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    Month: December 2015

    Your Guide to the Florida Appeals Process

    Your Guide to the Florida A...

    If you have received a verdict by a Florida court of law, and you believe an error was made in presenting your case, you have a right to appeal the decision to a higher court. A panel of judges from a higher court will consider the appeal and decide if a new hearing should be held. The type of case determines which jurisdictional court should revie [...]

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    When Can I Use Lethal Force Against a Trespasser?

    When Can I Use Lethal Force...

    There is a lot of discussion around the nation about average citizens using justifiable lethal force against those who seek to do them harm. To many, defending property using lethal force seems excessive, while proponents argue that these laws protect the innocent. The Florida Legislature allows property owners to “stand their ground” against [...]

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    What You Need to Know About Florida Antitrust Laws

    What You Need to Know About...

    Consumers typically want the lowest possible price for services or goods. Simultaneously, businesses seek to charge as much as possible to boost profit margins. However, the law of supply and demand forces businesses to have a competitive pricing strategy, unless there is no other competition or if multiple businesses agree to artificially set thei [...]

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    What to Do During a Traffic Stop If You Have a Concealed Weapons Permit

    What to Do During a Traffic...

    Most traffic stops are routine and end without a negative confrontation. It is common for Florida drivers to leave the scene with a mere warning, or at worst, a traffic infraction. More serious traffic stops occur, for example, when an officer catches someone with outstanding arrest warrants and takes them into custody. For police officers, every [...]

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    What NOT to Do If You Are Pulled Over for a DUI

    What NOT to Do If You Are P...

    When a driver is pulled over for a suspected DUI, it is not uncommon to see them make mistakes or do something that actually damages their case. Since DUI charges can be life-altering, it is important to be prepared. Whether the driver has been drinking or not, there are some things they should not do. Do Not Start a Confrontation Being pulled ov [...]

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    Uncovering Juvenile Crime Myths

    Uncovering Juvenile Crime M...

    Crime is one of the most troubling and misunderstood aspects of our society. Unfortunately, public interest in memorable and frightening crime stories means the media often panders to these fears. Misunderstanding the causes and consequences of juvenile crime does a disservice to youth and damages society as a whole. Here are a few of the myths tha [...]

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    Top Drug Crimes in Florida

    Top Drug Crimes in Florida

    In 2014, more than 1.5 million people were arrested on narcotic, or drug-related charges in the United States. Each year in the state of Florida, thousands of people face drug charges, which can result in loss of jobs, relationships and custody of children. Due to its expansive coastline, Florida is an ideal location for the trafficking of illegal [...]

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    Stolen Phone? Why GPS Tracking Can Lead to Bigger Problems

    Stolen Phone? Why GPS Track...

    Nearly all modern mobile devices now come equipped with a Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) chip. This location-tracking feature has many advantages, including locating a stolen device. This feature has created a new trend of vigilante, do-it-yourself style justice in which victims of phone theft are tracking down their stolen phones. However, it [...]

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    Probation Violations You Might Not Know

    Probation Violations You Mi...

    Those placed on probation might not fully comprehend the requirements they must fulfill during this period. The court takes probation seriously, and a probation officer will likely require offenders to adhere to a strict set of terms. If you are placed on probation, failure to comply means that you run the risk of violating your probation. This cou [...]

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    Penalties for Riding a Bicycle While Intoxicated

    Penalties for Riding a Bicy...

    In Florida, a bicycle is considered a vehicle and must follow the same traffic rules as any other vehicle on the road. The law that describes a motor vehicle in Florida reads “every device in, upon or by which any person or property is or may be transported or drawn upon a highway, excepting devices used exclusively upon stationary rails or track [...]

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