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Author: David W. Olson


DEC. 8 2017
Medical Marijuana Has Changed in Florida — How Does It Work?
Medical Marijuana Has Changed in Florida — How Does It Work?

Since the Florida legislature passed a bill expanding medical marijuana use in our state, many Floridians want to understand more about how the laws have changed and what is actually happening.

 

Things are still evolving and businesses and communities are working out the details, but here’s what’s going on right now.

 

Medical Marijuana It’s the Law… Except Where It’s Not

In 2016, over 70 percent of Florida voters approved the measure to allow medical marijuana use. However, cities can pass moratoriums to limit the placement and number of medical marijuana centers in their municipalities. Currently, Vero Beach is …

DEC. 5 2017
Fight a Thanksgiving DUI in Florida Like You Would Any Other DUI
Fight a Thanksgiving DUI in Florida Like You Would Any Other DUI
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If you were charged with a DUI this Thanksgiving, you aren’t alone. Many other Florida drivers got DUIs this Thanksgiving, because additional police are on patrol during the holidays.

 

Luckily, you can fight your charges just like you can any other time of year with the help of a qualified defense attorney. For the most part, the strategies your lawyer could employ are the same, but there is one big difference.

 

Below, we’re going to look at some of the most common factors that can positively impact your case, as well as what makes Thanksgiving DUIs a bit …

DEC. 5 2017
Everything You Need to Know about Florida Cyber Crime Charges
Everything You Need to Know about Florida Cyber Crime Charges
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Are you familiar with the computer crime laws of Florida?

 

Most people don’t have a good understanding of what constitutes a computer crime in our state. That’s why we decided to put together this post detailing the two main types of computer crimes (with examples), as well as the penalties associated with different cyber crimes.

 

It starts with the Florida Computer Crimes Act. This act addresses unlawful activity by individuals commonly referred to as “hackers.” Hacking activities include use of another person’s computer or email account without authorization, and with the intent to create widespread damage or take …

NOV. 10 2017
Know the Reasons You Can Face a Florida Criminal Weapons Charge
Know the Reasons You Can Face a Florida Criminal Weapons Charge
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The state of Florida takes weapons offenses quite seriously. Notably, if convicted of a weapons offense, you will be left with a criminal record that will compromise your employment prospects, ability to find housing, and lead to other detrimental consequences.

 

Unfortunately, many weapons offenses are committed inadvertently by otherwise law-abiding citizens. Therefore, if you are a firearm or weapon enthusiast, it is imperative to understand Florida’s weapons laws in order to avoid being charged with an offense.

 

Unlicensed Carrying of a Concealed Firearm

 

Unlicensed carrying of a concealed firearm is a third-degree felony in Florida, punishable by …

NOV. 3 2017
The Thin Line between Halloween Pranks and Disorderly Conduct
The Thin Line between Halloween Pranks and Disorderly Conduct

 

Pranks abound on Halloween, and many can be harmless fun. Like putting a scary object inside a refrigerator. Or jumping out of a box or trash can to frighten a friend.

 

Sometimes, though, pranks can involve destruction of property, trespassing, or disrupting the peace. With these types of pranks, the fun can end abruptly as those involved find themselves facing charges of disorderly conduct.

 

Because of this, it pays to know what qualifies as disorderly conduct under Florida law. That way, you don’t wind up with a misdemeanor charge for something that was meant to be …

OCT. 20 2017
Which Actions Fall under Florida’s Fraudulent Practice Laws
Which Actions Fall under Florida’s Fraudulent Practice Laws
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According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, fraud is defined as:

 

“Deceit, trickery; specifically: intentional perversion of truth in order to induce another to part with something of value or to surrender a legal right.”

 

Most people tend to think of credit card fraud or tax fraud when they hear the word “fraud,” but under this definition, fraud can cover a wide range of crimes. Let’s take a closer look at some of these crimes and then see what elements are needed to prove fraud in Florida.

 

How “Fraudulent Practices” Work in Florida

 

Chapter 817 of the …

OCT. 26 2017
Types of Fraud Florida Law Enforcement Watches for After Disasters
Types of Fraud Florida Law Enforcement Watches for After Disasters
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Our country has been overwhelmed with the damage caused by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. Over $100 million in damages have already been reported in Central Florida alone, and that number will only increase as more damage assessments take place.

 

While a majority of hurricane damage claims are valid, some people will undoubtedly attempt to capitalize on the natural disaster by filing a fraudulent claim.

 

After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, $108 billion in damages was reported, with 1,800 fatalities. However, there were also 1,300 cases prosecuted for fraud where “people impersonated law enforcement, took personal information from …

OCT. 13 2017
How to Fight Back against Florida Shoplifting Charges
How to Fight Back against Florida Shoplifting Charges

Have you been charged with shoplifting in Florida?

 

Typically, people facing shoplifting charges fall into two categories. They either feel like the deck is stacked against them and there is no point in fighting back… or that it is not worth their time and effort because shoplifting is such a “minor” crime.

 

Don’t fall into these traps. There are a number of possible defenses that you may be able to use to battle your charges – even if it seems like a fairly open and shut case. And while shoplifting obviously isn’t as serious as something like murder, …

OCT. 13 2017
What “Assault with a Deadly Weapon” Means in Florida
What “Assault with a Deadly Weapon” Means in Florida
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In the state of Florida, assault with a deadly weapon is a serious charge with steep penalties. The law, however, isn’t completely straightforward. There are several variances and stipulations that you should be aware of in case you or someone you love ever faces charges.

 

Below, we are going to explain the law in detail.

 

Defining “Assault with a Deadly Weapon” in Florida

 

According to the 2017 Florida Statutes, assault with a deadly weapon falls under “aggravated assault.” An aggravated assault is an assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill, or with intent …

SEP. 28 2017
Abusing Prescription Drugs in Florida Can Be Illegal
Abusing Prescription Drugs in Florida Can Be Illegal

This past August, our president said he was going to declare the current opioid epidemic a national emergency, which was recommended by his opioid commission.

 

Although President Trump has yet to fulfill that promise, some legislators have decided to take matters into their own hands.

 

Current Florida governor candidate and former congresswoman Gwen Graham said that our state should sue the pharmaceutical industry for their role in opioid addiction and to recover the costs we have spent on treating opioid addicts.

 

Graham’s approach is similar to what former Governor Lawton Chiles undertook when he sued the tobacco …