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4 Myths About Florida Criminal Charges

The general knowledge that people have about criminal law tends to come from popular television shows and movies. While the information is excellent for the big screen, it gives viewers myths about criminal law, and when someone is being convicted of a crime, these myths can be kinks in their criminal law case.  Misconceptions about …

Can I Face Both State and Federal Charges for the Same Crime?

In the U.S., each state is a separate sovereign entity with its own constitution, laws, governments, and courts. This allows each state the power to make laws as long as the laws do not go against federal law. When someone is charged with a crime at the state level, they can also be charged with …

Are Drug Dog Sniff Searches a Violation of the Fourth Amendment?

Drug dog sniff searches are one of the common tactics employed by law enforcement officers to detect contraband. Unless the situation warrants an emergency search, officers must have probable cause to instigate such a measure. After all, doing so without cause may violate an individual’s Fourth Amendment rights.  One of the ways to mitigate the …

Halloween Restrictions for Sex Offenders in Florida

Halloween restrictions for sex offenders in Florida depend on the details of the offense(s) they were convicted of, sentencing guidelines, and probation or parole requirements. Given the significant punishment that accompanies crimes requiring sex offender registration, Halloween restrictions tend to be stringent.  Registered sex offenders who are unsure of Florida Halloween restrictions or have unwittingly …

Newlywed Chris Coffey Dies After Hit-and-Run in Florida

Chris Coffey and his wife married on September 11, 2021. The couple had been together for ten years. On Sunday, September 12, they were on their way to celebrate their honeymoon when their truck was hit by a white Dodge Charger merging onto Interstate 95. Florida Highway Portal reported that the newlywed’s truck, when struck, …

Can I Legally Carry a Taser in Florida?

In Florida, you aren’t required to have a license to buy or carry a stun gun or taser as long as it’s being used for self-defense. However, other scenarios in which these devices may be used have certain restrictions. If you own a stun gun or taser, it’s essential to educate yourself on the various …

Can Florida Toll Violations Lead To a Suspended License?

The state of Florida is home to many toll roads. Most people probably can remember the days of pulling up to the toll booth and counting their bills and coins to pay the toll. Today, technology makes the process of paying a toll much simpler. SunPass is a device that you can purchase and attach …

What Should You Do After Being Hurt on an Electric Scooter in Orlando?

Electric scooters have popped up in cities and on campuses all across the Sunshine State in recent years. Not only are electric scooters an excellent way for Florida’s tourists to go from one attraction to the next, but they are also a great way for citizens to travel in a more eco-friendly way from one …

5 Most Common Auto Accidents in Florida

Whether you are a new driver or have thousands of miles under your belt, driving always carries a great deal of risk. In Florida, hundreds of auto accidents occur every day, and hundreds of thousands occur every year. Unfortunately, these accidents often cause injuries, such as broken bones, black eyes, concussions, paralysis, and even death. …

3 Tips for Staying Out of Trouble This Halloween

Halloween is a night of tricks, treats, and no shortage of mischief. While Halloween may seem like a night of fun and harmless games, things can take a turn for the worst and end up getting you in trouble if you are not careful.  The Umansky Law Firm is an award-winning criminal defense law firm …

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