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Should I Plead Guilty?

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On February 7, 1881, Alameda County resident Albert McKenzie pleaded guilty to misdemeanor embezzlement to avoid trial on felony charges. He allegedly siphoned $53 from his sewing machine company employer. His was one of the first recorded plea bargains in American legal history. In the late 1800s, the country was growing significantly, and taxpayers… Read More »

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Police Officers Arrest Man With Eighty-Five Priors

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A man with seventy prior felony arrests and fifteen prior misdemeanor arrests is in custody after a Flagler County Sheriff’s deputy pulled him over on a routine stop. During an initial investigation, the deputy noticed that the temporary license tag didn’t match the make and model of the car the 36-year-old man was driving…. Read More »

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Two Florida Colleges Highly Ranked On ‘Safest Colleges’ List

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St. Petersburg University and Rasmussen College in Ocala were among the top twenty safest colleges in America, according to a national publication. Largo’s St. Petersburg College, which is mostly a liberal arts college, has a little over 8,000 undergraduate students. The public college has a 100 percent acceptance rate and decent student ratings. The… Read More »

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What Are The 100 Most Dangerous American Cities After Dark?

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Only six Florida cities appeared on this list, and only one of them, Riviera Beach at No. 48, was in the top fifty. So, hooray for us. In 2016, a dozen Florida cities made the list, and in 2010, Ft. Meyers was in the top ten. Today, the number of Florida cities is down… Read More »

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The Three Burdens Of Proof In A Criminal Case

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Ultimately, prosecutors must establish guilt beyond any reasonable doubt. That’s the highest burden of proof in the law. But first, the state must establish reasonable suspicion for the initial stop, at least in most cases, and probable cause for the arrest. The three phases of a DUI case, which are outlined below, are a… Read More »

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Top Three Ways To Get Out Of Jail

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Except in a few very rare instances, pretrial detention has no upside for anyone. Such incarceration hurts defendants and their families. These negative effects are well-documented. Furthermore, pretrial incarceration doesn’t protect society, and is costly to the state or county. In contrast, pretrial release benefits everyone. Defendants are free to support their families, financially… Read More »

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Five Most Common Search Warrant Exceptions

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Almost immediately after the Constitution took effect, the Founders added the Bill of Rights, including the Fourth Amendment, to this document. This provision forbids unreasonable warrantless searches and seizures. “Unreasonable” has a specific meaning in this context. Unless a narrow search warrant exception applies, any seized evidence is inadmissible in state or federal court…. Read More »

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What Should I Do If I Get Pulled Over For DUI In Florida?

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In 2021, in the wake of some well-publicized and controversial police shootings, one of which was in neighboring Georgia, the National Police Association launched an advertising campaign it called comply now and complain later. That’s good advice, as long as individuals know their rights at police stops and don’t allow officers to bully them…. Read More »

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Is It Better To Go To Trial?

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Many lawyers cite the old saying “a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush” to encourage their clients to accept plea bargains. This saying is usually true, but we need to break it down. According to the dictionary, this saying means that “The things we already have are more valuable than… Read More »

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Top Five Search Warrant Exceptions

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Back in colonial times, British authorities had the power to randomly search property and seize contraband, based on nothing more than a hunch. So, the Founding Fathers added the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Under this provision, searches are only authorized if police officers have affidavits based on probable cause. Over the years,… Read More »

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