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Four Tips for Defending Probation Violation Charges in Florida

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In criminal law, probation is a period of supervised release. A person may be placed on probation after being let out of prison. Alternatively, a person may be placed on probation instead of being sentenced to serve time in prison. When on probation, it is imperative that you comply with all of the terms… Read More »

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Parkland Deputy Who Failed to Confront Shooter Arrested, Charged With Child Neglect and Culpable Negligence

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According to reporting from the Miami Herald, Scot Peterson — the Broward County deputy who was assigned as the public safety officer at Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School — is facing 11 criminal charges for his failure to confront the former student and gunman who killed 17 innocent people in February of 2018…. Read More »

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Criminal Charges: Driving Without a License in Florida

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Drivers operating vehicles without a valid license happens a lot more often than most people realize. Indeed, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that unlicensed drivers are responsible for more than ten percent of the accidents in the United States. In some cases, people drive with a suspended or expired license. In… Read More »

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Music Star Arrested on Firearms Charges in South Florida

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According to reporting from the Miami Herald, rapper Kodak Black has been arrested on weapons charges in South Florida. The music star, whose legal name is Bill Kapri, was detained right before he was set to take the stage for a performance in the region. In a joint state and federal operation, United States… Read More »

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New England Patriots Owner Wins Important Procedural Ruling; Key Video Evidence Thrown Out of Court

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In February of 2019, law enforcement agents in South Florida announced prostitution and solicitation charges against dozens of defendants after an operation at a Jupiter-based spa and massage parlor. This story quickly made national headlines as Robert Kraft, the billionaire owner of the NFL’s New England Patriots, was among those arrested. This week, Mr…. Read More »

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Florida Doctor Arrested, Charged With Manslaughter After Overdose Death

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According to reporting from NBC 6 South Florida, a Miami-Dade County doctor has been arrested and charged with manslaughter and drug trafficking. These charges are related to the March 2019  opioid overdose death a 35-year-old Florida Keys woman. Dr. Marta Elena Farinas is accused of negligently overprescribing and unlawfully selling prescription drugs, including oxycodone…. Read More »

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State Attorney Drops Charges Against Women Seen in Viral Miami, FL “Rough” Arrest Video

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According to reporting from NBC 6 South Florida, the South Florida mother who was seen in a viral video showing her being arrested in an especially “rough” manner is no longer facing any criminal charges from state or local prosecutors. Dyma Loving — a 26-year-old mother — was physically brought to the ground and… Read More »

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Florida Supreme Court Hears Another Stand Your Ground Case

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As reported by CBS Miami, the Florida Supreme Court recently heard oral arguments in another ‘Stand Your Ground’ case. The core issue at stake in this case is whether or not key changes that were made to the controversial law in 2017 should be applied to earlier cases that are still making their way… Read More »

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Juvenile

Three Things You Should Know About the Juvenile Justice System in Florida

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Unfortunately, young people — especially teenagers — sometimes get themselves into serious trouble, even criminal trouble. According to a report from the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), juvenile courts handle approximately one million cases nationally each year. Each state has its own juvenile justice program. For instance, in Florida, these types of cases… Read More »

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Defining Self Defense

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A highly publicized death penalty case is headed to the Florida Supreme Court, with both sides asking the court to reverse portions of the trial judge’s decision. According to reports, the case stems from a 2008 incident where the defendant allegedly asserts that he was attacked by two men and killed them both in… Read More »

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Common Holiday Crimes

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Shoplifting In a season where you are inundated with enticements to spend, spend and spend some more, many people bow to the pressure by shoplifting from area stores. The rate of arrests for this offense increase significantly in the weeks leading up to Christmas. In Florida, retail theft includes: Carrying away merchandise from the… Read More »

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Nine Arrests in an Alleged Crime Ring

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What started as a fuel theft investigation turned into a variety of charges for numerous suspects in the Miami area. According to a report by NBC Miami, seven men and two women recently appeared in court on accusations of involvement in an expansive crime ring. Details of the Investigation The investigation started more than… Read More »

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Untested Rape Kits Could Lead to Wrongful Convictions

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Thousands of untested rape kits sit in local police department storage rooms across the nation. According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, more than 10,900 of those kits are sitting in Florida law enforcement agency evidence rooms. As reported by Florida Today, about a third of those kits “should have been submitted” for… Read More »

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The Admissibility of Hidden Recordings

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A man who was recently convicted of sexual abuse will receive a new trial based on a ruling by the Florida Supreme Court. The decision, though unpopular, goes a long way to promote the rights of the accused in a criminal matter. In America, an individual is innocent until proven guilty. Presenting that proof… Read More »

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