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Month: March 2018

First-Time DUI Offenders Can Waive Formal Review Hearings

Those who have their license suspended following a DUI arrest in Orlando are no longer required to request a formal review hearing. New legislation allows DUI offenders to waive the formal review hearing and apply immediately for a hardship license. Those who face first-time DUI charges and meet certain standards can receive a hardship license …

New Law Proposal Would Give Judges More Discretion in Sentencing

The Florida Legislature is considering a bill brought forth by Senator Jeff Brandes of St. Petersburg which seeks to provide judges more discretion when issuing a sentence for drug trafficking. As of today, anyone caught trafficking drugs in Florida faces a minimum sentence of three years imprisonment. Whether the defendant is a regular trafficker or …

Escambia County Leads the Nation in Charging Juveniles as Adults

More kids in Florida wind up in adult prisons than in any other state. That’s because in Florida, more kids are prosecuted as adults for felony crimes. Within the state, one county stands out in particular for sending the highest proportion of juveniles to the adult court system: Escambia County in the Florida panhandle. From …

Falsely Accused Massage Therapist Found Innocent

Over 180 women who had visited Massage Envy spas across the country filed sexual assault complaints with Massage Envy that the mega-brand has failed to resolve since November of 2017. While many of the victims’ claims have merit, certified massage therapists everywhere run the risk of being falsely accused of sexual misconduct while on the …

Florida’s New “Move Over” Law

Most of us are aware of Florida’s “move over” law. The law that was originally conceived to keep law enforcement officers and emergency responders safe on the sides of Florida’s highways requires motorists to vacate the lane closest to emergency vehicles. If it’s not safe to move over, or it’s a two-lane roadway, motorists must …

Osceola County Recalls More Than 1,500 Probation Violation Warrants

The Osceola County Clerk of Court has recalled and quashed over 1,500 outstanding active probation violation warrants according to an administrative order authorized by Judge Frederick J. Lauten on September 18, 2017. The order, which went into effect immediately, includes warrants issued between January 1, 1985, and December 31, 2007.

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