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Monthly Archives: January 2017


JAN. 26 2017
How the Fort Lauderdale Airport Shooting Is Impacting Florida Gun Laws
How the Fort Lauderdale Airport Shooting Is Impacting Florida Gun Laws
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In the slew of stories about Russian hacking potentially changing the outcome of the election, the many hearings to determine who will be in Trump’s cabinet, and the inauguration itself, the recent Fort Lauderdale shooting largely got lost in the national headlines.

 

Florida residents probably have a bit more familiarity with the tale, though: on January 6, Esteban Santiago flew into the Ft. Lauderdale airport and received his checked luggage. The luggage was just a case containing a handgun that he used to kill five people and wound six. Dozens of other people were wounded while trying to evacuate …

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JAN. 12 2017
How Exactly Does Florida’s Disorderly Intoxication Law Work?
How Exactly Does Florida’s Disorderly Intoxication Law Work?

Even though we are only few days into 2017, an arrest or charge from New Year’s Eve can easily keep you from starting the New Year on the right foot. Every January, tons of people start the New Year on this unfortunate note. Common charges that come from New Year’s Eve parties include:

 

 

Most of those you’ve probably heard of before, but below we’re going to delve into the lesser-known (but still common) offense of disorderly intoxication.

 

What does disorderly intoxication look like? How serious are …

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JAN. 20 2017
31% More Florida Gun Murders Since “Stand Your Ground” Enacted
31% More Florida Gun Murders Since “Stand Your Ground” Enacted
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Building a defense for murder charges is not easy, but in Florida, defendants have it easier than most. The controversial “Stand Your Ground” law is a well-known defense for anyone who has been accused of unlawfully using deadly force. It is a defense that has allowed many to walk free from assault and even murder charges.

 

Stand Your Ground is not a new law, but it became truly controversial when changes were made in 2005. Previously, defendants had to prove that they had attempted to retreat or flee from the victim before using deadly force. In 2005, Florida dropped …

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JAN. 9 2017
Not Even Santa Is Safe From Florida Drug Possession Laws
Not Even Santa Is Safe From Florida Drug Possession Laws
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Whether you were caught partying with drugs during the holidays or buying drugs for personal use, you probably know that drug possession charges can quickly become a very serious matter, and that Florida police are not inclined to look the other way due to the forgiving nature of the season in general.

 

In fact, this year not even Santa was safe from our state’s drug laws. In mid-December, a Santa from Jacksonville was arrested recently for delivering a… different kind of gift.

 

You Better Watch Out

 

A few weeks ago, Jacksonville Police were conducting a drug-related investigation …

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