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Month: July 2020

What to Know About Getting Arrested for Breaking Curfew Orders

As protests persist and COVID-19 rapidly spreads, local officials have issued many cities and counties to follow strict curfews and stay-at-home orders. The curfews and orders are used as a tool to address public safety, yet more and more people continue to stay out past enforced curfews, leading to multiple arrests and other charges that …

Orange County Executive Order Requires Use of Face Masks

With over 14,407 COVID-19 cases recorded in Orange County since March 1st, the State of Florida has emerged as the new epicenter for the coronavirus, reaching nearly 360,000 cases state wide. To control the spread of the virus, counties all throughout the state are considering enforcing the use of face masks as cases continue to …

Can Police Access Your Virtual Assistant During a Criminal Investigation?

Nearly 69% of households in the United States have at least one type of smart home device, including high-tech equipment such as video surveillance, wireless speakers, video doorbells, and smart thermostats. For smart speakers that act as virtual assistants like the Amazon Echo and Google Home, the U.S. market size has reached 50 million and …

Orlando Police Dept. Bans Chokeholds, No-Knock Warrants

The murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and many other African Americans through the negligent agency of law enforcement sparked an uproar in the United States. Congress, states, and some local law enforcement agencies are working intuitively in implementing extensive reforms such as bans on chokeholds and no-knock warrants.  The Orlando Police Department is one …

How Serious is a Cocaine Possession Charge in Florida?

Both the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) and Florida Statute 893 consider cocaine to be a substance that has a high potential for abuse or dependence. There has been a 57.1 percent increase in cocaine-related deaths between 2015 and 2016 in Florida. Cocaine use has steadily grown because of its short-term stimulating euphoric physiological effects; however, …

How Tourists Affect Florida’s High Car Crash Rate

It’s without a doubt that Florida is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the world. With various attractions in Orlando like Disney and Universal Studios, to the breathtaking beaches along Florida’s coastline, millions of people book their travels to soak up some Florida sun and fun each year. However, one of the obstacles …

Is It Legal to Record Police Officers in Florida? 

Videos of police officers being recorded have circled the internet recently via platforms such as Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, TikTok, and Instagram. Some videos show officers abusing their power, while others simply show interactions between civilians and officers. In each of these cases, it is common to see an officer confronting a law-abiding citizen to shut …

What to Do When You Have an Outstanding Arrest Warrant

It’s inevitable for you to feel panicked if you hear that the cops are looking for you, especially if there’s a warrant out for your arrest. When a judge issues an arrest warrant, they authorize law enforcement to arrest you and bring you to court based on probable cause that you were involved in a …

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