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Month: January 2016

Understanding more about the theft of trade secrets under state law

From scientific data, marketing information and customer lists to business codes, technical blueprints and recipes, there is a host of business information that could properly be classified as “trade secrets.” Indeed, it’s safe to say that businesses assign a great value to this information, so much so that many have their employers execute non-disclosure agreements …

Are Florida’s DUI laws set to become even tougher?

According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the number of arrests for driving under the influence here in Florida have declined dramatically in recent years. Indeed, the group determined that the number of DUI arrests in the Sunshine State has plummeted from a record high of 60,574 reached back in 2002 to 40,677 in 2014. While …

Florida man accused of flakka importation avoids conviction

With the manufacture and distribution of synthetic drugs spanning state lines and even continents, law enforcement is often hard-pressed to keep track of the different kinds of drugs being sold. In recent years, however, various synthetic cannabinoids, synthetic cathinones (commonly called bath salts) and products sold as Molly have been made illegal on the state …

What does it mean to be charged with criminal mischief? – II

Last week, our blog began exploring how those accused of engaging in conduct that we would generally classify as vandalism — keying a vehicle, placing graffiti, egging a house, etc. — can face charges for criminal mischief. To recap, Florida law defines criminal mischief as “willfully and maliciously injur[ing] or damag[ing] by any means any …

Florida Death Penalty Found Unconstitutional: What Happens Next?

The Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down Florida’s death-penalty practice, concluding that Florida’s current system, in which the jury’s recommendation is combined with the final decision of the judge, violates the Constitution’s Sixth Amendment. In an 8-1 determination, the court overturned several previous opinions that had upheld the system. Now, Florida’s death penalty scheme is …

Florida Death Penalty Found Unconstitutional: What Now?

The Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down Florida’s death-penalty practice, concluding that Florida’s current system, in which the jury’s recommendation is combined with the final decision of the judge, violates the Constitution’s Sixth Amendment. In an 8-1 determination, the court overturned several previous opinions that had upheld the system. Now, Florida’s death penalty scheme is …

What does it mean to be charged with criminal mischief?

Anyone whose vehicle has been keyed, home has been egged, fence has been ruined by graffiti or property has been vandalized in some other way knows all too well just how maddening, frustrating and costly the experience can prove to be. In recognition of this reality and the need for a suitable deterrent, the state …

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