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14 Arrested in Lake County Online Sex Sting

lake county online sex sting.JPGThe Lake County Sheriff's Office has arrested 14 people as a result of a recent sex sting. The weeklong operation involved detectives posing as children, between the ages of 13 and 15, online. Acting as potential prey, detectives arranged to meet with the suspects in the Golden Triangle area with the intention of having sex.

8 Social Media Posts That Landed People in Jail

1. I'm so hidden right now

Christopher Wallace had been evading law enforcement for several weeks after stealing a stove from a campsite in Maine. The police had no solid leads, until one Sunday night when they received a tip from someone who stated that Chris recently posted on Snapchat and announced he was back at his Fairfield home.

Supreme Court Rules Sex Offenders Allowed to Use Social Media

Sex-Offender Social Media Ban Thrown Out by Supreme Court

On Monday, the Supreme Court overturned a North Carolina Law that restricted use of social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. The Justices argued that social media has become one of the most important sources of information in our society and restricting access to these sites, even to convicted criminals, would be a violation of first amendment rights. 

We Won Yelp's 2017 "People Love Us On Yelp" Award

We are pleased to announce that Yelp has awarded us with the 2017 "People Love Us On Yelp" Award. This honor is designated for businesses that have consistently provided clients with a great customer service experience based on their history and rating on Yelp. This badge of recognition cannot be requested or purchased, it must be earned through hard work and dedication to clients.

Governor Scott Approves Changes to 'Stand Your Ground' law

Florida Stand Your Ground Law.jpgLast week, Gov. Rick Scott approved a measure that expands protections for self-defense homicide cases under the state's "Stand Your Ground" law. Senate Bill 128, which shifts the burden of proof from the defendant to the prosecution, was affirmed by an overwhelming majority of the House in April and a vote of 22-14 in the Senate last month.

We Made the SuperLawyers List!

2017 SuperLawyers William Umansky and Zahra Umansky.pngThe Staff of The Umansky Law Firm would like to congratulate Partners, William Umansky, Esq. and Zahra Umansky, Esq. on being selected to the Super Lawyers 2017 list! This will be the 4th consecutive year that William achieved this prestigious honor and the 3rd consecutive year for partner Zahra Umansky.

Florida Criminal Record Sealing Bill is Not What It Seems

When you are arrested in Florida, the details of your arrest become a matter of public record almost instantly. Innocent or guilty, your arrest information and mugshot become publicly available through law enforcement websites, online court records, mugshot publishers, your local news station, and more. In today's age of technology, your reputation can be ruined in less than 24 hours by friends, co-workers, or even enemies who may share your mugshot or arrest details on social media or within their own gossip circles.

Florida Likely to Become First State to Shift Stand Your Ground Immunity to Prosecutors

stand your ground florida.jpgOn March 15, 2017, the Florida Senate passed a Stand Your Ground bill (SB 128) that will effectively make it easier for defendants to be protected under the law. The bill then made its way to the House on April 4, 2017, where they amended the law so that a case must be proven with "clear and convincing evidence," rather than "beyond a reasonable doubt." This change not only lowers the burden of proof but also shifts the responsibility of proving the case from the defendant to the prosecutor. 

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