Can My Child be Charged as an Adult

In 2011, Dontez Tillman, who was 14-years-old at the time, murdered a homeless man behind a Pontiac bar. Tillman’s case became national news when he was not only charged as an adult, but became the youngest person ever to be sentenced to life in prison. Tillman is not the first minor to be charged as […]

Misdemeanor vs Felony

Criminal charges are divided into two types: felonies and misdemeanors. Like every state, Florida has its own unique classifications and definition to determine what crimes are felonies or misdemeanors. It is important to understand the differences between misdemeanors and felonies, as it could mean the difference between a simple fine and serious jail time. Misdemeanor […]

What is the Punishment for Possession of Marijuana in Florida

The laws and punishments for drug possession in Florida can be quite severe. This includes the possession and usage of marijuana. While Florida has recently passed a bill allowing medical marijuana low in THC and high in CBD for patients with serious medical conditions, marijuana is still illegal for the majority of Floridians. Actual Possession […]

Definition of the Week: Expungement

A criminal record can have serious effects on your life, both present and future. When applying for a job or a new apartment, a prospective employer or landlord will often ask if you have ever been convicted of a crime. If you have to answer yes, they could potentially shy away from hiring you or […]

Definition of the Week: Subpoena

A subpoena is a request for the production of documents. It is also a request to appear in court or any other legal proceeding. A subpoena is essentially a court-ordered demand, such as to testify or provide information to help support the facts that are at issue during a pending case.  The word “subpoena” translates […]

Explaining Florida DUI Laws

A DUI is classified as an offense in which an individual over the age of 21 drives impaired with a blood or breath alcohol level of 0.08 or more. For those who are facing a DUI under the age of 21, the consequences can be more severe. There is zero tolerance for underage drinking and […]

What Does a Criminal Defense Attorney Do?

A criminal defense attorney is a lawyer who represents those charged with a possible crime and those who are concerned about potentially being charged. A person charged with a crime is known as a defendant. A prosecutor is an attorney employed by the government to prosecute individuals and organizations who are believed to have committed […]

Definition of the Week: Vehicular Homicide

Vehicular homicide is the killing of a person by the use of a motor vehicle, operated in a reckless manner by another person. The term is sometimes referred to vehicular manslaughter in the state of Florida because the law does not require that the person responsible know that the accident resulted in death. In the […]

What is a White Collar Crime?

You do not have to be a large corporation to be charged with a white collar crime. Anyone who commits a financially motivated, nonviolent crime, through the course of a person’s business could face white collar charges. Such crimes end up costing the U.S. government and taxpayers more than $300 billion each year. White Collar […]

Are Burglary and Robbery the Same Thing?

Burglary and robbery are two different crimes in Florida, each with their own definitions and penalties. Many people use the words as synonyms despite the fact that there are some significant and important distinctions between the two crimes. Here is a brief overview on how the crimes differ. Burglary When someone comes home to discover […]