August 15, 2023
What Is the Difference Between Detained and Arrested in Florida?

Have you ever wondered about your rights if you're stopped by law enforcement in Florida? The difference between being detained and arrested can sometimes feel like a fine line, but understanding these distinctions is paramount to protecting your rights. In this blog, West Palm Beach criminal lawyer Ron Chapman explains the difference between detained and […]

July 15, 2023
Florida’s New Permitless Concealed Carry Law: What You Need to Know

In an important move for gun rights advocates and critics alike, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has recently signed House Bill 543 into law, which became effective on July 1, 2023. The new bill allows residents to carry concealed firearms without being legally required to obtain a concealed carry permit. If you are a resident of […]

June 15, 2023
How a DUI Conviction Can Affect Your Ability to Obtain a Florida Hardship License

We've all heard the phrase, “Don't drink and drive,” but it still bears repeating, especially considering the vibrant nightlife and many restaurants lining Florida's beautiful beaches. With such a thriving gastronomic scene, the opportunities to indulge can sometimes lead to excessive drinking and a DUI conviction. Apart from the legal and financial repercussions, one aspect […]

May 15, 2023
What Crimes Can Be Expunged in Florida?

Imagine waking up each morning with the weight of a past mistake hanging over your head. You've paid your dues and turned your life around, but your criminal record affects your job prospects, housing opportunities, and personal relationships – not to mention the embarrassment you feel when people find out you have a criminal record. […]

April 15, 2023
Can You Refuse a Field Sobriety Test in Florida?

Imagine driving down a Florida highway, feeling confident and relaxed behind the wheel, when suddenly you see flashing red and blue lights in your rear-view mirror. Your heart races as you realize you're being pulled over and the possibility of being charged with a DUI becomes a reality – especially since you just had a […]

March 15, 2023
Bail and Bond Services: How Does Bail Work in Florida?

Mary had been looking forward to her night out with her friends for weeks. The evening started off great, with everyone laughing and catching up on old times. After enjoying good food and a few glasses of wine, Mary called it a night and got in her car to drive home. Just a mile from […]

February 15, 2023
Charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance? A Palm Beach County Drug Charge Defense Attorney Answers FAQs

You're reading this article because you've been charged with possession of a controlled substance and are concerned about the consequences. Though there is reason to be concerned about potential fines and jail time, understanding the charges and penalties and knowing your rights can help you make informed decisions and ease some of your stress and […]

January 15, 2023
Florida Arson Penalties

If you face an arson charge in Florida, you have reason for concern. Because arson is considered a serious crime, the consequences if convicted of such an offense are quite severe. These consequences can include a prison sentence, a fine, or both, not to mention the collateral damage to other areas of your life. With […]

December 15, 2022
Economic, Theft & Property Crimes in Florida: What Is Petit Theft?

With rising inflation and the increased costs of paying for necessities, it can be easy to justify shoplifting or leaving a restaurant without paying for a meal. After all, businesses likely have insurance to reimburse them for theft. If you think this way, you are not alone. Every day on the news, there’s another story […]

November 15, 2022
Is Illegal Possession of a Firearm in Florida a Federal Offense?

Are you tempted to obtain a firearm to protect your family and property even though you have a criminal conviction in your past? Everyone knows that crime is increasing and getting worse each day, and the right to bear arms is in the United States Constitution. According to Statista, in 2021, property crime was the […]

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