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Whether you're going out with co-workers after a long day, meeting a friend for dinner or attending any sort of social gathering, there is a very good chance that alcohol will be consumed at some point during the course of the evening.

While there is certainly nothing wrong with having some wine, cocktails or beer over the course of the evening, it's important to drink in moderation, particularly if you plan on driving.

Examining your privacy rights as they relate to your smartphone - II

In our last post, we discussed how the Supreme Court of the United States handed down a historic decision this past summer in Riley v. California, a case examining the extent to which the Fourth Amendment protects our cell phones against unreasonable searches by law enforcement officials.

To recap, the court ruled unanimously that law enforcement must secure a warrant before searching a suspect's phone or other electronic devices. In today's post, we'll continue to examine this important topic, looking at some of the practical implications of Riley.

Examining your privacy rights as they relate to your smartphone

If you ever take a moment to look around you at work, at the store, on the bus or even in your own home, chances are very good that you'll observe the characteristic posture of the smartphone user: head down, one hand held up, and the other hand busy scrolling or typing away.

Indeed, smartphones have become so ubiquitous and such a part of our lives that it's hard to imagine going more than a day without one in your pocket. Consider that statistics show that they roughly nine out of ten adults here in the U.S. own cellphones and that over half of these are smartphones. 

Will this be the year lawmakers finally repeal the cohabitation law?

If you were to parse through the Florida statutes, there's a very good chance you would find not only arcane laws, but also laws drafted and passed many years ago. While many of these old laws still have valid applications in 2015, others could kindly be described as being more than a bit outdated.

For instance, consider Florida's law banning cohabitation. Drafted back in 1868, the law expressly prohibits unmarried men and women from living together, making it a second-degree misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $500 and/or 60 days in jail.

Understanding more about the Baker Act -- II

Last week, our blog started discussing how there are certain situations in which state officials can legally hold you against your will in the absence of some sort of alleged criminal activity. Specifically, we started discussing proceedings held under Chapter 394 of the Florida Statutes, or the Florida Mental Health Act and the Baker Act.

In today's post, we'll continue this discussion, focusing on how involuntary Baker Act proceedings are initiated.

What are the Penalties for Traveling to Meet a Minor in Florida?

Travelling to meet a minor is a serious criminal offense that is not taken lightly in the State of Florida. The penalties are stiff and the prosecution shows no mercy for crimes that involve children. To help answer the questions that are asked after an arrest, we have outlined the details of the "travelling to meet a minor" charge, it's penalties and the possible defense strategies that an attorney may use.

A Recap of This Year's Most Ridiculous St. Patrick's Day Arrests

st-patricks-day-parade.jpgIt's the day after St. Patrick's Day and most people are still in recovery from a late night of Irish festivities and probably way too much green beer. Law enforcement is also taking a break after trying to maintain the peace these last several days, responding to all types of calls, from helping people passed out in the street to breaking up fights at the nearby McDonalds. Here is a recap of the most bizarre St. Patrick's Day police encounters of 2015.

Understanding more about the Baker Act

The idea that you could possibly be detained by state officials against your will in the absence of some sort of alleged criminal activity probably seems like an impossible proposition to many people.

While this is by no means an incorrect assumption, it's important to understand that there are certain exceptions under state law that are both constitutional and exercised quite frequently by law enforcement officials. By way of illustration, consider proceedings held under Chapter 394 of the Florida Statutes, otherwise known as the Florida Mental Health Act and the Baker Act.

Bill increasing availability of overdose antidote advances

When it comes to the issue of illegal narcotics, the unfortunate reality is that state lawmakers have historically been more concerned with punishment than with alternatives to punishment. This is unfortunate given that a great number of people facing drug crime charges would likely have benefited more from treatment and supervised probation than they would from spending time behind bars.

Fortunately, it appears as if this paradigm is perhaps starting to shift, meaning state lawmakers are perhaps finally starting to recognize that public health considerations also play a significant role in combating illegal narcotics.

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