Are Past Juvenile Crimes Committed in Florida Expunged?

Crimes committed while a person is a juvenile are usually treated with more leniency by the criminal code. This is in part because society appreciates the distinctions in maturity and judgment between adults and those not considered adults by law. Despite that appreciation, each state takes a slightly different approach to how the records of […]

At What Point After an Arrest Should I Hire a Criminal Attorney?

The best time to obtain an attorney is not always clear to someone involved in a criminal matter. When a police officer arrests an individual, they are required to inform them about their Miranda rights before an interrogation, which include reminding the person arrested that they have rights to an attorney. Because statements made to […]

How to Obtain a Concealed Weapon or Firearm License in Florida

Basic Requirements Unlike many states, Florida has a relatively easy and straightforward process for obtaining a permit to carry a concealed weapon or firearm.  To begin with, there are four basic eligibility requirements: You must be 21 years of age or older; You must be able to demonstrate competency with a firearm; You must currently […]

The Legal Implications of Paying Employees in Cash

Paying workers in cash for their services is not necessarily illegal for businesses that operate in Florida but, depending on the circumstances, it can definitely lead to a host of legal problems.  And if the person that’s being paid in cash is ultimately deemed to be an employee of the business, those problems can become […]

Recording Phone Calls in Florida

Like many legal issues in America, the recording of phone calls is subject both to federal and state laws. As a result, where you are physically located when you record a phone is one of the major factors in determining whether what you’re doing is legal or illegal (Warning: Things get a lot more complicated […]

Regaining The Right to Vote in Florida

Anyone who is convicted of (or pleads guilty to) a felony, loses a variety of civil rights. Just which rights are lost – and whether and how they can be restored – generally depends on whether the felony in question involved a federal crime or a state crime and, most importantly, on the state in […]

Cross-examination at a Florida Criminal Trial

Contrary to what you may have seen on television, there is nothing glamorous about a criminal trial. Rather, a criminal trial can be a very long, involved, and time-consuming process. Florida law provides for two types of criminal trials. At a criminal bench trial, the judge listens to the evidence presented during the trial and […]

Direct Examination at a Florida Criminal Trial

Direct examination at a Florida criminal trial allows the defendant to tell his or her version of events. Although Florida law provides for both criminal bench trials and jury trials, most criminal trials are jury trials. Clear and concise direct examination answers can go a long way in maximizing the effectiveness of your testimony and […]