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When Can I Claim Self-Defense?

Everyone has the legal right to protect themselves from harm if they believe they are in danger. If you believe that someone is about to hurt you, you can use force to protect yourself, even if that force would be considered unlawful assault under other circumstances. However, in too many situations, people who exercise self-defense […]

The Criminal Trial Process

If you decide to take your criminal case to trial, the following is a very brief overview of what you will experience in the trial process: Pretrial motions – Before you ever enter the courtroom, your attorney will be filing motions1 with the court to keep out certain evidence and to combat any pretrial motions […]

How Does an Ankle Bracelet Work?

Along with an increasing drive to lower the Florida prison population has come renewed interest in ankle bracelets. It is becoming more common to see people wearing these devices. Many wonder exactly how these devices work. The Purpose of Ankle Bracelets and House Confinement The primary purpose of electronic monitoring is to limit the mobility […]

Your Guide to the Florida Appeals Process

If you have received a verdict by a Florida court of law, and you believe an error was made in presenting your case, you have a right to appeal the decision to a higher court. A panel of judges from a higher court will consider the appeal and decide if a new hearing should be […]

When Can I Use Lethal Force Against a Trespasser?

There is a lot of discussion around the nation about average citizens using justifiable lethal force against those who seek to do them harm. To many, defending property using lethal force seems excessive, while proponents argue that these laws protect the innocent. The Florida Legislature allows property owners to “stand their ground” against trespassers, and […]

What You Need to Know About Florida Antitrust Laws

Consumers typically want the lowest possible price for services or goods. Simultaneously, businesses seek to charge as much as possible to boost profit margins. However, the law of supply and demand forces businesses to have a competitive pricing strategy, unless there is no other competition or if multiple businesses agree to artificially set their supply […]

What to Do During a Traffic Stop If You Have a Concealed Weapons Permit

Most traffic stops are routine and end without a negative confrontation. It is common for Florida drivers to leave the scene with a mere warning, or at worst, a traffic infraction. More serious traffic stops occur, for example, when an officer catches someone with outstanding arrest warrants and takes them into custody. For police officers, […]

What NOT to Do If You Are Pulled Over for a DUI

When a driver is pulled over for a suspected DUI, it is not uncommon to see them make mistakes or do something that actually damages their case. Since DUI charges can be life-altering, it is important to be prepared. Whether the driver has been drinking or not, there are some things they should not do. […]

Uncovering Juvenile Crime Myths

Crime is one of the most troubling and misunderstood aspects of our society. Unfortunately, public interest in memorable and frightening crime stories means the media often panders to these fears. Misunderstanding the causes and consequences of juvenile crime does a disservice to youth and damages society as a whole. Here are a few of the […]

Top Drug Crimes in Florida

In 2014, more than 1.5 million people were arrested on narcotic, or drug-related charges in the United States. Each year in the state of Florida, thousands of people face drug charges, which can result in loss of jobs, relationships and custody of children. Due to its expansive coastline, Florida is an ideal location for the […]

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