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Monthly Archives: May 2017


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

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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 …

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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.…

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

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