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What is the Stand-Your-Ground Law?

Chapter 776 of the Florida Statutes regarding the justifiable use of force includes the stand-your-ground law. This law essentially says that a person who is attacked on their own property—whether a car, residence, or vehicle—has no “duty to retreat.” Furthermore, the individual has the right to stand on his or her ground and can either use [...]

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Your Questions: Is Drug Court Different From Regular Court?

There is a difference between being a criminal and struggling with an addiction. This is why the state of Florida introduced the concept of drug courts in the 1980’s. The court was created so nonviolent drug offenders could receive the treatment they needed, rather than be incarcerated. Today, drug courts exist all over the country as a way of al [...]

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How Do You File a Personal Injury Claim

When suffering from an injury due to an accident, you not only have to cope with the physical trauma, but also the financial burden. However, if your injuries are the result of another’s negligence, they are responsible to compensate you for any medical bills, loss of wages or emotional trauma. Here are the steps to take if you wish to file a per [...]

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Can My Child be Charged as an Adult

In 2011, Dontez Tillman, who was 14-years-old at the time, murdered a homeless man behind a Pontiac bar. Tillman’s case became national news when he was not only charged as an adult, but became the youngest person ever to be sentenced to life in prison. Tillman is not the first minor to be charged as an adult; in fact, many circumstances can lea [...]

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Definition of the Week Medical Malpractice

Having surgery to amputate a leg is terrifying enough, but imagine waking up and realizing the doctor amputated the wrong leg. This was the scary reality for Florida resident, Willie King. In 1995, King, who had a diabetes-related circulatory disease, underwent surgery to have his right leg cut off below the knee. King’s surgeon, Dr. Rolando Sanc [...]

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Misdemeanor vs Felony

Criminal charges are divided into two types: felonies and misdemeanors. Like every state, Florida has its own unique classifications and definition to determine what crimes are felonies or misdemeanors. It is important to understand the differences between misdemeanors and felonies, as it could mean the difference between a simple fine and serious [...]

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What is the Punishment for Possession of Marijuana in Florida

The laws and punishments for drug possession in Florida can be quite severe. This includes the possession and usage of marijuana. While Florida has recently passed a bill allowing medical marijuana low in THC and high in CBD for patients with serious medical conditions, marijuana is still illegal for the majority of Floridians. Actual Possession vs [...]

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What is the Sunshine Law?

Enacted in 1967, the Florida Sunshine Law is a series of laws designed to guarantee that the public has access to the public records of governmental bodies in Florida. Sunshine Laws provide a right of access to governmental proceedings for both the state and local levels. Basically, think of the Florida Sunshine Law as certain rules that require [...]

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Definition of the Week: Expungement

A criminal record can have serious effects on your life, both present and future. When applying for a job or a new apartment, a prospective employer or landlord will often ask if you have ever been convicted of a crime. If you have to answer yes, they could potentially shy away from hiring you or allowing you to live on their premises. However, in [...]

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Definition of the Week: Subpoena

A subpoena is a request for the production of documents. It is also a request to appear in court or any other legal proceeding. A subpoena is essentially a court-ordered demand, such as to testify or provide information to help support the facts that are at issue during a pending case.  The word “subpoena” translates to “under penalty.” B [...]

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