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    Month: July 2018

    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 Is White Collar Crime?

    We hear about white-collar crime nearly every day in the news, and this is a phrase that many people are familiar with. The FBI first used the term in 1939, to describe economic crimes characterized by deceit, mistrust, or concealment, and which do not depend upon violence or physical force. Even though there is usually no physical injury incurred [...]

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    Bail and Jail in Florida

    There’s much talk about the injustice of bail. It is estimated that 70% of jailed inmates have not been convicted of a crime, but they simply cannot afford bail. It’s no surprise that the conversation about bail reform is sweeping cities and states throughout the U.S. As one California Supreme Court Justice said, “We must not penalize the poo [...]

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    Marijuana Arrests are Serious

    With the legalization of marijuana on the rise across the United States, it is easy to underestimate the seriousness of marijuana arrests. According to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), most drug arrests involve illegal possession or abuse of marijuana. Additionally, 88 percent of marijuana arrests between the years 2001 and 2008 were for [...]

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    What is DUI Manslaughter?

    DUI manslaughter is a serious crime in Florida that can result in equally serious penalties. In Florida, if a driver causes another person’s death while operating a motor vehicle and while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, then the State can charge him or her with DUI manslaughter. If a judge or jury convicts you of DUI manslaughter, th [...]

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    Can Police Stop You Wheneve...

    One area of confusion for many Floridians is that of police stops. Many Floridians are unaware as to exactly when they may be stopped, questioned, or searched by police. Because of this confusion, many ask, "Just when can a police officer stop me?" A police officer is not able to just stop anyone whenever they choose. According to Florida's "Stop [...]

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    When Can a Police Officer S...

    The Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution protects individuals against unlawful searches and seizures. This protection extends not only to residences, but also to automobiles and a search of your person. However, Supreme Court cases have held that individuals have a lesser expectation of privacy in a motor vehicle than they do in their [...]

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