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Month: January 2020

Florida is Decriminalizing Weed City By City. Is Legalization Next?

According to the ACLU, more than half of all drug arrests in 2010 were for marijuana. There are many reasons to decriminalize weed, not least of which is reducing the number of people who get incarcerated for nonviolent offenses. The criminalization of marijuana causes many people to lose their jobs and benefits, and negatively impacts …

Man Arrested at Orlando Airport for Cocaine in His Shoes

The arrest of a man at Orlando International Airport after a search of his shoes provided a stark reminder of the risks of attempting to bring any illegal drugs to an airport. The 25-year old was flying from Sangster International Airport in Jamaica to Orlando and made it to the Customs and Border Patrol Checkpoint, …

Woman Arrested For DUI After Crashing into an Orlando Bus

Six people ended up in the hospital and a woman was booked into the Orange County Jail on DUI charges after a crash involving her vehicle and a Lynx bus filled with passengers. Orlando police say the woman, a 22-year-old from Daytona Beach, was driving without her headlights on and failed to stop at an intersection …

How to Reduce DUI Stress by Understanding the Justice System

Being arrested for drunk driving is a one-of-a-kind experience that 1.5 million drivers go through each year. There are many types of alcohol offenses, but generally, suspects endure the immediate psychological effects of an arrest similarly. Most people facing a DUI charge often feel significant emotional stress as they worry about what their families and …

How to Identify Whether You Have a Nursing Home Abuse Case

As people age and need more care, they become more susceptible to abuse by those in charge of their care. Reports of abuse at a nursing home or assisted living facilities are, unfortunately, all too common. As individuals become weak as they age, they lose the ability to defend themselves from bullying behaviors and can …

What Happens If My Child is Arrested at School for Making Threats?

School gun violence has been a serious topic for the last couple of years. Since the Parkland school shooting that occurred on February 14, 2018, schools and law enforcement have enacted much stricter policies for teens and preteens who make threats in school or about the school via social media.  The first school massacre in …

Florida Takes the Lead in Number of Fraud Complaints

For years, the state of Florida has been undefeated as the nation’s top state for fraud. In 2018, the Federal Trade Commission recorded 3 million consumer complaints. The state took the lead for fraud and fourth place for identity theft. Of 1.4 million frauds reported to the FTC that year, 210,174 Florida consumers made complaints …

What If I Get Caught Holding a Cellphone While Driving in a School Zone?

Last year, Florida passed a bill that allows law enforcement to pull you over for texting while driving. For years it’s been illegal to text while driving in Florida. Still, it wasn’t made a primary offense until recently, which means that, up until this year, a police officer couldn’t pull you over and issue a …

Florida Lawmakers Want to End Statute of Limitations for Sexual Assault

Sexual assault and battery are among the many sex crimes that traumatize victims for years following the offense. Yet in Florida, survivors who don’t report their assault or battery within 72 hours face a statute of limitations that restricts the amount of time they have to seek justice. A victim who is 16 years old …

Does Florida Law View Breaking and Entering the Same as Burglary?

In Florida, anyone who commits the crime of breaking and entering will be charged with burglary. The terms are one and the same, according to the Florida legislature. Burglary is a felony offense in Florida, and in every state, having a felony on your permanent record can have lifelong consequences.  Convicted felons don’t have the …

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