Florida Drug Courts: What Are They and What Do You Need to Know?

Were you aware that the state of Florida actually began the national drug court movement by creating the first drug court in the United States? Currently, Florida has close to 100 individual drug courts, which are split into adult drug courts, juvenile drug courts, and family dependency drug courts. But what are drug courts, and how can […]

Could You Soon Be Subject to a Marijuana Breathalyzer?

Did you know that after the recreational use of marijuana was legalized in Washington, D.C., fatal crashes involving those who recently utilized marijuana actually doubled in the district? As more states are voting on either easing restrictions on or legalizing the recreational use of marijuana, safety advocates are scrambling to develop a system by which to […]

Sex Crimes Convictions Can Result in Lifelong Consequences

If you or a loved one has been convicted of a sex crime, whether against a minor or adult, you know how your life can be drastically altered from that point forward. Unlike many other crimes, certain sex crime convictions can follow you throughout your life. It is important to contact a criminal defense attorney […]

Murder v. Manslaughter: The Fine Line

Although both charges involve taking human life, the primary difference between murder and manslaughter boils down to planning and/or intent. For example, if you take a life because you were driving under the influence but had no intent to harm another, you will likely be charged with vehicular manslaughter. However, if you intended to use […]

Benefits of Criminal Record Expungement

Criminal record expungement can be extremely beneficial to a defendant on many different fronts. Criminal record expungement means that a defendant’s criminal record is completely sealed or erased and is not ordinarily visible to the general public. As a result, post-expungement, a defendant will not ordinarily have to report a criminal conviction to a current […]

Did Your Acid Reflux Result in a DUI Case?

Gastroesophageal reflux disease, commonly known as acid reflux disease or simply as heartburn, can significantly affect a breathalyzer test and may produce a false reading. Mechanics of Breathalyzer Testing When a police officer has reasonable suspicion or probable cause to believe that an individual is driving a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, […]

Revenge Porn in Florida – What You Need to Know

Revenge porn in Florida falls under the umbrella of sexual harassment law. Florida’s revenge porn statute, which became effective on October 1, 2015, is similar to that of approximately 12 other states in the United States. Florida Revenge Porn Statute The Florida Revenge Porn Statute prohibits individuals from posting sexually explicit or pornographic pictures of others […]

Juvenile Offenders Need Legal Counsel

Juveniles who have been charged with crimes – particularly felonies – should have legal representation from the very onset of their case. A felony conviction as a juvenile could result in very serious penalties including incarceration in an adult detention facility. Generally speaking, most juveniles are not equipped to understand and navigate the complex laws […]

Defenses to Shoplifting Charges

Florida shoplifting and theft charges can result in serious criminal penalties, including lengthy jail time and hefty fines. In addition to criminal penalties, offenders may also be subject to civil penalties and monetary damages. If you have been charged with shoplifting, otherwise known in Florida as ‘retail theft,’ you need experienced defense counsel on your […]

Florida Simple Assault/Battery and Juvenile Law

No parent wants that phone call – the one when the principle informs you your child has been in a fight at football practice, and what’s worse, the police have been called. Although most parents wish to quickly smooth things over while ensuring their child understands the consequences of his or her actions, not every […]