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Blog Posts in July, 2012

  • When does drug possession become with intent to sell?

    Most people who are involved in the illegal drug trade or who use drugs for recreational purposes are aware that intent to sell carries much more serious penalties than mere possession. Florida has some of the more onerous drug laws in the nation since many illegal drug runners and distributors are able to evade the US Coast Guard and border patrols and unload vast quantities onto Florida’s shores ...
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  • Is Possession of Marijuana Legal?

    There are 17 states along with the District of Columbia that have medical marijuana laws, but Florida is not among them. Despite efforts to get a medical marijuana resolution on the ballot, the Florida legislature has yet to vote on it. Consequently, possession of any amount of marijuana in Florida is a criminal offense. Marijuana Possession Penalties Many states have decriminalized possession of ...
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  • Is Drug Possession a Felony?

    In Florida, most drug possession charges are felony offenses except for possession of small amounts of marijuana. For the most part, Florida is very strict in imposing severe penalties for possession of a controlled substance or for the unlawful possession of prescription medication. Marijuana Possession Possession of small amounts of marijuana (otherwise known as cannabis) is not treated as ...
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  • Can I defend myself and not be charged with assault and battery?

    You can defend yourself in certain situations without being charged with an assault or a battery so long as you meet certain conditions. Right of Self Defense to Aggravated Assault and Battery Self-defense is the justifiable use of force, or violence, to protect yourself against harm and is an absolute or complete defense to aggravated assault or aggravated battery. These offenses necessarily ...
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  • Is There Misdemeanor and Felony Assault and Battery?

    Assault and battery often are charged together since physical violence on someone is typically preceded by verbal threats, or actions, that promise imminent physical harm on someone. Like many criminal offenses, assault and battery can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony. Misdemeanor Assault In Florida, a misdemeanor assault is a threat or act that causes a person to have a reasonable ...
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  • Were you Caught Shoplifting at an Orlando Mall?

    Being at a mall in Orlando, Florida with friends is an enjoyable occurrence for many. But there may be a time when upon a dare or to impress your friends, or just because you are feeling depressed, you see an opportunity to take an article of clothing or some other item from a mall store without paying for it. Unfortunately, most mall stores have cameras or employ undercover security for just such ...
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  • Were you Injured in a Car Accident Due to a Defective Tire?

    Few people think about the safety of their tires when commuting to work or taking their children to school. Unfortunately, defective tires can cause catastrophic injuries when their tread suddenly separates and it explodes at a high speed, resulting in a rollover or a collision with a traffic barrier, pedestrian, or another vehicle. Types of Tire Defects There are several types of defects that can ...
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  • Can you be charged with a Felony for Stealing Soda?

    Could you be charged with a felony offense simply for stealing soda from an Orlando, Florida restaurant? For example, if you went to a fast food restaurant and took a cup intended only for water but filled it with soda instead and refused to pay for it, you could be charged with felony theft under certain circumstances under Florida law. Stealing soda or anything else of minimal value are ...
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