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JUNE  23 2017
DUI Manslaughter Conviction Lands Florida Man in Prison for 30 Years
DUI Manslaughter Conviction Lands Florida Man in Prison for 30 Years
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It was more than a year ago when Terry Dinkins, a 66-year-old Florida resident, got into his vehicle after having “a lot to drink,” as he later admitted to officials. Reports would show he had been driving with a blood-alcohol content level of 0.20, more than twice the legal limit.

 

Driving the wrong way on State Road 435, Dinkins crashed his Lexus convertible into an oncoming Nissan Altima. The crash killed the Altima’s driver and passenger, Brandi Cole and Silvia Barajas.

 

Last month, Dinkins was convicted of DUI manslaughter and sentenced to 30 years in prison. …

JUNE  16 2017
Differences between Federal and State Charges in Florida
Differences between Federal and State Charges in Florida

 

 

There are many things that are illegal: theft, drugs, assault, murder, rape, drinking and driving, domestic violence, fraud. The list goes on and on. If you were to commit or be accused of committing one of these crimes, you could be arrested and criminally charged.

 

If you are accused of violating a Florida law, you will be charged with a state crime and prosecuted by the State of Florida. However, depending on specific details of the accusation, you may be charged with violating federal law as well, which could mean you could be charged with a federal …

JUNE  9 2017
Former UF Player Takes Girlfriend’s Cellphone, Charged with Theft
Former UF Player Takes Girlfriend’s Cellphone, Charged with Theft
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We love sports and the athletes who play for our favorite teams. We cheer for them from the sidelines. We admire them. And because they are in the public eye, we often expect more from them. So it’s no surprise when they fall, it’s breaking news.

 

Recently, Tiger Woods was arrested on suspicion of DUI here in South Florida. Just prior to that, one of our own – Matt Elam, who went to Dwyer High School and then went on to play football for the University of Florida and the Baltimore Ravens – was arrested for larceny

JUNE  5 2017
Florida Sex Offenders Face Criminal Charges…For Using Facebook
Florida Sex Offenders Face Criminal Charges…For Using Facebook
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Whether you’re from an older generation or you grew up with the internet, it’s fair to say that social media is a big part of our just about everyone’s lives today.

 

We get our news from Twitter. We hear wedding announcements on Facebook. Recipe books have been replaced by Pinterest and classified ads have been replaced by LinkedIn.

 

Most people have at least one social media account, but if you are on Florida’s sex offender registry, having that account can add felony charges to your record.

 

That’s right. We said “felony.”

 

Sex Offenders and Facebook

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MAY  24 2017
When Can You Be Charged with Domestic Assault in Florida?
When Can You Be Charged with Domestic Assault in Florida?

If things get out of hand with your partner or one of your relatives, you may be facing domestic violence charges.

 

These types of charges don’t just come from a physical altercation or an injury, though. In fact, you don’t have to touch someone in order to be arrested for domestic assault.

 

That may sound crazy, but it comes down to the legal definition of assault in our state.

 

What Does “Assault” Really Mean?

 

Assault, according to Florida law, is committed when someone threatens another person and gives the victim reason to fear imminent …

MAY  17 2017
Florida Sexual Assault Crimes Often Labeled as Mere “Hazing”
Florida Sexual Assault Crimes Often Labeled as Mere “Hazing”
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We’ve all heard horror stories about hazing. If you were in a fraternity, sorority, or some other type of exclusive organization, you might have even experienced hazing yourself. Since a lot of “hazing” is secret, the term broadly applies to all kinds of things. From silly tasks like going on an all-night scavenger hunt to rituals that involve binge drinking and sexual humiliation.

 

With the reported deaths and injuries (both physical and psychological) that sometimes come with “hazing,” the line between “silly fun” and “criminal activity” can be somewhat blurry. In Florida, this blurred line unfortunately seems to apply …

MAY  11 2017
Operators of FL Sober Homes Plead Guilty to Healthcare Fraud
Operators of FL Sober Homes Plead Guilty to Healthcare Fraud
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Sober homes and substance abuse treatment centers are great resources to keep former or potential offenders out of jail. Unfortunately, the former owner of two of these facilities in Florida, along with his wife and clinical director, used these resources to commit healthcare fraud, and now they are on their way jail themselves.

 

The centers were illegally owned by Kenneth Chatman, a convicted felon who recently pleaded guilty to charges related to the healthcare fraud scheme. Barry Gregory was the clinical director of the Reflections Treatment Center in Margate and the Journey to Recovery in Lake Worth.…

MAY  4 2017
Florida House Passes New Mandatory Minimums for Drug Crimes
Florida House Passes New Mandatory Minimums for Drug Crimes

With the legalization of marijuana in the state of Florida, one might think that the “War on Drugs” is starting to come to an end – but apparently no one has told the Florida House of Representatives.

 

Earlier this month, the House passed HB 477, a 167-page bill that would place new mandatory minimums on individuals who are convicted of trafficking fentanyl and other synthetic opioids that have taken hold of Florida citizens. The bill will also name these drugs as Schedule I. Federal law currently lists fentanyl as a Schedule II drug. Marijuana is still a Schedule I …

APR. 26 2017
The Future of Marijuana in Florida is Unclear
The Future of Marijuana in Florida is Unclear
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In November 2016, Florida overwhelmingly voted to legalize medical marijuana throughout the state. However, that same month the country elected a self-proclaimed “law and order” president who appointed an Attorney General that vows to uphold the federal ban on marijuana even though states have legalized it for medical or recreational use.

 

Because of this, the future of marijuana in our state is unclear, and lawmakers are taking a long time to establish how medical marijuana will be regulated and distributed. While some parts of Florida legalized low-grade cannabis in 2014 for specific medical conditions, it is very limiting in …

APR. 21 2017
Indecent Exposure Can Put You on Florida’s Sex Offender Registry
Indecent Exposure Can Put You on Florida’s Sex Offender Registry

When most people think about someone on the sex offender registry, they imagine individuals guilty of truly horrific crimes that hurt others. Rape. Incest. Distributing child pornography.

 

You wouldn’t necessarily imagine a person who had behaved in a sexually unacceptable way, but one that caused no physical harm to anyone else. You wouldn’t, for example, immediately think of someone who committed something like indecent exposure. However, if certain aggravating factors are present, that is exactly what can happen.

 

What Is “Indecent Exposure,” and How Can It Land You on the Sex Offender Registry?


Florida law says that …