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The Brave New World Of Marijuana Possession Cases In Florida

By OA Law Firm |

Over the last several years, a marijuana legalization wave has crashed ashore in the United States. But this wave hasn’t directly affected most Florida residents. A few localities, including Tampa, Key West, Orlando, Miami-Dade County, and Sarasota, have decriminalized marijuana possession. But a statewide prohibition remains in effect, with the exception of some medicinal… Read More »

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Broward County Man Walks Free After Thirty Years Behind Bars

By OA Law Firm |

Witness recollection and lineup issues, along with other evidence issues, prompted prosecutors to dismiss a 1988 armed robbery case. The 57-year-old inmate was arrested in October 1988 in connection with an armed robbery that June of two people outside a convenience store in unincorporated Broward County, just west of Fort Lauderdale, according to the… Read More »

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What Happens After A Domestic Violence Arrest?

By OA Law Firm |

Over the last several years, law enforcement officers have stepped up their campaigns against domestic violence. That’s because the public relations and criminal court campaign has largely been ineffective. Over twelve million people, most of them women, are victims of domestic violence every year. The persistently high figure has prompted calls for law enforcement… Read More »

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Beating A DUI-Drug Case In Hillsborough County

By OA Law Firm |

In the minds of many, “stoned” driving is rapidly becoming almost as acceptable as “drunk” driving. Almost a quarter of drivers admit that they drove under the influence of a drug, usually marijuana. The list of possibly impairing substances in Florida is smaller than it is in other states. Nevertheless, there’s a good chance… Read More »

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Resolving Juvenile Crimes In Hillsborough County

By OA Law Firm |

The direct consequences of a juvenile conviction, such as possible removal from the family home, are bad enough. The collateral consequences, such as drivers’ license suspension and school expulsion, could be even worse. Fortunately for these defendants, the political environment has changed significantly since the 1990s. A lower arrest rate means if a case… Read More »

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What You Need To Know About Forfeiture

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“Policing for profit” is one of the most controversial issues in criminal law. Conservative luminary Justice Clarence Thomas has harshly criticized the practice and strongly implied that it’s an unconstitutional taking of property without paying just compensation. Defenders of this practice point out that forfeiture proceeds fund anti-crime activities. The truth of the matter… Read More »

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Top Five Search Warrant Exceptions

By OA Law Firm |

One of the most important provisions in the Bill of Rights is the Fourth Amendment. Early Americans embraced this amendment because of bitter experiences under British rule. Officials used writs of assistance, which were basically blank search warrants that were often transferable, to search private property whenever they felt like doing so. Despite this… Read More »

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Beating The Breathalyzer In A Florida DUI

By OA Law Firm |

Many DUI defendants assume that if they failed a Breathalyzer test, they’re automatically guilty. Granted, the DUI test conviction rate is much higher than the non-test conviction rate. But, we shouldn’t give the Breathalyzer too much credit. This gadget is simply an advanced version of the 1935 Drunk-O-Meter. With that principle in mind, there… Read More »

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Can Sex Offenders Be Removed From The Registry In Florida?

By OA Law Firm |

Back in the 1990s, many pundits believed that sex offender registration laws were the best thing since sliced bread. Since then, these laws have been harshly criticized by many, even the advocates who pushed for them. There’s almost no evidence that these registrations are effective, and they prevent former offenders from re-integrating into society…. Read More »

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Drive-By Shooting In Lakeland Injures Ten People

By OA Law Firm |

Police know little about the incident, except that four masked shooters in a blue Nissan sedan fired into a building, wounding ten people. “The vehicle slowed, did not stop, and the four windows went down. It appeared to be occupied by four shooters in the vehicle,” Lakeland Police Chief Sam Taylor remarked. “They started… Read More »

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