October 15, 2021
Burglary and Property Crimes in the State of Florida

Definition of Burglary The definition of burglary of a dwelling. Structure or conveyance is contained in Section 810.02, Florida Statutes. Under the law, a burglary can occur where: The defendant enters a dwelling, structure, or conveyance owned by or in possession of another person and, at the time of entering, the defendant had the intent […]

September 15, 2021
The Bail Bonding Process in Florida

Being arrested is strenuous, and the last thing anyone wants is to sit in jail awaiting a trial. Florida has a cash bail system in place, which means you may be required to post bail or a bail bond before being released. Bail and bond are well-known terms, but there is confusion about their meanings […]

August 15, 2021
Understanding Florida’s Asset Forfeiture Law and Criminal Cases

Suppose a person possesses property tied to illegal activity, such as property to commit crimes or vehicles to transport narcotics or stolen goods? In that case, they may face civil or criminal asset forfeiture. Unlike Federal law and the laws of other states, Florida does not have criminal forfeiture. Florida only has civil asset forfeiture. […]

July 15, 2021
Florida Assault and Battery Laws

Assault and battery are two separate crimes in Florida. You can be charged with either or both. An assault is when violence is threatened and puts the victim in fear. The battery is touching someone against their will or causing bodily harm. To be convicted of battery, you do not need to hurt someone. If […]

June 15, 2021
Why You Need an Experienced Defense Attorney if You Are Charged With Animal Cruelty

If you abuse or neglect an animal in Florida, you can be charged with a crime. Cruelty to animals is illegal in Florida. Neglect includes abandonment and locking up a pet without enough food, water, ample space to move, or ventilation. Types of Animal Cruelty and Their Penalties It is a crime to abuse animals […]

May 15, 2021
Aggravated Battery and Florida Law

What is an Aggravated Battery Charge? In Florida, Aggravated Battery is the intentional touching of another person with the intent to inflict great bodily harm or to use a deadly weapon. Penalties for the offense include mandatory prison, with a maximum sentence of up to 15 years or more, depending on the application of Florida’s […]

April 15, 2021
Probation Violations in Florida

Florida Statute 948.06 states that a violation of probation or community control; revocation; modification; continuance; failure to pay restitution or cost of supervision. (1)(a) Whenever within the period of probation or community control there are reasonable grounds to believe that a probationer or offender in community control has violated his or her probation or community […]

March 15, 2021
Vehicular Homicide and Florida Law

Vehicular Homicide and Florida Law Negligent driving is far different than criminal driving in the eyes of the law. Careless driving subjects a person to civil liability, while criminal driving, which includes vehicular homicide, subjects a person to incarceration. Vehicular Homicide Under Florida Statute 782.071, the crime of vehicular homicide is committed when a person […]

February 15, 2021
Florida’s Trespassing Laws

Aggressive Representation for Your Trespassing Charge It is a criminal offense to enter or remain on another person's property without permission, under Florida law and is referred to as trespassing. Even remaining in an establishment when you were specifically asked to leave is considered a misdemeanor and could easily escalate to a felony. A trespassing […]

January 15, 2021
Routine Traffic Stops, Your Rights, and Florida Law

Routine traffic stops are sometimes necessary as law enforcement officials keep our roads safe. They pull over drivers who do not comply with the road. Law enforcement has the right to pull drivers over but must abide by their rights. When a driver or law enforcement step out of the line, the situation can quickly […]

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