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    Month: July 2018

    Were You Arrested for DUI O...

    The Fourth of July is a popular summer travel holiday in Florida and across the United States. You can bet, however, that in the days leading up to the holiday, as well as on the Fourth itself, heavy DUI enforcement will be underway. In order to be arrested and charged with a Florida DUI, a police officer must determine that your normal faculti [...]

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    What Can Happen if I Violat...

    If you have been found guilty of a crime in the State of Florida, a judge may choose to sentence you to probation instead of jail time. The primary purpose of probation is to allow criminal defendants time to rehabilitate themselves. Probation is often significantly preferable to incarceration and comes with various conditions, depending on th [...]

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    What Are Florida Sex Crimes?

    Sex crimes are serious business in the State of Florida. If you are charged with and convicted of a Florida sex crime, a judge could sentence you to fines and jail time. Moreover, you may be required to register as an offender on the Florida Sex Offender Registry. This is a lifetime registry, and being on it can make it extremely difficult for [...]

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    What Constitutes the Crime ...

    In Florida, a guilty finding or conviction for burglary can land you in jail. In St. Petersburg criminal cases, the State—or the prosecution—has the burden of proof. The State must be able to show that you satisfied certain elements and that you committed the crime of burglary beyond a reasonable doubt. Thankfully, burglary, like other cri [...]

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    How Can I Defend Against a ...

    A sex crime conviction—and even a charge or arrest—has the potential to ruin your life. As soon as the police begin investigating you for participating in a sex crime, your life will change. Taking the potential penalties out of the equation, a sex crime arrest, charge, or conviction is extremely humiliating and will likely affect your pers [...]

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    What Qualifies as Self-Defe...

    Lawful self-defense in Florida may consist of deadly force or non-deadly force, depending upon the circumstances. The purpose of self-defense is to excuse otherwise unlawful conduct that was “reasonably necessary” to prevent another person from using imminent, unlawful force. Under the law, self-defense is a complete defense. In other words [...]

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    How Can I Defend against a ...

    If you are found guilty or convicted of DUI manslaughter in the State of Florida, you can be subject to serious criminal fines, prison time, and other penalties. However, there are several legal defenses to a DUI manslaughter charge that may be available to exonerate you. A DUI manslaughter charge is serious business, and time may be of the es [...]

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    What Are the Different Type...

    Under Florida law, theft is an umbrella term that is used to describe a variety of separate crimes. Theft crimes always involve some sort of property. In Florida, theft crimes include stealing, larceny, conversion, and misappropriation of property. In order to prove that someone committed theft, the prosecution has the burden of proof. If you [...]

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    How Does Criminal Probation...

    In a nutshell, criminal probation is a type of community supervision that a judge or court imposes as an alternative to jail time and other penalties. Probation is available for misdemeanor charges and convictions, as well as many felonies. During the probationary period, a criminal defendant is expected to abide by certain terms and conditions [...]

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    How Does Voluntary Manslaug...

    Under Florida law, the primary difference between voluntary and involuntary manslaughter largely revolves around the element of intent. Although both types of manslaughter are viewed as one under the Florida criminal statutes, whether the crime is viewed as voluntary or involuntary manslaughter can make a serious difference when it comes to a j [...]

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