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Month: September 2020

Florida Constitutional Amendments that You Can Vote on in 2020

On November 3, Florida voters have a chance to dramatically change state laws. While there aren’t as many issues on the ballot as there were in 2018, there are still six constitutional amendments that Florida residents will vote on in November. The amendments on the ballot involve raising the minimum wage, changing the way elections …

Florida Governor Seeks Tough Penalties for Protestors

In response to the killings of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and many others, there has been a series of nationwide protests. Specifically, Seattle, Portland, and Minneapolis have housed some of the longest, most charged demonstrations. While the large majority of protests—93 percent—have remained peaceful, some protests have resulted in violence, looting, and ultimately, …

If I Get Arrested in Florida But Live in Another State, What Happens to Me?

Florida is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country, with visitors traveling far and wide to stick their toes in the sand, enjoy dynamic nightlife, and get a dose of magic at one of the state’s many theme parks. However, it’s not uncommon for vacationers to find themselves on the wrong side …

5 Safety Tips for Driving at Night in Florida

Whether you’re contending with drunk drivers, fatigue, or poor visibility, driving at night can be challenging for any motorist. That’s perhaps why more than 40 percent of all fatal car accidents occur at night, despite there being 60 percent less traffic on the roads. Darkness can compromise your peripheral vision and impair your depth perception. …

How Long Do You Have to File a Car Accident Report in Florida?

If you’re in a car accident, you usually call the police, and they take care of documentation and filing of the report. However, on some occasions, you don’t have to make that phone call and can file afterward. This latter option has many drivers wondering how long the state of Florida allows for self-reporting of …

When Am I Entitled to a Public Defender in Florida?

The Sixth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution is a guarantee for those accused of crimes to have representation throughout their criminal case. This is a key principle within the justice system of the United States, and Florida has a system of public defenders for those who cannot afford a private attorney to counsel them.  Florida …

What is the Justice in Policing Act 2020?

In response to the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and many more Black Americans who have been subjected to police misconduct, Congressional Democrats have unveiled the Justice in Policing Act. The bill proposes a series of police reforms, including banning the use of chokeholds, defining lynching as a federal hate crime, and renouncing qualified …

What is Unsupervised Probation and How Do You Get it?

When you are charged with a criminal offense, you might receive court-ordered probation instead of jail time. Although probation is preferable to a jail sentence, it still requires probationers to follow specific rules and restrictions. Most people facing criminal charges hope to get unsupervised probation. Out of the various forms of probation, it has the …

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