What Are Florida Sex Crimes?

Sex crimes are serious business in the State of Florida. If you are charged with and convicted of a Florida sex crime, a judge could sentence you to fines and jail time. Moreover, you may be required to register as an offender on the Florida Sex Offender Registry. This is a lifetime registry, and being […]

What Constitutes the Crime of Burglary?

In Florida, a guilty finding or conviction for burglary can land you in jail. In St. Petersburg criminal cases, the State—or the prosecution—has the burden of proof. The State must be able to show that you satisfied certain elements and that you committed the crime of burglary beyond a reasonable doubt. Thankfully, burglary, like other […]

How Can I Defend Against a Sex Crime Charge?

A sex crime conviction—and even a charge or arrest—has the potential to ruin your life. As soon as the police begin investigating you for participating in a sex crime, your life will change. Taking the potential penalties out of the equation, a sex crime arrest, charge, or conviction is extremely humiliating and will likely affect […]

What Qualifies as Self-Defense in Florida?

Lawful self-defense in Florida may consist of deadly force or non-deadly force, depending upon the circumstances. The purpose of self-defense is to excuse otherwise unlawful conduct that was “reasonably necessary” to prevent another person from using imminent, unlawful force. Under the law, self-defense is a complete defense. In other words, if the defendant can successfully […]

How Can I Defend against a DUI Manslaughter Charge?

If you are found guilty or convicted of DUI manslaughter in the State of Florida, you can be subject to serious criminal fines, prison time, and other penalties. However, there are several legal defenses to a DUI manslaughter charge that may be available to exonerate you. A DUI manslaughter charge is serious business, and time […]

What Are the Different Types of Theft Charges in Florida?

Under Florida law, theft is an umbrella term that is used to describe a variety of separate crimes. Theft crimes always involve some sort of property. In Florida, theft crimes include stealing, larceny, conversion, and misappropriation of property. In order to prove that someone committed theft, the prosecution has the burden of proof. If you […]

How Does Criminal Probation Work?

In a nutshell, criminal probation is a type of community supervision that a judge or court imposes as an alternative to jail time and other penalties. Probation is available for misdemeanor charges and convictions, as well as many felonies. During the probationary period, a criminal defendant is expected to abide by certain terms and conditions. […]

How Does Voluntary Manslaughter Differ From Involuntary Manslaughter?

Under Florida law, the primary difference between voluntary and involuntary manslaughter largely revolves around the element of intent. Although both types of manslaughter are viewed as one under the Florida criminal statutes, whether the crime is viewed as voluntary or involuntary manslaughter can make a serious difference when it comes to a judge’s sentencing decision. […]

What Should I do if I am Pulled Over on the July 4 Holiday?

Seeing the flashing red and blue lights of a police car in your rearview mirror is never a pleasant experience for anyone—especially over the holidays. With the increased amount of traffic on St. Petersburg roads leading up to the Fourth of July, you can be sure that many police officers will be out and about. […]

Miranda Rights and Juveniles: An Overview

Most people are familiar with the term “Miranda rights.” If you’ve ever watched a crime drama on television, it’s likely that you’ve heard this term. While it’s one thing to see a fictional scenario in which an actor reads the Miranda warning to another person who is playing a suspect, there’s a good chance that […]