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Five Common Criminal Defense Questions Answered

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If you or a loved one is facing criminal charges, whether they’re related to a DUI, assault and battery, or drug crime, you probably have a multitude of questions about what to do next. This is perfectly understandable. Below are answers to five common questions asked concerning the defense of an individual confronting criminal… Read More »


Consenting to a Search of Your Car by a Florida Police Officer

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Imagine you have just been pulled over by a police officer. He informs you that he just witnessed you driving at over fifteen miles over over the speed limit. You provide the officer with your license and registration and he writes you a ticket. You are about to get on your way when the… Read More »


Retail Theft in Florida

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You are facing retail theft (shoplifting) charges in Florida and you are wondering two primary questions: (1) will the other side be able to prove their case? and (2) what penalties could I face if convicted? If you are charged with shoplifting in Florida, it is a good idea to hire a local retail… Read More »

The Elements and Possible Consequences of Reemployment Assistance Fraud

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Florida has a Reemployment Assistance Program that allows qualified workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own to receive temporary, partial wage replacement benefits. This program is funded through federal and state employers who pay annual federal and state payroll taxes and qualified workers do not need to pay anything to receive… Read More »

Eight Potential Defenses to Grand Theft Charges in Florida

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If you are charged with grand theft in a Florida court, your first instinct may be to ask: “What are my possible defenses?” This post will explore eight potential defenses you may want to consider and discuss with an attorney when facing a grand theft charge. Lack of Intent/Good Faith Belief: For the state… Read More »

Does “Petit Theft” Mean “Petit” Consequences Under Florida Law?

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When people hear the phrase “petit theft”, they may mistakenly believe this means they will only face minimal consequences if they are found guilty of the crime.  It is important to understand the potential penalties a person may face if they are charged with petit theft. What is Petit Theft? Under Florida law (specifically… Read More »

Can You Be Charged With Possession If You’re Not Holding Drugs?

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Although some experts now believe that the United States’  so-called “war on drugs” has been a failure, drug crime laws in Florida remain some of the country’s strictest.  Simply possessing controlled substances such as cocaine, methamphetamine, or heroin is a third degree felony.  Penalties for a possession conviction include fines and up to five… Read More »

Assault and Battery Under Florida Law

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Many people mistakenly assume that assault and battery are essentially the same thing, but they are not.  Under Florida law, they are two distinct crimes with separate elements, but both are potentially severe charges that can lead to hefty fines, prison time, or both.  Read on to learn more about these common criminal charges…. Read More »

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