What to Do if You’re Arrested for a Crime You Didn’t Commit

If you are arrested for a crime that you did not commit, you should take several steps to ensure that you are released as soon as possible. First, follow all instructions given by the police; don’t refuse to cooperate, even though you know that you’re innocent. Keep in mind that the police are relying on […]

Filing for Expungement Without a Lawyer

Having a criminal record can hurt your employment opportunities, interfere with securing housing, and cause many other problems. Even arrests or charges that don’t result in conviction could negatively affect several aspects of your life. Fortunately, Florida law permits individuals to seal their criminal records, under certain circumstances. While we recommend that you use an […]

Public Defender Versus Private Attorney: Which Is Best for a DUI Charge?

If you are charged with driving under the influence (DUI), you have an important initial decision to make—should you use the services of a public defender or retain a private DUI attorney? Understanding the differences between the two will help you determine the best route given your circumstances. What Is a Public Defender? You’ve likely […]

Federal Drug Charges versus State Drug Charges

Florida has a serious drug problem. An estimated 1.2 million Florida residents recently reported using some type of illegal substance. In 2017 alone, the DEA seized approximately 81,197 dosage units of methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), also called ecstasy. An estimated five Florida residents die daily as a direct result of prescription drug overdoses. Cocaine is one of […]

What Happens When a Juvenile Is Arrested?

When your child is arrested, your heart sinks. No matter how far they’ve gone down a difficult path, they are still your child, and you still want what is best for them. Unfortunately, once your child has been arrested, you know there’s little you can do to help protect them at that moment. Understanding what […]

You Have an Out-of-State Warrant: Now What?

Out-of-state warrants are more common than you might think and come about for a variety of reasons, some intentionally and others unintentionally. Maybe you had a little too much fun on your Florida vacation and came back with more than a drunken tattoo: a Florida arrest warrant. It can happen to anyone, and probably happens […]

What Is Domestic Violence in Florida?

Domestic violence is an epidemic that affects millions of Americans all across the country. Recently, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conducted a National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NIPSV) to study the issue. Researchers determined that one in four women and one in seven men had experienced domestic violence. This […]

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 […]