to carry a burden the rest of their life?
Spring is finally ending and the Summer fun is about to start. You may be trading your school books for swim trunks and beach towels, but in the not so distant future school applications are waiting to be submitted, summer jobs are applied to, and internships are waiting. For those youths who have a colorful history with the law, it will be harder to reap the benefits from these opportunities....
September 11, 2015
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In Florida, cyberstalking means using electronic means, directed at a specific person, to repeatedly harass or threaten somebody with no legitimate purpose and causing emotional distress. (Florida Statute 748.048)
Communications that have a purpose are protected. For example, courts in Florida have found that where people repeatedly called, emailed, and texted the alleged victim to get payment...
t's a bird! No, it's a plane! No, it's just that time of year when people of all ages get to dress up, as their favorite crime stopping super heroes. While putting on the latex masks, cowls, and capes may give you an overwhelming need to stop crime in your neighborhood, to put villains in their place, and to restore justice to your fellow citizens; you should know their are limits.
August 24, 2017
Upgradable Offenses: 3 Strikes & You're Out
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Florida is the topic of many jokes. If
the news story involves throwing
reptiles, wacky drugs, election
mistakes, alligators riding ATVs, or odd
celebrity lawsuits, it definitely happened
in Florida. FloridaMan is even a hastag
on twitter. So, for this day of Fools in
April, check out some of the wacky,
weird, and just plain head-scratching
laws that only the state of Florida would pass.