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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 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

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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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Can Sex Offenders Be Removed From The Registry In Florida?

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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

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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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What’s The Difference Between Civil And Criminal Court?

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Sometimes, there isn’t much of a difference between civil and criminal courts in Florida. Domestic protective orders are a good example. Criminal and civil judges alike have the power to make these orders in the Sunshine State, although criminal judges usually defer to civil judges, especially if the parties in a protective order are… Read More »

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FAQ About Sealing And Expunging Criminal Records In Florida

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The effects of a criminal conviction linger long after defendants serve their time and are released. About half of unemployed men have criminal convictions. Many bosses believe that misdemeanor convictions indicate poor judgment skills. They also believe that applicants who have committed felonies are bad people. Record sealing and expunging is the most common… Read More »

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Police Gun Down Lakeland Mass Shooting Suspect

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In a follow-up to a blog we posted recently, a Lakeland police officer shot a suspect six times after a police chase and carjacking. While he was being watched by the Lakeland Police Department, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the suspect got into… Read More »

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Resolving White Collar Criminal Cases In Hillsborough County

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One of the first recorded plea bargains in American history involved a white collar criminal case. In February 1881, since prosecutors dropped felony embezzlement charges, Californian Albert McKenzie pleaded guilty to misdemeanor embezzlement. Prosecutors charged that McKenzie, who worked for a sewing machine company, embezzled $52.50 from his employer. The McKenzie plea signaled a… Read More »

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