What Happens at a Criminal Trial

A Florida criminal trial can be a confusing process. In Florida, there are two types of trials: bench trials and jury trials. At a bench trial, the outcome of the case (usually a minor case) is decided by a judge, while six or more jurors decide the outcome of a jury trial. Most Florida trials […]

Three Things to Look for in a Criminal Defense Lawyer

When people are charged with crimes in Florida and other places, they oftentimes do not know where to turn. In many cases, the person charged is not sure what they did, what they are charged with, what the law says, or what the possible sentences and penalties upon conviction are. In those instances, it is […]

Do You Have to Allow Police to Search Your Car?

The Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution protects citizens from unlawful search and seizure. Pursuant to this rule, the police generally cannot search your car unless they have a warrant. However, there are several judicially-created exceptions to this rule. This is due to the Supreme Court’s theory of “reasonable expectation of privacy.” Under this […]

Should You Answer Questions from the Police?

The general rule of thumb when dealing with the police is that you should not say anything if you suspect that you may be implicated in a crime. In fact, the Fifth Amendment guarantees your right to remain silent in the face of police questioning. If you are taken into custody, the police are required […]

What is a Preliminary Hearing in a Criminal Case?

A criminal court case consists of more steps than just a trial – there are several steps a defendant and his or her lawyers must make before a case even gets to trial. The classic criminal case begins with an arrest and then moves to the preliminary hearing state. A preliminary hearing–also known as a […]

Is Marijuana Legal in Florida?

The subject of the legalization of marijuana has become a hot-button issue in recent years, with several states legalizing it for medical usage, and a few even legalizing it for recreational use. While marijuana usage for recreational purposes is still illegal in Florida, the Florida legislature approved the use of low-THC and non-smoked cannabis for […]

A Criminal Record Can Limit Your Professional Options

In today’s marketplace, school admission and job placement are extremely difficult and competitive – even for those with excellent credentials. However, a criminal record (particularly a lengthy one) can put a damper on a person’s professional options. Generally speaking, a criminal record can have a very negative impact on a person’s educational prospects and professional […]

No Tolerance Law for Underage DUI

In the State of Florida, the legal drinking age is 21. Possession of alcohol by anyone under the age of 21 is illegal, without exception. All-in-all, the standards are stricter and the penalties are harsher for DUI offenders under the age of 21. If you or someone you love has been charged with an underage […]

Your Miranda Rights – What You Need to Know

Under both the Florida Constitution and the Constitution of the United States, in a criminal matter, a person may not be compelled to testify as a witness against himself in a criminal interrogation or prosecution. If you have been charged with a crime, prior to any interrogation or questioning, it is essential that you assert […]

Do You Need a Lawyer for a Minor Theft Case?

Theft encompasses many different crimes under Florida law. Minor thefts – or ‘petit thefts,’ as they are sometimes called – are less serious theft crimes, such as shoplifting. The charges and possible penalties in theft cases are based upon the property stolen. Generally speaking, a theft is classified as a ‘petit theft’ when the property stolen […]