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Blog Posts in 2019

  • 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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