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March 2015 Archives

Will this be the year lawmakers finally repeal the cohabitation law?

If you were to parse through the Florida statutes, there's a very good chance you would find not only arcane laws, but also laws drafted and passed many years ago. While many of these old laws still have valid applications in 2015, others could kindly be described as being more than a bit outdated.

Understanding more about the Baker Act -- II

Last week, our blog started discussing how there are certain situations in which state officials can legally hold you against your will in the absence of some sort of alleged criminal activity. Specifically, we started discussing proceedings held under Chapter 394 of the Florida Statutes, or the Florida Mental Health Act and the Baker Act.

What are the Penalties for Traveling to Meet a Minor in Florida?

Travelling to meet a minor is a serious criminal offense that is not taken lightly in the State of Florida. The penalties are stiff and the prosecution shows no mercy for crimes that involve children. To help answer the questions that are asked after an arrest, we have outlined the details of the "travelling to meet a minor" charge, it's penalties and the possible defense strategies that an attorney may use.

A Recap of This Year's Most Ridiculous St. Patrick's Day Arrests

st-patricks-day-parade.jpgIt's the day after St. Patrick's Day and most people are still in recovery from a late night of Irish festivities and probably way too much green beer. Law enforcement is also taking a break after trying to maintain the peace these last several days, responding to all types of calls, from helping people passed out in the street to breaking up fights at the nearby McDonalds. Here is a recap of the most bizarre St. Patrick's Day police encounters of 2015.

Bill increasing availability of overdose antidote advances

When it comes to the issue of illegal narcotics, the unfortunate reality is that state lawmakers have historically been more concerned with punishment than with alternatives to punishment. This is unfortunate given that a great number of people facing drug crime charges would likely have benefited more from treatment and supervised probation than they would from spending time behind bars.

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