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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many of these old laws still have valid applications in 2015, others could kindly be described as being more than a bit outdated.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.

How much are the fines for a drunk driving conviction in Florida?

Drunk driving is a punishable criminal offense in Florida. Here in Orlando, some readers may have experienced getting arrested for such an offense. These people can certainly relate to the fact that being charged with drunk driving is not an easy thing to cope with. If they are students, their educational and employment opportunities will be jeopardized; if they work for a company, they may suffer from financial difficulties if they get incarcerated for the offense. A drunk driving conviction can lead to numerous penalties including fines.

First offenders who had a blood alcohol content level of 0.15 percent or higher can face fines between $500 and $1,000, but not more than $2,000. Subsequent convictions with a BAC concentration of 0.15 percent can lead to fines between $2,000 and $4,000. Third drunk driving conviction, no more than 10 years from prior conviction and a BAC of 0.15 percent, can result in fines of $4,000. Subsequent conviction can lead to fines not less than $2,000.

Penalties for abusing prescription drugs in Florida

Because of the addictive effects of some drugs, they are strictly prohibited in all states, including Florida. Individuals need to understand that each drug is viewed and treated differently in court and the severity of drug charges depends on the kind of drug and amount confiscated. Some drug charges fall into a misdemeanor category while others are felony or federal offenses. In this blog post, readers will learn more about prescription drugs and how possession of prescription drugs may lead to a drug charge.

Prescription drugs, as the name implies, refer to drugs that are prescribed by doctors to specific individuals with serious medical conditions. Some of the most common prescription drugs are morphine, oxycodone and hydrocodone. These drugs can become addictive and be abused by users, which is why they are prescribed in small amounts.

What is prostitution?

Sex crimes are subdivided into numerous categories, including prostitution. Here in Florida, readers are familiar with the term prostitution since it refers to people hired to engage in sexual activities. Readers need to understand that prostitution is a serious offense. To better understand prostitution, it is important to read and understand all of the Florida Statutes regarding prostitution.

Generally, prostitution is defined as a sexual activity between two persons, using money as a medium. A person can be charged with prostitution by providing a venue for any alleged sexual activity. The person can also be charged with prostitution through solicitation or through direct involvement. The person who buys the service of a prostitute can also be charged with this offense.

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