The Freshman…Five? Fake IDs and Real Prison

You just turned 18, and you are so excited that you finally received your first fake identification card. You walk up to a nightclub and bar. Your friends go in ahead, but when it is your turn, the bouncer at the door looks at your identification card and then at you. He asks you, “Is […]

This Isn’t Baseball: Hit-and-Run Crimes in Florida

Imagine this scenario. You are alone on a quiet road out in the country, and it is late at night. Suddenly, a deer crosses the road. You swerve into the oncoming traffic lane to avoid it, but a car is coming the other way right at that moment, and you crash. Your car does not […]

Florida Bail Bonds Process

If you are arrested for a crime in the state of Florida, you or your family may have to deal with a company in the business of issuing bail bonds. The purpose of a bail bond is to allow a person charged with a crime to remain free and out of jail while his or […]

Florida Voluntary Manslaughter Laws

Under Florida law, manslaughter involves the killing of a human being that does not fit within the definition of murder or felony murder. Murder generally involves either a “depraved heart,” “reckless disregard for human life,” while felony murder is a murder committed during the commission or attempted commission of a felony. Manslaughter, however, is categorized […]

Florida Moving Violations Versus Criminal Traffic Violations

Nothing makes Florida drivers more anxious than seeing the flashing red and blue lights of a police squad car in their rearview mirrors. Under Florida law, drivers may incur moving violations or criminal traffic violations, and criminal traffic violations are the more serious of the two. Moving Violations Under Florida law, a moving violation – […]

Minors Charged as Adults Under Florida Law

As of several years ago, Florida has been leading the pack in terms of the number of minors being charged as adults under state law. If your child has been charged with a crime under Florida law, it is essential that you have experienced legal representation. Adult Versus Juvenile Court – Who Makes the Decision? […]

What Is “Aiding and Abetting” in Florida?

Under Florida law, the term “aiding and abetting” can be misleading. In order to understand the legal concept of aiding and abetting, you must first understand the different categorizations of criminal conduct. If you commit a crime (let’s say robbery) and were the primary actor in that crime (you held the gun and demanded the money), […]

Can You Have Your Warrant Recalled?

It’s never good news to hear you have a warrant out for your arrest or for the search of your home, especially if you believe the warrant is unjustified or was issued in violation of your constitutional rights. The Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution states that “no warrants shall issue, but upon probable […]

Statutory Rape in Florida

Statutory rape differs from the traditional definition of rape in that it is based on the premise that minors do not have the mental and emotional capacity to consent to certain sexual activities, especially if the offender is older than the minor. For example, under Florida law, “[a] person 24 years of age or older […]