The Pitfalls of Going Pro Se (As Your Own Attorney)

Are you charged with a crime in St. Petersburg? Are you thinking of representing yourself in court? In the United States, you certainly have the right to pro se representation—that is, arguing on your own behalf. However, understand the many risks of going through the criminal justice process without an experienced attorney. Here are some […]

What Happens if I Violate a Restraining Order?

A restraining order, or as it’s more formally called in Florida, a personal protection order, is a court order designed to restrict your behavior. In most cases, the court issues a restraining order to keep you from bothering or harming a specific person. While people have requested restraining orders for some pretty silly reasons, courts […]

Juvenile Arrest for Possession of Alcohol

In 2009, minors consumed 9.5 percent of all alcohol sold in Florida. Nationwide, the CDC reports that people ages 12 to 20 years drink 11 percent of all alcohol, more than 90 percent in the form of binge drinking. According to Florida Statutes §562.111, however, people younger than 21 cannot possess alcohol. This prohibition includes […]

Busted for Cocaine? Now What?

Getting caught with cocaine in Georgia is a serious affair: In agreement with the DEA, Georgia lawmakers consider cocaine a Schedule II drug. Having cocaine in your possession carries far more serious ramifications than getting caught with a few ounces of marijuana, for example. Whether police find you with a quarter ounce of cocaine or […]

How Do I Beat a Prescription Fraud Charge?

How Do I Beat a Prescription Fraud Charge? Prescription fraud has become an epidemic in the United States. To prevent it, many pharmacies and medical facilities have enacted strict security measures regarding prescription drugs. As a result of this crackdown, the number of prescription fraud charges has surged in recent years, including those based on […]

Florida Drug Court 101

Florida created treatment-based, court-supervised rehabilitation programs to help nonviolent drug offenders recover from addiction without having to go to jail. From the outset, the programs sought to break the cycle of substance abuse that entraps many drug offenders. Today, each county in Florida may have a drug court plan that provides tailored substance abuse treatments […]

Florida Probation Myths And Best Practices

Probation sentences are common for a variety of charges in the state of Florida. Abiding by the regulations of your probation sentence can be a legally demanding process; do not let yourself get confused by complex legal jargon. It is important that you take steps to learn as much as you can about your probation […]

Police Stops: Your Legal Rights

Police stops can be tense situations that result in serious legal repercussions when handled poorly. In order to get through these encounters safely, it is important to know what rights you have, and how to exercise them properly. What to Do if You’re Pulled Over Find a safe place to stop: The last thing that […]

Were You Arrested for DUI Over the Summer Holiday Weekend?

The Fourth of July is a popular summer travel holiday in Florida and across the United States. You can bet, however, that in the days leading up to the holiday, as well as on the Fourth itself, heavy DUI enforcement will be underway. In order to be arrested and charged with a Florida DUI, a […]

What Can Happen if I Violate the Terms of My Probation?

If you have been found guilty of a crime in the State of Florida, a judge may choose to sentence you to probation instead of jail time. The primary purpose of probation is to allow criminal defendants time to rehabilitate themselves. Probation is often significantly preferable to incarceration and comes with various conditions, depending on […]