| Read Time: 2 minutes | Domestic Violence

The Lautenberg Domestic Violence Gun Confiscation Law

The Lautenberg Domestic Violence Gun Confiscation Law states that if a person is convicted of a domestic violence involved misdemeanor, he or she cannot ship, transport, possess, or receive firearms or ammunition, and also adds to the list of “prohibited persons”. In this case, a prohibited person can now be a person convicted of a misdemeanor involving domestic violence...

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| Read Time: 2 minutes | Diversion Programs

Judge John Woodard

I recently had a client complete the Seminole County Mental Health DiversionProgram.   This program allows those with mental health issues and who elect to participate an opportunity to have their criminal case dismissed.  It is a fairly rigorous process and is overseen by Judge John Woodard.  I believe this is a wonderful program and Judge Woodard deserves a...

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| Read Time: < 1 minute | Criminal Defense

Florida woman accused of embezzling from employer

A Florida woman has been accused of embezzling $190,000 from her employer. Police state that she was purportedly overpaying herself and also endorsing checks from the office in order “to make personal credit card payments.”  She is now charged with felony grand larceny. Though the woman apparently works for a medical office, the specific location of the employer was...

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| Read Time: < 1 minute | Prescription Pills & Opioids

Oxycodone prescription pills deaths down and Heroin deaths UP

FDLE makes a press release on September 24, 2013 boasting about prescription drug deaths falling across Florida. The supply of the drugs has been shut down so much that doctors and pharmacists are scared to prescribe and fill certain opiate pain medication. Doctors and pharmacists have been the target over prosecution across the state. We need FDLE and the state...

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| Read Time: < 1 minute | Criminal Defense

Those hiring forensics experts may influence their conclusions

When individuals are accused of committing criminal activity, their attorneys must oftentimes hire experts to refute claims made by the prosecution and to ultimately prove the innocence of the accused. Similarly, when trying to disprove an individual’s criminal defense strategy, prosecutors also must oftentimes hire expert witnesses to support their claims. A telling new study conducted by psychologists from...

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| Read Time: < 1 minute | Traffic Offenses

ACLU Sues Dept. of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles for Suspending Licenses of Defendants Too Poor to Pay Court Costs | ACLU of Florida

The ACLU is filing a lawsuit against the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.  The law suit is alleging that the DMV is violating the due process and equal protection rights of individuals by suspending their license without a hearing to show that the person has the ability to pay their outstanding fees.  These outstanding fees can...

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| Read Time: < 1 minute | Marijuana

Synthetic Marijuana Operation Shut Down in Central Florida

Law enforcement agencies targeting drug crimes in Central Florida make another major bust. These Law enforcement agencies shut down another synthetic marijuana and K2 operation. (this drug is also referred to as “Spice”) Local law enforcement along with Drug Enforcement agency (DEA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have all been collaborating to target these similar operations. These agents...

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| Read Time: < 1 minute | Sex Crimes

Backpages Continue to Lead To Prostitution Arrests

In 2010 this blog reported that Backages.com was becoming the new Craigslist.com when it came to “adult services” on the web.  Well two years later and it still looks like backpages.com has continued down this road.  The Sun-Sentinel is reporting that a landlord was suspicious of people coming to a tennant’s apartment.  Law enforcement was notified and discovered that the...

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| Read Time: < 1 minute | Criminal Defense

Important bite mark evidence ruling handed down

Sometimes a single judge ruling in a solitary case can influence other judges all over the nation to follow his or her lead. Recently, criminal defense and criminal justice advocates hoped that a judge in New York would rule in such a way that a domino effect of similar rulings would occur all over the nation. Individuals and groups...

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| Read Time: < 1 minute | Drunk Driving

How does house arrest for drunk driving work?

If you are convicted of driving under the influence (DUI), you could become subject to a host of consequences. Depending on the nature of your infraction you could face fines, mandatory community service hours and even imprisonment. In some cases, harsh sentencing may be pled down to a more manageable consequence. For example, you may be facing jail time...

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