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Category: Criminal Defense in Florida

Does Florida Need Prison Reform Legislation?

Last January, Florida lawmakers got a warning that the state’s prison system was facing a crisis. Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Mark Inch said the system was suffering from low salaries and mandatory 12-hour shifts, while gang violence and poor working conditions were exacerbating these problems. That was still a month before the coronavirus pandemic …

Price Gouging During Coronavirus a Possible Felony

Since the coronavirus swept through the U.S., hand sanitizer, masks, cleaning, and paper products have vanished from retailers’ shelves nationwide. In the wake of this crisis, entrepreneurs have jumped at the opportunity to grab as many of these highly sought-after products to sell them online at absurdly high prices. With an increasing number of entrepreneurs …

Hey Google, Can Police Access My Smartspeaker Voice Recordings?

It’s understandable to assume that if you’re alone in your home or outdoors with no one else around, calls made on your smartphone are totally private. In some cases, you would be wrong.  Voice Assistant-powered smart speakers are listening in on your calls, as well as eavesdropping on your daily activities. For those who presume voice …

Common Criminal Defense Cases in Orlando

Following behind Miami and Tampa-St. Petersburg, Orlando is the third-largest metro area in Florida. With a population of more than one million, it’s no surprise that metro Orlando sees its share of crime. Thousands of criminal cases are tried each month in The City Beautiful. According to the most recent Statistical Reference report from the …

How to Make a Good Impression in the Courtroom

Making a good impression in court isn’t the same thing as making a good impression during a job interview or when meeting a landlord about renting an apartment. Criminal charges will have serious lasting impressions on your future, so the stakes are much higher. Going out of your way to demonstrate to the judge and …

Police Confiscate Thousands of Guns Under Florida’s Red Flag Law

In February 2018, a tragic and deadly shooting occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida when a 19-year old stole the lives of 17 students and faculty members. After this tragedy, communities across the state made their voices heard demanding reformation of Florida’s gun control laws. That’s when Florida enacted its red …

Appeals Court Rules Felons Can’t Be Barred From Voting Over Fines

It’s been estimated that more than 1.4 million Florida residents are ineligible to vote because of past felony convictions. For more than a century, Florida law denied that right to anyone convicted of a felony offense. And even though Florida voters decided to lift that restriction, it’s not all clear if those residents will be …

Can Police Search My Car Without a Warrant in Florida?

Police are allowed to pull over motorists for a wide variety of traffic infractions, from broken tail lights to distracted driving to having an expired registration, so long as they have reasonable suspicion that a driver broke the law. Whatever the reason may be, being pulled over by a police officer can become an even …

Can I Change the Judge in My Criminal Case?

The judge presiding over your case holds a lot of power. Their determination dictates whether you win or lose your case and, many times, will influence the next couple of years of your life. Even if it’s a trial by jury, the judge has the authority to grant or deny what evidence is permissible when …

3 Things to Know Before Visiting a Florida Inmate

If you have a friend or a loved one in a Florida correctional facility, you might have some questions about what it’s like going to visit them. Visiting a correctional facility isn’t something most people do very often, so it might feel a bit intimidating. But taking the time to visit that friend or loved …

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