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Monthly Archives: September 2016


SEP. 28 2016
Nearly 1 in 10 Prisoners Granted Clemency by Obama from Florida
Nearly 1 in 10 Prisoners Granted Clemency by Obama from Florida
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Barack Obama has had a historical run as the president of our nation for many different reasons. One of the ways he’s made history is by granting clemency, or commuting (shortening) the prison sentences of many individuals who were sent behind bars on very harsh sentences.

 

The individuals were all sent to jail after committing nonviolent crimes while the War on Drugs was raging in America. Why offer clemency to these prisoners?

 

There have been many legal reforms as to how we sentence drug criminals in recent years. If convicted today, the individuals in question would have received …

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SEP. 26 2016
Bitcoin Isn’t Money Laundering, Says Florida Court
Bitcoin Isn’t Money Laundering, Says Florida Court
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If you are in the tech world, you might have heard about the ongoing case of the State of Florida vs. Michell Abner Espinoza. Abner was accused of money laundering and unauthorized transmission of money, but for many, the ruling affects more than just one man’s prison sentence. The case discussed the definition and distinction of “Bitcoin,” commonly regarded as an online measurement of currency.

 

The case’s final ruling in July may come as a shock to many Bitcoin users. The state of Florida ruled that Bitcoin isn’t money, and selling it is not considered “transmission” under Florida law. …

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SEP. 19 2016
Florida Judge Scolded for Jailing Domestic Violence Victim
Florida Judge Scolded for Jailing Domestic Violence Victim
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Earlier this month, the Florida Supreme Court publicly scolded an Orlando judge for more than six minutes straight for the way she handled a domestic violence case last year.

 

Judge Jerri Collins was overseeing a domestic violence trial when a victim failed to appear and testify. After the trial was completed, Collins called the victim back into the courtroom, this time to hold her for contempt of court.

 

The victim pleaded with the judge that she could not go to jail because she had a 1 year old son to care for. She said that she had …

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SEP. 9 2016
A Guide to Defending against Florida Grand Theft Auto Charges
A Guide to Defending against Florida Grand Theft Auto Charges
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When we talk about theft in our blog posts, we usually stick to the small stuff: shoplifting, petty theft, and so on. But this week, we’re going to address the charges and penalties associated with grand theft auto.

 

While in recent years this term has become synonymous with a certain video game, don’t let that fool you into thinking that it is no big deal. Grand theft auto is a very serious charge in Florida.

 

Grand theft auto, motor vehicle theft, and similar charges are not your average theft charges. They can land you in jail for years, …

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SEP. 2 2016
Your Rights When Resisting Arrest in Florida
Your Rights When Resisting Arrest in Florida
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When an officer confronts you, regardless of the situation or how innocent you are of any wrongdoing, you will likely feel intimated, nervous and uncertain as to how to react.  Further, when an officer is trying to arrest you for a crime that you did not commit, your understandable anger may reasonably motivate you to resist the officer.

 

But, if you act on these feelings by resisting the officer’s commands, you may find yourself in even more trouble – and you might be charged with additional crimes.

 

This doesn’t necessarily mean that those charges will lead to convictions, …

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