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JAN. 12 2018
Your Guide to the Florida Juvenile Justice Process
Your Guide to the Florida Juvenile Justice Process
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If your child has recently been arrested, you may have many questions about how the juvenile justice system works in Florida. The current system can be complicated and lead to serious consequences. In this post, we’ll explain the current system, guide you through the steps, and advise you on how to move forward.

 

Current Juvenile Justice Statistics for Florida

 

For the past five years, juvenile arrests have been steadily decreasing in Florida. In fiscal year 2012-2013, there were 85,495 arrests. By comparison, in fiscal year 2016-2017, 64,824 juvenile arrests were made. Still, many activist groups are trying to …

JAN. 8 2018
Posting Explicit Images Can Be a Type of Sexual Harassment in Florida
Posting Explicit Images Can Be a Type of Sexual Harassment in Florida

Making lewd comments about someone’s attire. Tying sex to job duties or advancement. Touching someone inappropriately. Repeated requests to go on a date.

 

These are the types of things most people think about when they imagine sexual harassment – and with everything in the news these days, it’s difficult not to imagine sexual harassment.

There’s one type of sexual harassment covered under the laws of Florida that no one seems to be talking about right now though: sexual cyber harassment.

 

What exactly is it? How does it work? What are businesses doing about it?

 

Defining …

DEC. 22 2017
What You Can Do to Fight Back against Your Florida Probation Violation
What You Can Do to Fight Back against Your Florida Probation Violation
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When you are placed on probation, you will be given a list of probation conditions. Violate one of these conditions, and you may face heavy penalties. The penalties would depend on various things, including the nature of the original underlying charge, the seriousness of the violation itself and other circumstances, such as whether you are facing a first violation.  If it is a second one, you will be perceived to have been fortunate that you were given another chance after a first, and will face the potential for much harsher treatment.

Below we will go over the details of how …

DEC. 22 2017
Sexual Harassment Versus Sexual Assault in Florida
Sexual Harassment Versus Sexual Assault in Florida

Sexual assault and harassment have been in the news a lot lately, as more and more alleged victims of powerful public figures come forward to make accusations.

 

It started on October 5, when The New York Times published an investigative report covering sexual harassment allegations made against Harvey Weinstein spanning the past 30 years, and alleging that he had paid off his accusers.

 

Allegations against actor Kevin Spacey then surfaced, followed by a slew of other famous and powerful men. Notable among the accused are former Today Show host Matt Lauer, comedian Louis CK, and former president George …

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 …