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Understanding Florida Prostitution Law

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It is estimated that between 1-2 million people engage in prostitution in the United States, according to Prostitution is becoming more common due to the proliferation of web sites offering escort services (e.g., Craigslist, CityVibe, etc.). But if you meet someone on Tinder and engage in sexual activity, does that constitute prostitution? If… Read More »


Understanding the Differences Between a DUI and BUI in Florida

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If you or a loved one is facing criminal charges for “boating under the influence” (a.k.a. BUI), you need to speak to an experienced criminal defense attorney right away. BUI charges carry significant penalties that may derail your future and could even result in jail time. You may even be subjected to both state… Read More »


What To Do If You are Accused of Violating Your Probation

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Florida Courts are empowered to order a defendant to serve probation when they are convicted of a crime. Basically, probation enables a defendant to continue to live at liberty within their community rather than being incarcerated in prison. Probation comes in multiple forms and features numerous court-established requirements that the defendant must adhere to…. Read More »


Prescription Drug Charges – Understanding Your Rights

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When you hear the term, “drug charges”, you may envision a dealer distributing illegal narcotics like marijuana, crystal meth, heroin, cocaine or crack. However, many people are subjected to criminal charges for allegedly possessing and distributing prescription drugs. Florida is well versed in prescription drug issues given the fact that pain clinics in the… Read More »


Three Important Assault and Battery Defenses You Need to Be Aware of

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If you are facing criminal charges for assault and battery, you need to retain the services of an experienced Winter Park criminal defense attorney. An assault and/or battery conviction can have life-altering consequences. For example, aggravated assault is third degree felony that may result in a five-year prison sentence, in addition to a monetary… Read More »


Pulled Over by a Police Officer – What You Should Do

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Seeing the flashing red and blue lights of a police vehicle can be a traumatic and stressful event. Your heart may begin to pound and you become flustered. It is important, in this moment, to take a deep breath and stay calm. When You First See the Police Car Attempting to Pull You Over… Read More »


DUI Repeat Offender – Why Legal Representation is So Important

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If you were convicted of a DUI in the past and are now facing another DUI charge, you need to speak to an experienced Florida DUI defense attorney sooner rather than later. Do not display hubris by thinking you can arrange a plea agreement on your own. When you are categorized as a “repeat… Read More »


Determining Voluntariness of Consent to Search in Florida

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If an officer wants to search your vehicle or home, he or she must first obtain valid consent. In order for consent to be valid, the accused must freely and voluntarily give the consent. It follows, therefore, that if an officer obtains consent as a result of threats, intimidations, misrepresentation, force, or other improper… 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 »

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