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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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  • What Is Sextortion?

    With text messaging, dating apps, social media accounts, and email, it’s easier than ever to communicate electronically with other people. Through these types of media, individuals can send private messages back and forth to one another, with some exchanges including requests for suggestive photos or videos. If one person threatens to release the images unless they comply with certain demands, ...
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  • Is Cyberstalking Illegal?

    As more and more people have access to the internet, it has become easier to connect and communicate with others electronically. Social media has made it especially easy to send someone else a message or comment on their status updates. Sometimes, as an individual scrolls through another person’s page, they may joke that they are cyberstalking them. Although looking at someone else’s photos or ...
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  • What Is Considered Drug Possession in Florida?

    In Florida, drug possession is when a person is physically holding a controlled substance – whether in their hands or on their person, such as in a pocket. The definition does not include making, selling, or distributing the drug. However, a person in possession of a controlled substance could also be charged with intent to sell even if they did not actually distribute it but prosecution has ...
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  • Marijuana Law: Changing Climate in Florida

    As more and more states are changing their standing on recreational marijuana, it is no surprise that citizens and tourists are finding difficulty being clear on the laws. As we are nearing 2020, it appears that Florida is on the way to legalizing recreational, adult-use marijuana, but our state is not quite there yet. If you are living in Florida or are travelling through, you need to know that ...
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  • Common Tourist Crimes in Florida

    Destination Vacations and Crime Florida is a common destination for vacationers from out of state and out of the country. Although you may have spent time learning about the laws and appropriate behavior when you are visiting a new place, that doesn’t mean you won’t make mistakes. If you are facing criminal charges and you are not a Florida resident, you will need the legal counsel of an ...
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  • Opioid Law Reform and Patient Effects

    Has the Change Made Patients Turn to Illegally Obtaining Medicine? The new laws on opioid and other prescription pain killers have made a huge impact on patients’ ability to have consistent, streamlined pain management. Under CS/HB 21 , effective July of 2018, the regulations require doctors to stick to a 3-7 day limit on prescriptions, while patients must return to their doctor’s office for ...
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  • Can a Florida DUI be Pleaded Down to a Wet Reckless?

    If you have been arrested for a DUI in Florida, a conviction can result in serious consequences. You may serve time in jail, your driver’s license may be suspended for an extended period of time, you are subject to costly fines, and your professional and personal reputations may be damaged. However, it may be possible to have your charges reduced to a “wet reckless.” Florida doesn’t prohibit plea ...
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  • What Happens When You Are Arrested in Florida While on Vacation?

    Now that summer has arrived once again, many Americans are embarking on their vacations in order to visit a new town, relax, and have fun. From our beautiful beaches to our famous amusement parks, Orlando remains a go-to vacation spot for people from around the world. However, sometimes individuals can have too much fun. Whether it’s DUI or drug possession , visitors may find themselves in a ...
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  • Thinking of Representing Yourself? Read This First!

    Being in the mix of the criminal justice system can feel daunting with all of the paperwork, trial dates, and the fear of an upcoming sentencing. Before all that, there’s the task of finding the right criminal defense lawyer. Don’t let the legal system take advantage of you. Our Orlando criminal defense lawyers at The Wiseman Law Firm have the knowledge you need to guide you through your upcoming ...
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  • Arrested for a DUI? What You Should Know About Your DMV Hearing

    If you’ve been arrested for a DUI in Florida, you need to act immediately to protect your driver’s license. You have 10 days after your arrest to request a formal review hearing to contest the administrative suspension of your driver’s license. If you do not fight this suspension, you will lose your driver’s license, even if you win your criminal trial. What Happens at a DMV Hearing? A formal ...
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  • What Should I Do If I Was Falsely Accused of Sexual Assault?

    A false accusation of sexual assault can result in not only the loss of your reputation, but also in criminal penalties. That is why it is important to take immediate action after you have been accused of sexual assault to protect your rights and clear your name. How can you do this? If you have been accused of sexual assault, you should: Obtain legal counsel . As soon as possible, you should hire ...
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