The Importance of Objections at Trial

A criminal prosecution has several stages and your trial is not always the final stage. If you’re convicted, you will then have the right to an appeal, in which you ask a higher court to set aside your guilty verdict because of errors made in the court below. But to set yourself up for a […]

St. Petersburg DUI FAQ

Driving Under the Influence (DUI) is a serious offense that requires a careful legal response. At Khonsari Law Group, we receive dozens of questions each week from people pulled over for suspected DUIs. Here are answers to some of the most common questions. How Much Can I Drink Without Getting Arrested? The amount depends on […]

Six Tips for Being an Effective Witness

Testifying in court at a criminal trial can be a nerve-wracking experience. Not only are you speaking in front of people you don’t know, but you also might be aggressively cross-examined by an aggressive prosecutor. Fortunately, there are a few tips that can help you survive your time on the stand with flying colors. Tip […]

What Is Grand Theft in Florida?

In Florida, grand theft is the term used when someone takes property intentionally and without permission. If you stand accused of grand theft, then you need an aggressive St. Petersburg criminal defense attorney to defend you. Grand Theft Defined Section 812.014 of the Florida Statutes defines grand theft as consisting of the following elements: The […]

The Jury Selection Process

As a defendant, you have the right to a jury trial in a criminal case, except if you are accused of a minor infraction. If the state charges you with a capital crime, your jury will consist of 12 persons; otherwise, your jury will contain six members. These people, whom you have never met, will […]

Appealing a License Suspension in a DUI Case

You can lose your license as part of an administrative suspension even before a DUI conviction. Fortunately, you can file an appeal, but you’ll need the help of an experienced St. Petersburg criminal defense attorney to guide you through the process. Bringing an appeal requires organization and familiarity with the law, which many people find […]

Common Fourth Amendment Violations in Drug Cases

So the police caught you with illegal drugs in your possession. Now what? Although the police might pressure you to confess, you should instead carefully analyze whether police legally conducted the drug bust. Fortunately, the U.S. Constitution puts strict limits on how police can investigate potential drug crimes. If you are charged with drug possession, […]

Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law: An Overview

The killing of Trayvon Martin shined a spotlight on Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law. This poorly understood 2005 law seems here to stay. If you’ve defended yourself using force, then you’ll need to know how the law can possibly protect you from prosecution. The Old Self-Defense Law United States common law is the set of […]

What Are the Penalties for the Possession of Opioids in Florida?

Opioids are powerful drugs that contain opium or its derivatives and are used in medicine for the purpose of inducing sleep and relieving pain. Florida law regulates and criminalizes possession of certain narcotics and pharmaceutical drugs obtained without prescriptions, and the law generally refers to them as controlled substances. Illegal drug possession is a serious […]

Florida Domestic Violence FAQ

Domestic violence is one of the most serious criminal charges a defendant can face in Florida— and other related charges usually accompany them. If you were charged with domestic violence in Florida, you have legal rights and defenses available to you. The St. Petersburg criminal defense attorneys at Khonsari Law Group can discuss the facts […]

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