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  • FL Among the Deadliest States on Labor Day

    Exercising Caution Throughout the Labor Day Holiday Labor Day falls on the first Monday in September and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers, paying tribute to the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of the US. However, while Labor Day celebrates US workers’ role in our society and economy, it comes with a lethal ...
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  • Getting Out of Jail During COVID-19

    Fighting for Bond During the Coronavirus Pandemic Many Florida inmates are in jail without bond on a warrant from another county during a global pandemic. This seems like a recipe for disaster, but it doesn’t have to be. Without bond, inmates could suffer exposure to COVID-19 in a place where it’s almost impossible to practice safety protocols; it’s difficult to social distance, enforce masks, ...
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  • What Is Statutory Rape in Florida?

    Florida’s Statutory Rape Laws Charges for unlawful sexual activity with certain minors, otherwise known as statutory rape, occur more often than you might think. While this offense may include acts such as an elderly man engaging in sexual activity with a 16-year-old, it’s quite common for someone in their mid-20’s to learn that the person they’re dating is under 18. People lie about their age all ...
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  • National Nude Day & Public Lewdness Charges

    Naked & Afraid of Arrest? Learn How to Best Prevent It. Yes, it’s true. National Nude Day on July 14 th is a real holiday celebrating naturism (nudism) and the beauty of the human form. In fact, the International Naturist Federation has operated for 65+ years and represents the interests of 450,000+ naturists worldwide. Although it’s not a commonly accepted practice in the United States, many ...
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  • Social Media Day & Your Criminal Case

    How Social Media Can Hurt Your Case While millions around the globe celebrate Social Media Day on June 30 th to recognize social media’s impact on global communication, it’s important to recognize that there are two sides of the same coin. Essentially, this means that there are pros and cons to increased global communication. As you may already know, news spreads quickly. Very quickly. Why? ...
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  • Sleeping in Your Car Could Lead to a DUI Arrest

    You Snooze, You Lose Let’s say you went out with some friends one night and ended up having a few drinks. You figured you would spend a few hours at the bar to let the alcohol “wear off,” and ordered some food to soak it up. However, at the end of the night, you realize you are not in a position to safely and legally drive home (and let’s pretend you can’t use a ridesharing or Taxi service for ...
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  • Is Price Gouging Illegal in Florida?

    In the months since the COVID-19 pandemic began, the Florida Attorney General’s (AG) office has received thousands of reports from consumers about price gouging across the state. Price gouging refers to charging extraordinarily high prices for essential goods and services during a state of emergency. In Florida, it is illegal. The AG has taken strong action against this practice by issuing ...
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  • Price Gouging Accusations during Coronavirus

    As of March 10, Florida's Attorney General activated the state's price gouging hotline in response to COVID-19 concerns. This allows anyone to report price increases as a criminal act, putting business owners at risk of criminal charges. Vendors selling protective and sanitizing supplies are forbidden from raising prices on these items above a certain limit. Have you or your business received a ...
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  • 3 Things You Need to Know About the Juvenile Court System

    Your minor son or daughter has been picked up by law enforcement for breaking the law. You get a call that all parents dread, causing worry and confusion. Your child has now entered Florida’s juvenile justice system — a system you know nothing about. What happens next? What are your rights as a parent? How is this system different from the one an adult would face? In this blog, we hope to give you ...
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  • Mortgage Fraud Still Reigns in Florida. Are You at Risk?

    What Is Mortgage Fraud? Mortgage fraud is a complex issue that has dramatically affected Florida for over 13 years. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation , mortgage fraud is a subcategory of financial institution fraud (FIF) and is “characterized by some type of material misstatement, misrepresentation, or omission in relation to a mortgage loan which is then relied upon by the lender. ...
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  • Is It Illegal to Send Threatening Messages Via Text?

    It is unlawful to threaten to cause bodily harm to someone, which includes sending messages through electronic communication such as text messages. State and federal laws prohibit this type of conduct. If the person is convicted, they could be looking at spending years in prison. What Is Florida’s Law on Texting a Threat? Under state law, it is illegal for a person to send in writing a threat to ...
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  • How Sleeping In Can Lead to a Misdemeanor Charge

    Many of us have done it: hit the snooze button on our alarms to give ourselves a few more minutes of sleep time before getting ready for the day. And while it helps us stay refreshed and take on whatever opportunities and challenges might come our way, it could also make us miss an important appointment. Although we might suffer consequences for failing to show up for a meeting or work shift, we ...
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  • Is Writing a Bad Check a Civil or Criminal Matter?

    If you pay for goods and/or services with a check, and you do not have enough money in your account to cover the total cost of the item(s), the check will bounce – or be denied. The person or business you purchased merchandise from will not be able to recover funds for the products they sold you. In Florida, if you did this intentionally, you could face both civil and criminal penalties. Civil ...
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  • Can You Use Force When Defending Someone Else?

    Under Florida law, in some circumstances, if you use force against another person when they are harming or threatening to injure another individual, your actions may be justified. As with the self-defense doctrine, coming to the aid of someone else could be used as an argument in your case if it goes to trial. The type of force you are allowed to use depends on the specifics of the situation. Use ...
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  • What Is a Pyramid Scheme, and Is it a Chargeable Offense?

    Although there are various types of pyramid schemes, the underlying characteristic is that an individual is promised to make a profit based on the number of people they recruit to join the program. They are referred to as pyramid schemes because of the structure of the organization. One person sits at the top, and the group grows wider as those below them recruit more and more people to join. Each ...
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