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Blog Posts in 2020

  • What Is Considered Aggravated Assault in Florida?

    Certain circumstances will elevate a charge of simple assault to aggravated assault in Florida. In this blog, we will talk about what constitutes an aggravated assault in the state, such as the involvement of firearms or special victims, as well as how aggravated assault may be penalized. Elements of an Aggravated Assault Charge In Florida, an assault involves intentional threats, words, or ...
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  • Is it Illegal to Give Someone Adderall?

    Can You Get in Trouble for Taking Adderall? Adderall is an addictive prescription stimulant that produces similar effects to meth. When abused, Adderall can cause a person to depend on the drug to make them feel more alert and productive. Studies reveal that 18 to 25-year-olds tend to misuse Adderall at the highest rates. These individuals often get the medication from friends or family members ...
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  • Florida's 5 Drug Classifications

    Florida does not handle drug possession lightly. An individual found to possess a prohibited controlled substance in Florida will be subject to penalties depending on the amount and type of drug in possession. Keep reading today’s blog to learn about how Florida classifies particular drugs and the potential associated penalties. Elements of a Drug Possession Charge Possession of most controlled ...
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  • Have you been convicted of a felony in Florida and want to get your gun and voting rights back?

    Have you been convicted of a felony in Florida and want to get your gun and voting rights back? Do you qualify for a pardon and/or to restore civil rights from the Governor? Getting your constitutional rights back after being convicted of a felony is crucial. This is often called clemency, a pardon and/or restoration of civil rights. Certain felonies in Florida qualify for a full pardon which ...
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  • Types of Expungement in Florida

    Every state has its own specifications for individuals seeking to clear their criminal record. In Florida, both record sealing and expungement are available, depending on the circumstances. In this blog, we will discuss the eligibility requirements for record sealing and expungement in Florida, as well as the eight different types of expungement that Florida offers. Who Qualifies for Expungement ...
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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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